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In what has to be one of the weirdest Q&As we've read in a long time, Google CEO Eric Schmidt tells Portfolio's Russ Mitchell that a Microsoft-Yahoo deal could "break the internet."
Was he kidding? Apparently not. When Mitchell asked Schmidt to elaborate, he said, "All internet-based systems today are highly interoperable, open systems. The whole antitrust trial that Microsoft went through was really about it breaking that."
Of course, Google isn't a position to talk about openness -- the company has earned the reputation as one of the most secretive, uncooperative research communities on the planet, leading critics to call for increased transparency (like that will ever happen).