Re: Google cash on hand: $58.7 billion
"Google will have to ensure Amazon remains a viable competitor..." Google could slow Amazon's rate of expansion without arousing the scrutiny of the Anti-Trust Division, couldn't it? Google and Amazon don't compete directly in search. They do compete in cloud services, but Amazon has a much bigger market share there. Even if Google were decreed a monopoly in search, Amazon isn't competing in search. Google would have to be using one monopoly to restrain trade or gain another before the Jusitice Department would have the legal basis to step in, and even then, it might have a tough time making a case.