Google, from its very beginning, thought it was so clever. It’s never really stopped thinking that.
And when it discovers competition — from what it deems an unworthy source — Google can become irritable.
Here is but the latest chapter, for example, in its riveting browser scuffle with Microsoft.
Once upon a time, Google created Chrome, a browser that actually seemed to work for fundamental things like video and opening more than one tab at the same time.
Humans, flocking fools that they are, immediately forsook their old browsers. Why, Chrome’s market share is now said to be almost 50 percent.
But then here came Microsoft with something oddly competent. Yes, it was still called Edge. But this Edge was smooth and sprightly. Which could be something to do with the fact that it’s based on Google’s Chromium platform.
Google seemed miffed that Microsoft had