TITLE

Bubble Bath

AUTHOR(S)
Risen, Clay
PUB. DATE
May 2004
SOURCE
New Republic;5/24/2004, Vol. 230 Issue 19, p19
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article discusses Internet browser company Google and its impending initial public offering of stock. It has been barely four years since the dot-com bubble burst, but Google's impending initial public offering (IPO) has investors, analysts, and financial journalists partying like it's 1999. Problem is, there are serious questions about Google's long-term viability--the kinds of questions that, under normal circumstances, would dramatically dampen excitement over the company's IPO. And it's not just Google: Many of the other tech companies with recent IPOs look suspect upon closer inspection. In April 2002, a software-development firm named Overture sued Google for violating its patent on a method for ranking search results. Such a decision could either force Google to pay an exorbitant licensing fee or allow Overture to set a fee so high that Google has to get out of the search business altogether.
ACCESSION #
13124833

 

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