Today Google stepped up and responded to Microsoft's bid on Yahoo. Needless to say, Google is not all that thrilled over the possibility of a Microsoft/Yahoo merger, and Google Senior Vice President, David Drummond, made some pretty aggressive statements about the scenario in a Google blog post titled "Yahoo! and the future of the Internet":

This is about more than simply a financial transaction, one company taking over another. It's about preserving the underlying principles of the Internet: openness and innovation.

Could Microsoft now attempt to exert the same sort of inappropriate and illegal influence over the Internet that it did with the PC?...Could a combination of the two take advantage of a PC software monopoly to unfairly limit the ability of consumers to freely access competitors' email, IM, and web-based services? Policymakers around the world need to ask these questions — and consumers deserve satisfying answers.

Ouch. [Google via NYT]