Yes, but Google didn't use underhanded tactics to beat other companies. Microsoft did and apparently so is Intel. Competetion is great - when its fair.
Having a vastly greater product then a competitor is also fair if consumers choose yours. This isn't the case here. You can't claim that Intel chips are "better" then AMD chips. They both have strengths and weaknesses. There's no clear winner.
How would you like it if we were running a race and I tripped you when no one was looking? I'm not necessarily a better runner but I end up winning and getting all the glory. Wouldn't you complain?
You want evidence? Let me get some.
Some evidenc of Intel's blackmailing:http://internetnews.com/ent-news/article.php/3488411
"One manufacturer, according to the report, was limited in the amount of non-Intel purchases it could make, while Intel also put conditions on its rebates, giving them to PC makers that used Intel exclusively or primarily."http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8386156/page/2/
"According to the complaint, Intel has forced major customers such as Dell, Sony, Toshiba, Gateway and Hitachi into exclusive deals in return for cash payments and other deals. It also allegedly paid Sony millions of dollars for an exclusive deal on microprocessors and threatened retaliation against customers for introducing AMD computer platforms into their products."http://www.betanews.com/article/AMD_...tel/1119977968
"AMD's case follows an antitrust ruling in Japan where Intel was found to have coerced one OEM into agreeing to purchase all of its CPUs from Intel..."http://money.cnn.com/2005/06/28/tech...md_intel.reut/
"It also said former Gateway CEO Ted Waitt told AMD that Intel offered him large sums not to deal with AMD."
"In 2003, the complaint says, Barrett [then CEO of Intel] visited the CEO of Taiwan computer maker Acer Inc. before the introduction of AMD's Athlon 64 line of chips and threatened "severe consequences" if he supported the launch."http://www.pcworld.com/news/article/0,aid,121625,00.asp
"Another complaint involves the European joint venture Fujitsu Siemens Computers (Holding), which was once a mainstay for AMD's desktop business, with AMD chips powering over 30 percent of Fujitsu Siemens' consumer PCs, according to the complaint. In early 2003, Intel offered Fujitsu Siemens a "special discount" on its Celeron processors. Fujitsu Siemens accepted the offer in exchange for hiding its AMD computers on its Web site and removing references to AMD-powered products from its retail catalog, according to AMD."
"Fujitsu Siemens is also among the companies that reported being intimidated from participating in the Opteron 64 launch in 2003, according to AMD. The others include Taiwan's Micro-Star International, Atipa Technologies, and Solectron."
Okay, so all of that definitely doesn't look like "fair" dealings. This isn't a case of manufacturers choosing Intel because its better/cheaper, it's a case of Intel bullying them into buying their chips.
Some people may think that these practices are legal but in reality they are not. I'm not an expert on anti-trust laws but I'll do some research.
And in regards to your comment about competition being fair, that's a bad idea. Competition isn't supposed to be fair. Certain companies have advantages (i.e. Microsoft with Bill Gates - no one else has him). A problem occurs when companies cheat the system to get ahead or stay ahead.
If you make it so no one can get patents, there's no reason for companies to invent new things which will basically screw us all over.