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Google's role: First, it created the Android operating system for mobile devices. Now, it's selling its own Android phone.

Who's happy: HTC, the company that helped Google create its own phone; consumers who don't want to buy their smart phone from a carrier.

Who's not: Smart-phone makers who designed Android phones only to find themselves competing with the company they thought was their ally; carriers, who don't want their business models disrupted.


Google's role: It runs perhaps the largest news aggregator online, giving millions of people access to the world's information.

Who's happy: News outlets, which get billions of clicks from the service.

Who's not: News outlets, which feel Google is taking their content and making a fortune from it.

SECTOR: E-readers

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Google's role: Twofold. Its digital collection of books makes it a great source of content for any manufacturer willing to partner up. Because its Android operating system is made for mobile devices, its a good fit for dual-screen e-reader tablets.

Who's happy: Sony, which previously partnered with Google for book content, and several smaller e-reader manufacturers who have utilized Android.

Who's not: Amazon. The on-line retailer now sees its relatively tiny competition in the e-reader market backed by the world's biggest Web firm.


Google's role: To put it simply, Google is trying to make a digital copy of every book ever written.

Who's happy: Publishers who feel this is the next evolution of bookselling. Authors who would otherwise make no money because their books are so hard to find.

Who's not: A slew of authors, publishers, competitors and even governments, who all feel Google is essentially ignoring years of copyright law and trying to create its massive library without properly compensating those who produced the content.

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