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Product A, i.e., the search engine, is not just profit-making, it's been Google's primary source of revenue for the the past decade. Google makes billions on paid search results placement. It's the foundation of their business model. Display Ads, Android, etc., are relative drops in the bucket in comparison.

So, do we want to subsidize it? No, because it's a private product offered for profit.

Should we let it die? Sure. Google's not the best search engine anymore, just the biggest. If it has to face some competition, they'll start improving the product again, which benefits everyone. And if it doesn't improve the product, it deserves to die.

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