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Google Rivals Launch ‘Focus On The User’ Site

Google Rivals Launch ‘Focus On The User’ Site

By Chris Crum September 29, 2014

Another group of Google rival companies (separate from FairSearch) has sprung up with a new site aimed at shaping the EU opinion on Google’s business practices when it comes to competition. The site is called “Focus on the User,” and …

Android Antitrust Investigation Starting To Ramp Up Android Antitrust Investigation Starting To Ramp Up

An EU antitrust investigation into Google’s business practices related to Android has been in the works for over a year, following a complaint filed by FairSearch.org in April, 2013. Now, things are starting to heat up. Reuters is reporting that …

Should Yelp Really Be Complaining About Google? Should Yelp Really Be Complaining About Google?

Yelp has sure done a lot of complaining about Google as the latter faces regulation over allegedly anticompetitive business practices in Europe. When speaking with investors, however, Yelp doesn’t seem too concerned about competing with the search giant internationally. Meanwhile, …

Google Antitrust Probe To Continue Google Antitrust Probe To Continue

Earlier this year, it was starting to look like the EU’s lengthy antitrust probe into Google was getting close to finally wrapping up. Now, it’s not looking like that’s the case. In early February, the EU announced that it had …

Yelp Becomes Official Complainant Against Google Yelp Becomes Official Complainant Against Google

Yelp decided its voice wasn’t loud enough in the never-ending European Google antitrust case, so it has decided to be an official complainant, and oppose the EU’s proposed settlement. Yelp has been a vocal opponent of Google’s business practices in …

Another Antitrust Complaint Filed Against Google Another Antitrust Complaint Filed Against Google

Google is a magnet for antitrust complaints, so it’s never a shock when a new one is filed. This time it’s Aptoide, and the complaint alleges “abuse of a dominant position in the App Store market.” Aptoide operates an independent …

Google Ads Reportedly Catch Eye Of UK Regulator Google Ads Reportedly Catch Eye Of UK Regulator

Google is reportedly being monitored by the Financial Conduct Authority, a financial services watchdog in the UK, in relation to its comparison ads. The Telegraph’s James Titcomb reports (h/t: Greg Sterling): Of particular concern is that Google’s listing of search …

Companies Pressure European Commission On Google Companies Pressure European Commission On Google

FairSearch is calling attention to a new campaign by The Open Internet Project seeking to raise “further scrutiny” of Google’s potential settlement with the European Commission over a lengthy antitrust investigation. The Open Internet Project is a group of European …

India Launches Another Google Antitrust Probe India Launches Another Google Antitrust Probe

The Competition Commission of India has reportedly launched a new antitrust investigation into Google’s business practices following a complaint that Google allegedly blocked a business’ ads because it competed with one of Google’s own Helpouts business. Google launched Helpouts last …

Netflix And Comcast Continue To Bash Each Other Netflix And Comcast Continue To Bash Each Other

Earlier this week, Netflix said in a letter to shareholders that it opposes Comcast’s proposed merger with Time Warner Cable. They said the Internet faces a long term threat from large ISPs driving up profits for themselves as well as …

Facebook/Oculus Deal Gets FTC Approval Facebook/Oculus Deal Gets FTC Approval

The Federal Trade Commission has given the thumbs up to the $2 billion deal which sees social media giant Facebook acquiring nascent virtual reality company Oculus VR. The U.S. regulatory agency granted the transaction, clearing it of any possible antitrust …

Google Fined $166K In India Antitrust Probe Google Fined $166K In India Antitrust Probe

Google has been fined by the Competition Commission of India (CCI) to the tune of roughly $166,000 (US) in relation to an antitrust probe launched two years ago. The probe began after a complaint from consumer advocacy group Consumer Unity …

Comcast/TWC Merger Reviewed by Multiple States Too Comcast/TWC Merger Reviewed by Multiple States Too

When the largest company in any arena announces plans to purchase the second-largest company in the same arena, you can hear whatever crumb of competition that currently exists slowly falling from the market. It sounds like the faint cries of …

Google Reportedly Facing $5 Billion Fine In India Google Reportedly Facing $5 Billion Fine In India

Google is reportedly facing a $5 billion fine from the Competition Commission of India in relation to an antitrust probe launched two years ago. The probe began after a complaint from consumer advocacy group Consumer Unity and Trust Society (CUTS) …

FairSearch Comments On Google Deal (Kind Of) FairSearch Comments On Google Deal (Kind Of)

As reported earlier, Google has made its full agreement with the EU publicly available. The proposal should keep Google from getting fined as the result of a three-year antitrust investigation, and includes: changes to AdSense terms making it easier for …

Google Publishes Full Agreement With EU Google Publishes Full Agreement With EU

Last week, the EU announced that it had obtained “an improved commitments proposal” from Google over the three-year antitrust probe into the company’s search business. In other words, the European Commission is finally satisfied with what Google is offering to …

FairSearch Continues To Complain About EU And Google FairSearch Continues To Complain About EU And Google

Last week, the EU announced that Google had offered what it considered “an improved commitments proposal” to end a three-year antitrust probe without the company having to pay a fine. While the EU did say it would inform complainants of …