Antitrust Articles

States Join Feds In Vetting Google, Yahoo Deal
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Search advertising by Google, search results by Yahoo, and a lot of scrutiny at the federal level received another layer of interest, this time from state governments.

Justice Department Steps Up Google, Yahoo Probe
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Antitrust regulators will take a closer look at the potential implications of an advertising deal made by Google and Yahoo last month.

China Maybe-Possibly Investigating Microsoft

The U.S. government has taken a few looks; the European Union more or less threw several fits.  It wouldn’t be surprising if China also raised antitrust issues with Microsoft, then, and there’s something of an argument taking place over whether this will happen.

DoJ, Realtors settle MLS squabble

Multiple listings services and their handling by realtors led the Department of Justice to challenge the National Association of Realtors, leading to a settlement after nearly 4 years of legal back-and-forth.

Yahoo, Google build coalition of foes

The potential deals to place Google’s ads on Yahoo’s search results beyond a previous test already garnered opposition from a motley crew of groups.

DOJ Chats With Google, Yahoo

Google and Yahoo prefaced their two-week test of Google’s AdSense for Search in Yahoo’s search results by chatting with antitrust regulators at the Justice Department.

Microsoft’s New Openness Makes More Sense
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When Microsoft announced last week a new openness philosophy, the first thought that came to mind was, “Well, that’s a switch!.” Considering they’d been fighting tooth and nail against open source competitors for years – I seem to remember Steve Ballmer paying personal visits to mayors in France and Germany to talk them out of Linux – opening up everything to developers was a surprising move.

European Commission Fines Microsoft Another $1.35B

"Ouch" doesn’t quite cover it.  The European Commission has fined Microsoft $1.35 billion (in addition to previous penalties) for not abiding by a 2004 antitrust ruling.

Fished In? Microsoft Lures Google To Antitrust Doom
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One publication opined Microsoft’s offer for Yahoo may be a way to draw Google’s business to the attention of antitrust authorities.

Microsoft-Yahoo Deal Haters Emerge
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Criticism of the proposed $44.6 billion cash & stock takeover of Yahoo by Microsoft has elicited negative comments from some industry observers.

Antitrust Oversight Of Microsoft Extended

No matter how well-behaved they are, it’s a rare person (or company) who enjoys being constantly monitored.  Here’s the bad news for Microsoft, then: a judge has extended antitrust oversight of the corporation through late 2009.

Microsoft Facing New European Probe

The EU will open a pair of investigations into Microsoft, focusing on their two big businesses: Windows operating systems and the Office productivity suite.

New York Probing Intel On Antitrust Issue

The semi-dormant spat between Intel and AMD over Intel’s business practices heated up with a broad subpoena hitting Intel’s offices, courtesy of New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.

Law Firm Purges DoubleClick References
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The demand for the FTC chair to recuse herself from the Google and DoubleClick antitrust review yielded a surprising little twist.

Opera Files Antitrust Complaint Against Microsoft

Oslo-based software maker Opera has formally complained to the European Union about Microsoft’s business practices.

Scrutinize Google, DoubleClick, Says Congress

DC lawmakers want the Federal Trade Commission to do more than rubber-stamp Google’s $3.1 billion DoubleClick acquisition.

Analysts: Privacy Won’t Stop Google, DoubleClick

The whispering campaign favoring Google’s acquisition of DoubleClick has begun, as a number of antitrust observers predict FTC approval of the deal.

Microsoft Chills Out On DoubleClick

The language from the head of Microsoft International was not as strident as that of the company’s top general counsel and his recent comments on Google’s DoubleClick acquisition.

Google, DoubleClick On Defense Against Senators
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The main defense put forth by Google and supporters of its proposed acquisition of DoubleClick holds that the two companies do business differently when it comes to advertising.

Study: Google Would Raise DoubleClick Prices

The Social Science Research Network (SSRN) released an antitrust analysis of the proposed Google and DoubleClick, and suggested the deal would harm DoubleClick’s display ad clients.

Google v. Microsoft: DoubleClaws Come Out
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Google’s acquisition of DoubleClick is a complicated issue, and a contentious one. The Antitrust Subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee meets later this week to get a better look at the online advertising space, and as that approaches, both sides of this debate are getting testy.