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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.

Senate Prepares Grill For Google
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Google’s proposed purchase of DoubleClick has drawn the scrutiny of privacy advocates, the Federal Trade Commission, and now a Senate Judiciary subcommittee.

Europe Wants U.S. Based Microsoft To Pay

Microsoft has lost its appeal of a $690 million fine as set down by the European Commission for antitrust allegations against the software giant.

Google: All The Other Companies Are Doing It

A pretty large commotion was made over Google buying DoubleClick a few months back, especially from Microsoft, who filed against Google with the feds, flinging antitrust concerns. On Friday, Google responded with: Everybody else is doing it!

Congress Readies Invites For Google, DoubleClick
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Big names in online advertising attracted attention in Congress, as House Representative Bobby Rush (D-IL) announced his intention to investigate antitrust implications in Google’s proposed DoubleClick acquisition.

Google, Complain To DOJ About Microsoft
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Google’s request for extensions of some of Microsoft’s antitrust consent decree received naught but an icy rejection from the bench.

Google Wants More Oversight For Microsoft
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As Microsoft’s time under the watch of antitrust regulators spins to a close, Google has filed a legal request to extend that consent decree.

Google Names Microsoft In Antitrust Matter
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Google filed an antitrust complaint against Microsoft, in secret, several months ago; the complaint suggested that Vista’s desktop search function is too hard to turn off. 

Now, as you might have noticed, the complaint has become public, and several interesting details relating to the matter have also come to light.

Google Gets Former DOJ Lobbyist

Lobbyists work on behalf of all sorts of nasty causes – some people might not approve of oil companies and tobacco corporations, for example.  But lobbyists also work on behalf of charitable organizations and the like.  And now one more lobbyist works for Google.

FTC Opens Google, DoubleClick Probe

The Federal Trade Commission will take a look at Google’s proposed $3.1 billion purchase of DoubleClick, and consider the antitrust ramifications of the deal.

Marketers Step Into Google FOG

It wasn’t too long ago that a possible Microsoft purchase of Yahoo would have spooked the living daylights out of everybody. Not anymore, not even close. Fear of Google, the FOG, rolls in so thick the folks enveloped within are looking to Microsoft for daylight.

Has Google Created A Monster?
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The Google vs. MSN Rock Em Sock Em fight provides an interesting juxtaposition. In an outcome that seems surreal, like when Tyson took a bite out of Holyfield, Google has taken so much out of Microsoft in the online arena that folks are starting to wonder if it’s a fair fight.

Bell Deja Vu: Is It Time To Break Up Google?

Since Google’s surprise (and staggering) acquisition of DoubleClick, the most unlikely of trustbusters (Microsoft and AT&T) have emerged. Though their complaints may seem opportunistic and hypocritical, they may be on the money with the level of control the deal gives Google. Smaller entities are chiming in as well, suggesting it may be time to do with Google what was done with the baby bells.

Opposition To DoubleClick Deal Oddly Timed

The chorus of calls for antitrust review of Google’s $3.1 billion purchase of advertising network operator DoubleClick comes at a very early time in the process.

Microsoft Faces EU Fines… Again

The European Commission has daily fines of $4 million in store for Microsoft, who in turn have complained that the Commission thinks "patented innovation must be made available for free

Google Exec Raises Microsoft Antitrust Issue

Google and Microsoft have crossed swords yet again, this time over Vista. Amidst antitrust murmurings, a Google executive urged the Redmond-based company to allow users a choice in Internet search engine. Microsoft responded in an agreeable, if vague, manner.

Microsoft Agrees to Settle Antitrust Lawsuits

Microsoft will distribute vouchers valuing $37.8 million to Arkansas and $224 million to Wisconsin as part of two proposed class-action lawsuit settlements. The vouchers will be redeemable by residents of the respective states to obtain free software and hardware.

Google Expecting an Anti-trust Lawsuit?

Eric Schmidt, Google’s CEO, says to call him an idiot. No, sorry, I’m the idiot here and Eric isn’t an idiot. At least not when I’ve met him.