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Google May Have To Change Search Results

Joaquin Almunia, the European Commission’s head of competition, has expressed concerns about Google, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to result in a long, drawn-out legal process for the company. Almunia and Google seem to be in the process of talking things out, and that may or may not lead to Google making some changes, at least in Europe. A …

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Hiring of Antitrust Litigator Doesn’t Signal Google Antitrust Suit, FTC Says

In spite of the red sky Google might be seeing these mornings, the company doesn’t necessarily need to batten down the hatches of its ships just yet, according to Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz. That red sky Google’s been cautious about goes by the name of Beth Wilkinson, a high-profile litigator who’s made quite the name for herself as …

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Google’s Motorola Purchase Hits Major Snag In China

By now you’re probably aware of Google’s attempts to purchase troubled mobile phone maker Motorola Mobility. If not, here’s the gist: in August of 2011, Google and Motorola reached an agreement whereby Google paid $12.5 billion for Motorola Mobility, effectively gaining its own phone manufacturing arm and getting a huge patent portfolio in the deal. The only major obstacle was …

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Google Report Dismisses Competitors’ Complaints of Search Bias

Google continues its offensive against the antitrust investigation by the Federal Trade Commission with another internally-commissioned report released today. The report, which follows a different one from last week that argued Google’s right to free speech, pokes holes through all of recommendations from Google’s competitors that were offered to reduce the alleged bias in Google search results. The report, “Proposed …

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Glitch in Google Reviews for Places

Hamish McKenzie over at PandoDaily recently noticed an interesting “glitch” regarding how Google lists its reviews of various places in search. For example, when searching for Fior d’Italia Restaurant in San Francisco, Google initially presents 145 reviews. Though, when actually reading said reviews, only 17 are actually present. Here’s a look at the discrepancy: Even if one were to take …

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Google AdWords Investigated in India

Google, along with Facebook, has for a while now been set to stand trial in New Delhi over failing to censor objectionable religious material from their social networking sites – only to find that justice in India moves very slowly. It was recently reported that these censorship proceedings in India were postponed again in that case, and now the Competition …

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South Korean, Argentinian Google Antitrust Probes Nothing New

It was recently reported that Google revealed in a SEC regulatory filing that it’s been under investigation in South Korea and Argentina for possible antitrust practices for some time now, and the search giant has been cooperating with the proceedings. New details have emerged, and it’s been said that the case in South Korea began last year, after local internet …

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FTC Hires Beth Wilkinson in Google Investigation

For the first time in five years of litigation, the Federal Trade Commission has hired outside legal counsel to head up its antitrust investigation against Google, which denotes the seriousness of its inquiry. The FTC has long been looking into Google’s business practices on a broad level, encompassing aspects of its search engine and how it relates to preferential advertising, …

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Facebook’s Instagram Days of Antitrust Scrutiny Ahead

So now that we have learned that Facebook’s $1 billion purchase of Instagram wasn’t so much a Facebook purchase as it was a Mark Zuckerberg joint, the next arbitrary aspect that we must speculate upon is whether or not Facebook has earned itself any scrutiny over a possible antitrust obstacle. Antitrust charges must most immediately prove that a business acquisition …

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TripAdvisor Complains To EU About Google Ahead Of Antitrust Decision

Does this headline sound familiar? It should, because it’s exactly the same as the one I used in an article a few days ago, except for the first word. Last time, it was Expedia filing a complaint. Now, it’s TripAdvisor. Of course Expedia and TripAdvisor have plenty in common. As a matter of fact, until about a year ago, the …

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Expedia Complains To EU About Google Ahead Of Antitrust Decision

The EU is expected to make a decision on how to proceed in an antitrust investigation of Google after Easter. EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said as much earlier this week. That leaves time for more to complain about Google try to make their cases and influence the decision. Reuters reports that Expedia has now filed a formal complaint against …

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Verizon-Cable Deal Raises Major Concerns, According to Public Knowledge

The dispute over Verizon Wireless’s bid to buy spectrum from several cable companies is still going strong even after last week’s hearing that attempted to answer some of the questions about it. As WebProNews previously reported, Verizon Wireless, in December, announced a deal to purchase unused airwaves from Comcast, Time Warner, Bright House Communications, and Cox Communications for nearly $3.6 …

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