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FairSearch On Google’s Proposals In Europe: It Would Be Better To Do Nothing FairSearch On Google’s Proposals In Europe: It Would Be Better To Do Nothing

This week, Google wrote a post on its Europe Policy blog defending the proposals it recently submitted to the European Commission, which has been investigating antitrust complaints against the company. Google submitted proposals back in April, but more recently, Commissioner …

Google Said To Be Under FTC Review For Waze Google Said To Be Under FTC Review For Waze

Google acquired Israel-based navigation company Waze earlier this month, after about a year’s worth of rumors that competitor Facebook would do so. Now, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission is making sure the move is not anti-competitive. The Wall Street Journal …

European Android Antitrust Probe In Preliminary Stage European Android Antitrust Probe In Preliminary Stage
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Google is facing an antitrust probe in Europe regarding its Android licensing practices, according to a report from The Financial Times, which has seen documents related to the probe. The investigation, by the antitrust watchdog in Brussels, is in a …

Google’s Competition Proposals Not Good Enough For EU Google’s Competition Proposals Not Good Enough For EU

Last month, the EU finally released a public document discussing Google’s proposal to end a lengthy antitrust investigation. With the document, the Commission began seeking feedback on the commitments Google offered to address concerns. Unsurprisingly, the feedback has included demands …

Google Could Be In For Another FTC Antitrust Probe Google Could Be In For Another FTC Antitrust Probe

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is considering opening up a new antitrust probe into Google’s businesses practices once again, according to reports. This one would not be into Google’s search business, but its display advertising business. Bloomberg cites sources who …

Do Google’s Search Proposals Go Far Enough? Do Google’s Search Proposals Go Far Enough?
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The EU has finally come out with a public document discussing Google’s proposal to end a lengthy antitrust investigation, and addressing the previously reported “market test,” which will give competitors and all those concerned a chance to offer feedback. Should …

FairSearch Doesn’t Like The Way Google Does Thing Bing Does FairSearch Doesn’t Like The Way Google Does Thing Bing Does
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As previously reported, the EU has finally released documents clearly stating its concerns with Google’s competitive practices and listing, for the first time, Google’s actual proposals for settlement. Ahead of the release, the FairSearch Coalition (a group of Google competitors …

FairSearch Issues Statement On Google Proposal ‘Market Test’ FairSearch Issues Statement On Google Proposal ‘Market Test’

Earlier this month, news came out that the European Union accepted a proposal from Google to settle a lengthy antitrust investigation. Google reportedly agreed to clearly lavel search results from its own properties, and show links from rival search engines. …

Google To Alter Search Results To Settle With EU Google To Alter Search Results To Settle With EU

No official announcement has been made yet, but reports have come out indicating that Google has settled with the European Commission in a two-year antitrust investigation. This one goes far beyond the settlement the company recently reached with the Federal …

Streetmap Sues Google For Burying Search Results Streetmap Sues Google For Burying Search Results
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Google is currently dealing with an antitrust probe in Europe, as you’re probably aware. A report this week from the Financial Times suggests that Google will likely bow to regulatory pressure by taking measures to more prominently show results from …

Will Google Help Competitors To Appease Regulators? Will Google Help Competitors To Appease Regulators?
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As you may know, the European Commission has been investigating Google’s search business for about two years. This is expected to reach a conclusion soon, as Google recently submitted a proposal for settling concerns. The Financial Times is now reporting …

Is Android Giving Google An Unfair Advantage? Is Android Giving Google An Unfair Advantage?
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FairSearch.org, the organization made up of Google competitors mostly in (but not limited to) the the travel industry, has filed a new complaint with the EU. The angle this time is Android, which the coalition has deemed “a deceptive way …

EU Hits Microsoft With $731 Million Antitrust Fine EU Hits Microsoft With $731 Million Antitrust Fine

In July of last year, Microsoft was found to be in violation of an agreement it had made with EU regulators over a Web browser choice screen that was to be installed on every Windows PC sold in the region. …

No Google Antitrust Decision Until After Summer Break [Report] No Google Antitrust Decision Until After Summer Break [Report]

It’s looking like this Google antitrust thing won’t be resolved anytime soon in Europe. Reuters is reporting that EU antitrust chief Joaquin Almunia said that the European Commission can reach an agreement after the summer break. “We can envisage this …

Google Submits European Antitrust Proposal, Leibowitz Resigns From FTC Google Submits European Antitrust Proposal, Leibowitz Resigns From FTC

Google has submitted its settlement proposal to the European Union Competition Commission, Commissioner Joaquin Almunia told reporters. The details of the proposal have yet to be made public, so it’s hard to speculate on what this might mean for Google …

Will Internet Freedom Be Preserved And Expanded In 2013? Will Internet Freedom Be Preserved And Expanded In 2013?
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CES 2012 was overshadowed by the looming threat of SOPA. At the time, Congressmen Ron Wyden and Darrell Issa met with the tech industry to drum up support for their SOPA alternative – OPEN. SOPA eventually was declared officially dead …

It’s Not All Smooth Sailing For Google In The European Antitrust Waters It’s Not All Smooth Sailing For Google In The European Antitrust Waters
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It looks like Google won’t be getting off as easy in Europe as it did here in the U.S. with regards to recent antitrust investigations. As you may know, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission announced last week that it did …

Was The FTC Too Easy On Google? Too Hard? Was The FTC Too Easy On Google? Too Hard?
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On Thursday, the FTC finally made an announcement regarding its investigation of Google for alleged anticompetitive conduct. The investigation is now closed. The Commission will not be pursing antitrust litigation, and Google escaped without fines, and will make some minor …

Consumer Watchdog Inevitably Weighs In On The Google FTC Decision Consumer Watchdog Inevitably Weighs In On The Google FTC Decision
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The Federal Trade Commission announced today that it has closed its investigation into Google, and Google opponents are not thrilled. We looked at FairSearch’s response here. Consumer Watchdog, the consumer rights group, which also challenged Google’s FTC settlement over “Safari-gate,” …

FairSearch: FTC’s Google Decision ‘Disappointing And Premature’ FairSearch: FTC’s Google Decision ‘Disappointing And Premature’
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Now that the Federal Trade Commission has formally announced the conclusion of its investigation into Google’s business practices, commentary from “experts,” analysts, and various groups are coming out of the woodwork. We knew we’d be hearing from one group in …

FTC May Announce Google Decision This Week FTC May Announce Google Decision This Week

Here we are into 2013, and still no public decision on the Google antitrust investigation from the FTC. That may change soon, however (I know, we keep hearing that). All Things D is reporting, citing “multiple sources” that the FTC …