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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 …

Google May Not Get This FTC Thing Resolved Until 2013 Google May Not Get This FTC Thing Resolved Until 2013
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It was expected that the Federal Trade Commission would announce its decision on whether or not to pursue an antitrust suit against Google by the end of the year, but now, it’s looking like that won’t happen. Bloomberg is reporting, …

EU Has “Substantially Reduced” Its Differences With Google EU Has “Substantially Reduced” Its Differences With Google

The FTC’s investigation into Google’s search business is expected to wind down very soon, and from the sound of it, the investigation in Europe won’t be too far behind. Bloomberg BusinessWeek is reporting that EU antitrust chief Joaquin Almunia said …

Google Will Reportedly Offer “Voluntary Concessions” To FTC “Without Any Enforcement Action” Google Will Reportedly Offer “Voluntary Concessions” To FTC “Without Any Enforcement Action”
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Last week, reports were coming out, suggesting that FTC regulators are expected to end their investigation of Google’s search business without finding antitrust violations, and that the FTC would make its announcement by the end of the year. Google’s competitors …

Former Googler Talks About Google’s Changes And Controversies Former Googler Talks About Google’s Changes And Controversies
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Vanessa Fox is always good for an interesting conversation about Google. Considering she used to work there, created Webmaster Central, and wrote the book Marketing In The Age of Google, it makes sense. What has been the most controversial thing …

FTC Reportedly Not Finding Antitrust Issues With Google’s Search Business FTC Reportedly Not Finding Antitrust Issues With Google’s Search Business
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If the latest reports are accurate, then Google may be getting away from this FTC antitrust investigation related to its search results, unscathed. The New York Post reports today that it has learned that regulators are expected to close their …

Congressman Requests FTC Briefing In Relation To Google Case Congressman Requests FTC Briefing In Relation To Google Case
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The Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), has sent a letter to the FTC requesting the commission outline how it views its authority to regulate Google’s business practices with regards to competition. Google, as you may …

Google Antitrust Situation Remains In Limbo, Pro-Google FTC Nominee Stays Out Of It Google Antitrust Situation Remains In Limbo, Pro-Google FTC Nominee Stays Out Of It

According to Reuters, EU competition chief Joaquin Almunia says EU antitrust regulators have not yet made a decision in their case against Google. Similarly, the company is still awaiting on a decision from the Federal Trade Commission in the U.S. …