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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. …

Larry Page Talks To FTC, Yelp Thinks Google Does Evil Things Larry Page Talks To FTC, Yelp Thinks Google Does Evil Things
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Google CEO Larry Page met with FTC officials in Washington on Tuesday, according to a report from Bloomberg. As previously reported, the FTC is close to closing its antitrust investigation into Google and recently gave Google a matter of days …

FTC Reportedly Not Very Confident In At Least One Major Element Of Potential Antitrust Case Against Google FTC Reportedly Not Very Confident In At Least One Major Element Of Potential Antitrust Case Against Google
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It’s looking less likely that the Federal Trade Commission believes it has a solid enough case to take Google to court on antitrust grounds, at least over the way Google presents results from its own products. A report from Bloomberg …

GOP Senators To FTC: Ease Up On Tech Companies (Like Google) GOP Senators To FTC: Ease Up On Tech Companies (Like Google)
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Ten GOP Senators signed a letter to FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz, from Senator Jim DeMint, expressing views on the FTC’s apparent eagerness to enforce antitrust regulation on tech companies. Those who signed, in addition to Demint, include: Kay Bailey Hutchison, …

Report: FTC Gives Google A Few Days To Offer A Proposal Report: FTC Gives Google A Few Days To Offer A Proposal

Last month, reports came out indicating that the FTC would reveal its formal decision about whether or not to file an antitrust suit against Google. Here we are waiting, but not for long, from the sound of it. Bloomberg is …

What Personalization, Privacy And Competition Mean For Google’s Future What Personalization, Privacy And Competition Mean For Google’s Future
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As previously reported, Google has expanded its field trial for Gmail results on web search results pages. Now, it includes Google Drive and Google Content (though you have to actually sign up for the new field trial to get these …

These Two Hires May Mean More Competition For Google These Two Hires May Mean More Competition For Google
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A couple of Google’s chief rivals have just made significant hires that may help them better compete with the Internet giant. Apple has hired William Strasior to run Siri, according to Kara Swisher at All Things D. Apple has already …

Congressman To FTC: To Even Discuss Antitrust With Regards To Google “Defies All Logic” Congressman To FTC: To Even Discuss Antitrust With Regards To Google “Defies All Logic”
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Last week, reports came out indicating that four out of five FTC commissioners are supporting an antitrust suit against Google, and that a decision will come in late November or December. Also last week, Congressman Jared Polis (D-Colorado) sent a …

FTC’s Google Antitrust Decision May Come In November [Report] FTC’s Google Antitrust Decision May Come In November [Report]
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Although a decision on whether or not to move forward with an antitrust suit against Google was expected about a month ago, it looks like the decision has been made, and that the FTC may pursue such action. Reuters is …

Report: Google Proposal In Europe Involves More Branding Of Google Properties In Search Results Report: Google Proposal In Europe Involves More Branding Of Google Properties In Search Results
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In Europe, Google may soon add more branding to search results that come from its own products. The search giant has been in discussions with European Union competition commissioner Joaquín Almunia, and a new report fron the Financial Times says …

Buscapé Implies Google Breached Ruling From Brazilian Court Buscapé Implies Google Breached Ruling From Brazilian Court

According to a court document, a Brazilian court recently rejected claims by shopping comparison site Buscapé that Google is a monopoly, and essentially does not conduct its business in a way that is fair to competitors. We talked about this …