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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 …

Microsoft May Be Fined Over Its EU Browser Snafu Microsoft May Be Fined Over Its EU Browser Snafu

You may remember when Microsoft got into some trouble with the European Commission over some potential antitrust violations. The Commission accused Microsoft of not offering a choice of browser to over 28 million Windows 7 users in February 2011. Microsoft …

EU Competition Chief Talks Antitrust Concerns About Google And Microsoft EU Competition Chief Talks Antitrust Concerns About Google And Microsoft

EU competition commissioner Joaquin Almunia spoke at Fordham University in New York City at an antitrust conference on Thursday. After talking about financial markets, benchmark rates manipulation, intellectual property and “keeping digital markets level and open,” Almunia had some things …

FairSearch Coalition Adds Oracle, Nokia And Allegro Group FairSearch Coalition Adds Oracle, Nokia And Allegro Group

The FairSearch Coalition, initially made up of travel sites who sought to get Google’s deal with ITA Software blocked by regulators last year, continues to grow, despite Google’s apparently strengthening argument against those who find its business anti-competitive. New to …

Amazon Takes Competition With Google Up A Notch Amazon Takes Competition With Google Up A Notch
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A few months back, Amazon acquired 3D-mapping startup UpNext, signaling its plans to enter mapping territory, and now Amazon is encouraging those developing apps for its new Kindle Fire devices to move away from Google Maps and go full on …

Court Finds That Google Is Not A Monopoly. Agree? Court Finds That Google Is Not A Monopoly. Agree?
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In June, we asked readers if they think Google is a monopoly or if people just prefer it. We got quite a range of answers. The argument hasn’t gone away. In fact, if anything, it’s ramped up more than ever. …

Joshua Wright FTC Nomination Probably Makes Google Happy Joshua Wright FTC Nomination Probably Makes Google Happy

This week, President Obama nominated Joshua Wright, a George Mason University School of Law professor, to serve on the Federal Trade Commission, replacing Commissioner J. Thomas Rosch. Rosch’s term will come to a close this month. Wright, an economist, in …

Amazon Is Taking Searches Away From Google Amazon Is Taking Searches Away From Google
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People are starting their product searches on Amazon.com more, and on Google.com (and other search engines) less, according to a report from the New York Times. That should bode well for Google in any arguments it may face against regulators, …

FTC Nears End Of Google Antitrust Probe [Report] FTC Nears End Of Google Antitrust Probe [Report]
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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) may reach a decision on how to proceed with an antitrust probe into Google, by mid September, according to a report from Bloomberg BusinessWeek, citing people familiar with the matter as the source of this …