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What Is Google Doing To Its Search Results In Europe? What Is Google Doing To Its Search Results In Europe?

A month ago, it was reported that Joaquin Almunia, the European Commission’s head of competition, had given Google a deadline of July 2 to come up with changes to its search results, which would address four main concerns. Now, Google …

Former Rhode Island AG: Google Thinks It Is Above The Law Former Rhode Island AG: Google Thinks It Is Above The Law
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Texas Attorney General Greg Abbot filed a civil suit against Google in a Texas State court this week, as part of an ongoing antitrust probe. According to the Wall Street Journal, Abbot claims Google has withheld 14,500 documents, while a …

Is Google A Monopoly Or Do People Just Prefer It? Is Google A Monopoly Or Do People Just Prefer It?
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The Wall Street Journal ran an opinion piece from Nextag CEO Jeffrey Katz, calling Google a monopoly and slamming the company’s business practices. This is nothing new, of course. We see these types of complaints all the time, and various …

Google: WSJ Readers Don’t Think We’re A Monopoly Google: WSJ Readers Don’t Think We’re A Monopoly

The Wall Street Journal recently ran an editorial from Nextag CEO Jeffrey Katz, slamming Google’s business practices, and calling Google a monopoly. Google followed up the article with its own official response. We weighed in on the topic here. The …

This CEO Thinks Google Shopping Is Good For E-Commerce This CEO Thinks Google Shopping Is Good For E-Commerce
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Google created some ripples throughout the e-commerce industry this week when it announced that Google Shopping will be replacing Google Product Search. This is way more than just a name change, it’s a transition from a free service for merchants …

Google May Have To Change Search Results Google May Have To Change Search Results
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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 …

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

Google’s Motorola Purchase Hits Major Snag In China Google’s Motorola Purchase Hits Major Snag In China
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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 …

Google Report Dismisses Competitors’ Complaints of Search Bias Google Report Dismisses Competitors’ Complaints of Search Bias
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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 …

Glitch in Google Reviews for Places Glitch in Google Reviews for Places
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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 …

Google AdWords Investigated in India 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. …

South Korean, Argentinian Google Antitrust Probes Nothing New 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. …

FTC Hires Beth Wilkinson in Google Investigation 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 …

Facebook’s Instagram Days of Antitrust Scrutiny Ahead 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 …

TripAdvisor Complains To EU About Google Ahead Of Antitrust Decision TripAdvisor Complains To EU About Google Ahead Of Antitrust Decision
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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. …

Expedia Complains To EU About Google Ahead Of Antitrust Decision Expedia Complains To EU About Google Ahead Of Antitrust Decision
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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 …

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

Google Antitrust Case In Europe: EU Eyes Post-Easter Decision Google Antitrust Case In Europe: EU Eyes Post-Easter Decision
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Joaquin Almunia, who is leading an EU antitrust investigation of Google, has apparently decided not to decide anything on the matter until after Easter. Reuters reports that Almunia said on Wednesday that he would only decide after April 8, “whether …

European Consumers’ Organisation Calls For EU To Regulate Google European Consumers’ Organisation Calls For EU To Regulate Google

The European Commission is reportedly preparing its final recommendations in an antitrust case against Google. According to a report from the New York Times, investigators are expected to make recommendations to European Commission Vice President Joaquin Almunia, in the coming …

Is Antitrust Enforcement as Regulation Harming American Companies? Is Antitrust Enforcement as Regulation Harming American Companies?

Antitrust is quickly becoming a buzzword in the technology space as companies such as Google, Apple, and others are being investigated. The Federal Trade Commission is currently looking at Google in regards to claims that it is using its search power to favor its own products in search results.

Apple Subpoenaed By FTC In Google Antitrust Probe Apple Subpoenaed By FTC In Google Antitrust Probe

According to Bloomberg, Apple has been subpoenaed by the Federal Trade Commission in order to provide information pertaining to the ongoing antitrust investigation of Google. Apple is being requested to deliver the details of how Google is integrated into iPads …