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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 …

Apple Antitrust Suit May Predict Coming Market Decline [Study] Apple Antitrust Suit May Predict Coming Market Decline [Study]
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The antitrust suit that the Justice Department threatened Apple with on March 7 may bear a wider significance for overall market trends. According to one recent study, U.S. government attacks on highly successful corporations historically correlate to stock market peaks. …

Microsoft May Or May Not Be Involved In New Antitrust Complaints Against Google Microsoft May Or May Not Be Involved In New Antitrust Complaints Against Google

Microsoft may or may not be involved with antitrust complaints against Google in Europe, related to Google+. Pretty vague, I know, but conflicting reports are painting it that way. Reuters first reported: “Microsoft and several other companies have complained to …

FairSearch Coalition To Protest Google More Heavily In Europe FairSearch Coalition To Protest Google More Heavily In Europe

The FairSearch Coalition announced that it has expanded its presence into Europe, with the launch of a new site at FairSearchEuopre.org. The organization says that as its membership has grown, it has realized that the concerns it was founded on …

Google’s Motorola Mobility Acquisition Approved By Justice Department Google’s Motorola Mobility Acquisition Approved By Justice Department
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Earlier, we reported that Google had won approval from the European Commission for its $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility. Now, the United States Department of Justice has granted its approval as well. Now things should start getting interesting. The …

FairSearch Adds E-Commerce, Advertising Firms To Coalition FairSearch Adds E-Commerce, Advertising Firms To Coalition

In 2010, a group of travel sites banded together to form the FairSearch Coalition, with the main goal of seeing Google’s acquisition of ITA Software blocked. It didn’t work, but the coalition is still going strong, fighting to see antitrust …

Consumer Watchdog Calls On European Commission To Block Google Motorola Deal Consumer Watchdog Calls On European Commission To Block Google Motorola Deal
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Consumer Watchdog is pushing to get the European Commission to block Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility and to issue a formal complaint against Google’s business practices. The group’s Privacy Project Director John M. Simpson wrote a letter to Competition Commissioner …

Google And Competition: Should The Government Be Regulating? Google And Competition: Should The Government Be Regulating?
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Google’s competitive practices have dominated the headlines this week, thanks to the company’s “Search Plus Your World” features (extensive integration of Google+ into search results, but not extensive integration of competing social networks Twitter and Facebook), but this is really …

Google Vs. Twitter: Is “Search Plus Your World” Bad For The Internet? Google Vs. Twitter: Is “Search Plus Your World” Bad For The Internet?
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This week, Google launched Search Plus Your World (SPYW), a set of features to personalize search results for users, which also happen to give Google+ content a lot more play in search results. The whole thing has sparked a great …

Google Search Plus Your World May Draw FTC Complaint Google Search Plus Your World May Draw FTC Complaint
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EPIC, the Electronic Privacy Information Center, is reportedly considering filing a complaint with the United States Federal Trade Commission over Google’s new “Search Plus Your World” features. In an interview with the LA Times, EPIC’s executive director Marc Rotenberg said …

Google Antitrust Regulation Still Up In The Air In Europe Google Antitrust Regulation Still Up In The Air In Europe

Google may or may not face a “statement of objections” from the EU’s antitrust department. Apparently it could go either way, as the regulators have so far been unable to decide whether or not to go this route. I guess …

Google Flight Search Not Popular With Competitors Google Flight Search Not Popular With Competitors
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The holidays are obviously a big time of year for air travel, which means they’re also a big time of year for flight search. It seems only fitting that it is a good time for travel sites to complain about …

Is Google Hurting Free Market Competition? Is Google Hurting Free Market Competition?
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Senators Herb Kohl and Mike Lee have put together a letter calling for an FTC investigation of Google, with an emphasis on the company’s search results. Do you think Google is anticompetitive? Let us know in the comments. Here’s the …

Microsoft, Novell Lawsuit Ends With Sopranos-Style Mistrial Microsoft, Novell Lawsuit Ends With Sopranos-Style Mistrial

After seven years in court, Microsoft is expected to ask the U.S. federal judge to dimiss the antitrust suit filed against them by Novell. Novell made their closing arguments in the case last week but a jury was unable to …