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Judge: Apple Violated Antitrust Law

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled on Wednesday that Apple violated Section 1 of the Sherman Act by conspiring to raise e-book prices and hurt e-book retailer competition. Reuters reports that U.S. District Judge Denise Cote cited “compelling evidence” that the company violated antitrust law and played a “central role” in said conspiracy. Quoting …

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Google To Regulators: We’re Doing A ‘Good Job’

This week, Google addressed recent proposals it presented to the European Commission in an attempt to settle a lengthy antitrust investigation. These proposals already went further than those Google offered up successfully to the Federal Trade Commission here in the U.S. The commission recently said they didn’t go far enough, and Google competitors think the proposals are so bad that …

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FairSearch On Google’s Proposals In Europe: It Would Be Better To Do Nothing

This week, Google wrote a post on its Europe Policy blog defending the proposals it recently submitted to the European Commission, which has been investigating antitrust complaints against the company. Google submitted proposals back in April, but more recently, Commissioner Almunia made comments indicating that they did not go far enough. Google maintains that it did “a pretty good job” …

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Google Said To Be Under FTC Review For Waze

Google acquired Israel-based navigation company Waze earlier this month, after about a year’s worth of rumors that competitor Facebook would do so. Now, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission is making sure the move is not anti-competitive. The Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday that Google has confirmed it’s been contacted by FTC lawyers about a review. Details beyond that are …

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European Android Antitrust Probe In Preliminary Stage

Google is facing an antitrust probe in Europe regarding its Android licensing practices, according to a report from The Financial Times, which has seen documents related to the probe. The investigation, by the antitrust watchdog in Brussels, is in a “preliminary” stage, and is looking into allegations from companies including Microsoft and Nokia that it has supported Android “by means …

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Google’s Competition Proposals Not Good Enough For EU

Last month, the EU finally released a public document discussing Google’s proposal to end a lengthy antitrust investigation. With the document, the Commission began seeking feedback on the commitments Google offered to address concerns. Unsurprisingly, the feedback has included demands from some that Google do more. Here is the list of Google’s proposals, as shared in the EU’s announcement: Google …

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Google Could Be In For Another FTC Antitrust Probe

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is considering opening up a new antitrust probe into Google’s businesses practices once again, according to reports. This one would not be into Google’s search business, but its display advertising business. Bloomberg cites sources who wished not to be named, as saying the FTC is in the “preliminary stages” of a probe into whether the …

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Do Google’s Search Proposals Go Far Enough?

The EU has finally come out with a public document discussing Google’s proposal to end a lengthy antitrust investigation, and addressing the previously reported “market test,” which will give competitors and all those concerned a chance to offer feedback. Should Google be required to change its search results? Let us know what you think in the comments. The Commission is …

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FairSearch Doesn’t Like The Way Google Does Thing Bing Does

As previously reported, the EU has finally released documents clearly stating its concerns with Google’s competitive practices and listing, for the first time, Google’s actual proposals for settlement. Ahead of the release, the FairSearch Coalition (a group of Google competitors – including chief rival Microsoft – hellbent on seeing Google’s business regulated by governments) issued a statement indicating it would …

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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. It would also provide sites a way to keep their content out of Google’s specialized search engines, while still leaving …

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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 Trade Commission in the United States. Under the proposal, as it’s being reported, Google will label its own results, and …

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Streetmap Sues Google For Burying Search Results

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 competing vertical search engines. Google is actually currently facing a lawsuit in the UK alleging that it buries competitors’ results. …

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