All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Antitrust’

Will Google Help Competitors To Appease Regulators?

As you may know, the European Commission has been investigating Google’s search business for about two years. This is expected to reach a conclusion soon, as Google recently submitted a proposal for settling concerns. The Financial Times is now reporting (via TechCrunch) that Google will likely bow to regulatory pressure by taking measures to more prominently show results from competing …

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Is Android Giving Google An Unfair Advantage?

FairSearch.org, the organization made up of Google competitors mostly in (but not limited to) the the travel industry, has filed a new complaint with the EU. The angle this time is Android, which the coalition has deemed “a deceptive way to build advantages for key Google apps in 70 percent of the smartphones shipped today”. Do you think Android gives …

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EU Hits Microsoft With $731 Million Antitrust Fine

In July of last year, Microsoft was found to be in violation of an agreement it had made with EU regulators over a Web browser choice screen that was to be installed on every Windows PC sold in the region. There were talks of a fine for the past few months, but nothing had been done until now. Reuters reports …

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No Google Antitrust Decision Until After Summer Break [Report]

It’s looking like this Google antitrust thing won’t be resolved anytime soon in Europe. Reuters is reporting that EU antitrust chief Joaquin Almunia said that the European Commission can reach an agreement after the summer break. “We can envisage this as a possible deadline,” he’s quoted as saying. As Reuters notes, the Commission is closed for summer break throughout most …

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Google Submits European Antitrust Proposal, Leibowitz Resigns From FTC

Google has submitted its settlement proposal to the European Union Competition Commission, Commissioner Joaquin Almunia told reporters. The details of the proposal have yet to be made public, so it’s hard to speculate on what this might mean for Google in Europe going forward. We should, however, find out soon enough. As you may know, Google has already settled its …

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Will Internet Freedom Be Preserved And Expanded In 2013?

CES 2012 was overshadowed by the looming threat of SOPA. At the time, Congressmen Ron Wyden and Darrell Issa met with the tech industry to drum up support for their SOPA alternative – OPEN. SOPA eventually was declared officially dead late last year, but Wyden is back at CES 2013 with a laundry list of proposed legislation that could affect …

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It’s Not All Smooth Sailing For Google In The European Antitrust Waters

It looks like Google won’t be getting off as easy in Europe as it did here in the U.S. with regards to recent antitrust investigations. As you may know, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission announced last week that it did not find Google’s search business to be in violation of U.S. antitrust laws, but that the company was making a …

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Was The FTC Too Easy On Google? Too Hard?

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 voluntary changes regarding its search business. Many think Google got off to light, while others think even these changes were …

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Consumer Watchdog Inevitably Weighs In On The Google FTC Decision

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,” has now spoken out against today’s announcement. Consumer Watchdog says the settlement fails to end Google’s “most anticompetitive practice,” and …

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FairSearch: FTC’s Google Decision ‘Disappointing And Premature’

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 particular. The FairSearch Coalition has released its statement regarding today’s news, to inform the world that it is disappointed with …

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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 will likely rule on its investigation this week “with a similar settlement to the one discussed before the December holidays”. …

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Google May Not Get This FTC Thing Resolved Until 2013

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, citing “two people familiar with the situation,” that the FTC will not resolve its investigation until next year. On Tuesday, …

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