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Google Raided By Korean Fair Trade Commission Google Raided By Korean Fair Trade Commission

Google sure has its work cut out for itself in terms of regulatory defense these days. The latest is that the company’s offices in South Korea have been raided by that country’s version of the FTC – The Korean Fair …

Sprint Files Its Own Suit to Block AT&T, T-Mobile Merger Sprint Files Its Own Suit to Block AT&T, T-Mobile Merger
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Sprint announced today that it has filed a suit to block the proposed AT&T, T-Mobile USA merger. The suit was filed in federal court in the District of Columbia. “Sprint opposes AT&T’s proposed takeover of T-Mobile,” said Susan Z. Haller, …

AT&T Hopes to Settle with DoJ Before Going to Court AT&T Hopes to Settle with DoJ Before Going to Court
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On Wednesday, the U.S. Justice Department announced that it had filed an antitrust lawsuit to block AT&T’s proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA. “The combination of AT&T and T-Mobile would result in tens of millions of consumers all across the United …

T-Mobile USA CEO Talks DOJ Suit in Email to Employees T-Mobile USA CEO Talks DOJ Suit in Email to Employees

As previously reported, the U.S. Department of Justice has moved to block AT&T’s proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA. They have filed an antitrust suit with this cause. T-Mobile USA CEO and President Philipp Humm reportedly sent out an email to …

DoJ Files To Block AT&T, T-Mobile Merger DoJ Files To Block AT&T, T-Mobile Merger

The United States Department of Justice announced today that it has filed an antitrust lawsuit to block AT&T’s proposed acquisition of T-Mobile. “The combination of AT&T and T-Mobile would result in tens of millions of consumers all across the United …

Senate Antitrust Subcommittee Announces Google Hearing Senate Antitrust Subcommittee Announces Google Hearing

THe U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights announced today that it will hold a hearing, “The Power of Google: Serving Consumers or Threatening Competition?” on September 21 at 2:00 PM. Last month, we reported …

Google: Here’s Who Doesn’t Think We’re Anticompetitive Google: Here’s Who Doesn’t Think We’re Anticompetitive
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The DoJ has been scrutinizing Google’s proposed acquisition of ad optimization firm AdMeld for over a month, and has now requested further information from Google. Google has put out a response to this via its Public Policy blog, which basically …

FairSearch Blasts Google with “Searchville” Site FairSearch Blasts Google with “Searchville” Site
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The FairSearch Coalition, the organization started last year to try (unsuccessfully) and see Google’s acquisition of ITA Software blocked, has launched a new site called Searchville with videos, comic strips and other interactive content, as well as a white paper, …

Google to FTC: These 5 Principles Will Stand Up To Your Scrutiny Google to FTC: These 5 Principles Will Stand Up To Your Scrutiny
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“These are the principles that guide us, and we know they’ll stand up to scrutiny,” Google said today in a post to the Official Google Blog, in response to scrutiny from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. So it’s official now. …

Senate Antitrust Subcommittee Wants to Question Larry Page or Eric Schmidt Senate Antitrust Subcommittee Wants to Question Larry Page or Eric Schmidt
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As earlier reported, the FTC is said to be planning a broad antitrust investigation into Google’s business practices, and according to the Wall Street Journal, they’re getting ready to serve Google with subpoenas, as well as requests for information from …

Report: FTC Ready to Serve Google Subpoenas Report: FTC Ready to Serve Google Subpoenas
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Mutterings of a a broad antitrust investigation of Google by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have been heard for a few months now, and there is still nothing official yet. Neither the FTC nor Google has commented on this. …

Google AdMeld Deal Draws DoJ Scrutiny Google AdMeld Deal Draws DoJ Scrutiny
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Earlier this week, Google officially announced that it has agreed to acquire ad optimization firm AdMeld, and now, as expected it appears it will draw government scrutiny. Pretty standard really. Bloomberg is reporting that the $400 million deal will be …

Apple iCloud Draws Antitrust Complaints Before It’s Even Unveiled Apple iCloud Draws Antitrust Complaints Before It’s Even Unveiled

Apple’s iCloud service hasn’t even been formally introduced yet (it will be today sometime after 1PM Eastern), but it is already drawing antitrust complaints. iCloud is expected to add a music storage element to Apple’s current digital music offerings (the …

Google Facing More Competition-Related Scrutiny, This Time from the FTC Google Facing More Competition-Related Scrutiny, This Time from the FTC
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It seems like just yesterday that Google won the approval of the Justice Department to go forward with its acquisition of ITA Software, a deal Google’s competitors tried aggressively (but unsuccessfully) to see blocked. In fact, it was only last …

Google Responds to South Korean Antitrust Claims Related to Android Google Responds to South Korean Antitrust Claims Related to Android
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Google had to clear a few hurdles to close its acquisition of ITA Software, which it did last week. This was finally accomplished after numerous anti-competition cries from competitors, but provided Google made good on certain stipulations, the Department of …

Google Hit By Antitrust Complaints In South Korea Google Hit By Antitrust Complaints In South Korea
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Google’s antitrust lawyers – who were probably already working overtime to deal with threats in the U.S. and Europe – may soon need to brush up on South Korean law, as well.  Two large Korean Internet companies have filed a …

Google Faces More Antitrust Complaints In Europe Google Faces More Antitrust Complaints In Europe
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Google’s antitrust troubles in Europe aren’t even close to being over, according to a man who would know.  Vice President of the European Commission Joaquin Almunia – who’s also the organization’s competition commissioner – indicated that more complaints are on …

Google Spared UK Antitrust Inquiry (For Now) Google Spared UK Antitrust Inquiry (For Now)
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Lately, it’s seemed like just about everyone is interested in investigating and/or prosecuting Google.  French courts, Swiss courts, and (perhaps) America’s own FTC have all been offended by different practices.  Google may be spared an antitrust probe in the UK, …

Google Antitrust Investigation May Be On FTC’s Agenda Google Antitrust Investigation May Be On FTC’s Agenda
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Google’s proposed acquisition of ITA Software, and whether or not the Department of Justice approves it, may have additional ramifications for Google and government regulations. According to a report from Bloomberg, the company is being considered for a “broad antitrust …

Microsoft Confronts Google With Antitrust Complaint
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The phrase “wouldn’t wish it on your worst enemy” apparently doesn’t apply to Microsoft’s antitrust-related examinations at the hands of the European Commission.  Late yesterday, Microsoft announced that it’s filing a complaint about Google with the organization. Microsoft’s own experiences …

Steve Jobs Ordered to Address iTunes Antitrust Concerns

Bloomberg Businessweek got the scoop that Apple CEO Steve Jobs has been ordered to answer questions in an antitrust dispute by a federal magistrate judge. According to the publication, “Lawyers for consumers who filed the 2005 complaint won permission to …