All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Antitrust’

EU Has “Substantially Reduced” Its Differences With Google

The FTC’s investigation into Google’s search business is expected to wind down very soon, and from the sound of it, the investigation in Europe won’t be too far behind. Bloomberg BusinessWeek is reporting that EU antitrust chief Joaquin Almunia said that Google should send an offer to EU regulators to settle the ordeal in January. Almunia reportedly met with Google …

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Google Will Reportedly Offer “Voluntary Concessions” To FTC “Without Any Enforcement Action”

Last week, reports were coming out, suggesting that FTC regulators are expected to end their investigation of Google’s search business without finding antitrust violations, and that the FTC would make its announcement by the end of the year. Google’s competitors were also said to be talking to the Department of Justice. Today, Bloomberg is reporting that Google is “poised to …

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Former Googler Talks About Google’s Changes And Controversies

Vanessa Fox is always good for an interesting conversation about Google. Considering she used to work there, created Webmaster Central, and wrote the book Marketing In The Age of Google, it makes sense. What has been the most controversial thing Google has done this year in your opinion? Let us know in the comments. We recently caught up with Fox, …

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FTC Reportedly Not Finding Antitrust Issues With Google’s Search Business

If the latest reports are accurate, then Google may be getting away from this FTC antitrust investigation related to its search results, unscathed. The New York Post reports today that it has learned that regulators are expected to close their investigation of the company’s search business without finding any antitrust violations, and that the FTC will announced before the end …

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Congressman Requests FTC Briefing In Relation To Google Case

The Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), has sent a letter to the FTC requesting the commission outline how it views its authority to regulate Google’s business practices with regards to competition. Google, as you may know, is waiting for the FTC to reach a decision on whether or not to pursue an antitrust lawsuit. The …

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Google Antitrust Situation Remains In Limbo, Pro-Google FTC Nominee Stays Out Of It

According to Reuters, EU competition chief Joaquin Almunia says EU antitrust regulators have not yet made a decision in their case against Google. Similarly, the company is still awaiting on a decision from the Federal Trade Commission in the U.S. Reuters shares this quote from Almunia: “We are in the process of conversation with Google to try to reach a …

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Larry Page Talks To FTC, Yelp Thinks Google Does Evil Things

Google CEO Larry Page met with FTC officials in Washington on Tuesday, according to a report from Bloomberg. As previously reported, the FTC is close to closing its antitrust investigation into Google and recently gave Google a matter of days to come up with a proposal, though according to an earlier report from Bloomberg, the FTC didn’t seem to have …

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FTC Reportedly Not Very Confident In At Least One Major Element Of Potential Antitrust Case Against Google

It’s looking less likely that the Federal Trade Commission believes it has a solid enough case to take Google to court on antitrust grounds, at least over the way Google presents results from its own products. A report from Bloomberg today says Google may “skirt the most serious antitrust allegations under investigation,” as regulators “waver on whether they can prove …

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GOP Senators To FTC: Ease Up On Tech Companies (Like Google)

Ten GOP Senators signed a letter to FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz, from Senator Jim DeMint, expressing views on the FTC’s apparent eagerness to enforce antitrust regulation on tech companies. Those who signed, in addition to Demint, include: Kay Bailey Hutchison, Orrin Hatch, John Thune, John Cornyn, Johnny Isakson, Roy Blunt, John Boozman, Pat Toomey, and Marco Rubio. The letter clearly …

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Report: FTC Gives Google A Few Days To Offer A Proposal

Last month, reports came out indicating that the FTC would reveal its formal decision about whether or not to file an antitrust suit against Google. Here we are waiting, but not for long, from the sound of it. Bloomberg is reporting, citing “two people familiar with the situation,” that FTC Chairman Jonathan Leibowitz is pressing Google to make an offer …

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What Personalization, Privacy And Competition Mean For Google’s Future

As previously reported, Google has expanded its field trial for Gmail results on web search results pages. Now, it includes Google Drive and Google Content (though you have to actually sign up for the new field trial to get these features). While these aren’t yet features that are available to all users, they are the latest sign of Google’s move …

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These Two Hires May Mean More Competition For Google

A couple of Google’s chief rivals have just made significant hires that may help them better compete with the Internet giant. Apple has hired William Strasior to run Siri, according to Kara Swisher at All Things D. Apple has already been making moves to improve Siri, and the hiring of Strasior has major implications for the direction Apple takes the …

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