All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Antitrust’

Congressman To FTC: To Even Discuss Antitrust With Regards To Google “Defies All Logic”

Last week, reports came out indicating that four out of five FTC commissioners are supporting an antitrust suit against Google, and that a decision will come in late November or December. Also last week, Congressman Jared Polis (D-Colorado) sent a letter to FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz about the FTC’s pursuance of such a suit, calling on the commission to “tread …

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FTC’s Google Antitrust Decision May Come In November [Report]

Although a decision on whether or not to move forward with an antitrust suit against Google was expected about a month ago, it looks like the decision has been made, and that the FTC may pursue such action. Reuters is reporting today that four out of five FTC commissioners “believe that an antitrust case should be brought against Google.” The …

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Report: Google Proposal In Europe Involves More Branding Of Google Properties In Search Results

In Europe, Google may soon add more branding to search results that come from its own products. The search giant has been in discussions with European Union competition commissioner Joaquín Almunia, and a new report fron the Financial Times says that a Google proposal in response to Almunia’s concerns includes Google offering to label info from its own services by …

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Buscapé Implies Google Breached Ruling From Brazilian Court

According to a court document, a Brazilian court recently rejected claims by shopping comparison site Buscapé that Google is a monopoly, and essentially does not conduct its business in a way that is fair to competitors. We talked about this here, linking to a Search Engine Land post, which shared the actual document via Scribd. Today, a spokesperson for Buscapé …

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Microsoft May Be Fined Over Its EU Browser Snafu

You may remember when Microsoft got into some trouble with the European Commission over some potential antitrust violations. The Commission accused Microsoft of not offering a choice of browser to over 28 million Windows 7 users in February 2011. Microsoft said they were sorry, and put the browser choice option back in. It apparently wasn’t enough. A report from the …

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EU Competition Chief Talks Antitrust Concerns About Google And Microsoft

EU competition commissioner Joaquin Almunia spoke at Fordham University in New York City at an antitrust conference on Thursday. After talking about financial markets, benchmark rates manipulation, intellectual property and “keeping digital markets level and open,” Almunia had some things to say about his concerns with Google and with Microsoft. Almunia said this about Google: As to Google, it is …

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FairSearch Coalition Adds Oracle, Nokia And Allegro Group

The FairSearch Coalition, initially made up of travel sites who sought to get Google’s deal with ITA Software blocked by regulators last year, continues to grow, despite Google’s apparently strengthening argument against those who find its business anti-competitive. New to the group are Oracle, Nokia and Allegro Group. FairSearch today shared a statement from EU Counsel Thomas Vinje, saying: The …

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Amazon Takes Competition With Google Up A Notch

A few months back, Amazon acquired 3D-mapping startup UpNext, signaling its plans to enter mapping territory, and now Amazon is encouraging those developing apps for its new Kindle Fire devices to move away from Google Maps and go full on Amazon. When Amazon announced the Kindle Fire HD, it also made the Amazon Maps API available to developers. “The Amazon …

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Court Finds That Google Is Not A Monopoly. Agree?

In June, we asked readers if they think Google is a monopoly or if people just prefer it. We got quite a range of answers. The argument hasn’t gone away. In fact, if anything, it’s ramped up more than ever. The company is facing scrutiny at one level or another all over the world, but things keep happening to add …

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Joshua Wright FTC Nomination Probably Makes Google Happy

This week, President Obama nominated Joshua Wright, a George Mason University School of Law professor, to serve on the Federal Trade Commission, replacing Commissioner J. Thomas Rosch. Rosch’s term will come to a close this month. Wright, an economist, in addition to being a law professor, has some ties to Google, as San Jose Mercury News columnist Chris O’Brien writes …

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Amazon Is Taking Searches Away From Google

People are starting their product searches on Amazon.com more, and on Google.com (and other search engines) less, according to a report from the New York Times. That should bode well for Google in any arguments it may face against regulators, regarding antitrust, which is probably why one Googler shared the report on Twitter this morning: Follow @adamkovac Adam Kovacevich @adamkovac …

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FTC Nears End Of Google Antitrust Probe [Report]

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) may reach a decision on how to proceed with an antitrust probe into Google, by mid September, according to a report from Bloomberg BusinessWeek, citing people familiar with the matter as the source of this info. In June of last year, Google announced that it had received formal notification that the FTC had begun a …

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