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FTC: Controversial Wall Street Journal Google Article ‘Misleading’

FTC: Controversial Wall Street Journal Google Article ‘Misleading’

By Chris Crum March 26, 2015

On Wednesday, The Wall Street Journal published an inflammatory report under the title “Google Makes Most of Close Ties to White House,” which attempts to make the case that Google was able to sway the outcome of the FTC’s antitrust …

Google Breakup Approved By European Parliament Google Breakup Approved By European Parliament

As previously reported, the European Parliament was considering a proposal to call for a breakup of Google. More specifically, it wants to separate the company’s search business from the rest of its offerings. When the subject came up for a …

Report: European Politicians Want To Break Up Google Report: European Politicians Want To Break Up Google

Google has had plenty of battles throughout Europe for years, but now it could be facing its biggest yet. According to a new report, the European parliament is about to call for a break-up of the company, which would see …

Now FairSearch Is Attacking The New Android Now FairSearch Is Attacking The New Android

Last week, Google announced Lollipop, its latest Android version (5.0), and now, FairSearch is speaking out against it, claiming it “seeks to expand Google’s control.” Google first showed off some of the operating system’s bells and whistles at Google I/O …

Is Amazon Google’s Biggest Search Competitor? Is Amazon Google’s Biggest Search Competitor?

There was a time when Google considered Bing its biggest competitor in search, which probably makes sense to most people, as it’s more of a direct competitor in terms of being a web search engine. It’s actually Amazon, however, that …

Tool Claims To Show Google Search Bias Tool Claims To Show Google Search Bias

As recently reported, Yelp has formed a coalition (not entirely unlike the FairSearch Coalition) with other Google critics/competitors Consumer Watchdog, Jameda, HolidayCheck, TripAdvisor, and Fight for the Future. The group launched the site Focus on the User, which comes with …

Facebook/WhatsApp Deal Officially Gets EU Blessing Facebook/WhatsApp Deal Officially Gets EU Blessing

Reuters reported last week that Facebook was set to win unconditional EU approval on its acquisition of WhatsApp for $19 billion, which the company announced in February. On Friday, the EU made it official. Commission Vice President in charge of …

Google Rivals Launch ‘Focus On The User’ Site Google Rivals Launch ‘Focus On The User’ Site

Another group of Google rival companies (separate from FairSearch) has sprung up with a new site aimed at shaping the EU opinion on Google’s business practices when it comes to competition. The site is called “Focus on the User,” and …

Google Responds To Criticism From News Corp Google Responds To Criticism From News Corp

Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp sent an open letter to the European Commission last week to complain about Google (something Murdoch has been doing openly for years). On Thursday, Google took to its Europe blog to address the complaints, and respond …

EU Still Waiting On Google To Come Up With New Proposal EU Still Waiting On Google To Come Up With New Proposal

Google has offered a handful of proposals in the years-long antitrust probe in Europe to avoid having to pay as much as $6 billion in fines, but continues to have to go back to the drawing board. Earlier this year, …

FairSearch Shares Panel Videos About Google Probe FairSearch Shares Panel Videos About Google Probe

The FairSearch coalition convened this week in Washington D.C. for a panel to discuss U.S. and EU competition policies, and the next steps in the European Google investigation. The panel criticized the FTC’s investigation, which led to a settlement with …

EU: Google Must Make Additional Concessions EU: Google Must Make Additional Concessions

It’s starting to look like the EU’s antitrust probe into Google may never end, as the European Commission has now said that Google must once again make more concessions. Google has already offered a revised proposal three times, aimed at …

Should Yelp Really Be Complaining About Google? Should Yelp Really Be Complaining About Google?

Yelp has sure done a lot of complaining about Google as the latter faces regulation over allegedly anticompetitive business practices in Europe. When speaking with investors, however, Yelp doesn’t seem too concerned about competing with the search giant internationally. Meanwhile, …

Google Antitrust Probe Apparently Not Wrapping Up Anytime Soon Google Antitrust Probe Apparently Not Wrapping Up Anytime Soon

Earlier this year, it was starting to look like the EU’s lengthy antitrust probe into Google was getting close to finally wrapping up. Now, it’s not looking like that’s the case. In early February, the EU announced that it had …

Yelp Becomes Official Complainant Against Google In European Antitrust Case Yelp Becomes Official Complainant Against Google In European Antitrust Case

Yelp decided its voice wasn’t loud enough in the never-ending European Google antitrust case, so it has decided to be an official complainant, and oppose the EU’s proposed settlement. Yelp has been a vocal opponent of Google’s business practices in …

Facebook Shows Pages’ Rankings To Admins Facebook Shows Pages’ Rankings To Admins

Some Facebook Page admins are seeing a new ranking display on their Pages, which shows how they rank compared to their competitors. For example, if your’e the fifth most popular business of your type in your town, it will show …

Another Antitrust Complaint Filed Against Google Another Antitrust Complaint Filed Against Google

Google is a magnet for antitrust complaints, so it’s never a shock when a new one is filed. This time it’s Aptoide, and the complaint alleges “abuse of a dominant position in the App Store market.” Aptoide operates an independent …