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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 its search business separated from the rest of the company. Wait, what? This is according to the Financial Times, which …

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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 back in the early summer. Google shared its official name last week, and announced its launch on new Nexus devices. …

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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 Google considers to be its main competitor these days, and that’s even strictly talking about search. Do you believe that …

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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 a downloadable Chrome extension to show you how Google “manipulates” search results to inject its own content and reviews from …

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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 competition policy, Joaquín Almunia, said, “Consumer communications apps keep European citizens connected and are becoming increasingly popular. While Facebook Messenger …

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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 the companies/organizations involved are: Yelp, Consumer Watchdog, Jameda, HolidayCheck, TripAdvisor, and Fight for the Future. Here’s an excerpt from the …

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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 to individual statements made by News Corp. It starts off saying how important free expression and high quality content are, …

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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, it was looking like a settlement was nigh, but ultimately, complainants convinced VP of the European Commission, Joaquin Almunia that …

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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 Google that competitors found unfavorable, as well as antitrust issues, and the potential for future action by the EU, U.S., …

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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 settling the case, but none of the concessions offered have ever been good enough for competitors. Reuters shares some quotes: …

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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, here in the U.S., Yelp appears to be flourishing in Google results. Do you think Google is anticompetitive? Is Yelp …

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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 obtained what it referred to as “an improved commitments proposal” from Google (not the first proposal from the search giant). …

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