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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. …

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 AdSense Alternative? Lijit Thinks So. Google AdSense Alternative? Lijit Thinks So.
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Not surprisingly, many businesses use Google’s AdSense platform to make money. It has given many publishers a tried-and-true monetization model to fall back on, so they can focus on the editorial side of the business.

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 ITA Software Acquisition Gets DoJ Approval Google ITA Software Acquisition Gets DoJ Approval
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The U.S. Department of Justice has approved Google’s acquisition of ITA Software, which provides a solution for flight information used by numerous travel sites, and has been the subject of a great deal of controversy related to competition. There are …

What Bing Is Doing to Stay Strong in Search
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Recent search data from Experian Hitwise, comScore, and, most recently Compete, all indicate that Bing is gaining market share. Interestingly, the data also shows that Google’s market share has dropped slightly. According to Stefan Weitz, a director with Bing, the search engine has grown every month since its launch.

Google Says Bing is Stealing Their Results
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We all know that Bing is now powering Yahoo’s search results, but a very interesting finding from Danny Sullivan indicates that Google may be powering Bing’s search results, at least to some extent. No, this is not in any partnership kind of way like Bing’s relationship with Yahoo. 

Should Google Increase its 20% Time?
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Over the last year or so, there has been a lot of discussion around where Google stands as an innovator these days. Clearly, the company has innovated a great deal since it was born, but a lot of commentary of late could lead one to believe that the Google pool has become somewhat stagnant in this regard. 

Steve Ballmer Comments on Obama’s Appointment of GE CEO Immelt to Jobs Council
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President Obama appointed General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt as chairman of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. 

Having worked with Immelt in the past, Ballmer apparently wanted the world to know where he stands. He released the following statement on the Official Microsoft blog:

Should Google Be Able To Prioritize Its Own Content In Search Results?
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Does Google have the right to place its own content over others’ content in its search results? If the company deems it better for the user that way, Google certainly thinks so. 

Do you agree with Google? Let us know.

Another Video Paints Google and Eric Schmidt as Creepy
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If you have a beef with Google’s actions, the trendy thing to do these days appears to be making a video about it, and using Eric Schmidt quotes and likenesses, making them as creepy as possible. 

The latest such video comes from FairSearch.org. This is an organization that refers to itself as, "a group of businesses united in support of a healthy Internet future, where greater consumer choice and economic growth are driven by competition, transparency and innovation in online search."

More “Super Angel” Fun

Update 2: This story is getting more and more interesting. See these reactions from Ron Conway and McClure, as well as this post by Robert Scoble

Google Lets AdWords Advertisers Analyze Their Competition
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Google has introduced a new "Analyze Competition" feature for AdWords advertisers. It can be found in the "opportunities" tab.

The feature examines the account’s activity over two weeks, and lists categories that represent the products/services you’re advertising. These are based on search terms and are matched up against your keywords, ad text, and landing page text. For each category associated with the account, users will see a bar graph highlighting individual performance compared to the performance of other advertisers in the category.

How Are The Olympics And Entrepreneurs Similar?
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The winter Olympics are off to an interesting start, as always. And while I’ve only caught parts, I did manage to watch short track skating when Apolo Ohno miraculously won silver. From the qualifying heats to the final race he was pretty amazing to watch.

While his competition in those qualifying races wasn’t super stiff, you could still see the mark of experience…As well as how strong and fit he is going into this competition. In both of those early heats he calmly hung out in the back of the pack waiting for the chance to make his move.

MySpace Integrates Facebook Connect Into Website

Rumors of MySpace integrating Facebook Connect have circulated since October. And now it looks like they’re coming true: MySpace’s Fan Video site allows users to login with either MySpace or Facebook accounts.

Is Bing Making Google Better?
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Since Bing’s launch, the search engine has garnered quite a bit of attention. This is no surprise since Microsoft invested so much money into marketing it. It may still be too early to tell, but it seems to be paying off so far. Bing’s numbers have edged up since its launch.