All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘competition’

Consumer Watchdog Inevitably Weighs In On The Google FTC Decision

The Federal Trade Commission announced today that it has closed its investigation into Google, and Google opponents are not thrilled. We looked at FairSearch’s response here. Consumer Watchdog, the consumer rights group, which also challenged Google’s FTC settlement over “Safari-gate,” has now spoken out against today’s announcement. Consumer Watchdog says the settlement fails to end Google’s “most anticompetitive practice,” and …

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FairSearch: FTC’s Google Decision ‘Disappointing And Premature’

Now that the Federal Trade Commission has formally announced the conclusion of its investigation into Google’s business practices, commentary from “experts,” analysts, and various groups are coming out of the woodwork. We knew we’d be hearing from one group in particular. The FairSearch Coalition has released its statement regarding today’s news, to inform the world that it is disappointed with …

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FTC May Announce Google Decision This Week

Here we are into 2013, and still no public decision on the Google antitrust investigation from the FTC. That may change soon, however (I know, we keep hearing that). All Things D is reporting, citing “multiple sources” that the FTC will likely rule on its investigation this week “with a similar settlement to the one discussed before the December holidays”. …

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Google May Not Get This FTC Thing Resolved Until 2013

It was expected that the Federal Trade Commission would announce its decision on whether or not to pursue an antitrust suit against Google by the end of the year, but now, it’s looking like that won’t happen. Bloomberg is reporting, citing “two people familiar with the situation,” that the FTC will not resolve its investigation until next year. On Tuesday, …

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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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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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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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