All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘competition’

Paralympic Games Begin Tomorrow in London

The 2012 Paralympic Games are set to kick off tomorrow evening in London. The 14th Paralympic Games will host around 4,200 athletes from 166 countries, including over 200 athletes from the U.S. Many of the U.S. athletes competing are military veterans who lost limbs or sustained other injuries during their service. Tonight a 24-hour torch relay will begin the countdown …

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Former FTC Chairman Doesn’t Think An FTC Antitrust Suit Against Google Would Work

There has been talk about a possible antitrust investigation into Google by the FTC for over a year. Earlier this year, the FTC hired Beth Wilkinson, a high-profile antitrust litigator, which many assumed signaled that this scenario would soon come to fruition, though FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz brushed of the notion. He has, however, indicated intent to find a Section …

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It Looks Like Google’s Search Results Are About To Change In Europe

It looks like Google and the European Commission may have reached an agreement in the big antitrust battle. As reported yesterday, the Commission’s head of competition, Joaquin Almunia reportedly added to his list of conditions that Google apply any agreed upon changes to mobile search, as well as desktop. Today, reports are coming out that the two parties have reached …

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Government May Hold Google Back In Mobile Search Innovation, Even With Competition On The Rise

Earlier this month, Google was reported to have submitted a proposal to settle with the European Commission with regards to concerns expressed by the Commission’s head of competition, Joaquin Almunia. Details of Google’s proposal were not made public, but newer reports indicate that Almunia has added the condition that Google’s changes to its search results be applied to mobile search, …

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Who Will Win the Social Search Engine War? Facebook, Google, Or Someone Else?

The search industry has witnessed multiple changes over the past couple of years. Among the most notable changes are social, mobile, and local being integrated into search results. While each of these play a big role in the search evolution that has occurred, I think it’s fair to say that social tops the list. How has social media influenced your …

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Former Rhode Island AG: Google Thinks It Is Above The Law

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbot filed a civil suit against Google in a Texas State court this week, as part of an ongoing antitrust probe. According to the Wall Street Journal, Abbot claims Google has withheld 14,500 documents, while a Google spokesperson is quoted as saying: “We have shared hundreds of thousands of documents with the Texas Attorney General, and …

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Could Songza Kill Pandora and Even Spotify?

Although Songza has been around since 2007, the Internet radio service is gaining a lot of attention of late for the tremendous growth it has been receiving. It recently became the #1 free app on iTunes for the iPad and the #2 free app for the iPhone. What’s more, Songza integrated its mobile and Web apps with Facebook’s Open Graph …

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Is Google A Monopoly Or Do People Just Prefer It?

The Wall Street Journal ran an opinion piece from Nextag CEO Jeffrey Katz, calling Google a monopoly and slamming the company’s business practices. This is nothing new, of course. We see these types of complaints all the time, and various government bodies continue to give the company a hard look. The European Commission has even given Google a July 2 …

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Google: WSJ Readers Don’t Think We’re A Monopoly

The Wall Street Journal recently ran an editorial from Nextag CEO Jeffrey Katz, slamming Google’s business practices, and calling Google a monopoly. Google followed up the article with its own official response. We weighed in on the topic here. The Journal has put out a follow up in the Letters section, called: Google Isn’t a Monopoly, Given Other Customer Choices,” …

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TripAdvisor Complains To EU About Google Ahead Of Antitrust Decision

Does this headline sound familiar? It should, because it’s exactly the same as the one I used in an article a few days ago, except for the first word. Last time, it was Expedia filing a complaint. Now, it’s TripAdvisor. Of course Expedia and TripAdvisor have plenty in common. As a matter of fact, until about a year ago, the …

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Verizon-Cable Deal Raises Major Concerns, According to Public Knowledge

The dispute over Verizon Wireless’s bid to buy spectrum from several cable companies is still going strong even after last week’s hearing that attempted to answer some of the questions about it. As WebProNews previously reported, Verizon Wireless, in December, announced a deal to purchase unused airwaves from Comcast, Time Warner, Bright House Communications, and Cox Communications for nearly $3.6 …

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Google Antitrust Case In Europe: EU Eyes Post-Easter Decision

Joaquin Almunia, who is leading an EU antitrust investigation of Google, has apparently decided not to decide anything on the matter until after Easter. Reuters reports that Almunia said on Wednesday that he would only decide after April 8, “whether to formally charge Google or drop an ongoing investigation”. The report quotes him as saying, “We want to advance in …

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