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Unofficially, Google Wins DoubleClick Deal In EU

Rumors from people close to the discussion about the European Union approving Google’s DoubleClick acquisition say the deal will be approved without conditions.

EU Approval Closer To Google, DoubleClick

Little whispers around Brussels suggest European Commission regulators will allow the big merger of online advertisers to proceed.

Google Facing EU DoubleClick Objections

Though European Commission members aren’t talking, a research firm claimed competition regulators have drafted a statement of objections to Google’s acquisition of DoubleClick.

The InflectionPoint 2008 Conference

I just returned from the InflectionPont 2008 Conference down in San Diego.  What’s InflectionPoint?

EU Ready To Approve Google, DoubleClick

Despite privacy and competitive concerns, it appears European regulators will follow tradition and approve Google’s DoubleClick acquisition.

Google Tells EU Of Devotion To Privacy

The dominant search advertising company worked on convincing members of a European Parliament Committee that its DoubleClick purchase won’t infringe on people’s privacy.

Google Gives Love To Europe, Open Standards

A couple of days after showing how deep their affection is for users finding the right privacy features in Google products, the company acknowledged the European Union for its acceptance of open standards.

FTC Counsels Self-Regulation For Behavioral Ads

The Federal Trade Commission plans to keep an ear open for complaints now that they have given Google and DoubleClick their blessing to get together.

Google, Yahoo Celebrate Wins for Xmas

Hat tip SEL: The Google-DoubleClick merger has been approved by the FTC.

Google Changes Its Mind About Money-Back SEO
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Business makes strange bedfellows. Just in time for the FTC to approve Google’s acquisition of DoubleClick, and with it an SEO firm called Performics, the company has changed its tune a bit about how to deal with SEO companies.

For the longest time, Google advised webmasters to be wary of SEO companies, and put up this warning at the Webmaster Help Center:

Google, DoubleClick Get FTC Approval

UPDATE: No sooner had I hit “publish,” I get an email from Google confirming the deal has been approved by the FTC. The announcement reads in part…

FTC Gives Google, DoubleClick Thumbs Up

A 4-1 vote by the Federal Trade Commission wraps up its eight-month investigation of antitrust concerns over Google’s purchase of DoubleClick and approves the acquisition.

Google Cheers Viacom Deal With Microsoft

Amid rumors the Federal Trade Commission would approve Google’s acquisition of DoubleClick, the company pointed to the Microsoft-Viacom deal as proof of sufficient market competition.

No DoubleClick Recusals At FTC

FTC chair Deborah Platt Majoras isn’t the only commissioner with a matrimonial connection at the Jones Day law firm, but neither she nor William Kovacic will recuse themselves from the Google/DoubleClick antitrust review.

DoubleClick, Jones Day Drama Continues

The Center for Digital Democracy and the Electronic Privacy Information Center have filed a Freedom of Information Act request for information from the FTC about DoubleClick and law firm Jones Day.

Google andDoubleClick vs. FTC, Round 15,627,734,234.7

As if the title weren’t enough to tip you off, take a peak at some of the headlines that have gotten my attention today (don’t worry, this isn’t Linky Goodness or Pilgrim’s Picks, I’m still going to hold your hand and tell you what to think):

Law Firm Purges DoubleClick References
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The demand for the FTC chair to recuse herself from the Google and DoubleClick antitrust review yielded a surprising little twist.

Google Gets A GOP Griefer

House Republican Joe Barton from Texas has a burr in his saddle about Google – 24 burrs, to be precise, some in multiple parts.

SES Chicago: Sitemaps Discussed
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Webmasters can face a number of issues, and may hope that sitemaps can cure the bulk of them. 

So a panel at SES Chicago weighed sitemaps’ pros and cons.

Google-DoubleClick Counterpoint

As is often the case, Danny surprises us with a level of detail in his rejoinder to Senators Hatch & Kohl about the impending Google-DoubleClick merger.

The short answer seems to be that Danny defends Google’s position against certain distortions.

Danny Sullivan Suggests Google Needs Scrutiny

In deconstructing the letter sent to the Federal Trade Commission by two US Senators, Danny hinted at other Google aspects the Senators should consider about the search giant’s business.