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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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Android Antitrust Investigation Starting To Ramp Up

An EU antitrust investigation into Google’s business practices related to Android has been in the works for over a year, following a complaint filed by FairSearch.org in April, 2013. Now, things are starting to heat up. Reuters is reporting that regulators are getting ready to challenge the company’s mobile software business in the coming months. According to the report: Two …

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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 Announces ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Tour 2014

Google has released a schedule for presentations from “experts” on the “right to be forgotten,” which will take place throughout the fall. Consider it Google’s Right to be Forgotten Tour 2014 (I hope there are t-shirts). The company recently announced the formation of its Advisory Council on the subject, which stems from a ruling by the Court of Justice of …

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Apple Gets EU Approval For Beats Acquisition, Is Reportedly About To Buy Swell

Apple’s acquisition of Beats has gained approval from the European Commission. The Commission concluded that the combination of these businesses does not raise any competition concerns because their combined market share is low, and because the two companies themselves aren’t “close competitors”. The headphones offered by each company, the Commission said, differ “markedly in functionality and design”. Also, it noted, …

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Google Reportedly Reveals ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Stats

EU regulators had that meeting with the search engines about the “right to be forgotten” ordeal on Thursday, and Google did indeed participate. There had initially been some question regarding whether or not Google would be in attendance. The Wall Street Journal has a source apparently with direct knowledge of what was discussed in the meeting, and shares some stats …

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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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Bing Joins The ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Party

Google has had its “right to be forgotten” request form up and running since late May. Bing has now finally followed suit with its version. If you haven’t been following along with the “right to be forgotten” storyline, I suggest you catch up here. It’s just too much to keep rehashing for every related article. Bing’s tool consists of a …

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EU To Hold Meeting On ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Next Week

It doesn’t seem like the whole mess that is the “right to be forgotten” is going to be thoroughly sorted out anytime soon, as regulators in Europe are now taking issue with Google’s implementation of the rules it is being forced to adopt. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the EU privacy officials have called a meeting for next …

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Amazon Offering Two-Day Delivery Inside the EU

Noting that their delivery systems inside the EU “continue to improve,” Amazon is now offering two-day shipping to Prime customers all across the EU. Although customers in the UK have long enjoyed free one-day shipping as Prime members, shipping products stored in fulfillment centers outside the UK has always taken a bit longer – anywhere from three to seven days. …

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Yelp Becomes Official Complainant Against Google In European Antitrust Case

Yelp decided its voice wasn’t loud enough in the never-ending European Google antitrust case, so it has decided to be an official complainant, and oppose the EU’s proposed settlement. Yelp has been a vocal opponent of Google’s business practices in the past, but its presence hasn’t been felt too much in the discussion around what’s happening in Europe, until now. …

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