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European Commission Approves Microsoft Nokia Deal

The European Commission announced today that it has approved Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s mobile device business. The deal was first announced in September, and gained shareholder approval last month. The Commission said, “The Commission concluded that the transaction would not raise any competition concerns, in particular because there are only modest overlaps between the parties’ activities and the links between …

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Google Aims To Put European Antitrust Issues In The Past

Google addressed the ongoing antitrust probe it has been facing in Europe again this morning, highlighting the latest version of its concessions with hopes to “move forward”. Google says it will give links to rival sites “much more real estate and visibility,” include rival sites’ logos with these links for “even greater prominence, and accompany the links with dynamic text …

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European Commission Asks Google Competitors To Review Antitrust Proposals

At the beginning of the month, European Commission antitrust chief Joaquin Almunia gave a speech providing an update on where the lengthy Google antitrust probe stood. He said the Commission had been negotiating with the company, and Google had offered up “improvements” to the commitments it had released earlier. He did not go into too many details, but indicated that …

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The Big Google Antitrust Probe May Be Nearing End

A few weeks ago, we learned that Google had given the European Commission a new proposal to potentially resolve a lengthy antitrust probe after failing to reach a resolution with an earlier proposal. The probe has been going on for nearly three years, and appears to be close to over. European Commission Vice President Joaquin Almunia gave a speech today …

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Google Reportedly Gives Europe A New Proposal To Resolve Antitrust Probe

Back in July, we heard that the European Commission was waiting for Google to revise earlier proposals it made to resolve an ongoing antitrust probe related to its search business. Now, word is out that in order to avoid a potential $5 billion fine and try once again to get this thing resolved, Google has offered further concessions to the …

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Google To Regulators: We’re Doing A ‘Good Job’

This week, Google addressed recent proposals it presented to the European Commission in an attempt to settle a lengthy antitrust investigation. These proposals already went further than those Google offered up successfully to the Federal Trade Commission here in the U.S. The commission recently said they didn’t go far enough, and Google competitors think the proposals are so bad that …

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Do Google’s Search Proposals Go Far Enough?

The EU has finally come out with a public document discussing Google’s proposal to end a lengthy antitrust investigation, and addressing the previously reported “market test,” which will give competitors and all those concerned a chance to offer feedback. Should Google be required to change its search results? Let us know what you think in the comments. The Commission is …

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FairSearch Doesn’t Like The Way Google Does Thing Bing Does

As previously reported, the EU has finally released documents clearly stating its concerns with Google’s competitive practices and listing, for the first time, Google’s actual proposals for settlement. Ahead of the release, the FairSearch Coalition (a group of Google competitors – including chief rival Microsoft – hellbent on seeing Google’s business regulated by governments) issued a statement indicating it would …

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Google To Alter Search Results To Settle With EU

No official announcement has been made yet, but reports have come out indicating that Google has settled with the European Commission in a two-year antitrust investigation. This one goes far beyond the settlement the company recently reached with the Federal Trade Commission in the United States. Under the proposal, as it’s being reported, Google will label its own results, and …

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Will Google Help Competitors To Appease Regulators?

As you may know, the European Commission has been investigating Google’s search business for about two years. This is expected to reach a conclusion soon, as Google recently submitted a proposal for settling concerns. The Financial Times is now reporting (via TechCrunch) that Google will likely bow to regulatory pressure by taking measures to more prominently show results from competing …

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New Study Finds That Music Piracy Doesn’t Negatively Affect Sales

The music industry will tell you that piracy is the bane of its existence, and that it will end up killing the industry. There’s compelling evidence that suggests this is not the case, but the RIAA and its ilk conveniently ignore such research. Some new research came out today, however, that the music industry will have a hard time ignoring. …

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No Google Antitrust Decision Until After Summer Break [Report]

It’s looking like this Google antitrust thing won’t be resolved anytime soon in Europe. Reuters is reporting that EU antitrust chief Joaquin Almunia said that the European Commission can reach an agreement after the summer break. “We can envisage this as a possible deadline,” he’s quoted as saying. As Reuters notes, the Commission is closed for summer break throughout most …

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