All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘European Commission’

Google Submits European Antitrust Proposal, Leibowitz Resigns From FTC

Google has submitted its settlement proposal to the European Union Competition Commission, Commissioner Joaquin Almunia told reporters. The details of the proposal have yet to be made public, so it’s hard to speculate on what this might mean for Google in Europe going forward. We should, however, find out soon enough. As you may know, Google has already settled its …

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Report: Google Proposal In Europe Involves More Branding Of Google Properties In Search Results

In Europe, Google may soon add more branding to search results that come from its own products. The search giant has been in discussions with European Union competition commissioner Joaquín Almunia, and a new report fron the Financial Times says that a Google proposal in response to Almunia’s concerns includes Google offering to label info from its own services by …

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Microsoft May Be Fined Over Its EU Browser Snafu

You may remember when Microsoft got into some trouble with the European Commission over some potential antitrust violations. The Commission accused Microsoft of not offering a choice of browser to over 28 million Windows 7 users in February 2011. Microsoft said they were sorry, and put the browser choice option back in. It apparently wasn’t enough. A report from the …

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EU Competition Chief Talks Antitrust Concerns About Google And Microsoft

EU competition commissioner Joaquin Almunia spoke at Fordham University in New York City at an antitrust conference on Thursday. After talking about financial markets, benchmark rates manipulation, intellectual property and “keeping digital markets level and open,” Almunia had some things to say about his concerns with Google and with Microsoft. Almunia said this about Google: As to Google, it is …

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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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Microsoft Admits That 28 Million PCs In Europe Don’t Offer Choice Of Web Browser

On every PC sold in the U.S., Internet Explorer is the default Web browser. There’s nothing wrong with that since most of us have the decency to shove it to the side and download Firefox, Chrome or Opera instead. The European Commission obviously thinks there was something wrong with it as they’ve been forcing Microsoft to display a “Browser Choice …

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What Is Google Doing To Its Search Results In Europe?

A month ago, it was reported that Joaquin Almunia, the European Commission’s head of competition, had given Google a deadline of July 2 to come up with changes to its search results, which would address four main concerns. Now, Google has submitted a proposal, but is not revealing its contents. “We have made a proposal to address the four areas …

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Science Girl Ad: If You Want to Be Smart, You’d Better Work It

Here’s a tip, science girl ad masterminds: If you want to attract more women to the field, the last thing you probably want to do is play into gender-based stereotypes. Unless you’re hopelessly single and/or a total misogynist, chances are you’re aware of the fact that girls hate being talked down to, particularly when it comes to topics such as …

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Microsoft European Commission Fine Upheld at $1.1 Billion

The General Court of the European Union has held up a regulatory fine against Microsoft in the amount of €860 million ($1.07 billion). Microsoft had appealed the 2008 decision which levied the record-breaking fine against the company for failing to comply with the European Commission’s 2004 order to reveal proprietary software to competitors in Europe. The €860 million judgement is …

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Google Hosts EUhackathon 2012 in Belgium

It’s a good day to be a tech-savvy child. The Reading Rainbow iPad app has finally launched, and hackers from all over the world are currently coding day and night to build a better internet for kids. The 2012 EUhackathon has brought some of the best coders in the world together in Brussels, Belgium. This year’s goal is to increase …

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Google May Have To Change Search Results

Joaquin Almunia, the European Commission’s head of competition, has expressed concerns about Google, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to result in a long, drawn-out legal process for the company. Almunia and Google seem to be in the process of talking things out, and that may or may not lead to Google making some changes, at least in Europe. A …

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Neelie Kroes Discusses European Net Neutrality

Neelie Kroes, the European Commissioner for Digital Agenda and Vice President of the European Commission, is an active supporter of net neutrality and all that it entails. In fact, she goes beyond the idea of an open net and in her latest blog post, discusses some concepts that some may not consider when the subject of net neutrality arises. Not …

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