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FairSearch: FTC’s Google Decision ‘Disappointing And Premature’ FairSearch: FTC’s Google Decision ‘Disappointing And Premature’
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Now that the Federal Trade Commission has formally announced the conclusion of its investigation into Google’s business practices, commentary from “experts,” analysts, and various groups are coming out of the woodwork. We knew we’d be hearing from one group in …

FTC Reportedly Not Very Confident In At Least One Major Element Of Potential Antitrust Case Against Google FTC Reportedly Not Very Confident In At Least One Major Element Of Potential Antitrust Case Against Google
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It’s looking less likely that the Federal Trade Commission believes it has a solid enough case to take Google to court on antitrust grounds, at least over the way Google presents results from its own products. A report from Bloomberg …

Priceline Buys Kayak: What Does This Mean For Fairsearch? Priceline Buys Kayak: What Does This Mean For Fairsearch?
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On Thursday, Priceline announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Kayak. The deal is worth about $1.8 billion. “Kayak has built a strong brand in online travel research and their track record of profitable growth is demonstrative …

FairSearch Coalition Adds Oracle, Nokia And Allegro Group FairSearch Coalition Adds Oracle, Nokia And Allegro Group

The FairSearch Coalition, initially made up of travel sites who sought to get Google’s deal with ITA Software blocked by regulators last year, continues to grow, despite Google’s apparently strengthening argument against those who find its business anti-competitive. New to …

FairSearch Gets Blasted By Prominent Search Industry Voice FairSearch Gets Blasted By Prominent Search Industry Voice
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The FairSearch Coalition held en event on Thursday, called “Searching For Innovation And Competition In The Online Marketplace”. If you’re unfamiliar with FairSearch, it’s a group composed of Google competitors in the travel search space, and includes main Google rival …

Ironically, FairSearch Company Expedia Accused Of Breaking Antitrust Laws Ironically, FairSearch Company Expedia Accused Of Breaking Antitrust Laws

Expedia, along with a number of other companies, including Orbitz, Travelocity, Sabre Holdings Corp., Marriott International, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, and Hilton Worldwide, have been named in a federal lawsuit in California for conspiring to fix hotel room prices, …

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

EU Antitrust Chief Offers Google Chance to Settle FairSearch Complaints EU Antitrust Chief Offers Google Chance to Settle FairSearch Complaints
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Google’s received a little bit of respite to resolve complaints of antitrust practices in the European Union, according to the Wall Street Journal. The European Commission has given the company the opportunity to offer up some remedies to antitrust complaints …

TripAdvisor Complains To EU About Google Ahead Of Antitrust Decision TripAdvisor Complains To EU About Google Ahead Of Antitrust Decision
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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. …

Expedia Complains To EU About Google Ahead Of Antitrust Decision Expedia Complains To EU About Google Ahead Of Antitrust Decision
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The EU is expected to make a decision on how to proceed in an antitrust investigation of Google after Easter. EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said as much earlier this week. That leaves time for more to complain about Google …

Google Privacy Policy Change: FairSearch Consultant Sends Letter To Attorneys General Expressing Concerns Google Privacy Policy Change: FairSearch Consultant Sends Letter To Attorneys General Expressing Concerns
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Patrick Lynch, past president of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) and consultant to the FairSearch Coalition, sent a letter to all U.S. Attorneys General expressing concerns about Google’s new privacy policy that goes into effect today. FairSearch sent …

FairSearch Coalition To Protest Google More Heavily In Europe FairSearch Coalition To Protest Google More Heavily In Europe

The FairSearch Coalition announced that it has expanded its presence into Europe, with the launch of a new site at FairSearchEuopre.org. The organization says that as its membership has grown, it has realized that the concerns it was founded on …

FairSearch: Google Is Lying [Updated] FairSearch: Google Is Lying [Updated]

Update 2: Politico says it didn’t pull any ads (via Danny Sullivan). The FairSearch Coalition put up a blog post today saying Google lied about a FairSearch ad campaign. The post references a recent Public Policy Blog post from Google’s …

FairSearch Adds E-Commerce, Advertising Firms To Coalition FairSearch Adds E-Commerce, Advertising Firms To Coalition

In 2010, a group of travel sites banded together to form the FairSearch Coalition, with the main goal of seeing Google’s acquisition of ITA Software blocked. It didn’t work, but the coalition is still going strong, fighting to see antitrust …

Google And Competition: Should The Government Be Regulating? Google And Competition: Should The Government Be Regulating?
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Google’s competitive practices have dominated the headlines this week, thanks to the company’s “Search Plus Your World” features (extensive integration of Google+ into search results, but not extensive integration of competing social networks Twitter and Facebook), but this is really …

Is Google Hurting Free Market Competition? Is Google Hurting Free Market Competition?
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Senators Herb Kohl and Mike Lee have put together a letter calling for an FTC investigation of Google, with an emphasis on the company’s search results. Do you think Google is anticompetitive? Let us know in the comments. Here’s the …

FairSearch Releases 44-Page Paper About Google’s “Anticompetitive Conduct” FairSearch Releases 44-Page Paper About Google’s “Anticompetitive Conduct”
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The FairSearch Coalition has sent a 44-pager paper, entitled, “Google’s Transformation From Gateway To Gatekeeper: How Google’s Exclusionary And Anticompetitive Conduct Restricts Innovation And Deceives Consumers,” to all 50 U.S. Attorneys General. “The paper offers in the greatest detail yet the …

Google Antitrust Hearing Takes Place Today Google Antitrust Hearing Takes Place Today

Google’s big antitrust hearing with the Senate Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust is today at 2:00PM. The witness list includes: Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, Nextag CEO Jeff Katz, Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman, Covington & Burling LLP partner …

Google Antitrust Hearing Witness List Google Antitrust Hearing Witness List
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We got an email today from the FairSearch Coalition with a witness list for Google’s upcoming hearing with the Senate Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, competition policy and consumer rights. The hearing takes place on Wednesday, September 21 …

Senate Antitrust Subcommittee Announces Google Hearing Senate Antitrust Subcommittee Announces Google Hearing

THe U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights announced today that it will hold a hearing, “The Power of Google: Serving Consumers or Threatening Competition?” on September 21 at 2:00 PM. Last month, we reported …

Google: Here’s Who Doesn’t Think We’re Anticompetitive Google: Here’s Who Doesn’t Think We’re Anticompetitive
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The DoJ has been scrutinizing Google’s proposed acquisition of ad optimization firm AdMeld for over a month, and has now requested further information from Google. Google has put out a response to this via its Public Policy blog, which basically …