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FairSearch Coalition Loses Microsoft Support

FairSearch Coalition Loses Microsoft Support

It’s been a while since we’ve heard much from the FairSearch coalition. In fact, they haven’t issued a news release since last April. FairSearch, if you’ll recall, is an organization made up of Google competitors who banded together to lobby against the search giant and persuade governing bodies that the company is anti-competitive. One of the big names attached to …

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Should Google Be Slapped With Antitrust Action?

After a five-year long investigation, the European Commissioned announced it has sent a Statement of Objections to Google alleging it has abused its dominant position in the markets for general internet search services by favoring its own comparison shopping product in general search pages. The commission says this infringes on EU antitrust rules because “it stifles competition and harms consumers”. …

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Now FairSearch Is Attacking The New Android

Last week, Google announced Lollipop, its latest Android version (5.0), and now, FairSearch is speaking out against it, claiming it “seeks to expand Google’s control.” Google first showed off some of the operating system’s bells and whistles at Google I/O back in the early summer. Google shared its official name last week, and announced its launch on new Nexus devices. …

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EU Still Waiting On Google To Come Up With New Proposal

Google has offered a handful of proposals in the years-long antitrust probe in Europe to avoid having to pay as much as $6 billion in fines, but continues to have to go back to the drawing board. Earlier this year, it was looking like a settlement was nigh, but ultimately, complainants convinced VP of the European Commission, Joaquin Almunia that …

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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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Will ‘Evidence’ Show Google Stole Money From Publishers?

There are a lot of claims by AdSense publishers who say Google has not paid them what they’re owed. Recently, a person claiming to be an ex-Google employee described (at length) a plot by the company to keep from having to pay publishers, and shutting down their accounts ahead of payment dates. Since then, a lot of people have said …

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FairSearch And Other Companies Pressure European Commission On Google

FairSearch is calling attention to a new campaign by The Open Internet Project seeking to raise “further scrutiny” of Google’s potential settlement with the European Commission over a lengthy antitrust investigation. The Open Internet Project is a group of European digital companies. From a FairSearch statement: “If this settlement were to happen, it would actually make matters worse,” said Christoph …

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FairSearch Calls For Criminal Investigation Into Google AdSense

The FairSearch Coalition, a group of Google competitors, which frequently complains to government agencies about Google’s business practices, is now calling for a criminal investigation into the company’s AdSense business. This stems from allegations recently posted to Pastebin by someone claiming to be a former Google employee. This person accused the company of stealing money from publishers in an operation …

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FairSearch Welcomes Google’s Publishing Of EU Agreement, Will Review And Criticize Later

As reported earlier, Google has made its full agreement with the EU publicly available. The proposal should keep Google from getting fined as the result of a three-year antitrust investigation, and includes: changes to AdSense terms making it easier for publishers to place ads on their sties from multiple providers; changes to the AdWords API terms to make it easier …

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Google Publishes Full Agreement With EU

Last week, the EU announced that it had obtained “an improved commitments proposal” from Google over the three-year antitrust probe into the company’s search business. In other words, the European Commission is finally satisfied with what Google is offering to do now, though it still said it would listen to feedback from complainants before the whole thing is officially finalized …

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FairSearch Wants To Know More About Google’s Proposal To EU

Last week, the EU announced that Google had offered what it considered “an improved commitments proposal” to end a three-year antitrust probe without the company having to pay a fine. While the EU did say it would inform complainants of the reasons it believes the offer is sound, and give them a chance to make their views known, Google competitor …

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Google Antitrust Probe Finally Over?

Google has reached a settlement with the European Union to end a three-year antitrust investigation. The EU announced this morning that it has obtained “an improved commitments proposal” from the company. In the proposal, Google guarantees that whenever it promotes its own specialized search services (products, hotels, restaurants, etc.), the services of three rivals “selected through an objective method” will …

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FairSearch Wants To See Google’s Latest Concessions Before A Settlement Is Reached

As previously reported, Google is said to be near a settlement with the EU over its three-year antitrust investigation. Google, according to Reuters, had submitted a new proposal, and a deal is expected to come within days. FairSearch, a coalition of Google competitors, points out that the report indicates the Commission may move forward without consulting anyone outside of the …

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EU Gives Google ‘Weeks’ To Offer New Concessions

The big European Google antitrust probe continues, but may be getting closer to a resolution. Either that or we may be getting closer to formal charges being brought against the Internet giant. Either way, it appears the EU is losing its patience. Last month, Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said that Google’s most recent proposals were not acceptable (despite calling them improvements …

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Google’s Proposals Still Not Good Enough For EU

The European Commission is reportedly not accepting Google’s latest proposal to settle the lengthy antitrust probe into the company’s search business. In October, commissioner Joaquin Almunia asked Google’s competitors to review the concessions offered by the search giant, which included giving links to rival sites “much more real estate and visibility,” including rival sites’ logos with these links for ‘even …

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FairSearch Deems Google’s EU Proposal ‘Ineffective’

A couple weeks ago, Google addressed the ongoing antitrust probe it has been facing in Europe, highlighting the latest version of its concessions with hopes to “move forward”. The company said it would 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 …

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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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Europe Waits For Google To Revise Antitrust Proposals

European Commission antitrust chief Joaquin Almunia spoke to the press today in Brussels, indicating that he’s waiting on Google to revise proposals it recently submitted to end a lengthy antitrust probe in Europe. Back in April, the Commission released public documents discussing Google’s proposals, and giving competitors time to share their feedback during a market test period, which ended in …

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FairSearch On Google’s Proposals In Europe: It Would Be Better To Do Nothing

This week, Google wrote a post on its Europe Policy blog defending the proposals it recently submitted to the European Commission, which has been investigating antitrust complaints against the company. Google submitted proposals back in April, but more recently, Commissioner Almunia made comments indicating that they did not go far enough. Google maintains that it did “a pretty good job” …

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European Android Antitrust Probe In Preliminary Stage

Google is facing an antitrust probe in Europe regarding its Android licensing practices, according to a report from The Financial Times, which has seen documents related to the probe. The investigation, by the antitrust watchdog in Brussels, is in a “preliminary” stage, and is looking into allegations from companies including Microsoft and Nokia that it has supported Android “by means …

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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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FairSearch Issues Statement On Google Proposal ‘Market Test’

Earlier this month, news came out that the European Union accepted a proposal from Google to settle a lengthy antitrust investigation. Google reportedly agreed to clearly lavel search results from its own properties, and show links from rival search engines. It would also provide sites a way to keep their content out of Google’s specialized search engines, while still leaving …

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Is Android Giving Google An Unfair Advantage?

FairSearch.org, the organization made up of Google competitors mostly in (but not limited to) the the travel industry, has filed a new complaint with the EU. The angle this time is Android, which the coalition has deemed “a deceptive way to build advantages for key Google apps in 70 percent of the smartphones shipped today”. Do you think Android gives …

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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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FairSearch: FTC’s Google Decision ‘Disappointing And Premature’

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 particular. The FairSearch Coalition has released its statement regarding today’s news, to inform the world that it is disappointed with …

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FTC Reportedly Not Very Confident In At Least One Major Element Of Potential Antitrust Case Against Google

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 today says Google may “skirt the most serious antitrust allegations under investigation,” as regulators “waver on whether they can prove …

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Priceline Buys Kayak: What Does This Mean For Fairsearch?

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 of their popularity with consumers and value to advertisers,” said Priceline Group President and CEO Jeffery H. Boyd. “Kayak also …

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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 the group are Oracle, Nokia and Allegro Group. FairSearch today shared a statement from EU Counsel Thomas Vinje, saying: The …

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FairSearch Gets Blasted By Prominent Search Industry Voice

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 Microsoft. Its primary objective is to paint Google in an anticompetitive light. More background on the group here. During the …

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