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News Story
5/26/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Fresh off its failed merger with Comcast, Time Warner Cable reportedly was speeding Monday toward a link with Charter Communications for a whopping $55 billion. Charter and its billionaire backer John Malone offered to pay $195 per share in the blockbuster deal, with $100 coming from cash and the rest from stock, Bloomberg News reported. That'...
Blog Post
5/5/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
There are many things I admire about Europe these days.  Near the top of my list is the so-called right to be forgotten. And then there’s the European antitrust actions against Internet giant, Google. The right to be forgotten allows people to request the removal of search engine links from their name to information that is inadequate,...
News Story
4/16/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Washington (AFP) - The EU antitrust complaint filed Wednesday against Google represents a sharp divergence with Washington, which dropped a similar investigation two years ago, citing a lack of evidence against the Internet giant. In early 2013, the US Federal Trade Commission said it lacked a legal basis to bring a case against Google on...
News Story
4/15/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog’s John Simpson has called for regulators in the United States to follow the European Commission in challenging Google’s practices. The commission announced earlier this morning that it has sent a Statement of Objections to Google alleging that it unfairly promotes Google Shopping, its product comparison service,...
News Story
4/15/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's escalating legal attack on Google is likely to ignite a debate about whether the Internet search leader makes life more convenient for consumers or abuses its power to squeeze out rivals who might have something better to offer. The contrasting views of Google's business practices came into...
News Release
4/14/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager to file formal charges against Google in the European Commission’s ongoing antitrust investigation of the Internet giant. The nonpartisan, nonprofit U.S. public interest group said the former Competition Commissioner Joaquin...
News Story
4/14/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
European Union officials will officially charge Google with illegally abusing its dominant market position in search Wednesday, several news organizations reported Tuesday afternoon.       The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and New York Times separately reported -- all based on anonymous sources -- that EU Competition...
News Release
3/30/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON – Consumer Watchdog today welcomed plans by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) to examine the Federal Trade Commission’s antitrust investigation of Google that was closed in 2013 without a lawsuit. After the Wall Street Journal earlier this month published portions of a 2012 FTC report recommending the Commission prosecute Google,...
News Release
3/20/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON – Consumer Watchdog today called on the Federal Trade Commission to re-open its antitrust investigation of Google and urged the Senate Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee to hold a hearing probing how the Internet giant escaped prosecution for its anticompetitive practices. The nonprofit, nonpartisan public interest group acted in...
News Story
3/20/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Yet the FTC publicly announced the exact opposite conclusion. The Wall Street Journal has acquired and released internal Federal Trade Commission documents that raise some interesting questions about the FTC's official handling of an antitrust investigation into Google's practices. Specifically, FTC staff members...