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News Story
6/24/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
WASHINGTON, June 24 (UPI) -- A consumer group says the White House must distance itself from Google while the company is the subject of a federal antitrust investigation. Consumer Watchdog, in a letter delivered Friday, asked White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler, responsible for overseeing ethics policy, "to rule that the president and...
News Story
6/24/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Frequent Google critic Consumer Watchdog wrote to the White House Counsel on Friday arguing that President Obama and other administration officials must distance themselves from Google during pending federal investigations of the search giant. "It’s unheard of for the President to publicly embrace a corporate executive whose company...
News Story
6/24/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Google confirmed Friday that the Federal Trade Commission has launched an antitrust investigation of the company, but posted an elaborate defense of its business practices. "Yesterday, we received formal notification from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission that it has begun a review of our business," Google said in a blog post....
News Story
6/24/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Tech titan Google has built its runaway success on a promise to consumers that the firm’s almighty search engine can take the untamed jungle of sites and information on the Web and spit out exactly what people are looking for, whether it’s the cheapest shoes or the best home mortgage rates. Now government regulators around the...
Blog Post
6/22/2011
Posted by Jamie Court
No CEO ever likes to testify before Congress, but Google's CEOs, past (Eric Schmidt) and present (founder Larry Page), are going so far out of their way to avoid testifying in Congress that they are begging for a subpoena.  Bloomberg is reporting that, "In a letter dated June 10, the Democratic chairman and leading Republican on...
News Release
6/22/2011
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC -- The refusal of Google's top executives, CEO Larry Page and Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt to testify at a hearing by the Senate's antitrust subcommittee demonstrates a contempt for Congress and the full Senate Judiciary Committee should subpoena the two executives, Consumer Watchdog said today. Consumer Watchdog has...
News Story
6/22/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
A Senate subcommitte is pushing Google to have Eric Schmidt or Larry Page testify at an upcoming hearing on search competition, and is reportedly using the threat of a subpoena to force an appearance. "We write to request that Google testify at the hearing and, specifically, that one of you appear as the company's witness," Sens...
News Story
6/22/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
You’d think that with Google’s growing influence in Washington and its close ties to the Obama administration, the company would find it relatively easy to make its leadership available for a Senate subcommittee hearing — particularly one focused on its growing market power. Not so. Google has reportedly refused to send...
News Release
4/15/2011
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC – As average Americans focus today on their income tax bill, Consumer Watchdog called on President Obama and the chairmen of the House and Senate tax committees to block calls for a tax holiday that would unfairly benefit corporate giants like Google.   In a letter to the President, Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) of the...
Blog Post
3/21/2011
Posted by John M. Simpson
France's privacy watchdog has just fined Google 100,000 euros ($142,000) as a result of the Internet giant's Wi-Spy activities. It may not be a lot to a  company whose worldwide annual sales are around $25 billion a year, but it's the biggest fine the regulator has issued. It's the first fine to be imposed against Google...