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4/23/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The first quarter of 2015 has seen Google’s lobbying budget soar. According to reports by a non-profit group Maplight, Google’s lobbying budget has shot up by 43 percent, going up from $3.82 million to $5.47 million. Google is the only tech company among the top 5 spenders. The Chamber of Commerce of the USA spent $13.8 on lobbying...
News Release
4/21/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC -- Google spent a record $5.47 million on lobbying during the first quarter of 2015, an increase of 43 percent from $3.82 million in the comparable 2014 period, according to disclosures just filed with the Clerk of the House of Representatives. Comcast, which is seeking approval from the Federal Communications Commission and the...
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4/21/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Google is under investigation in Europe over allegations it abused its dominance in search, while Comcast is seeking approval to merge with TWC Google spent a record $5.47m on lobbying during the first quarter of 2015, an increase of 43% from $3.82m in theprevious year, according to figures compiled by non-profit group Consumer Watchdog. According...
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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 Release
4/15/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today welcomed news reports that Europe’s competition authorities plan to file formal antitrust charges against Google on Wednesday and added that the action should benefit Americans after the Federal Trade Commission’s failure to take decisive action against the Internet giant. “Google...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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4/9/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
April 9, 2015 -- Santa Monica-based Consumer Watchdog has a bone to pick with Google’s new YouTube Kids app, claiming it violates long-standing advertising safeguards for children. According to Google, YouTube Kids is a free app “designed for curious little minds,” offering age-appropriate videos, channels and play lists....