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News Story
2/5/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Google has tentatively settled an European antitrust probe by promising to display “clearly visible” links to three rivals whenever the company also returns links to its own vertical services, like Google Shopping, EU regulators said on Wednesday. The companies that want to appear in those results pages reportedly will have to pay at...
News Story
2/5/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
European officials alleged that the Internet giant abused its search-engine dominance to promote its own services over those of rivals. Google Inc. cleared out a key antitrust case, among other battles it faces, by agreeing to terms with European officials over allegations that the Internet giant abused its search-engine dominance to promote its...
News Release
1/30/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today insisted the European Commission must ‘market test’ a reported new proposal from Google to settle the three-year antitrust investigation of the Internet giant and said any remedy must insist that Google use an objective, nondiscriminatory mechanism to rank and display all search results...
News Story
1/30/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Recent rumours that interner giant Google is set to escape an ongoing European antitrust investigation without its latest proposals being market-tested have been met with much scepticism LONDON, United Kingdom -- Internet giant Google may be close to striking a deal with the European Commission to put an end to an antitrust investigation of...
Blog Post
1/28/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
Let's compare and contrast what Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt says with what he apparently actually does.  It's not pretty. Last week Schmidt was one of the high flyers who showed up at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.  During a a "fireside chat" he opined, according to Upstart Business Journal...
Video
11/28/2013
Posted by Daniel Palay
Shopping online is usually convenient, easy, and a way to save money. But Consumer Watchdog of Santa Monica says if you're shopping online through Google, it might actually be costing you money. Consumer Watchdog did a test comparing prices of several popular items, such as digital cameras, toasters, iPads and electric drills using Google...
News Story
11/27/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio news broadcast. LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — With the start of the holiday shopping season just days away, a consumer group says taking Google along with you to compare prices might end up costing you twice as much. A Consumer Watchdog study has determined product results returned through...
News Release
11/26/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer groups on both sides of the Atlantic are opposed to a proposed deal to settle the European Commission’s antitrust investigation of Google. Consumer Watchdog, a U.S.-based public interest group, filed comments late Monday night opposing a proposed settlement to the European Commission’s antitrust...
News Release
11/25/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA – Google is taking advantage of its monopoly position in search to charge merchants more for placement in Google Shopping, causing higher prices for consumers, a Consumer Watchdog study has found. The nonpartisan, nonprofit public interest group is filing the study, made Nov. 11 and Nov. 12, with the European Commission as part...
News Story
11/8/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Among the details of Google's latest EU antitrust offer, which was leaked this week, is the appointment of an independent "monitoring trustee" to oversee Google's compliance over the next five years. However, Consumer Watchdog remains unimpressed, charging that none of the proposals in the document fix the underlying problem of...