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News Story
2/10/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
A U.S. consumer group on Monday added its voice to the growing criticism of Google’s proposed settlement with the European Union’s competition authorities. “We had been impressed with the strong position the Commission had taken in your investigation, unlike regulatory authorities in the United States,” wrote John Simpson,...
News Story
2/6/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's antitrust watchdog on Wednesday accepted "far-reaching" concessions offered by Google to settle allegations it is abusing its dominant position in Internet searches, bringing the three-year-old case close to an end. Google would significantly change the ways it displays some search...
News Release
2/5/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – The settlement to end the European antitrust investigation of Google described today by Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia is unacceptable, Consumer Watchdog said and the group added that Google’s third Commitment document must be made public. “The deal as outlined by Almunia bizarrely not only allows...
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 Story
12/5/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The first price isn't the best price when you search online There’s a common saying about social media and other Internet companies: “If you’re not paying them anything, you’re not their customer; you’re what they’re selling.” So if you use web-based email or Facebook or Google or other free sites...
News Release
12/4/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog has filed a formal complaint with the Federal Trade Commission about the deceptive and unfair way Google displays results from its comparison shopping engine, Google Shopping, in its search results, the nonprofit public interest group said today. “The way that the Internet giant is featuring results...
News Story
12/4/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Google says its top Shopping results are clearly labeled as sponsored by merchants The top product results in Google's Shopping service frequently feature products with higher prices than those listed on competing online shopping services, according to a complaint filed by longtime Google critic Consumer Watchdog. But Google said the top...
News Story
12/4/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog has lodged a new complaint about Google’s “search monopoly” with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC), this time saying Google Shopping results don’t pass the sniff test. The group calls the way the search engine displays its Product Listing ads “deceptive and unfair”, adding that Google...
News Story
12/3/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
You could be paying substantially more for products if you are searching through Google Shopping. Consumer Watchdog issued a report today that said Google’s “search monopoly” allows the company to charge higher prices on its shopping search engine. The organization’s tests found that consumers would have paid more for eight...