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News Release
5/21/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today welcomed the European Commission’s finding that Google’s business practices may violate antitrust law, but predicted that the Internet giant will not offer meaningful remedies voluntarily.  The nonpartisan, nonpartisan group said antitrust officials on both sides of the Atlantic...
News Story
1/24/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
An American consumer advocacy group, Consumer Watchdog, wrote to Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia, on 24 January, to ask him to ban Google's proposed acquisition of Motorola Mobile (see separate article). "Google controls 95% of the mobile search market. There is evidence it is pressuring handset manufacturers to favour Google...
News Story
9/8/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
No doubt that Google decision to acquire Zagat gives its local business strategy a nice boost. But it's not without some tension. Google, which likes to think of itself as the great organizer of the world's information, is increasingly owning important chunks of it. And that raises questions about whether the company will give the...