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News Story
11/6/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Google's latest offer to settle a European investigation into the alleged abuse of its dominant positions in online search and advertising leaked out Wednesday, with one competitor calling it "a new form of abuse." The European Union's competition commissioner, Joaquin Almunia, has praised Google's latest proposal as a "...
News Story
11/6/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
REVEALED: Ad giant is now Trigger happy Google may have struck a deal with Brussels' competition chief to keep details of the ad giant's revised package of concessions over its search biz secret, but - perhaps inevitably - a copy of the offer has been leaked to The Register and other publications. An unnamed party sent El Reg a document...
News Story
11/6/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Google's latest proposals aimed at avoiding an antitrust fine from European authorities have been leaked amid growing anger over the secrecy surrounding the case. The documents, seen by IDG News Service on Wednesday and verified by sources in possession of the originals, revealed the full remedies put forward by Google, the questionnaire that...
News Story
10/3/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
It's unlikely stakeholders will be satisfied with Google's latest effort to resolve the EU's antitrust allegations. Though few details have been revealed, "this proposal looks like they're just tinkering with the earlier proposal," said Gary Reback, an attorney with Carr Ferrell. "I don't expect this proposal to...
News Release
9/10/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on the European Commission to file a formal Statement of Objections against Google in the nearly three-year-old antitrust investigation of the Internet giant and said Google’s latest settlement offer was an attempt to stall the investigation. In a letter to Joaquin Almunia, Vice...
News Release
5/29/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer groups on both sides of the Atlantic have objected to Google’s proposed European antitrust settlement, which relies heavily on labeling Google’s own services and on showing links to rivals in its search results, Consumer Watchdog said today. “Consumer welfare is the ultimate test of any...
Blog Post
3/21/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
Eleven Internet Companies are pressing European antitrust regulators to take strong action against Google so that the Internet giant's smaller rivals aren't hurt. And what happens across the pond in this case could have an impact on possible antitrust action in the United States. The companies, organized by the British shopping comparison...
Blog Post
1/10/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
Google may have only received a tap on the wrist from the Federal Trade Commission when the agency closed the U.S. antitrust investigation without taking action against the Internet giant for skewing search results to favor its services, but it's looking increasingly likely that Google will face strong action on the other side of the Atlantic...
News Story
1/8/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Trying to keep pressure on Google, Consumer Watchdog wants to see what exactly the Federal Trade Commission staff said in its investigation of the search business. Consumer Watchdog, a group that's accused Google of antitrust misconduct, is trying to find out why the FTC's investigation into the subject resulted in only mild punishment....
Blog Post
12/20/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
Last weekend news broke that the Federal Trade Commission was about to settle its two-year antitrust investigation of Google with what charitably could be termed a slight tap on the wrist. But by Tuesday night the reported holiday gift to the Internet giant was unraveling and the FTC signaled it would keep the investigation going into January. So...