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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 Story
7/6/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Several European countries clearly are not OK with the changes Google introduced to its privacy policies last year, but Google insists that it is not breaking any European laws. Even if it were found to be noncompliant, it's unlikely that any serious fines would be imposed. Still, the countries aren't showing any signs of backing off, and...
News Story
4/30/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Google once appeared headed for major clashes with regulators — in the United States or Europe, or both — as government officials sought to curb alleged abuses by one of the world’s most powerful and profitable technology companies. But the clouds over Google’s Silicon Valley headquarters have largely cleared over the past...
Blog Post
4/15/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
Details of Google's proposed settlement with the European Union to avoid antitrust charges have been leaking out of Brussels over the weekend. And while EU competition authorities appear to have accomplished more that the gentle tap on the wrist meted out by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the deal as so far revealed doesn't do enough...
Blog Post
4/2/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
Serial privacy violator Google may face fines in the millions of dollars in Europe as six countries Tuesday opened formal investigations into how Google combined its privacy and data policies last year without bothering to seek users' consent. The actions by France, Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy and Spain came as Google refused to...
News Story
3/6/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Software giant takes full responsibility in case SEATTLE – The $731 million fine European regulators slapped on Microsoft Wednesday for failing to abide by an antitrust sanction, reinforces the European Union's longstanding insistence on fair competition. What's more, the huge penalty also signaled that Europe won't easily be...
Blog Post
11/1/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
Signs that Google will soon face strong antitrust action on both sides of the Atlantic are increasing with a report Thursday from Bloomberg News Service that the the Federal Trade Commission staff has recommended that the Internet giant be sued for unfairly blocking competitors' access to smartphone-technology patents. Bloomberg's Sara...