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2/13/2014
Comcast and Time Warner's planned $44 billion merger may not bring much joy for their  subscribers.The combined company would bring cable or Internet service to about a third of American subscribers. That would give Comcast, which is already the nation's largest TV, Internet and home phone provider, an even more sizable lead on its...
News Release
2/13/2014
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SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog is calling on the U.S. Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission to block Comcast’s deal to buy Time Warner Cable for $45 billion because it is anti-competitive and not in the public interest. “Combining the two largest cable television providers into one company would...
News Release
2/12/2014
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SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today urged Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott to press forward with an antitrust case against Google for unfairly manipulating search results favoring its own services damaging both competitors and consumers. “Google’s abuse of its monopolistic position is hurting competitors, limiting...
News Release
2/10/2014
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SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog, a U.S. public interest group, has objected to the European Union’s College of Commissioners over the antitrust settlement deal with Google that was announced last week by the Commissioner for Competition, Vice President Joaquin Almunia, the group said today. In separate letters addressed to the...
News Release
2/5/2014
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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 Release
1/30/2014
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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...
Blog Post
1/28/2014
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
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 Release
11/26/2013
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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
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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...