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European concern about Google hardens as European Commission investigation continues

December 18th, 2014

Google is confronting Member States, companies, and citizens, spurred by Google’s growing dominance across geographic lines and business sectors, which are raising questions under competition, privacy and copyright laws.

Categories: Content Scraping

What links search, music and remotely controlled thermostats?

December 3rd, 2014

What links search, music and remotely controlled thermostats? Google’s relentless quest for data and information. As we know, Google has extended its dominance in general search into so much more by developing and buying major players in video / music (YouTube), mobile technology (Android), and social media (Google+), to name just a few. Some acquisitions, such as Read more »

Categories: Search Manipulation

The Google playbook: Open, dominate, close

November 21st, 2014

With Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), one of Google’s most vocal critics in Congress, in line to chair the influential antitrust subcommittee…there are new questions about whether U.S. consumers are being left behind.

Categories: General

The Google Playbook: Open, Dominate, Close

November 12th, 2014

FairSearch today released a new look at the top source of angst among both consumers and its competitors: how Google thwarts competition and limits consumer choice in search, mobile, and maps.

Categories: General

Halloween in Google’s Graveyard

October 31st, 2014

Nothing says Halloween like haunted houses and graveyards. With that in mind, FairSearch decided to check in on what we would call “the Google Graveyard.”

Categories: Acquisitions, Mobile

New Android V5.0 Seeks to Expand Google’s Control

October 20th, 2014

Ultimately, the goal for Lollipop is to bring Google in control of any non-desktop screen with which a consumer might interface with the Internet.

Categories: Mobile

FairSearch Europe Letter to Google’s Eric Schmidt about false claims in Berlin speech

October 14th, 2014

FairSearch Europe’s Legal Counsel wrote a direct letter calling out Eric Schmidt for his false claims made at a speech in Berlin on Monday, October 13, 2014.

Lieber Herr Schmidt, We found the speech you held yesterday in Berlin very enlightening…

Bloomberg Interview with EU Competition Commissioner Almunia on Google Offer

September 12th, 2014

Ahead of his presentation on September 10, 2014 at the Georgetown University Global Antitrust Summit, European Commission (EC) Vice President Joaquin Almunia was interviewed by Bloomberg about Google’s proposed settlement. Here is a link to his Bloomberg interview and a link to the Georgetown speech where he delivered remarks about the Commission’s antitrust case against Read more »

Categories: Uncategorized

Video: FairSearch Panel on Next Steps in Google Investigations

September 11th, 2014

On September 9, FairSearch convened a panel in Washington, D.C. to discuss U.S. and EU competition policy, and the next steps in the Google investigation. Videos of each speaker’s remarks follow below. The speakers were: •       Moderator: Ben Hammer, FairSearch •       Gary Reback, Of Counsel, Carr & Ferrell, Menlo Park, Calif. •       Allen Grunes, Co-Founder, Read more »

EU Companies and Officials Put Additional Pressure on the EC

May 19th, 2014

The Open Internet Project, a group of European digital companies, and European politicians are raising further scrutiny of Google’s potential settlement with the European Commission. The group launched a campaign to stop the settlement, arguing that it “would entrench Google’s dominance and do little to curb the company’s abuses.” “If this settlement were to happen, Read more »