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Video: FairSearch Panel Explores Google Competition Issues in EU, Mobile

April 1st, 2014

On March 26, FairSearch convened a panel in Washington, D.C. to discuss Google’s proposed commitments to the European Commission (EC), and emerging competition issues in the mobile space. For a full recap of the event, click here. Videos of each speaker’s remarks follow below. The speakers were: Moderator: Matt Reilly, Partner, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, DC Read more »

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FairSearch Panel Explores Mobile, EU Competition Issues

March 27th, 2014

Wednesday, FairSearch held a lunch panel in Washington D.C. to discuss Google’s proposed commitments to the European Commission (EC), and emerging competition issues in the mobile space. The event was held with the backdrop of the American Bar Association’s spring antitrust meetings. Attendees included staff from the FTC, US Justice Department, and FCC, Canada’s Competition Read more »

ProSiebenSat.1: Google’s Search Platform Reduces Choice to Zero

March 27th, 2014

The following is a guest blog post by Heiko Zysk, Vice President and Head of European Affairs of ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG, a German media company. Zysk spoke on Wednesday in Washington, DC at a FairSearch panel on the European Commission’s investigation of Google for potential violations of EU competition laws. Many media outlets have published reports Read more »

Is Android Open to Real Competition in Wireless?

March 5th, 2014

A US Senate antitrust subcommittee hearing last week, “An Examination of Competition in the Wireless Market” focused mostly on the nation’s largest wireless carriers. Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) spoke of other important “concerns expressed regarding the competitive state of other aspects of the mobile device ecosystem, including the market for operating systems… and the potential Read more »

FairSearch: Market Tests Still Necessary to Demonstrate Effectiveness of Google’s Proposed Commitments

February 14th, 2014

The following is a FairSearch statement, “Market Tests are still necessary to demonstrate the effectiveness of Google’s proposed commitments released today by the company.”  We are examining the offer now, and will comment when we have reviewed it. We welcome Google’s unilateral decision to publish a non-confidential version of its commitments, but will continue to Read more »

FairSearch Europe Urges European Commission to Make Google Proposal Public, Proposal Reinforces Google’s Dominant Position Instead of Remedying Problems

February 12th, 2014

Statement attributable to Thomas Vinje, FairSearch Europe legal counsel and spokesman. The proposal has not been made public, but from what has been reported it appears that this solution may be worse for consumers and competitors than doing nothing at all. To redress Google’s abuse of its dominant position, the proposed commitments reportedly would charge Read more »

Responses To Google’s Tentative Settlement With the European Commission

February 11th, 2014

On 5 February 2014, the European Commission tentatively accepted Google’s revised proposal of commitments to end the Commission’s antitrust investigation into concerns that Google is illegally abusing its dominant position in online search and search advertising. The Commission rejected Google’s first two proposals as insufficient following market tests and reviews that elicited widespread criticism from Read more »

FairSearch Europe Initial View: Google’s Proposed Commitments are Worse than Nothing

February 5th, 2014

The following is a statement from Thomas Vinje, FairSearch Europe Legal Counsel. It is also available here. The European Commission has tentatively accepted a proposal by Google which is worse than doing nothing. These proposed commitments have not been subjected to any form of consultation, although it was thanks to market testing of industry participants that Read more »

Statement by FairSearch Europe: The Importance of Market Testing

January 29th, 2014

Reuters reported on Wednesday that Commissioner Joaquin Almunia is weighing a new proposal from Google to address antitrust concerns he raised in May 2012. The report also says that the Commission may move forward without consulting anyone outside the Commission. FairSearch has no independent confirmation of the story. Google’s first two proposals were rejected by Commissioner Read more »

Nest Acquisition: Another Brick in Google’s Great Wall of Data

January 22nd, 2014

Just when will Google’s voracious appetite for collecting data on every aspect of our lives be too much? For Xconomy’s chief correspondent Wade Roush, Google’s $3.2 billion acquisition of Nest Labs, known for its slick, intuitive smart thermostat, represents his “personal tipping point.” For more on the deal, read here. “Google is getting too big,” Read more »