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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 »

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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 »

FairSearch Statement on Vice President Almunia’s Op-Ed in FAZ

May 14th, 2014

Brussels, 13 May 2014 - European Commission Vice President Joaquín Almunia wrote an open letter to Mathias Döpfner, chief executive officer of German media group Axel Springer SE, which appeared as an op ed piece in FAZ on 13 May. Here is the FairSearch response: FairSearch welcomes Vice President Joaquin Almunia’s acknowledgment that Google’s “de facto gatekeeper Read more »

Is Google Stealing from AdSense Publishers?

May 12th, 2014

Is it time for another criminal investigation of Google’s business practices? An individual who says he is a former Google employee has come forward with an allegation that the largest online ad company stole from publishers who are AdSense partners, and may be continuing to do so today. The report alleges a scheme to limit or ban Read more »

Google Reverses on Scanning Student Emails as W.H. Expresses Concern

May 1st, 2014

Google only recently announced it will stop scanning students’ email accounts for advertising purposes. This comes as a new White House report on ‘big data’ says “The federal government must ensure that privacy regulations protect students against having their data being shared or used inappropriately, especially when the data is gathered in an educational context.” Google Apps for Read more »

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 »