Content Scraping Posts

European concern about Google hardens as European Commission investigation continues

Thursday, 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.

Study finds Google New Proposal in EU ineffective, confuses consumers

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Click here to see the full study described below. Survey of 2,500 finds new Google proposal ineffective, confuses consumers Google’s proposal sends up to 40 times more traffic to own links than those of others Google’s proposal for mobile produced virtually no clicks for other services Clicks on Google’s links drop dramatically after removing their Read more »

Google Settlement in Europe Must Include Non-Discrimination in Search

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Today Joaquin Almunia, European Commissioner for Competition, announced that he had negotiated a new set of remedies with Google to restore both competition in the online search market and choice and innovation for consumers. The following is a statement from Thomas Vinje, Legal Counsel and Spokesman for FairSearch Europe. “Until we have seen the details Read more »

EU Google Case at “Crucial Passage,” Almunia Says in DC

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Joaquin Almunia, the top EU official in charge of competition policy, said in a speech Wednesday at Georgetown University Law Center that the European Commission is at a “crucial passage” in deciding how to proceed in its investigation over the search giant’s practice of using its dominance in Internet search to advantage its own products Read more »

Almunia to Decide on Next Steps in Google Competition Probe in ‘Coming Weeks’

Monday, September 16th, 2013

Joaquin Almunia, the top EU official in charge of competition policy, said Friday that he is nearing a decision on how to resolve the European Commission’s nearly three-year investigation into Google’s search and other business practices. Friday, Almunia said in a speech in Florence, Italy that he will determine in the “coming weeks” whether to Read more »

FTC Chairwoman: Google’s Voluntary Agreement Not Precedent; Search Bias Pro-competitive Though It Harms Competitors

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Many were disappointed with the Federal Trade Commission’s and Google’s unprecedented voluntary agreement in January on advertising data and the “scraping” or excerpting of content from sites like Yelp. Now, it seems, the chairwoman of the FTC is apparently dismissing the agreement as a one-time deal that other companies should not expect. Additionally, the newly Read more »

Politico Pro: Rosch Wanted to Sue Google for Deceptive Practices

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Politico Pro reported today that there is more to the story of the Federal Trade Commission’s disappointing decision to not address Google’s deceptive and anti-competitive practices in a meaningful way. J. Thomas Rosch, the outgoing FTC commissioner who often was the swing vote on the commission, told Politico Pro he sought to sue Google for Read more »

Does Google Harm Consumers? Bloomberg Editors Say ‘Yes’

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Today the Federal Trade Commission issued the disappointing decision to pass on compelling Google to end its anti-competitive search manipulation practices that favor the prominent display of its own products. Rather, the FTC and Google agreed for the search giant to end other anti-competitive practices, largely through a voluntary agreement that lacks the kind of Read more »

FTC Must Protect America’s Consumers, Innovators

Monday, December 17th, 2012

A statement from FairSearch.org: “It’s vital that the FTC live up to its mission of ‘protecting America’s consumers’ by taking a strong, legally binding enforcement action to permanently end Google’s biased display of search results and other harmful abuses of monopoly power that threaten to reduce consumer choice and innovation in Internet services. Enforcement authorities should not Read more »

Yelp CEO Stoppelman Criticizes Google for Being Evil

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Jeremy Stoppelman, founder and CEO of Yelp, told the U.S. Senate how Google’s anti-competitive practices are a drag on innovative entrepreneurs when he said he would not start his company over again today knowing what he does now about how Google abuses its monopoly power. According to a CNET report, Stoppelman told a Business Insider Read more »