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

Tuesday, 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 »

FairSearch Panel Explores Mobile, EU Competition Issues

Thursday, 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

Thursday, 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?

Wednesday, 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

Friday, 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 »

Responses To Google’s Tentative Settlement With the European Commission

Tuesday, 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 »

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

Wednesday, 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 »

Google’s Latest Plus Ploy Doesn’t Add Up

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Google recently announced a new feature that allows Gmail users to e-mail anyone who has a Google+ account. The move has bolstered growing concerns that Google is going too far to promote its social network at the expense of its users’ privacy – all in the name of selling more online ads. Google+ has lagged Read more »

Video: FairSearch Europe Briefing on Google’s Flawed Revised Proposal

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Last week, FairSearch Europe hosted a panel discussion and press briefing in Brussels to demonstrate the unity of stakeholder opposition to the second package of Google’s proposed commitments and to provide the evidence in support of this opposition. The proposed commitments are fatally flawed, and new studies show that Google’s latest proposal demonstrates no interest Read more »

Responses to Google’s Revised Settlement Offer to the European Commission

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

On 28 October 2013, the European Commission sent confidential requests to approximately 125 companies and organizations asking for feedback on Google’s revised proposal to end the Commission’s investigation of Google’s potentially illegal abuses of its dominant position in online search and search advertising. The Commission rejected Google’s first proposal as insufficient after widespread criticism by Read more »