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The Google playbook: Open, dominate, close

Friday, 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.

The Google Playbook: Open, Dominate, Close

Wednesday, 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.

EU Companies and Officials Put Additional Pressure on the EC

Monday, 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

Wednesday, 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?

Monday, 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

Thursday, 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

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 »