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Four Questions on Google’s Proposal In Europe Antitrust Case

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

A simple four-question test is key to determining whether Google’s revised proposal to end the European Commission’s antitrust investigation will resolve the concerns that Google is using its dominance to harm competitors in search and related Internet services. Google offered a new proposal in early September to end the investigation after the Commission rejected its 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 »

Bloomberg: Google’s Online Ad Dominance Holding Back Startups

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

For years FairSearch has warned that Google’s dominance of online advertising and search is undermining Internet competition and innovation. It seems the capital markets are now taking notice. In an Aug. 8 piece, “Google Advertising Dominance Dims Startups’ IPO Prospects,” Bloomberg pointed out that even though online ad sales are forecasted to skyrocket to $163 Read more »

Bloomberg: FTC Investigating Google’s Display Advertising Tactics

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Nearly five months after concluding a previous probe of Google’s anti-competitive practices in search and search advertising, the Federal Trade Commission has opened a new investigation into whether Google is using its lead in the $17.7 billion U.S. display advertising market to undermine competition, according to a report from Bloomberg. The probe, which Bloomberg reports 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 »

Consumer Group Calls for Google to Offer ‘Objective, Non-discriminatory’ Search Results

Monday, March 25th, 2013

A European consumer group has echoed FairSearch’s call for strong remedies to end Google’s search bias and anti-competitive practices under investigation by the European Commission. On March 22, BEUC, a consortium of 39 national consumer organizations from thirty European countries, issued a six-page paper on the remedies that should be adopted to resolve Google’s anti-competitive 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 »

FairSearch Principles for Evaluating Remedies to Google’s Antitrust Violations

Monday, November 19th, 2012

The members of FairSearch have often been asked, what remedies are our members seeking to resolve the harms that result from Google’s anti-competitive search and business practices. Enforcing existing competition laws in the online context is vital to fostering greater innovation, lower-cost online services, and increased economic growth. As is becoming increasingly evident, this need Read more »

YouTube Turning Away from Small, Independent Content Creators

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

A year ago Google announced it was investing $100 million in original content for YouTube, and recently Ad Age reported the search giant was “doubling down” with another investment for video channels. YouTube now averages 4 billion hours of viewing time a month, up from 3 billion a year ago, and the platform is trying Read more »