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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 »

NYT: Europeans Insisting Google Address Search Bias

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

While the Federal Trade Commission is reportedly focused on other anti-competitive practices than Google’s biased search results in settlement talks with Google, Joaquín Almunia, vice president of the European Commission and the commissioner responsible for competition, is apparently focused on finding a solution to this crucial issue that represents the most harmful conduct by Google. 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 »

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 »

Panelists at FairSearch Event Review Investigations of Google, Potential for Action

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

FairSearch stands by this blog post, which is entirely fact-based and accurate. This morning, FairSearch hosted a discussion of issues related to competition and innovation in the online marketplace. Before a full house at the Newseum’s Knight Center, panelists that included former state and federal officials  and technology industry executives reviewed the current state of Read more »

Former Google Witness Says Monopoly Hurts Small Business

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

The harms that result from Google’s anti-competitive practices are often discussed from a 50,000-foot perspective. But, there are many real-world stories of Google’s practices undermining the work of entrepreneurs and small businesses that produce content online. Tim Carter, a former home remodeler turned Internet publisher, worked closely with Google for years, only to see an Read more »