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Three Big Issues Facing Google in the US


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As the European Commission continues its deliberations with Google over how to end its diversion of traffic to its own platforms and away from competing sites, here are three big outstanding issues for Google in the United States: 1. The … Continued


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Bloomberg: Google’s Online Ad Dominance Holding Back Startups


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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,” … Continued


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Almunia Reiterates Call for Google to Improve Its Proposed Remedies


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Joaquín Almunia, the European Union’s top official responsible for enforcing competition law, reiterated a call Thursday for Google to improve its proposals to the European Commission to change its search and business practices under investigation for potentially violating EU laws. According to a Bloomberg report of a speech Almunia made … Continued


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Bloomberg: FTC Investigating Google’s Display Advertising Tactics


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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 … Continued


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Roundup of Comments on Google’s Proposed Commitments to European Commission


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The European Commission today announced Google’s proposed commitments to settle allegations that it is abusing its dominance by giving preferential treatment to its own services in display and ranking of search results. Google proposal to label where it promotes its … Continued


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


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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 … Continued


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Does Google Harm Consumers? Bloomberg Editors Say 'Yes'


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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 … Continued


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Top Global Outlets Weigh in on Almunia’s Announcement; Google Dismisses Concerns


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Joaquín Almunia, Vice President of the European Commission responsible for Competition Policy, announced today that his committee has concluded the initial investigation into Google’s anticompetitive practices. Google has a matter of weeks to respond with workable remedies that address the … Continued


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Expedia, TripAdvisor File Complaints with European Commission, European Voices Offer Support


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Today, Bloomberg News reported that TripAdvisor filed a complaint with the European Commission detailing “anti-competitive and unfair practices by Google that harm the marketplace and consumer welfare,” the online travel company said. On Friday, Reuters reported that Expedia filed a … Continued


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Bloomberg: FTC Expands Antitrust Investigation to Include Google+


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The Federal Trade Commission has expanded its antitrust investigation of Google’s business and search practices to look into Google+, Bloomberg reports this afternoon. According to two people familiar with the situation: “The competition issues raised by Google+ go to the … Continued