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Three Big Issues Facing Google in the US

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

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 Federal Trade Commission is reviewing the details of Google’s $1 billion acquisition of mobile mapping 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 »

Almunia Reiterates Call for Google to Improve Its Proposed Remedies

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

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 in Spain, he warned that the commission could pursue a formal Statement of Objections against Google that could eventually lead to a 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 »

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

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

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 own products above generic search results and offer links to “three rival specialised search services 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 »

Does Google Harm Consumers? Bloomberg Editors Say ‘Yes’

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

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 to end other anti-competitive practices, largely through a voluntary agreement that lacks the kind of Read more »

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

Monday, May 21st, 2012

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 Commission’s concerns and preserve competition. In a speech in Brussels today, Almunia outlined the four Read more »

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

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

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 complaint last week with the European Commission that “offers evidence of how Google’s conduct harms Read more »

Bloomberg: FTC Expands Antitrust Investigation to Include Google+

Friday, January 13th, 2012

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 heart of the FTC’s investigation into whether the company is giving preference to its own Read more »