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Video: FairSearch Panel on Next Steps in Google Investigations

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

On September 9, FairSearch convened a panel in Washington, D.C. to discuss U.S. and EU competition policy, and the next steps in the Google investigation. Videos of each speaker’s remarks follow below. The speakers were: •       Moderator: Ben Hammer, FairSearch •       Gary Reback, Of Counsel, Carr & Ferrell, Menlo Park, Calif. •       Allen Grunes, Co-Founder, 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 »

FairSearch Europe Urges European Commission to Make Google Proposal Public, Proposal Reinforces Google’s Dominant Position Instead of Remedying Problems

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Statement attributable to Thomas Vinje, FairSearch Europe legal counsel and spokesman. The proposal has not been made public, but from what has been reported it appears that this solution may be worse for consumers and competitors than doing nothing at all. To redress Google’s abuse of its dominant position, the proposed commitments reportedly would charge Read more »

FairSearch Europe Initial View: Google’s Proposed Commitments are Worse than Nothing

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

The following is a statement from Thomas Vinje, FairSearch Europe Legal Counsel. It is also available here. The European Commission has tentatively accepted a proposal by Google which is worse than doing nothing. These proposed commitments have not been subjected to any form of consultation, although it was thanks to market testing of industry participants that Read more »

Statement by FairSearch Europe: The Importance of Market Testing

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Reuters reported on Wednesday that Commissioner Joaquin Almunia is weighing a new proposal from Google to address antitrust concerns he raised in May 2012. The report also says that the Commission may move forward without consulting anyone outside the Commission. FairSearch has no independent confirmation of the story. Google’s first two proposals were rejected by Commissioner Read more »

Google’s Latest Plus Ploy Doesn’t Add Up

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Google recently announced a new feature that allows Gmail users to e-mail anyone who has a Google+ account. The move has bolstered growing concerns that Google is going too far to promote its social network at the expense of its users’ privacy – all in the name of selling more online ads. Google+ has lagged 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 »

Google’s Bid for Waze Would Hurt Mobile Competition and Innovation

Monday, June 10th, 2013

Bloomberg News reported that Google has agreed to buy map-software maker Waze Inc. for $1.1 billion in yet another sign the search giant is moving aggressively in mobile and seeking to curb competition. Waze’s mobile application gathers details from more than 40 million users to improve directions, maps and other information. The report said Google 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 »