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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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FairSearch: European Commission, US Have the Evidence, Time to Act is Now


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In July, news of technical talks between Google and Joaquín Almunia, vice president of the European Commission and the commissioner responsible for competition, suggested the search giant was finally willing to concede it must change its anti-competitive practices to avoid a … Continued


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FTC Commissioner Sees Through Google's First Amendment Defense


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Recently, Google’s been peddling a theory that its biased search results are protected by the First Amendment. In April 2012, Google paid Eugene Volokh to write a paper to this effect. Volokh wrote that search engines like Google “exercise editorial judgment … Continued


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FTC Hires Former Justice Department Prosecutor for Google Case; Signals the Gravity of the Case Against Google


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The Federal Trade Commission has hired Washington lawyer Beth Wilkinson to serve as outside counsel in its case against Google, the New York Times reports, “sending a strong signal that they are prepared to take the Internet giant to court.” … Continued


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Google's Privacy Shift Troubling Government Officials, Consumer Advocates


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Google’s new privacy policy goes into effect today and a lot of people have raised concerns about how Google is using its overwhelming dominance in search and search advertising to strong-arm users into its new privacy policy. FairSearch agrees. See, … Continued


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Media Round-up: Senators Urge FTC To Conduct A Thorough Investigation of Google's Business Practices


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Senators Kohl (D-WI) and Lee (R-UT) issued a letter to FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz Monday expressing their concerns about Google’s anticompetitive business practices. The Senators are calling for a “thorough investigation.” In their letter they said, “a key question is … Continued


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Conservatives Praise Kohl and Lee's Letter to the FTC on Google's Conduct


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Conservatives across the country have praised Monday’s letter from Senators Herb Kohl (D-WI) and Mike Lee (R-UT) voicing their concerns to FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz over Google’s search engine practices and their impact on competition in Internet search and commerce … Continued


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FTC's Leibowitz Comments on Google Investigation: "A Critically Important Issue"


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On Wednesday, FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz and acting head of the Justice Department’s antitrust division Sharis Pozen, testified at a House subcommittee hearing on antitrust enforcement. One exchange between Chairman Leibowitz and Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) on the importance of … Continued


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Bloomberg: U.S. Federal Trade Commission Prepping Google Investigation


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Antitrust authorities at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission are preparing to investigate Google’s dominance of Internet search, Bloomberg reports, a move that FairSearch members would applaud and stand ready to assist in any way that they can. The FTC has … Continued