Larry Page Posts

Danny Sullivan on “Google’s Broken Promises”

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

FairSearch has frequently asked whether Google can really be trusted, a question that is as important as ever. Search Engine Land founding editor Danny Sullivan recently published a blog post titled “Google’s Broken Promises & Who’s Running The Search Engine?” calling Google out with two specific examples in the last two years. First broken promise, Read more »

FairSearch Principles for Evaluating Remedies to Google’s Antitrust Violations

Monday, November 19th, 2012

The members of FairSearch have often been asked, what remedies are our members seeking to resolve the harms that result from Google’s anti-competitive search and business practices. Enforcing existing competition laws in the online context is vital to fostering greater innovation, lower-cost online services, and increased economic growth. As is becoming increasingly evident, this need Read more »

NYT: Small Businesses Face Soaring AdWords Costs

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

The New York Times recently published an article about the rising costs of using Google AdWords for small businesses and advertisers. The article tells a familiar story that, unfortunately, is not a new one. At first, AdWords seemed like an attractive and effective tool for small business owners and advertisers, who pay Google a fee for Read more »

Google+ Local, Locking Users Into Google Even Longer

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Yesterday, Google rolled out its newest product Google+ Local, a hybrid of Google Places and Google+ that the search giant described as “a simple way to discover and share local information featuring Zagat scores and recommendations from people you trust in Google+.” TechCrunch pointed out that “the launch of Google+ Local also marks further steps Read more »

Google’s “Don’t Be Evil” Hoax Continues: Paid Inclusion Blurs “Lines Between Ads And Search Results”

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Image from Business Insider   Yesterday, the Business Insider blog reported on Google’s latest detachment from its “don’t be evil” tagline: the introduction of paid inclusion in search results. This means that Google advertising products, which compete with general and vertical search engines, will look even more like organic search results, and users will find Read more »

Why “Why I Left Google” Matters for Consumers

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Earlier this week, former Google executive James Whittaker published a blog post explaining why he left the company. One line in particular caught our eye: “The Google I was passionate about was a technology company that empowered its employees to innovate. The Google I left was an advertising company with a single corporate-mandated focus.” Describing Read more »

Google’s Privacy Shift Troubling Government Officials, Consumer Advocates

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

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, when a single company controls 79 percent of the market for search in the U.S., Read more »

36 State Attorneys General Express Concerns About Google’s New Privacy Policy

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Today, the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) sent a letter signed by Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler (and NAAG President-Elect) and 35 other State Attorneys General to Google CEO Larry Page expressing concern over Google’s new privacy policy. According to the letter, Google’s new privacy policy, effective March 1, will force “consumers to allow Read more »

Checking in on Google Flight Search

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

During the lengthy antitrust review of Google’s acquisition of ITA Software, Google promised that “the acquisition will benefit passengers, airlines and online travel agents by making it easier for users to comparison shop for flights and airfares and by driving more potential customers to airlines and online travel agencies’ websites.” Needless to say, when Google Read more »

Trust Us? Google on Doing What’s Best for Users (IMAGE)

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Google PR says its number one principle is to “do what’s best for the user.” Google says, “We make hundreds of changes to our algorithms every year to improve your search experience. Not every website can come out at the top of the page, or even appear on the first page of our search results.” Read more »