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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 »

NYT: Europeans Insisting Google Address Search Bias

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

While the Federal Trade Commission is reportedly focused on other anti-competitive practices than Google’s biased search results in settlement talks with Google, Joaquín Almunia, vice president of the European Commission and the commissioner responsible for competition, is apparently focused on finding a solution to this crucial issue that represents the most harmful conduct by Google. Read more »

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

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

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 finding it is violating the law. In September, Almunia suggested that Google needed to offer Read more »

YouTube Turning Away from Small, Independent Content Creators

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

A year ago Google announced it was investing $100 million in original content for YouTube, and recently Ad Age reported the search giant was “doubling down” with another investment for video channels. YouTube now averages 4 billion hours of viewing time a month, up from 3 billion a year ago, and the platform is trying Read more »

Almunia: “We are Not There Yet” On “Satisfactory Proposals” From Google to Restore Competition

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

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 finding it is violating the law. But today, speaking at the Fordham antitrust conference in New Read more »

Monopoly Alert! Google Forcing App Developers to Use Google Wallet

Friday, March 9th, 2012

According to Reuters, Google has been “pressuring applications and mobile game developers to use its costlier in-house payment service, Google Wallet.” “Google is using its powerful position in the mobile apps market to promote an in-house offering.” Google, leveraging its dominance in one market to crush competition in another? Sounds familiar. How do developers feel? Read more »

Google Strategy: If You Can’t Buy ‘em, Use Your Dominance to Crush ‘em

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Yesterday, Reuters reported that Google had promoted its new daily deal product, Google Offers on its home page for the first time. Reuters called it “a rare instance of the Internet giant using its prized online real estate for advertising.” We’d call it, Google leveraging its dominance in search to subdue its rivals (e.g., Groupon Read more »