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Google Faces New Mobile Search Monopoly Antitrust Lawsuit

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A law firm filed the lawsuit on behalf of two Android smartphone users who alleged that Google "illegally monopolized" the Internet and mobile search market in the U.S. by making deals that are stifling competition in the market. A law firm filed the lawsuit on behalf of two Android smartphone users who alleged that Google "illegally monopolized" the Internet and mobile search market in the U.S. by making deals that are stifling competition in the market. 0 Comments

Google Submits Response to EC Antitrust Regulators

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Google has submitted a response to the European Commission. Competition Commissioner Joaquín Almunia confirmed that Google submitted the documents just in time for the deadline set by the EC. No details of the response have been made public. Google has submitted a response to the European Commission. Competition Commissioner Joaquín Almunia confirmed that Google submitted the documents just in time for the deadline set by the EC. No details of the response have been made public. 0 Comments

Is Google Trust Being Scroogled?

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Microsoft this week, during the holiday season, increased the public pressure on Google with its “Scroogled” campaign. The campaign publicly points out, correctly, that Google Shopping results are entirely paid inclusion products here in the U.S. Microsoft this week, during the holiday season, increased the public pressure on Google with its “Scroogled” campaign. The campaign publicly points out, correctly, that Google Shopping results are entirely paid inclusion products here in the U.S. 0 Comments

Google-Motorola Deal Gains China's Approval

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Google has confirmed that Chinese authorities have approved its $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola. The deal is expected to be closed by this Wednesday, with the requirement that the Android system remain free and open to use for five years. Google has confirmed that Chinese authorities have approved its $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola. The deal is expected to be closed by this Wednesday, with the requirement that the Android system remain free and open to use for five years. 0 Comments

Judge Allows 'No Poaching' Lawsuit Against Google to Proceed

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A California judge has denied a motion to dismiss a class action lawsuit from employees alleging that a group of seven high profile tech companies, including Google and Apple, conspired in a "no poaching" deal, limiting worker salaries and mobility. A California judge has denied a motion to dismiss a class action lawsuit from employees alleging that a group of seven high profile tech companies, including Google and Apple, conspired in a "no poaching" deal, limiting worker salaries and mobility. 0 Comments

Steve Jobs Email to Google: Stop Recruiting Apple Employees

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Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs emailed Google to ask the firm to stop trying to recruit its staff, according to court documents made public in an investigation into the hiring policies in place at several major technology companies. Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs emailed Google to ask the firm to stop trying to recruit its staff, according to court documents made public in an investigation into the hiring policies in place at several major technology companies. 0 Comments

European Commission Readies 400+ Page Document on Google's Abuse of Dominance

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The European Commission will issue a 400-page document early next year, outlining several of its concerns with Google's alleged anti-competitive search practices, including favoring its own properties, such as YouTube and Product Search. The European Commission will issue a 400-page document early next year, outlining several of its concerns with Google's alleged anti-competitive search practices, including favoring its own properties, such as YouTube and Product Search. 0 Comments

ShopCity Files Antitrust Complaint Against Google

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ShopCity – a site with SEO issues – has joined the list of companies who claim Google is unfairly demoting their content in favor of its own. In response to these alleged anti-competitive practices, ShopCity has filed a complaint with the FTC. ShopCity – a site with SEO issues – has joined the list of companies who claim Google is unfairly demoting their content in favor of its own. In response to these alleged anti-competitive practices, ShopCity has filed a complaint with the FTC. 0 Comments

Eric Schmidt Talks Android Patents, Motorola Independence, Apple Siri

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Microsoft shouldn’t make money on Android devices, Google will run Motorola independently, and Apple Siri is a “significant” rival to Google search, according to Google’s Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt. A quick rundown of Schmidt’s latest comments. Microsoft shouldn’t make money on Android devices, Google will run Motorola independently, and Apple Siri is a “significant” rival to Google search, according to Google’s Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt. A quick rundown of Schmidt’s latest comments. 0 Comments

S. Korea FTC Raids Google Over Android Practices

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Korean officials raided Google's Seoul offices on September 6 to investigate claims that the company is engaged in anticompetitive practices with their Android operating system. This is the second raid of Google’s Seoul offices in six months. Korean officials raided Google's Seoul offices on September 6 to investigate claims that the company is engaged in anticompetitive practices with their Android operating system. This is the second raid of Google’s Seoul offices in six months. 0 Comments

DOJ Extends Google-Admeld Acquisition Review

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Google has confirmed that the Department of Justice has made a “second request” for more information, as regulators continue to review whether the $400 million acquisition of display ad firm AdMeld gives Google an anti-competitive advantage. Google has confirmed that the Department of Justice has made a “second request” for more information, as regulators continue to review whether the $400 million acquisition of display ad firm AdMeld gives Google an anti-competitive advantage. 0 Comments

French Company 1PlusV Sues Google for $421 Million

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The Paris-based 1PlusV is suing Google to the tune of $421 million for what 1PlusV claims are anti-competitive practices. This is the largest case of its kind on a global scale and the largest single case ever filed against Google in Europe. The Paris-based 1PlusV is suing Google to the tune of $421 million for what 1PlusV claims are anti-competitive practices. This is the largest case of its kind on a global scale and the largest single case ever filed against Google in Europe. 0 Comments

The Developing FTC Google Search Antitrust Case

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The FTC is preparing to launch an antitrust case against Google's search division. The company is facing accusations of unfairly favoring its own services in its search results. The FTC is preparing to launch an antitrust case against Google's search division. The company is facing accusations of unfairly favoring its own services in its search results. 0 Comments

The Paid Links Debate: Shades of Gray

The arguments between search marketers and search engines about what constitutes a paid link, and whether it should matter, is a complex and emotional subject. Let's try to put it in perspective. The arguments between search marketers and search engines about what constitutes a paid link, and whether it should matter, is a complex and emotional subject. Let's try to put it in perspective. 0 Comments