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Germany Wants Access to Google's Search Algorithm

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German Justice Minister Heiko Maas said Google needs observing and noted anything that does not feature in its top search results might as well not exist. German Justice Minister Heiko Maas said Google needs observing and noted anything that does not feature in its top search results might as well not exist. 0 Comments

Google EU Antitrust Concessions Called 'Insufficient'

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Although it was widely thought that Google's three-year long antitrust review in relation to the firm blocking its rivals in search results was coming to an end, it seems not. EU regulators say Google must offer more and improved concessions. Although it was widely thought that Google's three-year long antitrust review in relation to the firm blocking its rivals in search results was coming to an end, it seems not. EU regulators say Google must offer more and improved concessions. 0 Comments

Google Faces £500,000 Fine if Privacy Policy Isn't Changed by Sept. 20

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Google appears unmoved by the threat of a potential fine of £500,000 from the Information Commissioner's Office after it was told that it needs to update its privacy policies. The data watchdog says Google’s policies aren't in line with UK law. Google appears unmoved by the threat of a potential fine of £500,000 from the Information Commissioner's Office after it was told that it needs to update its privacy policies. The data watchdog says Google’s policies aren't in line with UK law. 0 Comments

Europe to Demand Further Search Concessions From Google

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European Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia addressed the European parliament yesterday and said that Google's proposed changes to its search aren't good enough, and that it's unlikely to signal an end to the EC's ongoing probe into the firm. European Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia addressed the European parliament yesterday and said that Google's proposed changes to its search aren't good enough, and that it's unlikely to signal an end to the EC's ongoing probe into the firm. 0 Comments

Here's What Google's Labeled Search Results Could Look Like in Europe

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The European Commission is now seeking feedback on Google's cosmetic search result changes that aim to settle a years-long antitrust investigation. The EC also revealed some images illustrating what Google's results might soon look like. The European Commission is now seeking feedback on Google's cosmetic search result changes that aim to settle a years-long antitrust investigation. The EC also revealed some images illustrating what Google's results might soon look like. 0 Comments

Report: Google Will Label Search Results to End EU Antitrust Probe

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The three-year Google antitrust investigation might be over. An agreement means that Google must clearly label search results for its own services such as Google News or Google+, but it won't involve any changes to Google's search algorithm. The three-year Google antitrust investigation might be over. An agreement means that Google must clearly label search results for its own services such as Google News or Google+, but it won't involve any changes to Google's search algorithm. 0 Comments

Google Helps Microsoft Get Fined Millions in Europe

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Microsoft got hit with a €561m fine from the European Commission (EC) after the firm failed to keep its promise of offering Windows users a choice of web browsers. The EC was tipped off about the violation by web browser rivals Google and Opera. Microsoft got hit with a €561m fine from the European Commission (EC) after the firm failed to keep its promise of offering Windows users a choice of web browsers. The EC was tipped off about the violation by web browser rivals Google and Opera. 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

FTC to Drop Vertical Search Antitrust Case Against Google? No Consumer Harm Found

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Federal Trade Commission officials are reportedly thinking of dropping their antitrust case against Google. The FTC plans to drop the case because it doesn't have evidence to prove that the way Google ranks its search results is hurting consumers. Federal Trade Commission officials are reportedly thinking of dropping their antitrust case against Google. The FTC plans to drop the case because it doesn't have evidence to prove that the way Google ranks its search results is hurting consumers. 0 Comments

FTC Hopes to Resolve Google Antitrust Inquiry Before 2013

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The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is aiming to resolve its antitrust investigation into Google's search practices by the end of the year. FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz says that the organization is working to have an outcome as soon as possible. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is aiming to resolve its antitrust investigation into Google's search practices by the end of the year. FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz says that the organization is working to have an outcome as soon as possible. 0 Comments

Google Closer to EU Antitrust Settlement

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Google is nearing a settlement with the Euroopean Commission regarding its search and advertising antitrust probe. Antitrust chief Joaquin Almunia says EU regulators have reached "a good degree of understanding between Google and the Commission." Google is nearing a settlement with the Euroopean Commission regarding its search and advertising antitrust probe. Antitrust chief Joaquin Almunia says EU regulators have reached "a good degree of understanding between Google and the Commission." 0 Comments

Italy Antitrust Chief Warns of Google Publishing Monopoly

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Italy's antitrust chief has warned of an impending Google publishing monopoly. Giovanni Pitruzzella urged the lower house of parliament to extend antitrust laws to Internet media companies, like Google, who are now competing with publishing houses. Italy's antitrust chief has warned of an impending Google publishing monopoly. Giovanni Pitruzzella urged the lower house of parliament to extend antitrust laws to Internet media companies, like Google, who are now competing with publishing houses. 0 Comments

Google, Mozilla Accuse Microsoft of Restricting Browser Choice in Windows 8

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Mozilla has accused Microsoft of failing in its commitment to give users a choice in browsers. Mozilla says Internet Explorer will be the only browser able to run on Windows 8, at the expense of rival browsers like Firefox, Safari and Chrome. Mozilla has accused Microsoft of failing in its commitment to give users a choice in browsers. Mozilla says Internet Explorer will be the only browser able to run on Windows 8, at the expense of rival browsers like Firefox, Safari and Chrome. 0 Comments

Google-Apple Search Deal Attracts FTC Attention

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Google's position as the default search engine on Apple's mobile devices is drawing scrutiny from the U.S. FTC. Apple has been subpoenaed for information on its deals with Google to make it the preferred search engine on iPhones and iPads. Google's position as the default search engine on Apple's mobile devices is drawing scrutiny from the U.S. FTC. Apple has been subpoenaed for information on its deals with Google to make it the preferred search engine on iPhones and iPads. 0 Comments

Google’s Patent Battle With Microsoft & Apple Escalates

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Microsoft has filed a formal complaint against Motorola with the European Commission over what it sees as a clear abuse of its industry standard patents, with Google's tacit backing. This follows a similar filing by Apple demanding EC intervention. Microsoft has filed a formal complaint against Motorola with the European Commission over what it sees as a clear abuse of its industry standard patents, with Google's tacit backing. This follows a similar filing by Apple demanding EC intervention. 0 Comments

Google-Motorola Acquisition Approved in U.S., EU

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In a pair of announcements made just hours apart, the U.S. Department of Justice and the European Commission each announced that the $12.5 billion acquisition had been cleared by their respective anti-trust authorities and could proceed. In a pair of announcements made just hours apart, the U.S. Department of Justice and the European Commission each announced that the $12.5 billion acquisition had been cleared by their respective anti-trust authorities and could proceed. 0 Comments

Google Motorola Deal Put on Hold by European Commission

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The EC has put Google's proposed $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility on hold pending further investigation. The EC issued a filing last month asking Google to provide additional details on how the acquisition will be carried out. The EC has put Google's proposed $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility on hold pending further investigation. The EC issued a filing last month asking Google to provide additional details on how the acquisition will be carried out. 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

Google-Motorola Merger Seeks European Commission Clearance

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Google's buyout of Motorola Mobility is already under scrutiny from the U.S. Department of Justice, but the deal will also require clearance in Europe. The European Commission evaluation is scheduled to determine a ruling by January 10. Google's buyout of Motorola Mobility is already under scrutiny from the U.S. Department of Justice, but the deal will also require clearance in Europe. The European Commission evaluation is scheduled to determine a ruling by January 10. 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

Google’s European Privacy & Antitrust Battles: An Update

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The European Commission is still determining Google’s degree of dominance, Google provides an WiFi location opt-out service; Google has announced that it will delete 3.6 million Dutch WiFi SSIDs, and Google Analytics has been un-banned in Germany. The European Commission is still determining Google’s degree of dominance, Google provides an WiFi location opt-out service; Google has announced that it will delete 3.6 million Dutch WiFi SSIDs, and Google Analytics has been un-banned in Germany. 0 Comments

Google Faces 10th European Antitrust Complaint

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Deal du Jour, a French daily deal company, has filed an antitrust complaint to the European Commission, claiming it was removed from Google’s index and blocked from using AdSense. This will be the 10th complaint to get investigated by the EC. Deal du Jour, a French daily deal company, has filed an antitrust complaint to the European Commission, claiming it was removed from Google’s index and blocked from using AdSense. This will be the 10th complaint to get investigated by the EC. 0 Comments

Report: Google EU Antitrust Expands, Up to 9 Complainants

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The European Google antitrust investigation, which has been ongoing since November 2010, is continuing to grow. According to two sources familiar with the matter, five new thus far anonymous groups have registered new complaints against Google. The European Google antitrust investigation, which has been ongoing since November 2010, is continuing to grow. According to two sources familiar with the matter, five new thus far anonymous groups have registered new complaints against Google. 0 Comments