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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, Europe Near Antitrust Deal, Really This Time?

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With its latest offer, Google has effectively settled the three year probe and has dodged a potential $5 billion fine. While the European Commission has accepted the concessions, they must first be accepted by the complainants, including Microsoft. With its latest offer, Google has effectively settled the three year probe and has dodged a potential $5 billion fine. While the European Commission has accepted the concessions, they must first be accepted by the complainants, including Microsoft. 0 Comments

Korea’s FTC Acquits Google of Antitrust Charges

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The Korean FTC stated Google was not demonstrating an unfair advantage by preloading its search engine on Android mobile phones. While this is one small battle won by Google, it still has its hands full with an ongoing antitrust battle in Europe. The Korean FTC stated Google was not demonstrating an unfair advantage by preloading its search engine on Android mobile phones. While this is one small battle won by Google, it still has its hands full with an ongoing antitrust battle in Europe. 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

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

Will Google's Proposed Search Fixes End EU Antitrust Case?

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Google has presented a list of concessions in a bid to address the European Union's concerns and put an end to a two-year long antitrust probe into its search business. Google wants to avoid paying out a massive fine and facing more legal action. Google has presented a list of concessions in a bid to address the European Union's concerns and put an end to a two-year long antitrust probe into its search business. Google wants to avoid paying out a massive fine and facing more legal action. 0 Comments

Scroogled Rises: Microsoft Back on Attack as Google Faces New Antitrust Complaint

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Microsoft is on the attack again, this time slamming Google Play for the information it shares when users buy apps. The attack ads coincide with another European antitrust complaint orchestrated by Microsoft relating to Google's Android software. Microsoft is on the attack again, this time slamming Google Play for the information it shares when users buy apps. The attack ads coincide with another European antitrust complaint orchestrated by Microsoft relating to Google's Android software. 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

Will Europe Force Google to Change How it Displays Search Results?

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Although Google escaped relatively unscathed from a U.S. antitrust investigation into its business practices by the FTC, Europe may bring a less favorable result for the dominant search engine, based on comments by the EU competition commissioner. Although Google escaped relatively unscathed from a U.S. antitrust investigation into its business practices by the FTC, Europe may bring a less favorable result for the dominant search engine, based on comments by the EU competition commissioner. 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

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

Google Told to Fix 4 Areas in Search, Advertising to End Antitrust Inquiry

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European antitrust chiefs are offering Google a chance to end the 18-month investigation into alleged monopoly abuses by the company. U.S. senators say the deal is a positive step forward in addressing the concerns they also have with the firm. European antitrust chiefs are offering Google a chance to end the 18-month investigation into alleged monopoly abuses by the company. U.S. senators say the deal is a positive step forward in addressing the concerns they also have with the firm. 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

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’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