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  1. Google Submits Response to EC Antitrust Regulators

    Any settlement must include explicit acceptance by Google of its dominance and that it has damaged European businesses through its anti-competitive practices. After the conclusion of the FTC investigation, Google voluntarily made changes to some of...

  2. FTC: Google Demoting Rankings of Competing Vertical Websites is Justifiable

    In late November, we reported that the FTC was considering dropping the antitrust case because it couldn’t find evidence of consumer harm. Federal Trade Commission closed the books on its 19-month investigation into Google’s business practices.

  3. SEMPO Appeals to FTC for Updated Search Engine Disclosure Guidelines

    Should the FTC undertake such a review, in addition to signifying the understanding that recent extreme antitrust claims against Google search practices lack merit, it would also be taken to mean that the FTC perceives the benefits of taking a...

  4. Google Reveals Argentina, South Korea Investigations

    Antitrust authorities in both the U.S.and the EU have expressed concern over the company's dominance of the search and advertising businesses. In the U.S.the Federal Trade Commission has brought on an outside high-profile legal counsel to run its...

  5. New Google Privacy Policy Combines User Data From All Google Services

    For anybody following Google, this shouldn’t be shocking, especially with increasing legal and antitrust scrutiny from governments and privacy bodies around the world. The only products that seem to have their own product-specific privacy policy...

  6. FTC Investigating if Google Jacked Up AdWords Rates on Microsoft

    While no company would request such a government investigation, we are confident that our business practices will stand up to scrutiny," according to Schmidt's written testimony submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee's antitrust panel (as...

  7. Texas AG Wants Google's Formula for AdWords Rates, Ranking Sites

    The Texas attorney general leading an antitrust investigation of Google wants to know how Google determines the prices for its AdWords paid search advertising program and how sites are ranked in Google's search results.