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

    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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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...

  5. FTC Hopes to Resolve Google Antitrust Inquiry Before 2013

    Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is aiming to resolve its anti-trust investigation into Google's search practices by the end of the year. The inquiry began in June 2011 when Google confirmed it had been contacted by the FTC to be told it was...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. Google FTC Antitrust Probe Rumors Emerge as ITA Verdict Nears

    The FTC and Justice Department both oversee antitrust investigations, so it seems the outcome of the ITA deal will determine which agency would handle a larger investigation of Google's business practices.

  10. 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.