Google Europe Antitrust Search Android Case

Google admits it’s completely botched its relations with EU regulators

By on June 5, 2015 at 8:15 PM.

Google admits it’s completely botched its relations with EU regulators

Google has quite a battle on its hands with the European Union. The company’s Search and Android businesses, its privacy policy and tax practices are all under some sort of investigation. The company’s local chief admitted in an interview that Google may have been wrong about how it’s handled its situation in Europe, but it still dismissed the main accusations coming from the EU, which say Google’s abused its dominant position when it comes to search and smartphones. More →

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Google’s EU antitrust nightmare is just getting started

By on April 15, 2015 at 6:50 AM.

Google’s EU antitrust nightmare is just getting started

The European Union is taking its probe into Google’s search practices to new heights, Bloomberg reports, bringing antitrust charges against the company after four years of investigations. The two parties tried and failed to settle the matter three times in the previous years, and now the European Commission is moving to the next step. Furthermore, on top of looking for clear answers from Google on the Search side, the European Commission will also investigate its Android-related business practices. More →

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Google might not get away with being ‘evil’ in Europe

By on April 2, 2015 at 9:30 PM.

Google might not get away with being ‘evil’ in Europe

Even though it seemed like Google might be able to avoid antitrust charges in Europe and walk away from a five-year investigation mostly unscathed (which is what happened in the U.S.), the Search giant might not be so lucky, The Wall Street Journal reports. More →

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Canada vs. Apple: iPhone

Canada is investigating Apple over possible shady dealings with carriers

By on December 18, 2014 at 7:00 PM.

Canada is investigating Apple over possible shady dealings with carriers

The Canadian Competition Bureau wants to have a closer look at Apple’s contracts with local carriers, as it’s interested in whether or not they contain any special clauses that might harm competition in the region. Reuters reports that the Federal Court of Canada on Wednesday agreed to order Apple to turn over all such documents to the Competition Bureau. More →

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Google Antitrust Settlement Europe

EU: Google must make more concessions within weeks, or else

By on January 15, 2014 at 11:30 AM.

EU: Google must make more concessions within weeks, or else

The European Union is asking Google to propose more concessions in its attempt to settle an antitrust investigation that’s looking into the company’s search practices in the region, and the EU wants those concessions in the coming weeks, Reuters reports, not later down the road. “We need more and we need more not during the next year, we need more during the next weeks,” EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said, explaining to reporters that he is still waiting for Google to provide a response to his opinion that concessions offered so far are not enough to address the EU’s concerns. More →

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Microsoft says Google still isn’t playing fair

By on December 12, 2013 at 7:45 PM.

Microsoft says Google still isn’t playing fair

Microsoft and other interested parties that have antitrust complaints against Google in Europe are not happy with the concessions the search giant is ready to make, adding a study that tracks eye movement to prove Google’s misconduct when it comes to promoting its services in search at the expense of competitors. Microsoft’s Initiative for Competitive Online Marketplace (ICOMP) commissioned a study from the German Sports University in Köln to track the eyes of users performing Google searches in the region. The study revealed that Google users are more likely to click on a search result leading to a Google service than to a service from a different company. More →

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Microsoft Android Antitrust

Microsoft’s Android antitrust complaint called ‘an attack on open source’

By on April 12, 2013 at 11:45 AM.

Microsoft’s Android antitrust complaint called ‘an attack on open source’

When a Microsoft (MSFT)-led group called Fairsearch Europe filed an antitrust complaint against Google (GOOG) and its Android platform this week, it didn’t merely say that the company was rigging its search results to benefit its own products. Instead, it went a step further and said that Google was unfairly promoting Android to device manufacturers by making it free to use, while also accusing the company of employing “predatory distribution of Android at below-cost.” Ars Technica’s Timothy Lee finds this sort of attack on Android to be very dangerous on Microsoft’s part since it seemingly isn’t just attacking Google but the entire nature of open-source software. More →

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Google accused of withholding evidence in antitrust probe

By on June 22, 2012 at 11:30 AM.

Google accused of withholding evidence in antitrust probe

Google Sued Texas AG Antitrust Investigation

Google has apparently decided to mess with Texas. Per the Wall Street Journal, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has filed suit against Google in an attempt to lasso some runaway documents that Google claimed were covered by attorney-client privilege. In all, Google has claimed attorney-client privilege on more than 14,500 documents and the Texas AG is alleging that Google hasn’t even come close to clearly demonstrating that they’re all privileged. Abbott is investigating Google for allegedly using its monopoly search power to harm rival Internet companies. Antitrust regulators in both the United States federal government and the European Union have launched similar investigations. More →

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Apple to DOJ: We’re the good guys, not the bad guys

By on April 13, 2012 at 11:45 AM.

Apple to DOJ: We’re the good guys, not the bad guys

In a filing with the United States district court for southern New York, Apple claims the Department of Justice has its story all wrong. The Justice Department filed an antitrust suit against Apple and multiple book publishers earlier this week alleging that the group colluded to fix the prices of electronic books. In a recently released document filed with the court on Wednesday, Apple’s counsel addressed the charges by claiming the DOJ has its story backwards — Apple wasn’t working with publishers to fix eBook prices, it was breaking Amazon’s “monopolistic grip” on the eBook market and the publishing industry. Read on for more. More →

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U.S. government sues Apple over eBook price-fixing

By on April 11, 2012 at 10:15 AM.

U.S. government sues Apple over eBook price-fixing

The United States government has filed an antitrust suit against Apple, Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, Macmillan and Penguin alleging that the companies conspired to fix electronic book prices. Reports surfaced more than a month ago suggesting that the Department of Justice had launched an investigation into whether or not Apple had colluded with publishers to raise the prices of eBooks sold through Apple’s iBookstore. According to Bloomberg, an antitrust suit was filed by the government on Wednesday in a New York district court. More →

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Apple subpoenaed by FTC in Google antitrust probe

By on March 13, 2012 at 3:25 PM.

Apple subpoenaed by FTC in Google antitrust probe

Apple has been subpoenaed by the United Stated Federal Trade Commission as part of an antitrust investigation of Google, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday. The FTC is reportedly interested in an agreement with Apple that made Google the default search engine on Apple’s iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. “As mobile search gets more widespread, the default setting becomes more significant,” antitrust lawyer Allen Grunes told Bloomberg. The FTC has been looking into Google’s business practices — specifically, its search business — for almost a year.

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DOJ threatens Apple with antitrust suit over eBook price-fixing

By on March 8, 2012 at 9:05 AM.

DOJ threatens Apple with antitrust suit over eBook price-fixing

The United States Department of Justice has warned Apple and five top U.S. book publishers that it plans to file an antitrust lawsuit against them, The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday evening. According to the paper’s multiple unnamed sources, the DOJ alleges that Apple colluded with publishers to raise the prices of eBooks sold through Apple’s iBooks store. Publishers named in the report include Simon & Schuster Inc., Hachette Book Group, Penguin Group, Macmillan and HarperCollins Publishers Inc. Read on for more. More →

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