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Google Might Have To Face Down The FTC.. Again

Reuters | Alexei Oreskovic | Posted 08.25.2013 | Technology

By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Antitrust regulators are conducting a preliminary inquiry into Google Inc's recent acquis...

How Much Does It Cost To Beat The Feds? For Google, It Was A Drop In The Bucket

The Huffington Post | Gerry Smith | Posted 01.04.2013 | Technology

How much does it cost to get the feds off your back? For Google, the price was less than 1 percent of the cash in its pocket. Google stepped up...

The FTC Google Settlement on Essential Patents Rewards Good Faith Bargaining, Deters Both Hold-Up and Hold-Out

David Balto | Posted 03.06.2013 | Technology
David Balto

In a unanimous vote, the Federal Trade Commission announced it has closed its investigation into Google's search practices, concluding that the evidence "does not support" an antitrust case. The FTC cannot stop here.

FTC Finds Google Rivals' Pain Is Users' Gain

The Huffington Post | Gerry Smith | Posted 01.07.2013 | Technology

Google does indeed manipulate search results to favor some websites over others, federal regulators said in a much-awaited decision on Thursday. B...

Google May Not Be Off The Hook Yet

Reuters | Posted 02.17.2013 | Technology

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which had been expected to wrap up an anti-trust probe into Google within days, will now de...

WSJ: Google Could Emerge Unscathed From Anti-Trust Investigation

Reuters | Posted 02.16.2013 | Technology

(Reuters) - Google may not face any major repercussions from the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) two-year-old anti-trust investigation into its web s...

Gerry Smith

Should Anyone Really Care If Google's Evil?

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 12.03.2012 | Technology

To those who follow the policy minutiae of the tech world, the government's investigation of Google's search and advertising business is an epic showd...

Gerry Smith

Microsoft Claims Google 'Scroogled' Shoppers, But Bing Uses Mix of Paid and Unpaid Ads

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 11.29.2012 | Technology

As the Federal Trade Commission nears a decision on whether to sue Google for antitrust violations, a new company practice has emerged as an example o...

Hints At How The Government Will Go After Google

Reuters | Diane Bartz | Posted 01.27.2013 | Technology

By Diane Bartz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal regulators investigating Google for a range of accusations of antitrust violations took a...

Why Google Should Be Regulated (Part 4)

Dr. Robert Epstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Dr. Robert Epstein

Nipping at Google's heels. That's what U.S. federal agencies and some foreign governments have been doing. But the issues they've looked at are trivial. It's time we all looked at the larger ones.

Why Google Should Be Regulated (Part 3)

Dr. Robert Epstein | Posted 01.02.2013 | Technology
Dr. Robert Epstein

s it unlawful for Google to collect and organize vast volumes of information about you, your family, and your business and then to use that information to try to alter your behavior? Nope. Is Google a threat to our civil liberties? Yep.

Why Google Should Be Regulated (Part 2)

Dr. Robert Epstein | Posted 12.31.2012 | Technology
Dr. Robert Epstein

As good as Google is at providing information, it should not and must not be allowed to conduct business as usual. It must and will eventually be regulated, just as the phone companies and credit bureaus are regulated. Fundamental civil liberties issues are at stake.

Google, Its Competitors, and Competition Law

Marvin Ammori | Posted 12.31.2012 | Technology
Marvin Ammori

There is an inherent difficulty in determining when a company's competitive actions might merely harm less effective competitors (that's a good thing) and when it might harm consumers and the market in general.

Why Google Should Be Regulated (Part 1)

Dr. Robert Epstein | Posted 10.23.2012 | Technology
Dr. Robert Epstein

As good as Google is at providing information, it should not be allowed to conduct business as usual. It must be regulated, just as the phone companies and credit bureaus are regulated. Fundamental civil liberties issues are at stake.

HUFFPOST LIVE: Is Google A Monopoly?

The Huffington Post | Samreen Hooda | Posted 10.19.2012 | Technology

Last week, Reuters reported that most of the major decision-makers at the Federal Trade Commission were convinced that an antitrust suit against Googl...

Federal Government Hurting America's Internet Economy

Nancy Ploeger | Posted 12.16.2012 | New York
Nancy Ploeger

Despite our slow economic recovery, one bright spot throughout the last several years has been the thriving Internet economy. Innovation is alive and well in America, with new startups launching practically every day.

Report: Government ThisClose To Suing Google For Gaming Search Results

Reuters | Diane Bartz | Posted 12.12.2012 | Technology

By Diane Bartz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The majority of top decision-makers at the Federal Trade Commission believe that an antitrust cas...

Google, You've Outgrown 'Oops'

Bianca Bosker | Posted 10.10.2012 | Technology
Bianca Bosker

We'll pay your fine, but we won't admit we did anything wrong. Those are the terms Google agreed to in its record-breaking settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, which penalized Google for the second time in a year for violating privacy promises made to its users.

Dino Grandoni

Google Allegedly In Trouble With FTC (Again) Over Privacy (Again): But Does It Matter?

HuffingtonPost.com | Dino Grandoni | Posted 07.11.2012 | Technology

Another day, another Google privacy misstep: according to the Wall Street Journal, the Federal Trade Commission is close to hitting Google with a $22....

The FTC Should Update Search Engine Transparency Guidelines

David Balto | Posted 06.21.2012 | Technology
David Balto

Google's competitors cry foul concerning the search engine's algorithms and ranking practices, but fail to take even basic steps to comply with the transparency guidelines that are in play. The FTC is listening more closely to competitors, and losing sight of the industry.

REPORT: FTC Opens New Google Investigation

Reuters | Liana B. Baker | Posted 05.17.2012 | Technology

By Liana B. Baker (Reuters) - The Federal Trade Commission is examining whether Google deceived consumers by planting so-called Interne...

REPORT: FTC To Probe Google+ In Antitrust Investigation

The Huffington Post | Catharine Smith | Posted 03.14.2012 | Technology

Another of Google's many web properties may come under scrutiny in an ongoing antitrust investigation by U.S. regulators. According to Bloomberg, ...

Senators Turn Up Heat On Google Antitrust Probe

The Huffington Post | Bianca Bosker | Posted 12.20.2011 | Technology

Google's high-stakes antitrust hearing in September seems to have raised more questions than it answered -- and lawmakers are asking regulators to tak...

Feds Sharpen Google Antitrust Probe

The Wall Street Journal | Posted 10.11.2011 | Technology

U.S. antitrust regulators are focusing their investigation of Google Inc. on key areas of its business, including its Android mobile-phone software an...

Bianca Bosker

Is Google The Next Microsoft? Antitrust Inquiry Could Be On The Horizion

HuffingtonPost.com | Bianca Bosker | Posted 08.23.2011 | Technology

Is Google the next Microsoft? The question, which has been asked most often in regard to Google's ability to innovate, takes on new significance am...