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Google Antitrust

Why Antitrust Authorities Should Block Google's Takeover of Nest's 'Smart Home' Business

Nathan Newman | Posted 03.17.2014 | Business
Nathan Newman

The antitrust problem with Google taking over Nest is not that it will give Nest an unfair advantage in dominating the home appliance sector; it's that it will give Google more data to reinforce its existing search advertising dominance.

No Green Eggs and Ham for Google's Competitors

David Balto | Posted 12.01.2013 | Technology
David Balto

The fact that these new concessions will not please Google's rivals says nothing about the remedies themselves. Rather, it will speak to these competitors' motives to keep this investigation running for as long as possible. Almunia should resist calls to try this approach once again.

Taking on Google's Monopoly Means Regulating Its Control of User Data

Nathan Newman | Posted 11.24.2013 | Business
Nathan Newman

If "big data" is the oil of the information economy, Google has Standard Oil-like monopoly dominance -- and uses that control to maintain its dominant position.

Will The FTC's Google Decision Ignite A Patent War?

Reuters | Andrew Longstreth | Posted 03.08.2013 | Technology

(Corrects identification of attorney Matthew Woods in final two paragraphs) By Andrew Longstreth NEW YORK, Jan 6 (Reute...

Europe Isn't Going To Be Peer Pressured By U.S. Decision On Google

Reuters | Posted 01.05.2013 | Technology

(Reuters) - A decision by U.S. regulators to end a probe into whether Google Inc hurt rivals by manipulating internet searches will not affect the Eur...

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 "Brought Forth a Couple of Mice" in Slapping Google on the Wrist

Nathan Newman | Posted 03.05.2013 | Business
Nathan Newman

As predicted, the Federal Trade Commission has punted any serious action against Google's monopoly dominance. Worse, it turns out the investigation was so narrow and so perfunctory that it's hard to understand what took 19 months to get such a meager result.

Government Finds No Evidence To Claim That Google Is Acting Like A Monopoly

AP | By MICHAEL LIEDTKE | Posted 03.05.2013 | Technology

WASHINGTON -- Google is agreeing to license certain patents to mobile phone rivals and stop a practice of including snippets from other websites in it...

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...

Proposed Remedies for Regulating Google, Part 4: Privacy Abuses and Forms of Remedy

Eric K. Clemons | Posted 02.04.2013 | Technology
Eric K. Clemons

Allowing the mining of these activities should never be the default. Mining a user's outgoing communications of any form should require the user's explicit permission.

Proposed Remedies for Regulating Google, Part 3: Deception and Abuse of Market Power

Eric K. Clemons | Posted 01.30.2013 | Technology
Eric K. Clemons

Google is paid by click, so placing the sites most likely to attract clicks on top ensures that Google earns as much as it can. There is nothing wrong with revenue maximization, of course! It is simply important to call a thing what it is, and not another nothing.

Proposed Remedies for Regulating Google, Part 2: Forms of Abuse and Forms of Remedy

Eric K. Clemons | Posted 01.28.2013 | Technology
Eric K. Clemons

They do appear to place little or no value on respecting privacy rights of hundreds of millions of Internet users. Maybe one or two punitive assessments, measured in hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars, might have a sobering impact on key individuals at the firm.

Proposed Remedies for Regulating Google, Part 1: When Fear Turned to Loathing

Eric K. Clemons | Posted 11.27.2012 | Technology
Eric K. Clemons

Laws must regulate Google's behavior, in the U.S. and abroad, and must be clear and unambiguous. And punishments must be sufficiently severe that clearly violating unambiguous laws is demonstrably very bad for Google, for its shareholders, and for its external directors.

Google Competitor Says It's Getting Shut Out

Reuters | Diane Bartz | Posted 01.22.2013 | Technology

By Diane Bartz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Upstart Internet search engine DuckDuckGo, which promotes itself as a Google Inc rival which does...

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.

Google Said To Mull Settlement With FTC Over Patents

Reuters | Posted 12.20.2012 | Technology

(Reuters) - Google Inc is considering a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission over potential claims it broke antitrust law in its handling of p...

Is Google Hiding Pivotal Documents in Key Antitrust Investigation? That's Right, You're Not From Texas

Chris Castle | Posted 08.07.2012 | Media
Chris Castle

Since General Abbott's prescient antitrust investigation of Google appears to have preceded them, both European and U.S. antitrust investigators will probably be very interested in the success of Google's privilege argument in Texas for a simple reason.

"Say It Ain't So, Joe, Again, and Again, and ...": An Economic Analysis of the Legacy of Continued Bad Behavior at Google

Eric K. Clemons | Posted 09.12.2012 | Technology
Eric K. Clemons

The Boys at Google are still in need of "adult supervision," and that this supervision is not going to come from Eric Schmidt or from their board.

Google Offers To Settle EU Antitrust Probe

Reuters | Foo Yun Chee | Posted 09.01.2012 | Technology

By Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Google has offered to settle antitrust charges following an ultimatum by EU regulators investigati...

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.

Meet The Former Oklahoma City Bomber Trial Lawyer Spearheading The Google Anti-Trust Probe

Reuters | Posted 07.31.2012 | Technology

By Diane Bartz WASHINGTON, May 31 (Reuters) - When the Federal Trade Commission recently intensified its probe of Internet giant Goo...

Lawyer From Oklahoma City Bomber Case To Helm Google Probe

AP | MICHAEL LIEDTKE | Posted 06.27.2012 | Technology

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Federal Trade Commission has hired a prominent trial lawyer to oversee its broad investigation into Google's business pract...

Senator Warns Facebook, Google Users: 'You Are Their Product'

The Huffington Post | Bianca Bosker | Posted 03.30.2012 | Technology

Web giants are becoming too big to care, Senator Al Franken warned Thursday. Franken argued that the growing dominance of companies such as Faceboo...

Solving the Google Privacy Problem Will Largely Solve the Google Antitrust Problem

Nathan Newman | Posted 05.01.2012 | Technology
Nathan Newman

We seem to be having two debates about Google -- on the cultural side, the question is whether the company violates user privacy too much and, on the business side, is Google a monopoly threat in the marketplace? But these are not separate issues at all.