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Gerry Smith

Google Hit With Big Fine For Secretly Following You Online

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 11.18.2013 | Technology

Google has agreed to pay $17 million to settle charges that it secretly tracked some consumers' activities on the Web, even after promising such track...

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...

Google's Antitrust Wrist Slap Is Right Result for Wrong Reason -- Right Reason: Google Search Results Are Free Speech

Peter Scheer | Posted 03.07.2013 | Technology
Peter Scheer

First Amendment considerations should have stopped the FTC's investigation at the outset. That freedom-of-speech is never mentioned in the agency's statement is, well, bizarre.

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...

Banking Giant Taken Down By Tax Evasion

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business

Mark Gongloff is off the newsletter this morning so today's 7.5 Things are brought to you by Jillian Berman. Thing One: Tax Evasion Takes Down Majo...

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...

Larry Page Goes To Washington

Reuters | Posted 01.27.2013 | Technology

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc Chief Executive Larry Page met with officials from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission in Washington on Tuesday, as...

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.

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...

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...

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...

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.

Gerry Smith

FTC Hits Google With Record Fine Over Privacy Violation

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 10.09.2012 | Technology

Google has agreed to pay a record settlement over charges that it bypassed privacy settings in Apple’s Safari browser in order to display targeted a...

More Rumors Of Government's MEGA FINE Against Google

Reuters | Posted 09.30.2012 | Technology

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Regulators will require Google Inc to pay a civil penalty of $22.5 million to settle charges that it bypassed the privacy setti...

"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.

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....

Google Near Another, Record-Size Privacy Settlement With FTC: WSJ

Reuters | Posted 09.08.2012 | Technology

(Reuters) - Google Inc is close to paying $22.5 million to settle charges that it bypassed the privacy settings of customers using Apple's Safari brow...

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...

Congressman Calls For FTC Probe Of Google's Privacy Changes

Posted 03.27.2012 | Technology

Jan 26 (Reuters) - A leading lawmaker on privacy issues said on Thursday he would ask for a probe into whether recently announced changes in how G...