Tagged With antitrust

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Tim Wu, the guy who coined the phrase "net neutrality", went nose-to-nose with the House Judiciary subcommittee on Friday morning to fight for the future of the internet. Congress wants to know if somebody other than the FCC should decide the fate of net neutrality. Wu, for one, thinks that's a pretty silly idea.

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The FTC just announced a settlement with Google, which the commission had been investigating for illegal, anti-competitive behaviour. And it's mostly good news for everyone except Google: less patent warfare, less search engine bullying.

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The US Federal Trade Commission has signalled it means business in its proceedings against Google for antitrust violations. For the first time in five years, the agency has hired an outside litigator to lead the prosecution. No, it's not Harvey Birdman.

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The US Federal Trade Commission has subpoenaed Apple as part of an antitrust probe of Google, in order to determine how search is incorporated into iOS devices. The request for information specifically asks for details about agreements that made Google the default search engine on Apple's mobile devices.

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Today, Google's going to be grilled, chopped and fried before US Congress, which is digging into the search giant over accusations of anticompetitive mischief. There are two possibilities here: Google's breaking the law, or it's a victim of its own success.

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Microsoft is getting involved with the European Union's antitrust investigation regarding Google, mostly regarding the lack of information Google provides search engine competitors for indexing YouTube videos. But even more interesting is Microsoft's claim that their app is lacking because Google won't provide the Windows Phone 7 team with the necessary data for the YouTube app that the versions on Android and iOS have.

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How's this for the pot calling the kettle black? Microsoft has made an official complaint to the European Commission, claiming that Google is behaving in an anti-competitive way when it comes to search. Namely, their acquisition of YouTube back in 2006 meant that competing search engines were restricted from "properly accessing it for their search results".