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As calls for increased regulation on the all-consuming power of Google grow louder, the founder of the Opera browser is stepping into the fray. Jon von Tetzchner claims that Google has grown into a monopoly that's making life hell for his development team by using "anti-competitive practices" and making "unreasonable demands" for inclusion in its ad network.

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If you bought a PC with a disk drive between 2003 and 2008 -- the golden age of Livestrong bracelets and trucker hats -- you might be eligible for $US10 ($13) thanks to an antitrust class action suit. In December, Sony, NEC, Panasonic and Hitachi-LG settled a seven-year suit which alleged the companies colluded "to inflate the prices of optical drives sold to big computer companies and retailers."

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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.