Bloomberg: Google’s Online Ad Dominance Holding Back Startups

For years FairSearch has warned that Google’s dominance of online advertising and search is undermining Internet competition and innovation. It seems the capital markets are now taking notice. In an Aug. 8 piece, “Google Advertising Dominance Dims Startups’ IPO Prospects,” … Continued


Almunia Reiterates Call for Google to Improve Its Proposed Remedies

Joaquín Almunia, the European Union’s top official responsible for enforcing competition law, reiterated a call Thursday for Google to improve its proposals to the European Commission to change its search and business practices under investigation for potentially violating EU laws. According to a Bloomberg report of a speech Almunia made … Continued


Roundup of Comments on Google’s Proposed Commitments to European Commission

The European Commission today announced Google’s proposed commitments to settle allegations that it is abusing its dominance by giving preferential treatment to its own services in display and ranking of search results. Google proposal to label where it promotes its … Continued


FTC Chairwoman: Google’s Voluntary Agreement Not Precedent; Search Bias Pro-competitive Though It Harms Competitors

Many were disappointed with the Federal Trade Commission’s and Google’s unprecedented voluntary agreement in January on advertising data and the “scraping” or excerpting of content from sites like Yelp. Now, it seems, the chairwoman of the FTC is apparently dismissing … Continued

Does Google Harm Consumers? Bloomberg Editors Say 'Yes'

Today the Federal Trade Commission issued the disappointing decision to pass on compelling Google to end its anti-competitive search manipulation practices that favor the prominent display of its own products. Rather, the FTC and Google agreed for the search giant … Continued

Expedia, TripAdvisor File Complaints with European Commission, European Voices Offer Support

Today, Bloomberg News reported that TripAdvisor filed a complaint with the European Commission detailing “anti-competitive and unfair practices by Google that harm the marketplace and consumer welfare,” the online travel company said. On Friday, Reuters reported that Expedia filed a … Continued