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Leaks in the Google antitrust probe brings the FTC under scrutiny

Leaks in the Google antitrust probe brings the FTC under scrutiny

Google has been in the news in increasing frequency over the last six or so months concerning an FTC antitrust probe into its business practices. Most of the information that surfaced about the case came from sources identified only by their claim to be familiar with the situation. Now the FTC is under scrutiny from Congress over the amount of information that leaked to the media.

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Google settles FTC antitrust with patent and advert limits

Google settles FTC antitrust with patent and advert limits

Google has settled with the FTC, avoiding antitrust penalties by agreeing to license standard-essential patents to rivals without threat of injunctions, and to remove restrictions on online advertising, though the concessions aren't enough to placate activists. As part of the agreement, Google will be forced to license the standard-essential Motorola Mobility patents on FRAND (fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory) terms to any rival that requests them, after fears that the search giant might use its acquired IP to bludgeon competitors with extortionate licensing fees else run the risk of expensive and limiting injunction proceedings.

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Was Google’s FTC antitrust escape scuttled by Euro stringency?

Was Google’s FTC antitrust escape scuttled by Euro stringency?

Google's chance of an easy escape from US antitrust punishment was scuppered by the promise of a significantly tougher stance by European regulators, it's claimed, with a prospective "verbal promise" to the FTC suddenly deemed insufficient. The search giant had been poised to agree a series of voluntary concessions in the US, much to the chagrin of rivals like Microsoft, when the proposed deal fell flat; according to Politico's sources, the FTC came under a "barrage of criticism" from involved parties appalled that the EU was likely to insist on a binding agreement to Google's future behavior in Europe.

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Google enrages rivals with rumored FTC antitrust escape plan

Google enrages rivals with rumored FTC antitrust escape plan

Google is near a US antitrust settlement which would see the search giant escape without penalty or punishment, insiders claim, conceding greater transparency and agreeing not to scrape content for its index. The deal would give advertisers the tools to compare Google advertising campaigns with how those run through other search sites performed, two sources close to the matter tell Bloomberg, in addition to including written assurances from Google that it would not copy the content of other sites without their prior permission.

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FTC may not have enough evidence to hit Google with antitrust charges

FTC may not have enough evidence to hit Google with antitrust charges

A couple weeks back, we heard the FTC may be close to making a decision on whether or not it wants to take Google to court over claims of anti-competitive behavior. If a new report from Bloomberg is to be believed, however, the FTC may have a problem actually hitting Google with antitrust charges due to a lack of evidence. If that's true, then Google may just be able to get out of this whole thing without ending up in court.

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FTC may be close to decision in Google antitrust review

FTC may be close to decision in Google antitrust review

It may not be long before Google finds itself being taken to court by the FTC, as new reports are claiming that the FTC is nearing a decision about whether or not it wants to hit Google with a lawsuit. Mercury News claims that a decision could come before the end of the year, and if the FTC decides that it want to take Google to trial, it could mean bad things for the search giant. Specifically, Google could be forced to part with some of its services, either being forced by the FTC to shut them down or sell them off.

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Google may be hit with antitrust case from the FTC

Google may be hit with antitrust case from the FTC

According to multiple sources, it's said that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is closer than ever to hitting Google with an antitrust lawsuit. The plan has been in the works for almost a year, and now four out of the five FTC commissioners are wanting to open up the doors to begin the process of investigating any wrongdoing by the search giant.

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FTC drafts hardcore litigator for Google antitrust grilling

FTC drafts hardcore litigator for Google antitrust grilling

Google faces an intense courtroom grilling over antitrust allegations, with the FTC retaining a notorious litigator in what observers say marks a "watershed moment" for online privacy regulation. The Federal Trade Commission turned to former Justice Department prosecutor Beth A. Wilkinson, famed in legal circles for her lead role convicting Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, the NYTimes reports, with suggestions that the Google case could have implications on a par with the Microsoft antitrust decisions of the 1990s.

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Apple subpoenaed by FTC in Google antitrust probe

Apple subpoenaed by FTC in Google antitrust probe

As part of the investigation into antitrust allegations against Google, the FTC has subpoenaed Apple for details on the business relationship between the two tech companies. Apple currently uses Google as the default search engine on its iPhone and iPad under terms that rivals, such as Microsoft, believe are anti-competitive.

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Google+ faces FTC investigation over search antitrust

Google+ faces FTC investigation over search antitrust

Google's social network, Google+, will also come under investigation in a US FTC antitrust probe, according to sources, as the Commission examines whether the search giant has improperly used its heft to squeeze out rivals. Although originally expected to cover search, the US Federal Trade Commission's inquiry will now be expanded to look at Google+, two people "familiar with the situation" tell Bloomberg. The social network, and how it now feeds into search results, made headlines last week after Google announced plans to more closely personalize users' search experience.

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