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Google EU antitrust end in sight says competition chief

Google EU antitrust end in sight says competition chief

Google's antitrust spat with the European Commission could reach preliminary settlement as early as January 2013, the EC's competition chief has suggested, after a meeting with chairman Eric Schmidt in Brussels this week. "Since our preliminary talks with Google started in July, we have substantially reduced our differences regarding possible ways to address each of the four competition concerns expressed by the Commission" competition policy VP Joaquín Almunia said in a statement, heralding an end to arguments over how Google displays search results, adverts, and content from its rivals online.

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FTC’s investigation into Google likely pushed into 2013, sources say

FTC’s investigation into Google likely pushed into 2013, sources say

Google has been on the FTC's radar for quite some time now, with the agency looking into multiple areas of the company. One of the investigations concerns Google's search practices, with claims that it is unfairly skewing search results in its favor to the detriment of its competition. The FTC has been looking into the matter, with reports surfacing not too long ago that it would be settling the issue with Google by the end of the year. Originally, the matter was to be settled by the end of the month, but now it looks like that may get pushed into early 2013.

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Google and FTC close to settling patent case, sources say

Google and FTC close to settling patent case, sources say

Google has been dealing with the FTC quite a bit this year concerning multiple issues, one of which is patents. According to the FTC, Google breached antitrust law by trying to prevent competitors from using certain essential tech patents that it owns. Now it seems the tech company and the government agency are close to settling the matter, according to three sources who are "familiar with the matter."

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Google contemplates patent antitrust settlement

Google contemplates patent antitrust settlement

We reported last Friday about a potential antitrust lawsuit that the FTC was looking at slapping Google with over patent violations. The Federal Trade Commission has been investigating potential antitrust claims regarding Google for over a year. Recently, it started poking around the way Google handled the patents it received when it bought Motorola, and now it seems Google is considering a settlement.

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Google faces Indian antitrust investigation

Google faces Indian antitrust investigation

Google faces another antitrust investigation, this time in India, it's reported, with the search giant's online advertising apparently under the microscope amid anti-competitiveness accusations. AdWords will be the initial point of appraisal, government officials tell the WSJ, but the Competition Commission of India could well extend its case to encompass other aspects of Google's business.

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Twitter, Facebook and MySpace team tells Google “Don’t Be Evil”

Twitter, Facebook and MySpace team tells Google “Don’t Be Evil”

Engineers at Facebook, Twitter and MySpace have joined the protests against Google's search integration of Google+ results, crafting a browser add-on called "Don't Be Evil" that adds a far broader range of social into search. The tool, distributed at a site called Focus on the User, argues that rather than just pull Google+ profiles and topics into the search engine, Google would better serve actual users by integrating far more social networks: Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Flickr and more. Rather than see exactly what Google wants you to see through its forced Google+ promotion, you can be shown what the company's pure algorithm believes is relevant.

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Obama using Google+ for post-State of the Union interview

Obama using Google+ for post-State of the Union interview

President Obama will deliver a live Google+ hangout answering questions from US citizens, the White House has announced, the first entirely virtual interview staged by the government. Set to take place on Monday, January 30, the President will answer questions submitted via the government's YouTube channel, particularly those concerning the topics Obama is set to discuss at the State of the Union address tomorrow.

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Google facing EU antitrust charges at end of March

Google facing EU antitrust charges at end of March

Whether or not Google is formally accused of antitrust behaviors by the European Commission will be decided at the end of March, it's been confirmed, suggesting the EU has accelerated its investigation into the search giant's behaviors online. "I will receive comments from the case team towards the end of the first quarter" EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia told Reuters this week. "I do not expect anything sooner. Let us see"

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Bing buoyant as Google search suffers further investigation

Bing buoyant as Google search suffers further investigation

Microsoft's Bing search engine has overtaken Yahoo! search, digital tracker comScore reports, though the gap between it and Google's increasingly noticeable market dominance continues to grow. Bing had 15.1-percent of the core US search market in December 2011, the stat company says, putting it 0.7-percent ahead of Yahoo!'s falling share. However, Google rose 0.5-points to 65.9-percent, responsible for two thirds of the 18.2bn US searches made, and faces calls for FTC investigation for potential antitrust behavior.

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