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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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Google facing renewed FTC attention over Google+ search integration

Google facing renewed FTC attention over Google+ search integration

Google faces a potential FTC complaint and possible investigation over its "Search plus Your World" integration of Google+ into regular search results, with at least one US privacy watchdog saying it is weighing filing an objection with the government agency. The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) flagged up its concerns with the new search system earlier today, arguing it makes users' personal data more accessible than before. "Users can opt out of seeing personalized search results," the group pointed out, "but cannot opt out of having their information found through Google search."

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Schmidt: Google is in monopoly “area” but no Microsoft

Schmidt: Google is in monopoly “area” but no Microsoft

Google chairman Eric Schmidt admitted to a US Senate antitrust panel that the search giant is "in [the] area" of a monopoly at a hearing yesterday, saying it had learned from Microsoft's antitrust mistakes and insisting that the two company's situations were very different. "We get the lessons of our corporate predecessors" Schmidt told senators, referring to previous antitrust complaints against rivals like Microsoft, but maintained that "one company's past need not be another company's future." His argument was in sharp contrast to claims by Yelp and others, who accuse Google of squeezing out competition by prioritizing its own services in search results.

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Google argues antitrust while Yelp spills on search-skip ultimatum

Google argues antitrust while Yelp spills on search-skip ultimatum

Google chairman Eric Schmidt has blamed sour rivals for the search giant's current antitrust investigation, arguing instead that the company not only prioritizes users needs but has "helped generate $64bn in economic activity" for small businesses. Writing as part of his testimony for the Senate Judiciary's antitrust subcommittee, the NYTimes reports, Schmidt points to the "truly vast array of options" for surfers to choose from, and reminds the government agency that "the cost of going elsewhere is zero." However, one of the companies Schmidt namechecks, Yelp, maintains that the search company is "misusing Yelp review content", releasing its own testimony before appearing before the subcommittee.

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Google’s Korean offices get raided over Android antitrust concerns

Google’s Korean offices get raided over Android antitrust concerns

Google's offices in Seoul have been raided today by the Korean Fair Trade Commission over antitrust concerns relating to Android. Regulators conducted the investigation based on allegations that Google is limiting access to rival search engines on its Android platform, an investigation likely brought on by complaints from other South Korean internet search engine companies as well as Android mobile device makers.

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Google’s Eric Schmidt to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee antitrust subcommittee

Google’s Eric Schmidt to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee antitrust subcommittee

Google may have thought all of the legal wrangling that had to do with the revelation last year that its Street View vehicles were capturing WiFi data was behind it. As it turns out the issue may just not be heating up in the US with the announcement that executive chairman and former CEO Eric Schmidt will testify before the Senate in September. Schmidt will be in front of the subcommittee for anti-trust investigations.

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Google AdMob deal approved by FTC; Apple iAd helped clinch it

Google AdMob deal approved by FTC; Apple iAd helped clinch it

Given Google made significant mention of their acquired AdMob technology at Google IO this week, it would've been embarrassing had the FTC turned around and failed to approve the deal.  Happily - for Google - that's not the case, with the final, unanimous judgement of the FTC investigators being that the Google AdMob deal is not, in fact, anti-competitive.  Ironically, Apple's own entrance to the mobile advertising segment, in the shape of iAd, helped Google's argument.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: January 3, 2013

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: January 3, 2013

Welcome to Thursday evening everyone. Today Google settled its antitrust case with the FTC, avoiding fines in return for agreeing to license its standard-essential patents and removing advertising limits. The BlackBerry Z10 has leaked for Verizon and AT&T, while the ZTE P945 phablet has been revealed in leaked renders. Samsung has confirmed its oft-rumored Tizen handsets for 2013, with ASUS announcing a Leap Motion partnership today that will bring gesture controls to its PCs.

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