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Google got off easy in antitrust case by pressuring regulators to relent

Google got off easy in antitrust case by pressuring regulators to relent

Many critics both large and small have been vocal about the mere wrist slapping Google received after a lengthy antitrust probe by the FTC into its practices, which are said to be harmful to its competitors. The debacle has been called a failure on the agency's part to protect the American consumer, among other things. As it turns out, however, the FTC was relentless in its investigation, but Google was just as relentless back.

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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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Google reportedly to settle antitrust probe on January 3

Google reportedly to settle antitrust probe on January 3

On December 19, we reported that, according to sources, the FTC was set to push its investigation of Google into early 2013. Originally, it was to be settled by the end of 2012, but a heap of criticism prompted an extension while the agency looked into additional penalties. Apparently they didn't need much extra time, as sources are now stating that Google will settle the probe tomorrow.

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Microsoft slams Google, claims it is intentionally harming Windows Phone

Microsoft slams Google, claims it is intentionally harming Windows Phone

Google has been in the news for quite some time over a variety of FTC investigations and issues concerning mobile, advertising, and search practices, with claims that it is deliberately harming its competition. Now Microsoft's Vice President Dave Heiner has tossed his voice into the mix, posting a lengthy piece on TechNet that expresses concern over the slap on the wrist Google is poised to get from the FTC while claiming that the search engine giant is intentionally harming Windows Phone and its competition in general.

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FTC Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule amendments made clear

FTC Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule amendments made clear

This week the FTC announced their first significant update to the Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule since 1998, having been in talks to do so since 2010. This set of changes was outlined by FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz who made it clear that the amount of time spent on these amendments should effectively underline their importance. A follow-up letter after the initial announcement was made created a list of easy-to-understand language surrounding the most significant changes and updates to the COPPA Rule.

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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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FTC Child Online Privacy Laws expand to Social Networks and Apps galore

FTC Child Online Privacy Laws expand to Social Networks and Apps galore

Back in 1998, Congress passed the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, and just this week they're updating it for the first time to expand and keep up with the massive amount of changes that have occurred between then and now. The new set of rules comes down after weeks (and months and years) of deliberation and lobbying and generally have to do with kid-specific apps as well as general social networking environments of all kinds collecting photos, videos, and the tracking of children in many ways. These rules are a slight departure, it would seem, from an earlier set of proposals from August of this year which included more strict regulation on "plug-ins" like the Facebook "like" button.

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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 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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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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