The lawyer overseeing an Apple antitrust order is a political hack who has run roughshod over the judicial process during ten visits to the company’s…
In the current debate over how the U.S. should oversee the internet, the worst case scenario for many is the web reinvented as cable TV:…
Telling users what's collected
Ka-ching (sort of)
Four big technology companies involved in a wage-fixing scandal will reportedly add $90 million to top off an earlier proposed settlement that was rejected…
Sorry about that
Comcast’s plans to swallow its largest rival Time Warner Cable has suffered another setback as the FCC announced Monday it would once again halt…
Plus ça change...
Five years ago, Microsoft began offering a choice of browsers to European customers who were booting up a copy of Windows for…
Default apps in spotlight
Google will try to persuade a federal judge in San Jose, California on Thursday that its Android agreements, which requires Samsung and other…
A case of mistaken monopolist?
In a new twist in the long running antitrust case against Apple, an appeals court on Monday cast doubt on the Justice Department’s theory…
Enough to play fair?
The European Commission has asked for comments as it tries to settle a series of antitrust cases surrounding the hotel-booking website Booking.com.…
Blades of money
An ice dancer from Massachusetts who claims that Apple policies obstructed her access to her favorite music is set to become the new lead…
Calling all iPod owners
Lawyers in California are beating the bushes to find someone who bought an iPod between 2006 and 2009, after a judge disqualified their…
There is little that’s subtle about America’s giant telecom beast, Comcast, and the same can be said about its critics.
The Russian web firm has confirmed that it was asked to provide evidence in a potential EU antitrust case against Google, over its bundling of core services with Android. Investigators are also looking into claims of Google forcing manufacturers to delay or cancel devices using non-Google services.
Google’s EU search antitrust case is a complex beast that is being overloaded by vested interests. Competition commission Margrethe Vestager would be best advised to keep her solutions simple, and here are some suggestions for what those solutions might entail.
The call, which was anticipated, does not have any concrete effects but it does increase pressure on the European Commission to take a hard line with Google over the abuse of its dominance in the EU search market.
Apple could begin paying out $400 million worth of cash and ebook credits by the end of the year, after a federal judge approved an unusual deal related to an Apple-led conspiracy to fix the price of ebooks.
The Parliament is, according to the Financial Times, poised to call on the European Commission to separate Google’s core search business from its other businesses or take some other serious measure to tackle the firm’s dominance in the EU.
A San Francisco court ruled last week that Google has the right to arrange its search results as it pleases, which confirms the company’s long-held view, while underscoring the stark difference in how U.S. and European seek to regulate the search giant.
Europe’s last antitrust chief, Joaquin Almunia, couldn’t settle his department’s four-year case against Google, keen though he was to do so. Now…
More than 30 law and economics experts warned the FCC that a proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable would violate anti-monopoly laws, and will lead to harm for consumers.
Are EU regulators over-estimating Google’s influence? Chairman Eric Schmidt pointed to new competitive threats, including Amazon, in a speech in Berlin.
Comcast’s top lawyer is taking a more aggressive tone at a time when attention is shifting to the internet implications of its proposed merger with Time Warner Cable.
It’s not just European press publishing houses that have been calling for the European Commission to reject Google’s antitrust settlement proposals: on…
As expected, Google’s big European Union search antitrust case won’t be wrapped up by the end of October and will be passed…
The new-look European Commission was unveiled on Wednesday. They still need final approval, but you should probably get used to hearing about Andrus Ansip, Günther Oettinger, Margrethe Vestager and V?ra Jourová.
Are you a fan of the Bills, Packers, Chargers or other small market NFL team? Relief from blackouts is on the way as FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler says the agency will stop supporting the rules.
The publishers have big issues not only with Google’s proposals for giving greater prominence to results from rival portals — a space in which many of them play these days — but also with its proposals regarding content-scraping.
The first round of public comments about the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable will close on Monday. Comcast had little to say about internet antitrust issues, but instead talked up its diversity record.
Apple masterminded a conspiracy to suppress wages among Silicon Valley engineers. That was definitely illegal, but did it harm the company? A shareholder lawsuit says it did.
News from the FCC and a federal court decision mean that sports fans may soon see the end of hated black-out rules, which prevent local fans from seeing their teams on TV and the internet.
Google’s antitrust problems in Europe appeared to be winding down, but now a new investigation into its mobile phone software suggests they’re just getting started.
When Yelp(s yelp) and the European Consumer Organisation joined the 4-year-old EU antitrust case against Google(s goog), it became pretty clear that…
Apple finally settled a long-running lawsuit over ebook price-fixing last month. A new court filing provides some details about how much it might pay.
Competition commissioner Joaquin Almunia was already facing resistance in his quest to wrap up the long-running Google antitrust case, but Yelp’s new front-and-center involvement will almost certainly see the case continue.
The conventional wisdom seems to be that by putting the screws to publishers like Hachette, Amazon is displaying its monopoly powers and ruining the book industry. But it is actually making the market better — not just for book buyers but authors too
The German Publishers and Booksellers Association has asked the country’s antitrust authorities to investigate Amazon’s shipping delays on Bonnier titles.
It’s finally over. Apple has all but given up its long-running legal fight over ebook price fixing, and agreed to pay instead. Here’s a quick Q&A about what happens next.
Apple appears to have bowed to the inevitable and settled a long-running case over ebooks. Here’s a description, plus a key settlement letter.
The European Commission’s record-breaking fine for Intel’s illegal anti-AMD kickbacks was justified and proportionate, a top court has ruled.
The Justice Department filed a 117-page brief in an appeal over its antitrust claims against Apple’s ebook policies. Meanwhile, it has little to say about Amazon, which appears more powerful than ever.
Google, Facebook and Amazon have shown us again this week why the combination of a quasi-monopoly, vested interests and an inscrutable algorithm can be a dangerous thing for internet users, since it allows them to influence what we see, know and buy
A class action complaint says Google uses secret deals to force Samsung and others to make its search engine the default choice on mobile devices, which in turn harms consumers by making the devices cost more.
Comcast’s controversial plan to acquire Time Warner Cable took a step forward on Monday, as the company confirmed it will shed cable subscribers. The plan doesn’t address ongoing concerns over broadband consolidation.
There’s no end in sight for Apple’s legal misery over an alleged ebook conspiracy. New court reports scold the company, and clear the way for a damages trial to start on July 14.
U.S. senators are asking whether the biggest cable TV company in the country should be able to buy the second biggest. The antitrust issues are more subtle than they seem.
The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC), a powerful lobby group that already had observer status in Google’s antitrust case, has applied to become a full-blown complainant, putting paid to any idea of the case being done and dusted.
Something is wrong when publishers — and likely Apple — are paying consumers to go shopping at Amazon. Here’s the latest from an ebook investigation that jumped the shark some time ago.
The company has made public the full text of proposals it hopes will settle its European antitrust case — which, contrary to what many people seem to think, has not already been settled.
Everyone is talking about “regulatory hurdles” standing in the way of Comcast buying its biggest rival. Here’s why the company thinks the legal issues aren’t a problem — plus an easy-to-follow explanation of how the process works.
Broadband blockbuster: Comcast is said to have a deal to buy Time Warner Cable in a $44 billion deal that would join the nation’s No. 1 and No. 2 broadband cable companies.
Apple lost its attempt to remove a monitor who is charged with ensuring compliance with an order of ebook prices, but who Apple accused of conducting a roving investigation.
The European Commission is happy with Google’s latest antitrust settlement proposals, but the Microsoft-funded complainants say they must be given a chance to market-test what Google is proposing.
Apple is fighting a court order that imposes a monitor to investigate the company — at Apple’s expense. On Tuesday, Apple and the Justice Department sparred over whether the monitor should go. Here are some highlights.
Most Googlers you meet are Democrats but their company, adapting to the ways of Washington, has discovered a newfound taste for funding conservative groups like Heritage Action.
The fight between Apple and the Justice Department over the behavior of court monitor Michael Bromwich is getting more catty every week. After Apple called for his removal, the government shot back.
Apple is looking to remove the antitrust compliance officer appointed last year, after a ruling that the company conspired with publishers to fix ebook prices.
Microsoft and other complainants in the Google EU antitrust case have commissioned an eye-tracking study to demonstrate the alleged ineffectiveness of Google’s proposed concessions. All this proves is that it’s time to move on.
Apple is complaining about a court monitor’s aggressive antitrust tactics. It turns out the company has a point — and a federal judge is over-stepping her authority, according to an antitrust expert.
The electronics firms, along with others, were the targets of unannounced inspections earlier this week. Details are scarce, but the nascent investigation relates to suspected restrictions placed on online sales.
Google has made new concessions to guarantee its rivals a place in search results — but the new terms offer no strategic threat to the company’s overall position.
Europe’s competition chief thinks Google’s latest settlement proposals are better than their predecessors, so — unless rivals such as Microsoft find hidden loopholes — a deal should follow next spring.
European competition chief Joaquin Almunia has reiterated his wish that his department examine Telefonica(s tef)’s proposed takeover of KPN’s E-Plus, which would…
Matt Yglesias tries to argue that if antitrust authorities hadn’t stepped in, Microsoft would have prevented both Google and Apple from becoming as successful as they did — but this stretches credulity to the breaking point.
The Justice Department has set out proposals of what Apple should do to fix the harm from its efforts to fix prices in ebook market. The proposals are likely to be very unpopular with Apple.
Google’s effort to placate European antitrust investigators continue to come up short.
The shadowy peering arrangements between internet “backbone” providers and consumer ISPs appear central to raids of some of Europe’s biggest telcos, which took place this week.
Apple is likely to pay more than the $166 million that publishers paid for their role in an ebook conspiracy. The higher amount relates to a triple damages rule and Apple’s refusal to admit wrongdoing.
A federal court sided with the Justice Department in a closely-watched case involving Apple and publishers.
French competition authorities confirmed to GigaOM they are reviewing the app stores of Apple, Google and Amazon for possible antitrust violations. The agency also said it conducted a raid on Apple last week.
At the start of Apple’s price-fixing trial, it looked like the company stood no chance. Things look different now: here’s an analysis and expert opinion about what happens next.
Today is the grand finale of a big price-fixing clash between Apple and the Justice Department. On the eve of closing arguments, Apple’s rivals have filed to cover sales figures while the judge suggested she has shifted her view of the case.
As the antitrust trial against it gets underway, Apple continues to fight accusations that it engaged in collusion and price-fixing with the major e-book publishers — despite the overwhelming evidence that it did exactly that.
The federal government is pressing its legal and PR case against Apple in New York federal court today. It released some slides from the proceedings that are intended to highlight the intended conspiracy. Here’s a look.
The European Commission is “almost 100 percent” likely to tell Google to improve its antitrust settlement proposals, Joaquin Almunia has told the European Parliament. The proposals would settle an investigation over alleged search bias.
Apple and the federal government met on Thursday for a final hearing before their trial, which is set to begin on June 3, and features several high profile witnesses.
Apple’s exposure in a closely-watched price-fixing case over ebooks looks more serious as the CEOs of major publishers — which have already settled with the government — will testify about Apple’s role in the case.
The European Commission has formally revealed the concessions Google is offering to make in order to settle an antitrust investigation over its search practices. Interested parties have a month to comment.
The details of a long-awaited deal between Google and the EU are finally out. The agreement requires Google to list three competitors in certain types of search listings, and to agree to other, wide-ranging conditions.
Not satisfied with targeting Google over its search practices, Microsoft and its allies have complained to EU competition authorities over the way Google services are bundled with Android.
Amazon’s purchase of Goodreads, an influential and independent social network for book lovers, is drawing fire from the Authors Guild.
French carriers have reportedly made an unofficial complaint to EU competition authorities over Apple’s iPhone sales quotas. The Commission is unlikely to see this as a matter for an antitrust investigation.
Federal antitrust lawyers signaled they have no problems with T-Mobile USA’s pending tie-up with MetroPCS. It’s a good sign for the deal as the DOJ has been actively scrutinizing telecom deals of late.
Microsoft was naughty and got caught, and now it has to pay handsomely. Here’s the rundown on what happened, why it mattered, and why it may not happen again in quite the same way.
Macmillan, the last remaining publisher holdout in the Department of Justice’s ebook pricing antitrust lawsuit against five publishers and Apple, has decided to settle about ten months after the lawsuit was originally filed. Now Apple is the only remaining party fighting the DOJ lawsuit.
After a two-year investigation into Google’s search business, the feds finally issued a decision. The outcome is a clear win for Google — here’s an easy Q&A about what happened and what it means.
The FTC finally concluded its two-year investigation into whether Google’s treatment of its competitors broke antitrust laws. The result is a minor change to the way Google uses patents but that does little to change the company’s search listings.
Europe’s antitrust commissioner has described the case as being one of ‘textbook cartels’. Companies involved in fixing prices for PC monitors and TVs from 1996-2006 include Samsung, LG, Toshiba, Panasonic, Philips and others.
Who has the right to use platforms like Facebook and Twitter? On Thursday, a federal judge emphatically sided with Facebook against an adware company that wanted to use the site for its own ends.
The government uses anti-trust law to stop cartels and ensure products can be bought and sold freely. This makes sense for ordinary consumer goods like gas or long distance phone calls, but does it make sense for cultural items like books?
Did you buy an ebook in the last two years? Amazon is notifying customers of the potential for a refund and other retailers will soon follow suit. The process is part of a long, complicated class action proceeding.
Google has apparently offered to indicate when its search results point to its own properties, in its ongoing negotiations with EC antitrust investigators. But that offer likely doesn’t neutralise the original complaints.
EU competition commissioner Joaquin Almunia has indicated that formal antitrust proceedings are almost certain in the case of Microsoft, and pretty likely with Google too. In both cases, fines could run into the billions.
A data company has filed a dramatic counterclaim against Craigslist, accusing the classified site of acting as an illegal monopolist. A court filing argues Craigslist engaged in illegal, predatory behavior through actions like “ghosting” and unfair licenses.
Europe approves Universal’s bid for EMI’s music catalogue by compelling the combined entity to off-load artists including Coldplay and Gorillaz, so that is not large enough to hike prices required from new digital music services.
A surprise ruling last week will force publishers to tear up their e-book contracts with retailers. The ruling is scheduled to go into effect in the next few days and, if it does, Amazon and others will be allowed to slash the price of e-books. A prominent lawyer has filed a Hail Mary brief to stop the process.
State governments, which are suing publishers and Apple for fixing e-book prices, have finally said just how much each consumer will get in a proposed $69 million settlement. We have all the details.
Google’s use of its homepage to advertise its own products and display pop-up birthday reminders for its Google+ network on its homepage may seem like just an annoyance, but each step the company takes toward promoting its own offerings raises more red flags for antitrust regulators.
The Justice Department is giving Verizon clearance to close its $3.9 billion acquisition of the cable companies’ 4G airwaves. While it is imposing conditions on their joint-marketing agreements — basically non-compete pacts — to resell each others wireline and wireless services, the concessions are relatively minor.
Along with Apple, publishers Penguin and Macmillan and the Authors Guild submitted filings criticizing the DOJ’s proposed ebook settlement on Wednesday. They argue that the DOJ has not provided analysis of Amazon’s ebook pricing and say the settlement goes too far.
Verizon may well gets it 4G spectrum and its co-marketing agreements from the cable operators, though it will be forced to make some minor compromises to get the deal approved. WSJ reports that regulators wants to put a five-year timeline on Verizon’s pact with cable.
Google is making changes to its search algorithms that will penalize websites hit with copyright-removal claims, but the company is saying very little about what criteria it will use to determine who gets hit and who doesn’t — can we trust it to make the right decision?
A long-running dance between the European Commission and Google over antitrust allegations is finally coming to an end amidst reports that the two sides have reached an “understanding.”
Thirty states have bagged $52 million from publishers as part of a price fixing investigation involving Apple. More money is on the way. While state leaders say the money is for overcharged consumers, legal and antirust experts say the arrangement is unusual.
Facing a fresh investigation from EU regulators over its failure to promote a choice of browsers to Windows 7 users, Microsoft has swiftly blamed a ‘technical error’. But will that be enough to save it from a gigantic fine?
Agitated by a ruling that it may have locked real-time data customers in to its services against competition law, Thomson Reuters makes concessions to let users use rivals – but they will have to pay.
Regulators should view Verizon planned pact with cable as a merger, not as a joint venture, argues the Consumer Federation of America. Seen in that light, the CFA said, the government will have little choice but to reject Verizon’s acquisition of the cable operators’ 4G spectrum.
New court filings related to an alleged conspiracy between Apple and publishers over e-book prices show the matter may not be resolved until 2014. The filings underscore how the legal system moves at a much slower pace than the fast-evolving e-book market.
Reports that Eric Schmidt has offered to settle an antitrust investigation by the European Commission are everywhere. But the reality is that the details of Google’s proposals — and the regulator’s response — remain shrouded in mystery.
Microsoft’s lost its attempt to get an €899m European antitrust fine overturned — an apparent victory for local regulators. But the reality is that while this fine might be vast by European standards, it’s barely a scratch on the surface for Redmond.
Trust-busting and 50 Shades of Grey were hot topics at last night’s annual Authors Guild Dinner where famous writers read modern-day rejection letters to Homer, F Scott Fitzgerald and others.
The European Commission today announced it had found four possible “abuses of dominance” by Google, and suggested the search giant propose a package of “remedies” in coming weeks.
In a strongly worded opinion, US District Judge Denise Cote rejected requests by Apple (s aapl) and book publishers to throw out a class action suit that accuses them of price-fixing.
A former Justice lawyer and antitrust expert says Facebook’s purchase of photo-sharing site Instagram will take between 4 months and one year to clear regulatory hurdles. In the meantime, the deal is effectively on hold.
Publishers Hachette and Harper Collins slipped further away from the class action lawyer who wants them to pay over an alleged e-book price-fixing conspiracy.
Verizon and Comcast are now selling their cross-network bundle of mobile and broadband services in six new markets. The U.S. Department of Justice may well find that their cross-selling pact anti-competitive, but Verizon and its cable partners aren’t stopping until they’re told they have to.
Book publishers argue that Amazon is a vicious monopoly that has too much power over them and their content. But they need to realize they gave Amazon much of that power themselves when they agreed to shackle all of their books in DRM chains.
The lawsuits over price-fixing in the e-book market took a new twist today after a HarperCollins lawyer predicted that three publishers could reach a settlement with all 50 state governments in the next two months.
The Justice Department is pouncing on statements by Apple like “aikido move” and “trounce Amazon” to prove its case that Apple was…
Our primer to today’s DOJ lawsuit against five publishers and Apple — how we got here and what comes next.
Apple and book publishers already have their hands full after the Justice Department sued them in New York today for allegedly fixing the price of e-books. Now, state governments are seeking their own pound of flesh.
The Justice Department has at last filed an anti-trust complaint in New York against Apple and five publishers over an alleged price fixing conspiracy.
In a letter to the Senate, Washington-based lobbyist Consumer Federation of America claims “this year the cost to consumers of e-book price fixing will likely exceed $200 million and the abuse will grow dramatically.” How did the CFA calculate that number?
Anti-trust investigations are supposed to be tight-lipped affairs in which all sides lawyer up until the case settles or goes to trial. Well, that’s how it’s supposed to work at least. But in the case of book publishers and Apple, people are tossing legal duties to the wind in the hopes that press leaks will shape a settlement.
European regulators say they are opening two investigations into claims of patent abuse by Motorola Mobility — which could put the company’s $12.5bn acquisition by Google in jeopardy.
The plaintiffs who are accusing Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) and publishers of fixing e-book prices say they don’t have to show an actual meeting took…
Facebook engaged in an illegal conspiracy to monopolize the market for display ads says the maker of PageRage, a product that lets users per…
The Federal Trade Commission has reportedly asked Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) to supply information as part of its investigation into whether Google…
Penguin Group, one of the “Big 5” publishers caught up in a lawsuit over e-book pricing, says customers agreed not to sue them when they tur…
A court filing provides new insight into Apple’s version of events concerning an incident in which Steve Jobs told a reporter that “unhappy”…
The Justice Department is about to sue Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) and five publishers for conspiring to raise the price of e-books. The warning is a…
Twitter and some pundits are crying foul over Google’s decision to exclude certain competitors from its new search and social networking hyb…
This morning Google (NSDQ: GOOG) unfurled a pretty new search feature that lets users receive personalized results based on their own friend…
Google is promoting its new “personalized search” features as an enhancement for users, but Twitter and others say the integration of Google+ results uses the company’s dominance in search to promote its own service, an argument that could turn up the antitrust heat in Washington.
Recent interviews shed light on how the antitrust cases against Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) and book publishers will unfold. The e-book controversy w…
Controversy over a Google marketing program for Chrome that involves spammy web content and the removal of an “offensive” Google+ avatar photo reinforce how hard it is for the search giant to run multiple businesses without tripping over itself and its own guidelines.
The decision by major publishers to strike a pricing deal with Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) has been the source of speculation and several antitrust i…
In the mushrooming controversy over e-books, it’s easy to understand the publishers’ motives. But what about Apple? (NSDQ: AAPL) Did the com…
The Justice Department today asked a federal judge to postpone or withdraw its petition to stop AT&T (NYSE: T) from acquiring T-Mobile. It c…
The Justice Department has sent a clear signal to AT&T that it doesn’t like its tactics as the operator tries to buy T-Mobile. The DOJ is seeking a halt all court proceedings until AT&T resubmits its FCC merger application, potentially putting the deal in limbo.
It’s been a week to forget for publishers after both the Justice Department and the European Commission announced investigations into e-book…
European antitrust regulators have announced the launch of a formal investigation into the relationship between Apple and five of the world’s largest publishers, in a move that could reshape the digital book market.
The FCC condemned AT&T-Mo in every way it could think of short of denying the actual merger. Instead it passed it along to an administrative law judge, where telecom deals go to die. But first AT&T has to face down the DOJ.
Apple and Samsung’s patent gripes are troubling Europe’s top body governing antitrust concerns, European Commissioner Joaquín Almunia told reporters on Tuesday, according to ZDNet. Almunia says IP rights can be “used as a tool of abuse,” and worries that could be what’s happening here .
An “upstart competitor” is claiming Google (NSDQ: GOOG) punted it to the farthest reaches of its search results and is now fighting to level…
Sprint’s lawsuit to stop the proposed merger between AT&T (NYSE: T) and T-Mobile went before a federal judge today. One antitrust expert exp…
Fans who purchased resold tickets to Bruce Springsteen, Miley Cyrus and other shows are set to receive a payout under the terms of a new set…
Software development is always evolving and advancing, and business models and cultural norms evolve along with it. New capabilities spring up regularly, and business models can change overnight, meaning laws written to address specific concerns can fast become obsolete or, perhaps worse, hindrances to innovation.
The government’s case against Google will have to grapple with some fundamental questions. What does the word “monopoly” mean when applied to a web-based entity like Google? And are network effects a barrier to entry, or are online monopolies inherently more fragile than their real-world cousins?
One argument likely to play a role in the federal government’s antitrust case against Google is that the company’s market position is unassailable thanks to network effects and a number of other factors, and therefore it is literally unkillable. But is this really true?
It’s been obvious for awhile now that Google has a lot riding on the success of its new social network, Google+. But some comments from senior exec Brad Horowitz make it clear that Google’s new platform will become part of everything the web giant touches.
Being a monopoly may be irritating to competitors, but it’s not illegal. The problem with applying antitrust law to Google is that even if you assume it has a monopoly and is being anticompetitive, it’s not at all clear how that is bad for consumers.
It was not going to be a good day for Google (NSDQ: GOOG). There is nothing positive about having your former CEO dragged before attention-s…
*Google’s former CEO Eric Schmidt is appearing today before a committee of U.S. Senators who want to know if the company is engaged in anti-…
After years of finger-pointing by competitors, Google is finally coming under the scrutiny of federal antitrust regulators. But just like a similar investigation into Microsoft a decade ago, a federal inquiry into whether Google’s behavior is illegal is likely to be a giant waste of time.
Google’s purchase of Zagat is a small deal, but the ripples it creates could be much larger — the purchase takes Google even further into the area of content ownership, and that could give “search neutrality” advocates and the FTC more ammunition against the company.
The Justice Department’s decision to sue AT&T over its proposed acquisition of T-Mobile is an unusual step and one that is likely to prove f…
Plenty of folks have come forward to oppose the proposed merger of AT&T (NYSE: T) and T-mobile, but none of them have the clout of the merge…
First Google (NSDQ: GOOG), now Twitter-federal antitrust authorities are showing great interest in the tech sector these days. New reports o…
Google says it has received a letter from the FTC about an investigation, but maintains in a blog post that it’s just trying to serve users the best way it knows how. Will this Little Orphan Annie act fly with the feds? Unlikely.
Less than a day after the Federal Trade Commission launched a wide-ranging probe into Google’s core search and advertising business, the big…
The FTC is said to be close to opening an official antitrust inquiry into Google, which would put the search giant right where Microsoft was in the late 1990s — and even if it ultimately wins, the fight could have long-term effects on its ability to compete.
Is this the big one? Is Google (NSDQ: GOOG) the next Microsoft? (NSDQ: MSFT) That’s what folks are sure to be asking, now that the Federal T…
The U.S. Department of Justice has started an antitrust review of Google’s $400 million acquisition of supply-side platform Admeld, sources…
U.S. government lawyers are taking a close look at who’s interested in buying a giant batch of 6,000 patents related to mobile technology th…
Google — already facing heat on accusations that it is exerting more control over its Android platform and stymieing competition in some cases — is dealing with new antitrust complaints from two Korean Internet companies that claim Google is blocking operators and manufacturers from pre-installing their search engines.
The reaction to news of the Google-ITA approval has an odd twist: Google (NSDQ: GOOG) and some of its fiercest competitors are both crowing…
After spending more than a decade battling European regulators over accusations that it was engaged in anti-competitive practices, Microsoft has turned around and made its own complaint over Google’s dominance of the search market. Is it a sign of things to come?
Are companies getting a fair shake in Google’s search rankings-especially ones that compete with the company’s offerings in various fields,…
Last month, MPEG-LA, the group that collects patent royalties for the most popular digital video formats, started asking around for patents…
E-book prices are sometimes mysteriously high-they can cost as much or even more than their print equivalents for popular titles. And now Eu…
From the moment that Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) announced its new subscription plan this week, there has been widespread speculation about whether i…
Apple’s new in-app subscription policy has drawn the attention of U.S. regulatory bodies, just as many suspected. Both the U.S. Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission are reportedly examining the new App Store rules with the aim of determining whether they violate antitrust laws.
Google’s bid to acquire travel-search company ITA software is facing a major hurdle, as government lawyers are preparing a lawsuit to block…
Google has come under increasing pressure from those who believe the government should investigate the company for antitrust violations, just as it did Microsoft and AT&T. But would doing so help make the tech sector more competitive? A recent study suggests that it would not.
Record labels finally will have to face an antitrust lawsuit that dates back to the early days of digital music, thanks to a Supreme Court o…
The European Union is broadening an investigation into Google that was originally launched following complaints the web giant was giving its own assets preferential treatment in search results. Google has also been coming under increasing pressure in the U.S. as a result of similar allegations.
A Washington Post columnist argues that Google has grown so large and dominant it should be prevented from buying new companies, even those in completely new markets it doesn’t have a presence in. But is that really what we want antitrust laws to do?
Nine months after reports first surfaced that the European Commission was investigating Google over its search tactics, the commission is now confirming it’s indeed opening up a formal antitrust investigation looking at how Google uses its dominant position in the online search market.
In a surprising move, the New York Times has thrown its weight behind calls for a government inquiry into Google and its search algorithm, raising the prospect of a government investigation into and/or regulation of the company in an editorial published in the newspaper on Thursday.
It might be wise to look past the economy and altogether overrated concept of innovation when considering what the IT landscape will look like a few years down the road. Increasingly, it looks like antitrust lawyers and federal judges will play just as large a part as those traditional market forces. The European Commission is holding up Oracle’s purchase of Sun Microsystems amid concerns over the future of MySQL, and Intel – fresh off its record $1.45 billion fine by the European Union – just yesterday got served with an antitrust lawsuit being brought by the State of New York. How these situations play out could have vista-altering results in some major sectors.
As we reported here yesterday, Apple (s aapl) announced Eric Schmidt resigned from its Board of Directors. The announcement really came as…
Some two dozen newspaper industry execs gathered quietly (they thought) in suburban Chicago Thursday to continue a conversation about indust…