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Google blames Microsoft for allegations

Antitrust cases against large companies in the tech world are nothing new. Microsoft is certainly no stranger to antitrust allegations and the firm has been found guilty of violations on several occasions in the past. The most recent antitrust charges in Europe against Microsoft had to do with the bundling of IE with Windows. The charges were ultimately dropped after Microsoft and the EU agreed to a ballot box offering users a choice of several web browsers. Testing of the browser ballot box was set to start this week in some European nations.

This time around, Google has found itself at the center of new allegations of antitrust activities. The European Commission has revealed that it is in the early stages of an antitrust investigation into Google. The EC said, "The Commission can confirm that it has received three complaints against Google which it is examining."

The EC didn’t specify what companies had filed the complaints, but Google announced the names of the firms in a blog post reports 
PC World. The three firms are Foundem (a UK price comparison engine), ejustice.fr (a French legal search site), and Ciao (a German search site). Google points the finger at Microsoft for most of the charges though. According to Google, Microsoft recently purchased Ciao and Foundem is a member of iComp, a trade group funded mostly by Microsoft.

Google legal counsel Julia Holtz said, "Microsoft is our competitor and that explains many actions." She also said, "We are hopeful we can convince the Commission not to pursue a case. I am confident they will conclude there is nothing to it."

The core of the EC inquiry -- which the commission points out is not an official investigation at this time -- centers around Google's search algorithms. Foundem alleges that Google blacklisted its site by changing its search results and pushing Foundem results further down the rankings. Holtz maintains that Google uses neither blacklists nor whitelists for any sites.

The 
Wall Street Journal reports that the EC asked Google to “comment on the allegations" earlier this month and reports that the probe centers on search advertising rather than Google's search algorithms as PC World claims.



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RE: So...
By iVTec on 2/24/2010 1:33:37 PM , Rating: -1
You know, it's not that hard to think or look up for info before you comment on a subject...Greece isn't the only country in the EU that's in a bad financial position. Larger countries such as Spain and Italy are dealing with thw same problems, so does Portugal...I don't think it's "fair" to put the blame solely on Greece...


RE: So...
By AmbroseAthan on 2/24/2010 1:47:09 PM , Rating: 4
In a similiar vain, I looked up something for you to consider next time before you reply to someone's humourous comment:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humour

Try not to take it too seriously, enjoy! :)


RE: So...
By iVTec on 2/24/10, Rating: -1
RE: So...
By Nfarce on 2/24/2010 6:43:45 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
You know, it's not that hard to think or look up for info before you comment on a subject...Greece isn't the only country in the EU that's in a bad financial position.


But Greece IS the only EU country that just got its EU voting power stripped - oh, and has this going on... Let us all know when Italy and Portugal have this happen:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB100014240527487042...

Greece brought a lot of this upon themselves deficit spending their EU currency like it is going out of style. The Greeks appear to handle their own economy about as well as they handle cruise ships and ferry boats...

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17980169/


RE: So...
By filipenko on 2/24/2010 6:44:19 PM , Rating: 2
Not to mention the country where it all started and which is the point of origin for all this missery in global economy...


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