Europe Prepares to Probe Google Hard and Deep
August 3, 2011 6:20 PM
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The EU will probe whether Google was "evil" in the search market. The EU is investigating nine reports of abuse against Google.
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Investigation of internet and mobile device giant expands to nine complaints
According to a
citing two unnamed sources, the European Union's
probe into possible antitrust violations
by Google Inc. (
) has greatly expanded. Google, who recently
set aside $500M USD
to deal with antitrust settlements, is accused of various wrongdoings in nine different complaints. The EU had only received four complaints, previously.
A source comments, "The Commission has nine formal complaints now. The new complaints come from small companies."
But while the EU may be probing Google to see if it's been naughty, Simon Holmes, the chief of SJ Berwin, a lawyer at EU and competition law firm, says that the new complaints don't necessarily mean game over for Google. He remarks, "Google's strong position means there are lots of interests involved. But there is nothing wrong per se in having a strong position. The mere proliferation of complaints doesn't increase the likelihood of infringements. It means there are issues certain parties want to be investigated."
The first three complaints were filed by small web content providers who accused Google of demoting their sites in its search results, to push users to its own competitive offerings. Microsoft Corp. (
), who was previously slammed by the EU with a
then-record $1.4B USD fine
for its own alleged antitrust violations,
filed its first ever complaint
with EU regulators, claiming Google was blocking internet search competition.
EU regulators can fine a company up to 10 percent of its global revenue. Thus far the biggest fines have come against Microsoft and, more recently, Intel Corp. (
), who was
fined $1.45B USD in 2009
In the U.S. Google
U.S. Federal Trade Commission
probe and a Sept. 21 U.S. Senate hearing scrutinizing its dominant position. These various actions add insult to the recent injury at the hands of Apple, Inc. (
), who is suing [
] Google's top hardware partners internationally in a bid to stifle its Android operating system. Microsoft, who's battling for EU action against Google, is also applying legal pressure [
] to get its own cut of Android revenue.
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RE: Yeah right
8/3/2011 7:04:39 PM
Europe isn't fascist or totalitarian, who told you that? They are a bit socialist, though!
RE: Yeah right
8/5/2011 1:35:43 PM
Yeah socialism is bad, but do people actually know what it means?
It dose not mean that if you don't feel like working that the state will provide.
It dose mean that things like healthcare is (partly) provided by the state, and that its regulated by the state.
It also means that workers have a say in how businesses operate.
It also means that EU workers have more protection and rights then US workers.
In my own experiences working in the US and Europe, I prefer the European system, and even do I make less money then what I made in the US, If things go bad I have a mouths bigger social net to fall back on.
If I would lose my job beyond my control, it would at least take 2 years before I would loose my house if you below a certain income.
(I would loose all the extra money I can spend now but the state would pay the bills to a certain point, and I have to be actively be looking for a other job)
"What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders." -- Michael Dell, after being asked what to do with Apple Computer in 1997
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