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
8/4/2011 4:56:31 AM
based on dubious reasons
I found that most of the reasons made a lot of sense to me, but that most people from the US only read the one liner head on article's, and never really investigated the real reasons.
The EU have other standards and rules of doing business then in the US, will not say that they are better or worse, but just as EU companies have to follow US law when doing business in the US, the same thing go's the other way around.
Google for? Search dominance?
No not for that, its for Google's 70% dominance in the advertising business, and pushing others out of the market.
Every one thinks what Google dose is ok.
Because Google search is free, off course its free, but for Google its all a bout dominating the portal to the internet, or do you think all those Google billions came from no ware?
To educate your self more, see this BBC series on "secrets of the superbrands" the following episode is about technology.
But the episode's about food and fashion are also very interesting
"Spreading the rumors, it's very easy because the people who write about Apple want that story, and you can claim its credible because you spoke to someone at Apple." -- Investment guru Jim Cramer
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