FTC Frustrates Google With Delay in Antitrust Probe Ruling
December 19, 2012 11:04 AM
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Google may not find out its fate until January
Google Inc.'s (
) former CEO Eric Schmidt
in a recent issue about the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's
into its mobile and search offerings. He remarked, "It's time for them to sort of move to one resolution or another. It's not like they don't have a million documents and so forth. I remain optimistic."
It looks like that optimism might have been premature as
that the probe's conclusion has been delayed and will likely take until January to wrap up. The probe has been ongoing for
more than two years
. The delay is painful to Google, who was hoping to find out one way or another what changes it might have to make. FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz had previously stated that the probe would wrap up this week.
rivals have complained
in various FTC filings that Google downranks rivals to its services, such as travel or shopping, in its list of search results. Other complaints also accuse Google of improperly "scraping" data of their websites -- the practice of using scripts to navigate webpages like a user and data mine values to enhance web results. Scraping is a legal gray area; many argue it is legal, while others argue vigorously that it is an attempt to gain unauthorized access and essentially a computer crime.
The U.S. FTC has reportedly delayed its final ruling in its antitrust probe of Google.
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Google reportedly is offering to
back off its patent lawsuits
against rival Apple, Inc. (
) (via subsidiary Motorola Mobility). It also is reportedly offering to make other changes to the way it handles service searches. However, it is reportedly very opposed to sharing intimate details of its core search algorithm with federal regulators or allowing them to modify it.
Overseas Joaquin Almunia, antitrust chief for the European Union has reportedly concluded the EU's antitrust probe of Google with
a "last chance" offer
to settle and make changes. If Google does not comply it could face a billion dollar or more fine, a fate other companies
) have recently experienced.
set aside $500M USD
to pay for potential antitrust fines in the U.S. or EU.
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Google are obviously paying the wrong people
12/19/2012 2:58:48 PM
Google spends more on political lobbying than any of the other large tech companies. Google shelled out nearly $4 million in second quarter of 2012, according to congressional lobbying disclosure reports.
To put Google's spending in perspective, Google spent twice as much as Microsoft's $2 million, four times Facebook's nearly $1 million and more than eight times Apple's $470,000.
Even though Google's second-quarter spending was down from the $5 million it spent in the previous quarter, the total for the first half of 2012 nearly added up to the $9.7 million it spent for all of 2011.
Clearly they are paying the wrong people :)
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