Google Settles EU Search Investigation, Rivals Not Satisified
April 15, 2013 1:51 PM
comment(s) - last by
Rivals like Microsoft believe the EU is too soft on Google
The European Commission has come to an agreement with Google on the search dominance investigation, but Google's
competitors are not happy
with the deal.
Google's settlement proposal will not change the algorithm used to create its search results, but rather, the company will clearly label any search results from its own services. Not only that, but in some instances, Google will offer links from rival search engines.
More specifically, services where Google doesn't make money from search results (like weather and news) will be labeled as Google services. For places where Google sells ads, links to at least three competitors will be displayed. For services like Google Shopping, links to rivals will be auctioned.
In addition, the proposal will give websites the option to keep their content from vertical search properties, but stay in general search results. Furthermore, Google will help small businesses move their ad campaigns to other search engines.
The EU has accepted this proposal without pressing any fines on Google. Now, industry experts and rivals can voice their opinions of the settlement during market testing before the changes are implemented.
Rivals, like Microsoft, are not happy with this outcome. They said that Google is a determining factor as to what Europeans search, read and purchase online (about 86 percent of Europeans use Google for search) and that its practices are only benefitting itself; not consumers and fair competitors.
“When the market test goes ahead, we will try and be constructive,” said David Wood, a lawyer for Brussels-based industry group ICOMP, which includes Microsoft. “But if it doesn’t clearly set out non-discrimination principles and the means to deal with the restoration of effective competition, plus effective enforcement and compliance, it’s very difficult to see how it can be satisfactory.”
The European Commission opened a formal antitrust investigation into Google's search behavior in November 2010.
In May 2012, the European Commission said that Google should submit changes in how its search results are wired. In February of this year, Google
promised to do just that
in order to avoid any further wrath from the EU.
In January of this year, Google managed to escape a two-year U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigation
with no fines
. The investigation looked into Google's possible abuse of search dominance as well by using results to its own advantage. Shortly after, the EU said it
didn't plan to go easy on Google
the way the U.S. did.
Google may not be out of trouble just yet, though. Fairsearch Europe -- a group of Google competitors including Microsoft, Nokia and Oracle -- filed a complaint against Google just last week for the way
it builds the Android operating system
to benefit Google apps in most smartphones.
According to the complaint, Fairsearch Europe is accusing Google of using its mobile OS "as a deceptive way to build advantages for key Google apps in 70 percent of the smartphones shipped today."
The New York Times
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
RE: Failsearch group more like...
4/17/2013 9:20:14 AM
Wow, lots of fail with your post.
Chrome isn't the standard browser in Android. The standard browser is Android Browser, which can't be removed without root access.
IE can be completely removed from Windows.
And even though Android is open source, when boot locked and unrooted, it basically is a closed down OS. So the vast majority of the OS run in the world (Windows, iOS, Android, and OSX) are all basically locked for 99% of their users. Clearly, the public doesn't care about open OS.
"It looks like the iPhone 4 might be their Vista, and I'm okay with that." -- Microsoft COO Kevin Turner
Microsoft, Nokia Complain to EU About Google App Bundling in Android
April 9, 2013, 12:47 PM
Google Promises Major Changes to Avoid EU Antitrust Punishments
February 1, 2013, 3:07 PM
EU Doesn't Plan to Go Easy on Google (Like the FTC)
January 11, 2013, 9:36 AM
Google, FTC Settle Antitrust Spat Without Any Fines
January 3, 2013, 12:57 PM
NSA Spying Won't Impact Huawei's Growth
April 23, 2014, 8:24 PM
Amazon, HBO Team up to Bring HBO Content to Prime Members
April 23, 2014, 11:36 AM
U.S. Wants to Reduce Tension Over Internet Net Neutrality
April 22, 2014, 2:07 PM
AT&T Announces Plans to Expand Ultra-Fast Fiber Internet Network to 100 Cities
April 22, 2014, 9:36 AM
AT&T Takes First Steps in Launching Its Own Online Video Service
April 22, 2014, 9:25 AM
Netflix Opposes Comcast/Time Warner Deal, Says It's Anti-Competitive
April 22, 2014, 8:52 AM
Most Popular Articles
A Bug's Life: Female Cave Bugs Have Penises, Penetrate Males for Three Days
April 17, 2014, 7:20 PM
HTC Hires Former Samsung Marketing Chief Who Developed "Galaxy" Brand
April 18, 2014, 6:00 PM
NASA Finds "Habitable Zone" Planet Sized Similar to Earth
April 18, 2014, 3:13 PM
Mounties Arrest 19-Year-Old Who Delayed Canada's Tax Filing w/ Heartbleed
April 17, 2014, 3:24 PM
Thanks to Government Crackdown, Chinese "Porn Cop" Has Watched 600K Adult Videos
April 21, 2014, 12:00 PM
Latest Blog Posts
Space Terrorism is a Looming Threat For the United States
Apr 23, 2014, 7:47 PM
Facebook Aims to Provide Internet to "Every Person in the World" with Drones, Satellites
Apr 1, 2014, 10:20 AM
Retail Mobile Sites Experience Outages in Light of Simplexity's Bankruptcy
Mar 14, 2014, 8:48 AM
Tesla vs. BMW: Who Has the Safer EV?
Feb 1, 2014, 2:56 PM
Justice Leaks Details of Next HTC One Two Flagship Phone
Dec 5, 2013, 4:04 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information