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EU tells Google to fix search or face antitrust probe
matrix_jan



 
Msg#: 4461132 posted 6:54 pm on Jun 3, 2012 (gmt 0)

EU tells Google to fix search or face antitrust probe

[rt.com...]

The EU's antitrust chief has set a July 2 deadline for Google to offer changes in its search engine and advertising algorithms or face investigation into alleged favoritism. The search giant is accused of abusing its market dominance.

Google is currently used for about 90 per cent of all internet searches in Europe. The EU is concerned that the company may be tinkering with search results to put its own services ahead of competitors and bans rivals from advertising at Google-controlled web pages, thus violating the semi-monopoly, Joaquin Almunia, the head of competition policy said in a letter.

Almunia indicated, that he expects Google to follow the request without the issue being taken to court. If the situation develops otherwise, a high profile battle not unlike Brusselsí antitrust war against Microsoft last decade may follow. In the worst-case scenario Google may face multimillion-euro fines.

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backdraft7

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Msg#: 4461132 posted 3:08 am on Jun 4, 2012 (gmt 0)

EU tells Google to fix search or face antitrust probe


It's about time, maybe the US should sprout a set and demand the same. The economic impact has got to be incredible. My paid content site is losing thousands of $ every month, and I'm sure I'm not the lone ranger. The favoritism in the US is glaringly obvious.

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mrguy

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Msg#: 4461132 posted 10:09 pm on Jun 4, 2012 (gmt 0)

I hate to say it but WE ALL have ourselves to blame for Google's power.

We gladly jumped on the wagon and told all our friends how great it was. They didn't even have to advertise on their rise to power all thanks to us.

Sure there where some along the way who sounded the warning bells but as long as Google was good to us, nobody seemed to care.

With all the money Google spends to lobby Congress, don't expect much in as far as the FTC is concerned.

Google clearly is trying their hardest to become the Internet.

aleksl



 
Msg#: 4461132 posted 10:29 pm on Jun 4, 2012 (gmt 0)

Bump.

Russia Today is an excellent news source.

EXTREMELY important news.

Yet, as usual, bias in Google results. The actual breaking news is way, way down the news page, below a bunch of self-promoting news how apparently "google files antitrust against somewhere..", and "how antitrust against Goolge somehow 'doesn't make sense'.."

https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&gl=us&tbm=nws&q=Google+EU+antitrustq=EU+antitrust

lucy24

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Msg#: 4461132 posted 11:26 pm on Jun 4, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Congratulations to aleksi. That was post no. 1000 :)
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You could try your search at yandex. Not a word about g### there.

Also a totally fascinating-sounding article about selling blood. Oops, gotta go.

aleksl



 
Msg#: 4461132 posted 3:03 pm on Jun 6, 2012 (gmt 0)

lucy, thanks! :)

I do search Yandex. Yandex actually brings LOTS of traffic to one of our sites, easily half the amount Google does.

Why, here's the news at position number 2:
[yandex.com...]


EU launches antitrust probe into alleged Google abuses

The European Commission has launched an investigation into Google after other search engines complained that the firm had abused its dominant position.

The EC will examine whether the world's largest search engine penalised competing services in its results.

The objections in both cases are from competitors which allege that Google manipulates its search results.

Sir Martin Sorrell, chief executive of WPP, the world's largest advertising agency, welcomed the EU's decision to investigate.

"Search is the portal to the internet and Google has a colossal share," Sir Martin told the BBC. "I do not think that the investigation is surprising, given the strategic importance of the internet."

He said that many of WPP's big clients will also welcome the probe.

ICOMP, a business group whose members include Foundem, said it welcomed the investigation. "This is not just about search results," said ICOMP's legal adviser David Wood.

"This is about the whole ecosystem of doing business with online content, online advertising companies and software companies."

[bbc.com...]

Web_speed



 
Msg#: 4461132 posted 11:17 pm on Jul 3, 2012 (gmt 0)

I hate to say it but WE ALL have ourselves to blame for Google's power.

We gladly jumped on the wagon and told all our friends how great it was. They didn't even have to advertise on their rise to power all thanks to us.


I've been DE-Googling family, friends and colleagues since around 2006. For me, this "cute" monster's intents and direction was already clearly written on the wall since around that time...

And we ain't seen nothing yet... "free" android based op systems are going to rule the world and you cant change the default search provider on these...

What Microsoft should really be doing is offer Win8 free of charge to the world. That's their only chance at beating this search monster...

KtoTam



 
Msg#: 4461132 posted 1:12 am on Jul 9, 2012 (gmt 0)

Hell yeah let's probe Google! Hee-hawwwww!

Too bad it's the only SE that delivers. I'm not satisfied with the results, but all other SEs are just a mess. I've been collecting lots of data from Google, Bing and Yahoo for years. Now with only Bing and Google, Google "knows" about 10-15 times more pages for selected sites than Bing. I mean it's at least that ratio for all sites that I monitor. I'm yet to find a site that Bing knows more about than Google.

So, I don't see how it's possible to "de-Google" my own searches. Oh I wish Yahoo was back, she sent so many people my way for 2 months prior its shutdown.

Yandex? I banned the sucker first by IP, then by UserAgent. Maybe if I had some pages in Russian, I'd give it a spin. Funny thing, while Yandex is trying to send me its bots, Aport and Rambler never have.

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