FTC Probe of Google Focuses on Android, Web Search
Moving forward ...
9:57 pm on Aug 10, 2011 (gmt 0)
FTC Focuses Probe on Android, Web Search Federal Trade Commission officials are focusing their antitrust investigation on several key areas of Google Inc.'s business, including its Android mobile phone software and Web search related services, people familiar with the probe say. Six weeks after serving Google with broad subpoenas, FTC lawyers, in conjunction with several state attorneys general, have been asking whether Google prevents smartphone manufacturers that use its Android operating system from using competitors' services, these people said. They also have inquired whether Google grants preferential placement on its website to its own products, such as Google's "Places" business listings, its "Shopping results" or Google Finance services above most other results. And they're looking into allegations that Google unfairly takes information collected by rivals, such as reviews of local businesses, to use on its own specialized site and then demotes the rivals' services in its search results, the people said. [online.wsj.com ]
2:45 pm on Aug 11, 2011 (gmt 0)
I just saw that...looks like things are heating up for Google. If they play their cards wrong, the story could easily become much bigger with huge, long term consequences.
4:20 pm on Aug 11, 2011 (gmt 0)
*ding ding ding* keep going guys you are on the right track!
6:16 pm on Aug 11, 2011 (gmt 0)
Yes, keep going, especially the indefensible promotion of Google places in the SERPS. That really has to be the joke of all time.
7:18 pm on Aug 11, 2011 (gmt 0)
They also have inquired whether Google grants preferential placement on its website to its own products, such as Google's "Places" business listings, its "Shopping results" or Google Finance services above most other results.
Trust me I have some issues with the Big G, but why can't they promote their own listings over the listings of their advertisers?
Wouldn't it be similar to let's say Costco promoting it's private label Kirkland products "unfairly" by allocating prime warehouse space?
7:31 pm on Aug 11, 2011 (gmt 0)
G has been very busy and active in the DC area, talking to both the left and right. Met with them on this issue. Some of those who filed a complaint against them are very thin affiliates with no unique content that cried foul when Google dinged them
Things are really heating up ...
7:57 pm on Aug 11, 2011 (gmt 0)
They also have inquired whether Google grants preferential placement on its website to its own products, such as Google's "Places" business listings.
Those places sure aren't ranking themselves best of class on merit.
While I do see the argument by Google that they have the right to advertise on their own sites as they see fit I'm not blind to the fact that 99.5% of the content ON Google does not belong to them, it's copied from all of our websites. We've made google rich and they should be held under tighter control.
9:24 pm on Aug 11, 2011 (gmt 0)
If you dont like the search results then use someone else. Nobody makes anyone use a search engine. Totally ridiculous.
11:56 pm on Aug 11, 2011 (gmt 0)
While Google owns the bat and the ball (using baseball analogy) in their particular sandlot field of play, there are regular and normal rules of play. Else we're no longer playing baseball. This apparent/alleged change in regular and normal game play is what the FTC is investigating. And they should. YMMV
1:40 am on Aug 12, 2011 (gmt 0)
I'm soooooo loving this story. I hope the FTC rips them a new one.
Time to answer some very though questions GOOG. And hopefully pay a very high price for your grid, stupidity and arrogance.
I'd love to see this evil octopus broken into very (very) small pieces... enough is enough!...they've been holding the web for ransom for far too long.
2:51 am on Aug 12, 2011 (gmt 0)
(Does "MADLIBs" do geek versions of their puzzle books?)
Antitrust Tech Story of the Day!
New flash! Today the ____(government agency)_____ investigated ____(OS manufacturer)____ for forcing ____(hardware manufacturer)______ to bundle OS with ____(browser)______ that defaults to searching _____(search engine)_____.
Can't they just find an old anti-trust suit and change all the references from MSFT to GOOG and from Windows to Android, etc.... and call it a day?
9:11 pm on Aug 12, 2011 (gmt 0)
Google are likely to argue that that is just how search engines now work. Bing does exactly the same with its local listings and other Bing hosted content. In finance Google favours its own results less than Bing does.
9:51 am on Aug 14, 2011 (gmt 0)
The difference being that Bing is not controlling 3/4 of the search or online ads market. And remember, this is just an investigation.
4:57 am on Aug 25, 2011 (gmt 0)
Contrary to popular opinion, Google is not a public utility. It answers to its stockholders and, from time to time, pays a fine of some sort in various jurisdictions. But, like Microsoft, these are simply part of the cost of doing business and are budgeted for. Want to bring Google down a notch? Stop using it and urge others to do the same ... just like word of mouth gradually built it, word of mouth can gradually bring it down. IMHO, Google is now officially "evil" and no longer warrants grass-roots support.