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Google's slogan may be don't be evil, but a growing chorus of antitrust regulators in the United States and Europe want to know if the company has lived up to that creed.
This week, those concerns — especially whether Google gives its own businesses preferred placement in search results, thwarting competition and harming consumers — will have their most public airing to date, when Google's chairman, Eric E. Schmidt, testifies before a Senate antitrust panel. Some of Google's competitors will also testify.
“Google is a great American success story, but its size, position and power in the marketplace have raised concerns about its business practices, and raised the question of what responsibilities come with that power,” said Senator Richard Blumenthal, Democrat of Connecticut, who is a member of the antitrust subcommittee and who as the attorney general of Connecticut played a leading role among the states that sued Microsoft.
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Could this be the end of Google Local?
The final entry in one much-redacted e-mail thread came in reply to a colleague’s pledge to get back with some detail about Skyhook.
“PLEASE DO NOT! Thread-kill and talk to me off-line with any questions,” [nytimes.com...]
My dream would be to force Google to totally separate them, let search be totally separate from ads, as in two different companies. "Trust us, we're honest" when tens of billions are at stake, just doesn't do it.
call me a grizzled old cynic but I see very little changing. Few cosmetic things around the edge, some warm and cosy headlines, obviously some dollars changing hands. Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.
I strongly believe that G is cheating and behaving unfairly to boost its bottom line at site-owner's expense. Why should I hope for them to keep doing it?
Give any government an inch and they will take a mile
but do you really want to see us all subjected to the same governmental dead hand that suffocates business out in the real world?HUH? Please read this first [en.wikipedia.org...] for an overview on what antitrust is and who is subjected to it.
Follow open standard with their algorithm and be audited by a third party as to its fairness with regard to competition.
Separate Search Result from Advertisement in a Clear manor which is labeled, and easily distinguishable by the average user.
Google ranks search results to deliver the best answers to users, and that is the only consideration – not political viewpoints, and not advertising dollars.
We have a rigorous scientific testing process to assess how consumers respond to potential algorithm changes...We understand that it’s frustrating for websites when their sites fall in the search results. That’s why we provide a huge amount of information to websites about how to improve their performance.That's what you say. Funny how they show a propaganda video they made as proof. Yeah, we know what you provide but the best one is to open your wallet and sped to become a brand, or have NYT write about you unless you can Tweet to MC. We're overwhelmed with your help.
The Internet is the ultimate level playing field.
Google is a guide, not a gatekeeper.CTFU!
It takes a broadband connection to get onto the Internet, but consumers don’t need Google to access the web.
Google serves more like a GPS on the Internet highway—not an on-ramp. It helps people get around, but it’s not necessary. If someone knows where he wants to go, he can navigate to those destinations directly
Search engines are popular and useful, but they’re just one of many ways to navigate the web.
Who still believes this crap when you get 3-4 ads, 7 local links, news, and images...or you need to scroll 2-3 times with a popular screen size to see organic?