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Consumer Watchdog Wants Texas AG to Pursue Google Antitrust Charges

1:50 pm on Feb 14, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Consumer Watchdog today urged Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott to press forward with an antitrust case against Google for unfairly manipulating search results favoring its own services damaging both competitors and consumers.

"Google's abuse of its monopolistic position is hurting competitors, limiting consumer choice and increasing prices for consumers," wrote John M. Simpson, Consumer Watchdog Privacy Project director. "Federal regulators failed to act in a meaningful way and the European settlement, if finally approved, does nothing for the United States. It is incumbent upon the state attorneys general under your leadership to act decisively to protect consumers."

News Source: [news.yahoo.com...]

Letter to Attorney General Greg Abbott: [consumerwatchdog.org...]
2:15 pm on Feb 14, 2014 (gmt 0)

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I feel like the only question to be answered here is: Is what google is doing illegal?

What obligation, legal or moral, do they have to be impartial, no bias.

I don't like what they (google) are doing but does that make it wrong? People come to my website seeking information about a product. Because of that should I, or any website, be required to give the visitor information about my competitors products?

google is a business, as much as people want to believe that they are an unbiased source of information perception does not equal reality here.

As much as I would love for google to get hammered and be forced to play fair and send me free traffic even though I am in direct competition with them I am worried about the precedent it would set.