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[edited by: Andy_Langton at 9:33 pm (utc) on May 11, 2016]
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i remember when the EU forced some concessions on them, and all they did was get rid of the background colours on the ads and replace them with that tiny little 'Ad' label. What a great "concession" that was -- it made the ads even MORE like the serps!
The money spent by Google on lobbyists is matched by Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, Yelp, etc who are all pushing their own individual agenda.
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Shouldn't the ranking be based on factors such the quality of the service and the usabilty of the website, rather than on who has the best "SEO person"?
Take off your tinfoil hat buddy, its on way too tight. There are way better cases to make against Google than Lend Up.
So you totally missed the point and diverted the thread away from the main topic
Well it is not surprising to see renewed FTC interest in the Google.
Senior antitrust officials at the FTC have discussed the matter in recent months with representatives of a major U.S. company that objects to Google's practices, according to sources with the company...
The discussions were initiated at the company’s request.
I think the last FTC investigation was unique in that the investigators recommendations to pursue legal action against Google was met by not one committee member supporting legal action, suggesting that they were pressured from the highest levels of government to close the case.
Or, just as likely, wiser heads prevailed.
As for me, I look at Google Flights being on TOP of travel search results or four ads being on TOP of search results pushing all organic results below the fold.
Google does share a lot of data with the Federal Government and any limitation on Google's ability to expand would in turn reduce the amount of data the Government gathers from what Google collects and stores.
If the FTC has been encouraged to take a closer look into Google's activiities, could the fact that Google has been charged in the EU have anything to do with this?