Google Chairman Eric Schmidt boasts to Bloomberg about the rapid proliferation of Google’s Android smartphone operating system, comparing it to Microsoft’s domination of the desktop platform in the 90s. And if everyone remembers the 90s correctly, the Department of Justice stepped in and smacked Microsoft around for antitrust violation, without which they would have no doubt strangled Google in its infancy.
|By: Jane Hamsher Monday December 10, 2012 4:40 pm|
Google is out there whispering in the ears of journalists that they are off the hook for search manipulation and that there are three solid votes in opposition to the FTC pursuing the case. Perhaps they know things nobody else does, but if it’s true, it will raise all kinds of questions about the agency’s balk, particularly with regard to commissioner Edith Ramirez.
|By: Jane Hamsher Thursday December 6, 2012 1:45 pm|
The fact that the DoJ is taking meetings while the FTC’s Google investigation is still underway is, as the Post says, a clear sign that companies are “losing faith that the Federal Trade Commission will act forcefully on their complaints.”
|By: Jane Hamsher Wednesday November 28, 2012 5:09 pm|
Ah it seems like such a short time ago that idealistic Stanford students Sergei Brin and Larry Page were righteously proclaiming that Google search results “will be objective and we will not accept payment for inclusion or ranking in them.” Now Google is basically running a search engine shake-down racket charging companies for placement ranking. So Microsoft is running a holiday campaign for its Bing search engine called “don’t get Scrooged.”
|By: Jane Hamsher Wednesday November 28, 2012 1:21 pm|
FTC Commissioner Edith Ramirez refuses to contradict Rocsch, refuses to endorse the settlement, and won’t go on the record saying that she knew that Google would be allowed to keep the stolen data.
|By: Jane Hamsher Wednesday November 21, 2012 11:40 am|
Bloomberg is reporting today that the FTC may take a dive on exercising oversight of Google’s government-protected monopoly
|By: Jane Hamsher Tuesday November 20, 2012 1:01 pm|
It’s extremely disconcerting that Google is going to be allowed to retain data it obtains illegally as part of the settlement. But it’s even more troublesome to see how easily Google can manipulate the only watchdog they really have. If the FTC’s lawyers are reflecting what Google wants, rather than its own commissioners, it doesn’t bode well for the upcoming antitrust settlement.
|By: Jane Hamsher Monday November 19, 2012 3:35 pm|
Zoe Lofgren (D-CA, @RepZoeLofgren) and Anna Eshoo (D-PhRMA, @RepAnnaEshoo) add their names to the list of members of Congress telling the FTC to abdicate their responsibility to oversee antitrust activity and just let Google do whatever the heck it wants.
|By: Jane Hamsher Thursday November 15, 2012 4:15 pm|
I had the opportunity to speak with Silicon Valley antitrust lawyer Gary Reback yesterday, who filed the amicus brief on behalf of Consumer Watchdog opposing the proposed settlement between Google and the FTC over the Safari hack. He will be in court tomorrow presenting arguments before U.S. District Court Judge Susan Illston.
|By: Jane Hamsher Wednesday November 14, 2012 2:58 pm|
While the American commentariat (including us, guilty as charged) were obsessively sniffing the Petraeus panty drawer, the British tabloids were in high dudgeon over the appearance of Google VP for Northern Europe Matt Brittin before the Public Accounts Select Committee.