LIVEBLOG: FTC Press Conference Announcing Google Settlement

By: Thursday January 3, 2013 12:42 pm

You can watch the press conference here (unfortunately the FTC’s crappy technology only allows you to embed their entire page, not just the video player). Jon Leibowitz, Chairman of the FTC, will be holding a press conference at 1pm ET announcing the settlement with Google for ” for alleged anticompetitive conduct.” According to the FTC [...]

Anonymous Says “Expect us in 2013″ and Other Tech Bytes

By: Wednesday January 2, 2013 2:37 pm

The tech world got some sweet tax creditsin the Fiscal Cliff bill, which are set to expire at the end of 2013.  Setting up tax credits with annual expiration dates that guarantee powerful outside interests will be whipping for their renewal seems to be all the rage when it comes to breaking Congressional gridlock. Now [...]

Dumb Sh*t Eric Schmidt Says

By: Monday December 17, 2012 3:41 pm

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.

Leibowitz Still Looking for Third Vote at FTC to Bring Google Search Manipulation Antitrust Case

By: 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.

Which Firms Are Meeting With the DoJ About Being Screwed by Google?

By: 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.”

Don’t Get Scroogled: Microsoft Slaps Google Over Charging for Seach Result Placement

By: Wednesday November 28, 2012 5:09 pm

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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.”

FTC Commissioner Ramirez Refuses to Endorse Giving Google Stolen Safari Data

By: 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.

FTC Blinks on Google Antitrust Suit? Or, the Best Government (Google) Money Can Buy

By: 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

FTC Commissioner J. Thomas Rosch: FTC Commissioners Never Intended for Google to Retain Hacked Safari Data

By: 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.

Congresswomen Zoe Lofgren and Anna Eshoo Protect Google Monopoly, Tell FTC to STFU

By: 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.

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