Regulation

EU: Google Shopping Search Reforms Working

Although Google’s European shopping rivals are continuing to complain about how Google is working, The European Commission chief said that the changes Google has made so far seem to be working.  European Competition Commissioner Margethe Vestager is quoted by Reuters saying that rivals have a greater visibility in search results and there are more clicks that send searchers to …

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Google Axes Political Ads In Washington state, LinkedIn Does It Globally

According to an article that appeared in GeekWire, Google will pause state and local political ads in Washington state.  This action is in response to a new campaign finance law that requires near “real-time disclosure of detailed information about election ads in response to public records requests.” This is what Google had to say in its AdWords policy update: …

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Yelp-Led Group’s New Video Appeals To Google Employees To Advocate For Internal Change

Recently, Yelp filed a private antitrust complaint against Google with the European Commission (EC).  Now it’s attempting to appeal to Google’s own employees to agitate for change from within the company. This attempt is both naïve and shrewd at the same time.  Check out the “Focus on the User” video below, which makes several points: Google is an essential tool …

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Yelp Asks Europe To Take New Antitrust Action Against Google

In a report by the Financial Times (paywall), Yelp is complaining to the European Commission (EC) that Google “abused its dominance in local search” and is seeking a formal Statement of Objections against the company due to antitrust charges. The complaint is almost exactly like the claims that were made against Google in the shopping search context …

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Google, Getty Images Enter A Multi-Year Global Licensing Partnership

In an announcement made late last week, Google parent Alphabet and Getty Images made a sweeping partnership that ended a long-standing copyright antitrust dispute between Getty and Google, which was filed in early 2016. This deal was characterized by Getty as “a multi-year global licensing partnership, enabling Google to use Getty Images’ content within its various products and services.” …

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India’s Competition Regulator Fines Google $21.1 Million For ‘Search Bias’ In Travel Results

On February 8, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) fined Google $1.36 billion rupees (roughly $21.1 million) for “abuse of its dominant position” in search.  The specific finding made by CCI surrounded Google’s treatment of flight search results.  The decision was 4 to 2 against Google. According to CCI, Google “allocated disproportionate real estate” to the box …

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Investors Anxious About Google Traffic Acquisition Costs, Which Regulation Could Further Increase

Google’s traffic acquisition costs (TAC) are climbing.  Both Google’s ad revenues and they money they are paying to partners and distributors are growing, and investors aren’t really thrilled with this issue. Ruth Porat, the CFO of Alphabet, explained to investor questions recently that Google’s increasing traffic costs are part mobile and part programmatic growth.  These …

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Yelp Says Google Violated ‘Do Not Crawl’ Provision Of 2013 FTC Settlement Agreement

A letter has been sent to the Federal Trad Commission (FTC) by Yelp, asserting that Google improperly used Yelp images in local search results in violation of its 2013 antitrust settlement with the regulatory agency.  Aside from the FTC, Yelp sent the letter to several members of Congress and state attorneys general, according to a report in The …

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EU Slaps Google With $2.7B Antitrust Fine For Favoring Its Own Content In Search Results

After months of waiting in regards to the Google antitrust penalty that was supposed to be closer to $1 billion. However, today the EU leveled a much larger 2.4 billion euro ($2.7 billion) fine against Google for the alleged abuse of its market power in vertical (shopping) search. We were all expecting a fine, but even then, this seems …

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EU Sources Say $1.17 Billion Antitrust Fine Against Google Coming In Weeks

There have been a steady stream of reports over the past several months that the EU was preparing to fine Google for alleged search market abuses.  Well, all the news of this fine is getting louder, as the fine will reportedly be around on billion euros (41.17 billion). It’s the authority of the EU to be able to fine …

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