Search Results for: antitrust investigation

November 14

Google will improve location tracking disclosures and controls as it settles US privacy investigation

As the result of a privacy investigation launched by US states, Google will improve disclosures and controls around location tracking for Android users and account holders, as well as paying a $392 million dollar settlement.

October 20

India demands third-party Android app stores in Play Store as it hits Google with fine

Google has been under intense scrutiny for its practice of requiring certain apps to be installed on Android phones, and now India is the latest country to hit Google with a multimillion-dollar fine.

July 8

Google offers to split parts of ad business into Alphabet to avoid antitrust lawsuit [U]

The Wall Street Journal is reporting today that Google has “proposed splitting parts of its business that auctions and places ads on websites and apps into a separate company under the Alphabet umbrella.”

May 3

Google Maps beta tests preferred transport modes UI for directions

The latest Google Maps beta v11.28 appears to be testing the ability to let users pick their preferred transport mode for in-app directions.

March 31

Google Maps is reportedly the next target of US antitrust investigations

Google has faced several antitrust lawsuits over the past few years over the dominance of Google Search, ads, and its control over the Android platform. Now, it appears that Google Maps is an upcoming target of antitrust action in the United States.

March 21

Apple TV app for Android TV and Google TV blocks content purchases as Apple reportedly loses billing exemption [U]

It’s been over a year since Apple TV arrived on Google TV and later on the wider Android TV platform, but something has changed in recent weeks. Suddenly, the Apple TV app for Android/Google TV is no longer able to buy content.

December 30, 2016

Meizu settles with Qualcomm over licensing dispute, resuming international expansion

Back in June, Meizu — known for interesting designs and high specs at low prices — was sued by Qualcomm for refusing to pay licensing fees. The two companies have since settled (via Bloomberg), with four lawsuits around the world coming to a close and Meizu agreeing to license its usage of various tech.

December 27, 2016

Qualcomm fined more than $850 million in South Korea over antitrust violations

Qualcomm, the company behind the Snapdragon processor found in most popular Android phones, is being fined more that $850 million in South Korea over alleged antitrust violations. According to Reuters, the company plans to fight the decision.

October 1, 2016

Report: Google again under investigation by the EU for antitrust violations in Android

Alphabet and the European Union have been in court for some time now over several alleged antitrust violations. These have been over claims that Google has favored its products in search results, forcing Android manufacturers to pre-install its applications, and even claims that the company makes it hard for advertisers to switch to other ad platforms. […]

June 28, 2016

EU set to file third set of antitrust charges against Google, this time over advertising

The European Union has already filed two sets of antitrust charges against Google, the first accusing it of manipulating search results to favor its own products, the second alleging that Google forces Android device manufacturers to install its own apps and set Google search as the default. Last summer, it was reported that the company […]

September 25, 2015

Google now under Android antitrust investigation in the U.S. as well as Europe

Google must wonder whether it will ever be free from antitrust investigations. Following antitrust charges against its search business (cleared in the USA, upheld in Europe), the EU filed a second complaint that Google had abused its dominant position in the mobile field to favor its own Android apps. The allegation is that Google forced […]

September 1, 2015

The never-ending Google anti-trust story: the company could now face civil claims in Europe

It seems Google’s legal woes in Europe will never end. The European Commission has long been running an investigation into whether Google was guilty of anti-competitive behaviour in Europe, which finally resulted in a filing of charges in April and a warning of large fines in June. It may be next year – some six years after […]

July 22, 2015

Google may face yet another European antitrust prove, this time over ad products

Just as one European antitrust case against Google reached its conclusion, with a second one underway, it may be facing a third, reports the Financial Times. The first antitrust case found that Google abused its dominant position in search to promote its own products over that of competitors. with the company told to expect large fines. A second […]

June 29, 2015

Harvard/Columbia study for Yelp may influence level of European antitrust fines for Google

A study commissioned by Yelp and carried out by two prominent U.S. academics has quantified the impact of Google giving prominence to its own services over organic results, reports the WSJ.

The study’s authors— Michael Luca of Harvard Business School and Tim Wu of Columbia Law School—found that users were 45% more likely to click on results that were ranked purely by relevance, rather than as Google ranks them now, with its own services displayed prominently.

The study of 2,500 Internet users said that the results provided empirical evidence that Google’s promotion of its own services resulted in lower-quality search results for consumers. Google, in contrast, had argued that its own specialist services can provide consumers with more precise answers to their queries.

Yelp was one of a number of companies that filed European antitrust complaints against Google five years ago, leading to a European Commission investigation that has been running ever since – with various attempts by Google to bring proceedings to and end. Some of these were rejected while others were accepted, but the EC finally decided in April to file charges against Google, before being told to expect large fines.

The results of this study may influence the level of these fines.

Photo: AP

June 19, 2015

European Commission to hit Google with fines ‘large enough to act as a deterrent’ in antitrust investigation

The long running antitrust case faced by Google in Europe appears to possibly have an end in sight at long last. Earlier this year, it was revealed that the European Commission was preparing to file antitrust charges against the company, some five years after the investigation started. Now, Bloomberg reports that Google has been told […]

April 23, 2015

What analysts expect from Google’s earnings call later today, and how to listen in

Re/code has a roundup of what analysts are expecting from Google this afternoon, when the company announces its Q1 earnings and provides at least a little guidance on the future. Consensus estimates are for net revenue of $14.12 billion, a 16 percent uptick year over year. Currency winds could drag down the numbers. Google isn’t expected to […]

April 15, 2015

EU files formal antitrust complaint against Google, begins separate Android investigation. Google responds

As expected, the EU has formally accused Google of abusing its dominant position in search to favor links to its own products over those offered by competitors. The complaint takes the form of a Statement of Objections: a formal method of announcing that it believes Google has acted illegally and that a full investigation is […]

April 14, 2015

Google expected to face formal European antitrust charges tomorrow

Update: the EU Commission has now filed its complaint It doesn’t sound good for Google in Europe where the company has faced continued criticism, some comical and some less so, for using its dominant 90+% search share to give advantages to its other properties and squash competitors. FT: Google will on Wednesday be accused by […]

April 3, 2015

Plaintiffs withdraw class-action lawsuit against Google over its Android & Search practices

Reuters reports that the plaintiffs in an antitrust lawsuit against Google have finally withdrawn their case. The case, which was brought against Google nearly a year ago, accused the company of being anticompetitive with several of its Search and Android practices.

April 1, 2015

Report: EU preparing to file antitrust charges against Google

According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, the European Commission is preparing to file antitrust charges against Google. The charges come after a five-year long investigation that’s stalled three times and caused strong political divides in Europe. [protected-iframe id=”99fbe893c055defe975d4396e88efa97-22427743-13611283″ info=”http://video-api.wsj.com/api-video/player/iframe.html?guid=AA4ABC8A-5FDF-4CC0-9F6E-DA536681A83B” width=”700″ height=”400″ frameborder=”0″ scrolling=”no”]

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