Saturday, February 06, 2016
Search
  
Submit your own News for
inclusion in our Site.
Click here...
Breaking News
Samsung Files Patent For A Vein-authentication System On A Smartwatch
BlackBerry Cuts 200 Jobs To Trim Costs
Taiwan Earthquake Temporarily Suspended TSMC's And UMC's Production
Samsung Loses Memory-Chip patent Trial Against Nvidia
Twitter Suspends Accounts To Combat Extremism
Apple Error Message Killing iPhones After Replacing Displays
Mozilla Pulls The Plug On Firefox Smartphone OS
CDs Remain Popular In Japan
Active Discussions
Which of these DVD media are the best, most durable?
How to back up a PS2 DL game
Copy a protected DVD?
roxio issues with xp pro
How to burn a backup copy of The Frozen Throne
Help make DVDInfoPro better with dvdinfomantis!!!
Copied dvd's say blank in computer only
menu making
 Home > News > General Computing > Europe ...
Last 7 Days News : SU MO TU WE TH FR SA All News

Monday, May 21, 2012
Europe Asks Google To Address Antitrust Concerns


The European Commission (EC) has asked Google to outline remedies capable of addressing antitrust concerns,in order to settle an investigation into allegations of anti-competitive behavior.

In November 2010, the EC launched an antitrust investigation into allegations that Google had abused a dominant market position. Google's rivals, including Microsoft, accused the company of manipulating search results and promoting its own advertising services while demoting their rivals'.

EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said that if remedies were offered by Google within the coming weeks, the antitrust investigation could be brought to a close.

Almunia's statement comes after Google's willingness to discuss any concerns that the EC might have without having to engage in adversarial proceedings.

The EC's concerns are related to the fact that Google displays links to its own vertical search services in its general search results on the web. Vertical search services are specialised search engines which focus on specific topics, such as for example restaurants, news or products. EC says that Google displays links to its own vertical search services differently than it does for links to competitors and this may result in preferential treatment compared to those of competing services, which may be hurt as a consequence.

EC also says that Google copies content from competing vertical search services and uses it in its own offerings. Google may be copying original material from the websites of its competitors such as user reviews and using that material on its own sites without their prior authorisation. EC is worried that this could reduce competitors' incentives to invest in the creation of original content for the benefit of internet users.

EC's third concern relates to agreements between Google and partners on the websites of which Google delivers search advertisements. The agreements result in de facto exclusivity requiring them to obtain all or most of their requirements of search advertisements from Google, thus shutting out competing providers of search advertising intermediation services.

EC is also concerned about the restrictions that Google puts to the portability of online search advertising campaigns from its platform AdWords to the platforms of competitors. AdWords is Google's auction-based advertising platform on which advertisers can bid for the placement of search ads on search result pages provided by Google. EC says that Google imposes contractual restrictions on software developers which prevent them from offering tools that allow the seamless transfer of search advertising campaigns across AdWords and other platforms for search advertising.

Joaquin Almunia has sent a letter to Eric Schmidt setting out these four points. "In this letter, I offer Google the possibility to come up in a matter of weeks with first proposals of remedies to address each of these points," Almunia said.

"If Google comes up with an outline of remedies which are capable of addressing our concerns, I will instruct my staff to initiate the discussions in order to finalise a remedies package, "he added. "This would allow to solve our concerns by means of a commitment decision - pursuant to Article 9 of the EU Antitrust Regulation - instead of having to pursue formal proceedings with a Statement of objections and to adopt a decision imposing fines and remedies."


Previous
Next
ASUS Launches Intel Thunderbolt Certified Motherboard        All News        Panasonic Introduces New Micro Four Thirds Digital Interchangeable Lens
Microsoft Drops Aero UI in Windows 8     General Computing News      Yahoo and Alibaba Agree on Plan for Alibaba Stake

Get RSS feed Easy Print E-Mail this Message

Related News
Ad Business Push Google's Profit
Google Paid $12,000 To Get Back The "Google.com" Domain Name
Europe May Probe Google's Tax Deal With U.K.
Google Used Machine Learning To Master Game of Go
Google Says It Has Shipped Five Million Cardboard Devices
Google Files Patent for Secure Drone Delivery
Google To Pay $185 Million To Settle UK Taxes
Google Paid Apple $1 Billion Fee To Keep Search Bar on iPhone
Lenovo and Google To Develop Next Project Tango Device
Google Glass Device Appeared In FCC Website
Google To Release New Messaging App
Google's Pixel C Tablet Now Available

Most Popular News
 
Home | News | All News | Reviews | Articles | Guides | Download | Expert Area | Forum | Site Info
Site best viewed at 1024x768+ - CDRINFO.COM 1998-2016 - All rights reserved -
Privacy policy - Contact Us .