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Microsoft Pulls Funding For Anti-Google Lobbying Group FairSearch

According to a report in Re/Code appearing last week, Microsoft has pulled financial support from FairSearch, an anti-Google “watchdog” or lobbying group that has been at the forefront of advancing European antitrust moves against the company. We sought comment from Microsoft when the…

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Court Documents Show Google Paid Apple $1 Billion For Safari Default Placement

In 2013, Morgan Stanley and Macquarie Capital estimated that Google was paying Apple around $1 billion annually for the privilege of being the Safari default search engine. Turns out they were right. According to a Bloomberg report citing court documents and testimony in Oracle’s copyright suit…

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German Publisher Group Sues Google Again Under Draconian Copyright Law

A group of German publishers have filed a civil complaint against Google. The group, constituted as VG Media, claims to be enforcing Germany’s “Ancillary Copyright” Law, passed in 2013. This is the latest episode in an ongoing dispute between German news publishers and Google. Essentially the…

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Japan Courts Order Removal Criminal Activity From Search As Privacy Violation

Suggesting that there may soon be a European-style “Right to be Forgotten” in Japan, two Japanese courts recently ordered Yahoo Japan and Google to remove indexed reports of criminal activity under the theory that individual privacy rights were being violated. The cases were discussed…

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Europe Turns Antitrust Attention To Google Maps For Android

The antitrust investigation (or enforcement action) against Google in Europe is currently focused on shopping search. There’s an earlier stage but parallel investigation of Android now taking off. Comments from regulators and European politicians suggest there’s a potentially long road…

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Ending Decade Of Litigation Court OKs Google Book Scanning As “Fair Use”

A three-judge panel for the US Second Circuit Court of Appeals has definitively ruled that Google’s full-text book scanning is “fair use” and thus protected from claims of copyright infringement. So unless The Authors Guild, which originally sued Google in 2005, wants to appeal to the US…

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Right To Be Forgotten: French Argue They Have Authority To Regulate Google Globally

Setting up a potential international “conflict of laws” dispute, France’s privacy regulator (CNIL) rejected Google’s arguments against expanding the “right to be forgotten” (RTBF) to the company’s global index. Google had been limiting RTBF removals to European domains such…

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Google Files Suit Against SEO Firm Accused Of Robocalling, Launches Complaint Center For Users

The company finally takes defensive action against illegal robocallers that prey on small businesses.

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India A Second Front In Google’s Antitrust Battles With Foreign Regulators

While Google’s antitrust investigation in Europe has received considerable attention, a similar ongoing investigation in India has received far less coverage. However, an article appearing in India-based Economic Times suggests a legal environment in the country that is no less challenging…

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UK Regulator To Google: You Must De-Index Follow-Up Stories About Right To Be Forgotten Subjects

The European “hide me, find me” SEO game that is the Right to Be Forgotten (RTBF) continues to twist and turn. The latest twist is that Google has been ordered by a UK regulator to remove links that were indexed after subsequent news articles appeared about the subject of the original…

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Google Asks Europe For More Time To Respond To Antitrust Charges

According to the Wall Street Journal, Google has been given extra time (until August 31) to respond to the European Commission’s antitrust charges. The original deadline was August 17, next Monday; however, Google requested additional time. Notwithstanding historical complaints about…

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War And Peace: Bloomberg’s Massive History Of Google’s EU Antitrust Case

If you want a history of Google’s search battles with European antitrust regulators, a new article from Brad Stone (and colleagues) at Bloomberg will more than satisfy you. While there’s very little truly new information, the well-researched (and lengthy) piece is nearly comprehensive…

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Google Fights France To Prevent Globalization Of The Right-to-Be-Forgotten

Google has formally appealed France’s data protection authority’s order that Google to apply Right-to-Be-Forgotten (RTBF) removals to its global index. The Commission Nationale de l’informatique et des Libertés (CNIL) had protested Google’s Europe-only removal policy and…

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UK Paper Argues Right To Be Forgotten Being Abused In Some Cases

While the majority of Right to Be Forgotten (RTBF) take-down requests in Europe do not seek to conceal criminal misdeeds, the UK-based Daily Mail argues that in some cases it’s being abused by those trying to suppress criminal records. The publication cites several egregious examples where…

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Consumer Group Petitions FTC To Bring Europe’s Right-To-Be-Forgotten To US

Long-time Google critic Consumer Watchdog has petitioned the US Federal Trade Commission to enact a European-style “Right to Be Forgotten” (RTBF) in the US. The non-profit organization says the fact that it’s being done in Europe means it’s feasible in the US. The…

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Study By Former FTC Advisor Tim Wu Claims Google Local Search Results Violate Competition Laws

Sponsored by Yelp, the study found users were more likely to click on merit-based results over Google’s self-promoted content.

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9 Outcomes Of Google’s Pirate Algorithm: Should You Be Concerned?

In light of Google’s update to its pirate algorithm in October 2014, columnist Neil Patel explores its impact thus far.

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