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Apple settles e-book antitrust suit

Apple has reached a settlement in an antitrust lawsuit brought by state Attorneys General and consumers over e-book price fixing, according to a filing with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Steve W. Berman, an attorney for Hagens Berman, which represented the plaintiffs, filed a letter with Judge Denise Cote saying that… Read More

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Google rivals not so sure about European antitrust deal

Google has published the full text of its proposed antitrust agreement with the European Union following an outcry from the company’s competitors. Last week, the European Commission announced that it had reached a settlement with the search giant that would change how Google handles search results in Europe. It said that Google would be setting aside… Read More

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Google’s European antitrust deal will force changes in search results, advertising

There are going to be some big changes afoot in Google’s search results. The European Commission announced today that it had reached a settlement with the tech giant to end its multi-year antitrust investigation. The settlement will require Google to give more prominent placement to search results and services from its competitors in Europe. The news… Read More

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Apple gets its court-appointed monitor benched … for now

Apple has been granted a temporary reprieve from the watchful eye of its court-appointed antitrust monitor. The second circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in New York has granted an administrative stay on the activities of Michael Bromwich, the former Justice Department Inspector General who is in charge of ensuring that Apple doesn’t violate the terms… Read More

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Judge denies Apple protest, rules antitrust monitor can stay in e-book case

Judge Denise Cote ruled today that former Justice Department Inspector General Michael Bromwich will remain Apple’s antitrust monitor, despite the company’s challenge to his presence, according to a report by Reuters. “I want the monitorship to succeed for Apple,” Cote said, according to the report. Last year, Bromwich complained to the court that Apple was being… Read More

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Microsoft criticizes FTC’s Google decision as ‘weak’ and a ‘missed opportunity’

Microsoft this evening criticized the U.S. Federal Trade Commission‘s newly announced antitrust agreements with Google — calling the outcome of the 19-month investigation into the search giant “weak,” “unusual,” and “a missed opportunity” to truly reform the way the search giant does business. The agreements, announced earlier today, included commitments by Google to license its… Read More

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Bill Gates slated to testify in Windows 95 antitrust case

They say the wheels of justice turn slowly, but this is getting a little crazy. Microsoft has listed Bill Gates as a potential witness in a new trial over antitrust allegations against the Redmond company dating back to the Windows 95 era. This is the long-running Novell case, which alleges that Microsoft acted anti-competitively against… Read More

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Excerpt: Google to cite Bing’s growth in antitrust defense

It will be a very interesting day for the technology industry in Washington, D.C., as the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing called, “The Power of Google: Serving Consumers or Threatening Competition?” — digging into the antitrust issues being explored by the FTC in its investigation of the search company. Eric Schmidt, Google’s executive… Read More

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Google confirms FTC subpoena, says concerns are unclear

It’s official: Google just filed a public notice acknowledging that its business practices are under investigation by the Federal Trade Commission. “On June 23, 2011, Google Inc. received a subpoena and a notice of civil investigative demand from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) relating to a review by the FTC of Google’s business practices, including… Read More

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Report: FTC moving ahead with Google antitrust probe

A report from the Wall Street Journal this morning is the latest indication that U.S. antitrust regulators are gearing up for a possible antitrust battle with Google, focusing on whether the search giant has unfairly used its dominance in the Internet search business to favor its own products over those from its rivals. The Federal… Read More

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Microsoft filing antitrust complaint vs. Google in Europe

Microsoft is back in the middle of an antitrust case in Europe, but this time it’s the one with the complaint. The Redmond company says it’s filing an antitrust complaint against Google with the European Commission — alleging that the search giant has unfairly kept Microsoft Bing and Windows Phone from working properly with YouTube;… Read More