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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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EU’s Disruptive ‘Copyright Reform’ Moves Closer To Passage

The GDPR is now in effect, and on its heels is the proposed EU copyright reform for US technology companies.  The pending legislation would take the disastrous “link tax” approach applied in Germany and Spain across the whole of Europe. The idea behind this legislation is to harmonize copyright laws across Europe.  The European Commission wants to fix the fragmented set of laws and enforcement rules [...]

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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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EU Commissioner: Two Remaining Antitrust Cases Against Google ‘Advancing’

Although Google's appeal of the 2.9 billion (€2.4 billion) fine imposed by the European Commission in 2017 is moving forward, EU Competition Commissioner Magrethe Vestager told colleagues that the other two antitrust cases against Google were “advancing.” This is based on a report from Reuters. The two cases are exclusivity provisions in Google AdSense agreements and app-install requirements in Android-OEM contracts. Although the "search [...]

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Google Loses ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Case In UK High Court

About 44 percent of "right to be forgotten" (RTBF) search de-listing requests are granted by Google.  Even then, there is a person in the UK whose request was among the the other 56 percent who wasn't granted who challenged Google's decision and won in the UK High Court. The search result in question was about a decade-old criminal [...]

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Disney Theme Parks Now On Google Street View

According to an announcement made by Google, all of Disney's US theme parks are now available on Google Street View.  Users have the ability to take visual Street View tours of parks outside the US, such as those in Paris and Shanghai. The idea behind Street View allows users to take a virtual walk around almost all of [...]

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German court: Google Has No ‘Duty To Inspect’ Websites For Illegal Content Before Displaying

It has been ruled by German court that Google isn't required to pre-screen websites for defamation before they are displayed in search results.  This comes from the country's highest court, the German Federal Court of Justice. For the plaintiffs, they sought to make Google filter out websites that allegedly displayed defamatory content about them in an IT-related online [...]

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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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Google EU Shopping Rivals Complain Antitrust Remedies Aren’t Working

With the $2.7 billion European Commission antitrust fine against Google that happened last year, the search company opened up product listing ads (PLAs) to rival to rival comparison shopping services.  Google even pledged to operate Google Shopping as if it was a stand-alone entity and to provide "equal treatment" for rivals. When Google implemented the program, it [...]

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