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Google Under Fire

So it finally happened. Yesterday the European Commission announced it had sent Google a Statement of Objections (SO), accusing it of abusing its dominant position in search to unfairly give advantages to its comparison shopping service, Google Shopping. This is obviously hugely important. As I have argued here before, the outcome of this case has… » read more

Posted by Chris Sherwood

In various conversations over recent months, I have noticed that a lot of people don’t understand the difference between general, or horizontal search on the one hand, and specialised, or vertical search on the other. Understanding the differences is crucial to understanding how Google abuses its dominant position, because Google systematically describes a vast “search”… » read more

Posted by Chris Sherwood

In order to resolve its dispute with the European Commission (EC) over its abuses in dominant position in search, Google has proposed to use an existing commercial product, the Google Shopping box, as a basis for a settlement with the EC. The intended purpose was to give comparable presentation of rival products; note: comparable, not… » read more

Posted by Daniela Borlea

Google-bashing has become very fashionable. Businesses, individuals, and politicians around the world, but especially in Europe, have taken great delight in attacking Google: Google the monopolist, Google the privacy-killer, Google the tax-dodger, Google the facilitator of online piracy, Google the free-rider over telecoms networks. The list goes on.   My company is one of those… » read more

Posted by Chris Sherwood

Broken Promises

In the beginning was Yahoo. I am old enough to remember the days when Internet access was via dial-up modem, with its distinctive sound, and when finding things on the Internet required using Yahoo’s Web Directory. Looking for things thematically, in a hierarchically organised index, seemed logical and easy at the time. Anyone with a… » read more

Posted by Chris Sherwood

Apparently, Commissioner Almunia continues to face sustained pressure from within the European Commission to reach an acceptable settlement to the Google competition case. Since publicly confirming on 5th February that he intends to accept Google’s latest round of proposals, representatives from within the Commission have expressed grave concern about the speed and prematurity of this… » read more

Posted by Chris Sherwood

Many European policy makers and legislators believe they have a responsibility to help European players to compete with foreign players. As the Head of Public Policy for one of the leading European Internet companies, this is not altogether unwelcome. But it is not altogether unproblematic either. The support of European policy makers for the European… » read more

Posted by Chris Sherwood