EU probing Google after several complaints of unfair play

By Matthew ยท 9 replies
Feb 24, 2010
  1. The European Commission has launched an investigation against Google after receiving complaints of unfair trade practices from three European Internet companies -- Ciao! from Bing, UK price comparison site Foundem, and French legal search engine The firms believe they are not being ranked fairly in Google's search results. Foundem claims to have been snubbed by "search penalties" that are often deployed against spam or sites caught attempting to cheat Google's algorithms.

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  2. poundsmack

    poundsmack TS Rookie Posts: 74

    I don't know if anything will be found worth finding, but it is good to have these kind of probing investigation every now and then to make sure that things are in fact on the level. With google going into every industry it can (search, adds, video, email, energy sales, books, mobile OS, web broswers, ISP, office, becoming a verb, etc...), it is worth checking to make sure they are playing fair.

    if google wanted too, they have enough money to buy up their competition in virtually any "emerging" market oportunity situation (i say emerging because, even though they could buy out other established players it waoul raise anti trust concerns, while emerging markets and tech does not, in most cases). Google can leverage their brand recognition and all the cash they have to do pretty much anything, and with all their recent aquisitions it only makes sense to get the Willy Wonka style tour to make sure its legit.

    all in all (personal bias aside) I am assuming the investigation will go well and google will be in the clear. Just glad it's happening.
  3. tengeta

    tengeta TS Enthusiast Posts: 612

    By percentage, particularly in The U.S. Google see's better market percentages than Microsoft ever has. Then again, they don't crush opponents... At least not as obviously.
  4. poundsmack

    poundsmack TS Rookie Posts: 74

  5. So what? It is a BUSINESS??
  6. JDoors

    JDoors TS Rookie Posts: 62

    I think we've all wondered at one point or another why Microsoft has had to bear the brunt of EU witch-hunts, maybe Microsoft finally figured out how to bring everyone else to the attention of the torch-bearing mobs?

    "Hey, ya know, we're not the only big company dominating a market over here ..."
  7. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    EU's probings aside, as a student of business I strongly believe no business (whether its Microsoft or Google or Intel or many other like them) should be allowed to grow so big that it gains such advantageous position to crush any sense of (fair) competition, resulting in less available choices for users & slow progression of innovative ideas/new innovations at reasonably affordable prices.

    Hence, I wouldn't want Google to become such a behemoth that it stifles out everyone else from the market place.

    On the side note, (I don't want to begin a debate about 'economic freedom or capitalism etc); but I do believe that despite all its brilliance, unchecked and unregulated economic freedom has now become associated with economic disorder of the 21st century. No wonder, many European and Asian countries want to create a basket of currencies instead of relying on one currency for just about this same logic.
  8. DarkCobra

    DarkCobra TS Rookie Posts: 79

    First the Euro's are upset with Microsoft for pretty much everything. Now they're upset with Google.

    Memo to the European Consortium: Go develop your own operating systems, search engines, software and browsers and stop whining about everything coming out of America that is being shared with you. If you don't like our products then go develop your own. Just quit whining!
  9. DarkCobra please don't confuse the morons at the European Commission with the rest of us that live here.
  10. DarkCobra

    DarkCobra TS Rookie Posts: 79

    You're right . . . that's why the memo is to the European Consortium.
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