Archive | June, 2011

Tech’s Star CEOs Could Be Drag On Obama

28. June 2011

Jamie Court, who heads Consumer Watchdog, said it’s clear the Silicon Valley’s tech executives have cultivated a “hoodie and Converse” profile to mask what he says is a traditional corporate adherence to bottom-line profit concerns.

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Google Defends Practices As FTC Launches Antitrust Probe

24. June 2011

Google confirmed Friday that the Federal Trade Commission has launched an antitrust investigation of the company, but posted an elaborate defense of its business practices. “Yesterday, we received formal notification from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission that it has begun a review of our business,” Google said in a blog post. “We respect the FTC’s […]

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Consumer Group Says White House Is Too Friendly With Google

24. June 2011

Frequent Google critic Consumer Watchdog wrote to the White House Counsel on Friday arguing that President Obama and other administration officials must distance themselves from Google during pending federal investigations of the search giant.

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Group Slams White House Google Links

24. June 2011

A consumer group says the White House must distance itself from Google while the company is the subject of a federal antitrust investigation.

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ENGINE KNOCK – Feds launch antitrust probe into Google’s market influence

24. June 2011

Google “pretty clearly is using its dominant position to its own advantage,” said John Simpson, spokesman for Consumer Watchdog, a nonprofit advocacy organization that has called for an investigation into Google’s practices for the past two years.

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W.H. Warned To Distance From Google

24. June 2011

Consumer Watchdog is telling the White House that its cozy relationship with Google is inappropriate, given ongoing reviews by both the FTC and the Department of Justice.

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Google’s Top Execs Refuse To Testify At Senate Hearing

24. June 2011

Consumer Watchdog has been clamoring for Schmidt’s sworn testimony before Congress for over a year, ever since Germany caught Google harvesting private Wi-Fi data from unsecured Wi-Fi networks in homes and businesses across the globe. Google had dispatched fleets of specially equipped cars through city streets in 30-plus nations to gather this data.

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Google’s Dominance Draws New Scrutiny From Regulators

24. June 2011

“They’re somewhat disingenuous when they say we’re trying to provide a neutral search and all we care about is our users,” said John Simpson at Consumer Watchdog. “What they really care about is selling their users to advertisers. That’s how they make their money.”

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Consumer Watchdog Asks White House Counsel To Rule That Administration Must Distance Itself From Google During Probes

24. June 2011

Consumer Watchdog Asks White House Counsel To Rule That Administration Must Distance Itself From Google During Probes

WASHINGTON, DC — Consumer Watchdog has asked the White House Counsel to rule that President Obama and other members of the Administration must distance themselves from Google while the company is the target of serious federal investigations, including a criminal probe into allegations the search giant profited from selling online ads to illegal pharmacies.

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FTC targets Google for antitrust probe

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23. June 2011

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FTC targets Google for antitrust probe

Since April when Bloomberg News reported that the Federal Trade Commission was contemplating a full-blown antitrust investigation of Google, people who follow the Internet giant have been waiting for the other shoe to drop. It did on Thursday with the report in the Wall Street Journal that the five-member Commission is about to serve Google with civil subpoenas — known as Civil Investigative Demands — about its business practices.

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Critics Cheer Possible Google Antitrust Probe

23. June 2011

The American Consumer Institute and Consumer Watchdog, a frequent Google critic, also applauded a potential antitrust probe of Google. “The time for an antitrust probe is long past due, and I’m optimistic the FTC investigation will lead to necessary remedies that will ensure competition in the market,” Consumer Watchdog’s John Simpson said.

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Google: We’ll Pass on the Antitrust Hearing, But if You’ve Got a Dinner Gala Coming Up, Let Us Know

22. June 2011

As John M. Simpson, director of Consumer Watchdog’s Privacy Project, asked, “How is it that Eric Schmidt has the time to hobnob at a gala White House State Dinner for German Chancellor Angela Merkel, but cannot find time to answer important questions from a Senate committee. What are Page and Schmidt afraid of? What do they have to hide?” Good questions. Someone should subpoena them to find out the answers.

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Congress, Google Clash Over Schmidt, Page Appearance

22. June 2011

Several groups were all in favor of the subcommittee using a subpoena. “What are Page and Schmidt afraid of? What do they have to hide? Congress should use its subpoena power to determine whether Google’s dominance of the search industry is enabling the company to monopolize the Internet,” said Consumer Watchdog’s John Simpson.

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