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Group Urges Google Breakup

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Google’s treatment of rivals “warrants a full-blown investigation,” John Simpson of Consumer Watchdog said in Washington. Breaking up the company “should be on the table,” he said.

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Justice Department Objects to Revised Google Books Settlement

Friday, February 5, 2010

The Department of Justice filed a statement of interest February 4 saying that that despite “substantial progress”  it still had objections to the proposed settlement of lawsuits challenging Google’s Book Search project, noting that the agreement continued to raise copyright, antitrust, and class certification issues. Consumer Watchdog, which had filed a brief opposing the settlement, praised the Justice Department’s stance. “The Department of Justice should
be commended for standing firm in opposing this private deal that
unfairly benefits the narrow agenda of one company,” said John M.
Simpson, a consumer advocate with the nonprofit group. “The DOJ filing
and the outpouring of other briefs from around the world opposing the
amended settlement, such as the one filed by Consumer Watchdog, make it
almost certain Judge Denny Chin will reject the deal.”

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Justice Says Revised Google Books Deal Still Problematic

Friday, February 5, 2010

The Justice Department announced late Thursday that it still has problems with a proposed settlement between the publishing industry and Google over the firm’s plans for developing a global online library, CongressDaily reported. In a statement, the Open Book Alliance, which opposes the settlement,
applauded the Justice Department’s filing saying, it will "help to
preserve competition, promote innovation and protect the public
interest. The Department of Justice has made it crystal clear that the
proposal before the court is overreaching and cannot be approved." The
alliance members include Amazon.com, Microsoft and Yahoo, as well as
some library, writer and publishing groups. John Simpson with Consumer
Watchdog also praised the department in a statement for "standing firm
in opposing this private deal that unfairly benefits the narrow agenda
of one company" and predicted the court will reject it.

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Google E-Book Bid Still Under Fire

Friday, January 29, 2010

Google’s bid to secure the digital rights to millions of books
remains under attack from rivals and other critics trying to block a
revised legal settlement that would unlock a vast electronic library.
The most strident criticism to the
changes so far has come from the same foes that have spearheaded the
resistance since last summer. The opposing camp includes the Open Book
Alliance, a group including Google rivals Microsoft Corporation, Yahoo
and Amazon.com, as well as Consumer Watchdog, a group that fights abusive business practices.

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Consumer Groups Try To Block Google Purchase Of AdMob

Monday, December 28, 2009

WASHINGTON — Two consumer groups urged the US Federal Trade Commission
(FTC) on Monday to block Internet search and advertising giant Google’s
proposed purchase of mobile advertising company AdMob. In a joint letter, Consumer Watchdog and the Center for Digital
Democracy (CDD) asked the FTC to oppose Google’s acquisition of AdMob
on anti-trust grounds and said the deal also raises privacy concerns.

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Judge Rejects Amazon Bid To Scrap Google Pact

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

NEW YORK  – A federal judge has rejected Amazon.com Inc’s request that he withdraw preliminary approval of a settlement between Google Inc and groups of authors and publishers to digitize millions of books. Critics of the deal have been a varied group that includes Amazon,
Yahoo, Microsoft, the National Writers Union, Consumer Watchdog and
singer Arlo Guthrie.

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