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Consumer Watchdog Calls for Google’s Acquisition of Frommer to be Blocked

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

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Google's latest attempt to add more content to its local business listings by buying travel brand Frommer has been challenged by the Consumer Watchdog.

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How Google Barged Into The Travel Business

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

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"There is a fundamental conflict between being a search provider and a content provider," said John M. Simpson, Consumer Watchdog's Privacy Project Director.

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Google Attacked By Antitrust Watchdog Over Frommer’s Buy

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

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Google has snapped up travel guidebook brand Frommer's, a deal which has been attacked by a consumer group over potential antitrust implications.

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Mo Content, Mo Problems: Google’s Frommer’s Acquisition Could Lead To Additional Antitrust Scrutiny

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Monday, August 13, 2012

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With its recent purchase of Zagat and today’s announcement that it is acquiring travel guide company Frommer’s, there can be little doubt that Google is getting deeper into the content business. This move makes a lot of sense for Google, which is trying to add more content to its local reviews business and Knowledge Graph, but it could also put the company under additional scrutiny from antitrust investigators in the U.S. and elsewhere. Already, the consumer advocacy organization Consumer Watchdog is calling upon government regulators to block the acquisition.

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Google Buys Frommer’s Travel Brand

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Monday, August 13, 2012

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Critics of the ITA deal said Monday that the Frommer’s purchase raises similar issues. “This is further down the road of having content that will keep you on the site longer,” said John Simpson, executive director of Consumer Watchdog, who said regulators should block the deal. “There are serious potential antitrust questions around how the search function is used with a site that now is offering its own unique content.”

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Google Guns for Facebook With Third-Party Comment Platform

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

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"However Google configures this, it's clear that it's all about competing with Facebook and keeping users logged into Google's services," John Simpson, consumer advocate at Consumer Watchdog, told TechNewsWorld. "Google is terrified of Facebook's gains and is doing everything possible to fight them."

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EU Approves Google-Motorola Deal

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Monday, February 13, 2012

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“If Google is allowed to dominate the mobile market it will result in higher prices for consumers and stifle innovation,” warned Consumer Watchdog’s John Simpson.

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Consumer Watchdog Praises European Action on Google’s New Privacy Policy, Calls For FTC To Determine If Proposed Changes Violate Consent Agreement

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Friday, February 3, 2012

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Consumer Watchdog Praises European Action on Google’s New Privacy Policy, Calls For FTC To Determine If Proposed Changes Violate Consent Agreement

SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today praised European data protection authorities for asking Google to delay implementation of its new privacy and data policies and said the U.S. Federal Trade Commission should determine whether the new policies violate the terms of Google’s consent agreement with the commission.

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One Privacy Policy To Rule Them All: What Google’s Controversial New Terms of Service Could Mean To You

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

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Consumer Watchdog’s John Simpson points out that personalized advertisements targeted directly to a specific user, based on user-collected information, can be “a substantial amount” more lucrative than just an anonymous ad. And with all the information Google can collect about your interests from your searches, your Google Docs, and your favorite YouTube videos, they can figure out pretty specifically what ads they should show you. “They are positioning this as streamlining privacy,” Simpson says. “But that’s just PR. It’s all about better targeting for advertisers.”

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Privacy Advocates Fiercely Furrow Brows at Google

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

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The announcement of the changes sparked concern among privacy watchdogs both in the United States and the European Union. "Consumers' online privacy is being eroded," growled John Simpson, a consumer advocate at Consumer Watchdog.

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Google Tops as ‘Lord of the Lobbying’ with $10 Million in 2011

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

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"They've decided to play the corrupt corporate cash and carry Washington (game) like many firms such as Microsoft have long done," John Simpson, a consumer advocate for Consumer Watchdog, told CNET. "What sets them apart, though, is they still hold themselves out to be different from the rest."

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Spending Plus Online Clout Put Google In Lobbying Class of Its Own

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

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Google's spending caught the eye of its critics. The group Consumer Watchdog, which consistently targets Google, accused the company's executives of having "no qualms about spending lots of money to get their way."

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Consumers Oppose Google-Motorola Mobile Merger

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

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An American consumer advocacy group, Consumer Watchdog, wrote to Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia, on 24 January, to ask him to ban Google's proposed acquisition of Motorola Mobile (see separate article). "Google controls 95% of the mobile search market.

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