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Few Hardballs from Shareholders at Google’s Annual Meeting

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Friday, May 14, 2010

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Perhaps the toughest shareholder question came from consumer advocate John Simpson, who asked Schmidt whether Google had agreed to a reported $700 million "kill fee" if Google's $750 million acquisition of the mobile advertising company AdMob is rejected by government antitrust regulators. Schmidt neither confirmed or denied that number, but predicted the deal would be approved by the Federal Trade Commission, which is expected to rule in coming days.

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Consumer Watchdog Targets Google

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Sunday, May 9, 2010

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Consumer Watchdog Targets Google

Every month, Simpson comes to Washington to meet with staff on the Hill and regulatory agencies, journalists and corporate lobbyists. Simpson said he met last week with Jim Tierney, chief of the networks and technology section of the antitrust division of the Justice Department, and staffers about his petition for a broad investigation. Last year, he testified before Congress about privacy and competition concerns in Google's book settlement.

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Congressmen question proposed AdMob deal

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Sunday, May 2, 2010

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Congressmen question proposed AdMob deal

Google's controversial $750 million deal to buy mobile advertising company AdMob has raised more doubts, this time from Capitol Hill.

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Is history repeating itself with Google antitrust saga?

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

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Is history repeating itself with Google antitrust saga?

Is this how it begins? A handful of small companies crushed by a technology giant file David v. Goliath unfair competition lawsuits. A leading Silicon Valley antitrust expert lends his legal brains to the seemingly hopeless cause. Soon, a company that thinks it is all powerful and can do no wrong is forced to face up to the reality that it does not play well with others.

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Consumer Watchdog Calls on Justice Department to Launch Antitrust Action Against Google, Including Possible Breakup

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Consumer Watchdog today called on the U.S. Department of Justice to launch a broad antitrust action against Google seeking remedial action that could include breaking the Internet giant into separate companies.

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Questions mount about Google’s AdMob deal

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

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Questions mount about Google’s AdMob deal

More concerns about Google's $750 million proposed deal to buy mobile advertising company AdMob were raised Tuesday. Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI) wrote Jonathan Leibowitz, chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, warning that the proposed deal "raises important competition issues which should be reviewed carefully..."

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Ex-Googler Falls Prey to Wonderful Privacy Flaw of Google Buzz

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Friday, April 2, 2010

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Ex-Googler Falls Prey to Wonderful Privacy Flaw of Google Buzz

This is a fun story. Andrew McLaughlin, formerly Google’s top lobbyist and currently the deputy CTO in the White House, where he advises President Barack Obama on Internet policy, apparently was aghast to find his contacts exposed by Google Buzz. Buzz is the social Web services that leverage Gmail users’ contacts. By default, Buzz was [...]

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Signs Google is worried about AdMob deal

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

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Signs Google is worried about AdMob deal

Internet giant Google appears to be concerned that its proposed $750 million acquisition of mobile advertising company AdMob is...

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FTC May Put Kibosh On Google’s AdMob Deal

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

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FTC May Put Kibosh On Google’s AdMob Deal

Despite the fact that the mobile advertising market is still young and fragmented, U.S. regulators apparently are concerned that Google's proposed acquisition of AdMob could give it an unfair competitive advantage. Google got an inkling that the FTC might want to give the deal a second look shortly after it was announced. At the end of December, the company received a "second request" for additional information from the agency, Paul Feng, group product manager, wrote in Google's Public Policy blog. Shortly thereafter, two consumer groups -- Consumer Watchdog and the Center for Digital Democracy -- asked the Federal Trade Commission to block the deal, arguing that it would lessen competition and harm consumers, advertisers and application developers, among others.

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FTC reportedly seeking sworn statements in Google-AdMob deal

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

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FTC reportedly seeking sworn statements in Google-AdMob deal

Antitrust regulators are reported by Bloomberg news service to be seeking sworn statements from Google's competitors and advertisers as they continue to investigate the the Internet giant's proposed $750 million deal to buy AdMob.

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AdMob May Win Big Even As Privacy Debate Rages

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

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It's these highly personalized capabilities that raise the hackles of privacy advocates, however. They raise a host of questions about "how the data is used and manipulated without the consumer understanding," said John Simpson of Consumer Watchdog. Those concerns are only heightened by the proposed acquisition by Google, which he said could bore deeper into personal information by coupling its rich user databases with AdMob's.

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Google is still the 800-pound gorilla

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

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Google is still the 800-pound gorilla

Google acted again Tuesday to ensure that will be a dominant player in the increasingly important mobile market.  It clearly wants to avoid what happened to other tech...

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Taking Aim At Google, Apple Buys Mobile Ad Firm

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

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Taking Aim At Google, Apple Buys Mobile Ad Firm

Apple has bought mobile advertising company Quattro Wireless as cellphone competition heats up between the maker of the iPhone and Internet giant Google. Google's purchase of AdMob is currently being examined by the US Federal Trade Commission, and two consumer groups, the Center for Digital Democracy and Consumer Watchdog, have urged the FTC to oppose the deal on anti-trust grounds.

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