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Consumer Watchdog Urges Federal Trade Commission To File Antitrust Charges Against Google Over Android Operating System Abuses

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

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Consumer Watchdog Urges Federal Trade Commission To File Antitrust Charges Against Google Over Android Operating System Abuses

SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today urged the Federal Trade Commission to file antitrust charges against Alphabet Inc.’s Google for using its monopoly power over the Android operating system to stifle competition and unfairly drive consumers to its own services.

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Does Google-Motorola Pose Anti-Competitive Danger?

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Monday, August 15, 2011

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Does Google-Motorola Pose Anti-Competitive Danger?

What if Google, the master of the cloud computing universe and the Internet's information monopolist, were to buy Intel, Apple, or IBM? Would we want the company that controls information outside of our computers all along the Internet to also have control over a principal computer hardware maker and its patents?

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Will Google Music take on Apple’s iTunes?

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

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Will Google Music take on Apple’s iTunes?

The story that Google is going into the music business, first floated by Tech Crunch last fall, has returned with CNet’s Greg Sandoval citing “multiple music industry sources” saying the launch could come this fall.

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Cute Stuff on Small Screens for Big Bucks?

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

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Cute Stuff on Small Screens for Big Bucks?

Google just bought its first Israeli startup, LabPixies. The company was an early developer of widgets (web gadgets) like games (Flood-It), calendars and to-do lists for iGoogle personalized home pages.

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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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Google’s Buzz will give Internet giant even more data

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

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Google launched its much anticipated social networking service, Buzz, today aimed a competing with sites like Facebook and Twitter....

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AdMob May Win Big Even As Privacy Debate Rages

By THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

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 Does An About-Face On China Policy

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

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Google Does An About-Face On China Policy

San Francisco, CA -- In a surprise announcement late Tuesday, Google Inc. said it may turn its back on the huge Chinese market after a sophisticated cyber attack on the e-mail accounts of human rights advocates in the Asian nation. Some have dubbed the country's censorship efforts, which apply to Yahoo Inc. and Microsoft Corp.'s search engines too, the "Great Firewall of China." Users of Google.cn in China generally couldn't look at images of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, dig up information about Tibet's Dalai Lama or access the Web site for journalism watchdog organization Reporters Without Borders, according to reports. "While Google should never have agreed to censor search results in China in the first place, it is doing the right thing by ending the practice now," said John Simpson of Consumer Watchdog in Los Angeles. "The company should be commended."

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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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What’s Google’s next plan for mobile?

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Monday, January 4, 2010

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Tuesday is a big day for those trying to figure out just what Google is planning for the increasingly important mobile phone market. The Internet giant has...

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Smart Phone Apps Can Find You, Follow You

By THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

Sunday, January 3, 2010

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The Center for Digital Democracy and U.S. Public Interest Research Group filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission last January, arguing that people should be asked for their consent before their information can be collected and used for mobile advertising. The Center for Digital Democracy and Consumer Watchdog have urged the FTC to reject Google's acquisition of AdMob, citing both competitive and privacy concerns.

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Consumer Groups Lobby FTC To Block Google’s Acquisition Of AdMob

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Monday, December 28, 2009

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Google recently revealed that the Federal Trade Commission was intensely reviewing the search giant's recent $750 million acquisition of mobile ad network AdMob.  Last week, Google said the FTC has made a second request for further information about the deal. Today, two consumer groups, Consumer Watchdog and the Center For Digital Democracy, have asked the FTC to block the deal on anti-trust grounds and possible privacy issues.

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