Consumer Watchdog Calls on FTC to Break Up Google
Consumer Watchdog today filed a letter with the Federal Trade Commission requesting that the government file a lawsuit against Google and seek to dismantle Google's separate business units due to its monopolistic behavior. Specifically, Consumer Watchdog wants the FTC to force Google to divest its Motorola Mobility unit, which it finalized purchasing earlier this year. It also thinks Google's Gmail and Google+ businesses, its YouTube business, and its enterprise application units should be spun off. Further, Consumer Watchdog suggests that Google's search business be separated from services where Google provides its own content.
Google Brings Q&A Feature to Maps and Search
Google today said it is adding a question-and-answer tool to Google Maps and Google Search for Android devices. Users need only search for and open business listings within Maps or Search to see the Q&A feature, which taps into data provided by Google Local Guides and others.
Google Maps to Host Ads In the Form of 'Promoted Pins'
Google today said it plans to place advertisements in Google Maps on mobile devices. The change is meant to help Google's business customers promote their own businesses to people who search through Google Maps.
FCC Dismisses Watchdog's Do Not Track Petition
The FCC has denied Consumer Watchdog's request that the agency force web sites to honor Do Not Track requests. The group asked the FCC to initiate a notice of proposed rulemaking that would force internet companies such as Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Pandora to cease collecting user data if they so asked.
FTC Pondering Antitrust Query Into Google's Android
Google may be facing an investigation into its business practices concerning the Android operating system, reports Bloomberg. The U.S.
Having a monopoly is not illegal
Apple on the other hand.....I think only can make a strong legal case that Apple has used its monopoly on Mp3 players (and they DO have a monopoly, no question of that) to force themselves into other markets. Indeed, using the iPod to expand Apple's presence is a good one sentence summary of Apple's busines...
Leave Google alone, they RULE!!
BTW Apple is not a monopoly. They are a software company, which is...
Apple on the other hand.....I think only can make a strong legal case that Apple has used its monopoly on Mp3 players (and they DO have a monopoly,...
How dare they offer so much free stuff!
The English language needs to have a sarcastic mark. Some one will read this post and think I am serious. There is an exclamation mark, a question mark, but no sarcastic mark. Maybe what we really need to do is petition some one for a sarcastic mark?
to be fair.....
They were okay with Apple having an app, but microsoft was forced to make an app that redirects you to the mobile verison of youtube.com
Mainly because of Bing.
That's one case of something falling under the antitrust laws, but google is a big company.
I'd much rather see that problem corrected than have google broken up.
Oh and Apple isn't?
This is Dumb
Plus, Google's system is reasonably open. Apple has a similar breadth of control (they don't own a social network or search engine...yet...but they pretty much own all in-app ad sales on their platform) yet the watchdog group isn't going after them. Totally fanboys.
"Google exerts monopoly power over Internet searches"
So having a better product that more people use is considered a monopoly?
Also their request to divest Motorola Mobility has almost nothing to do with any of the issues that they bring up.
Jeeeez. Someone please tell me I'm missing something and Google is just controlling my mind.
Verizon tried bundling Bing with Android devices...do they still do that anymore? Their success wasn't great I think, but it wasn't because Google had monopoly power over the (open) Android platform. It was because Goog...