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Google Appeases FTC By Agreeing to New Patent Behaviors

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Jan 3, 2013, 1:26 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission today announced that it has settled its ongoing investigation of Google's potentially anti-competitive business practices. In order to settle the investigation, Google has agreed to alter its behavior on a number of fronts. First, it has agreed to cease seeking bans on devices that may infringe its standard essential patents. Second, it has agreed to adhere to the FRAND (fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory) licensing practices expected of standard essential patents. "We are especially glad to see that Google will live up to its commitments to license its standard-essential patents, which will ensure that companies willing to license these patents can compete in the market for wireless devices," said FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz. "This decision strengthens the standard-setting process that is at the heart of innovation in today’s technology markets." Third, Google has agreed to give online advertisers more control over their AdWords advertising campaigns. As far as Google's search practices are concerned, the FTC decided that Google is not favoring its own products and services, as some competitors alleged. Instead, the FTC believes Google's Universal Search "could be plausibly justified as innovations that improved Google’s product and the experience of its users." The FTC has closed its investigation of Google.


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Jan 3, 2013, 8:14 PM


I wonder if this means that they will actually develope apps for WP8, now. This would be nice for those who like to use Google products like, Google Chat, Voice and Email, but still would like to consider WP8 as an option to Android or iPhone. It would be only fair, considering Microsoft developes apps for both. But, that's another issue.
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