The European Union has “accepted” Google’s formal antitrust settlement proposal — subject to “market testing.” As a practical matter, that means EU Competition Commissioner Joaquín Almunia is circulating it among Google’s critics and competitors for reaction. However, there has already been plenty of (negative) reaction based on the information that came out last week in news reports. That leads to the question: is Google’s settlement proposal dead on arrival? And if so, what will Almunia and the Europeans do? Is litigation inevitable? The issue that Google’s competitors and critics care most about is the so-called “search bias” question (also known as Universal Search), where Google shows content from its “other properties” to answer the query. There’s a philosophical difference between Google and its critics on this point. Google doesn’t see Maps, news or travel search results as separate … [Read more...] about Is Google’s Antitrust Settlement Offer To Europe Dead On Arrival?
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The summer is here, but what should that mean for your wardrobe? Wearing good clothes makes us all feel better and if they go with the trend than that is just the icing on the cake. But what exactly is in trend for this season is the million-dollar question. Surely you would want to keep up with the trend but nobody likes it if it burns a hole in their pocket. Luckily, this summer marks the return of old classics like the leather sandals or the denim, but there’s also a ton of new trends to try on! So whether you are the easy-going dresser or someone who wants to tackle movie stars when it comes to trends, read on and find the best fashion trends this summer for both men and women. Latest Fashion Trends For Men’s: 1. Printed Shirts: Summers are supposed to fun and your clothes should reflect that. And boring shirts just don’t match the vibes. So, it’s the season for shirts to get a whole lot interesting with prints. You can choose whatever print you like from … [Read more...] about Debt Settlement Programs will aid in Improving Your Financial Position
After Google’s competitors loudly complained about the company’s antitrust settlement proposal, which displayed three “rival links” to alternative’ search results, European Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said it would take new “concessions” for Google to successfully settle its antitrust case with Europe. Google has now reportedly made those concessions. Almunia characterized Google’s updated settlement offer, submitted last month, as a “significant improvement.” According to a Reuters report, “Almunia told lawmakers in the European Parliament he believed the new offer made it easier to see Google’s rivals when making an internet search.” He also reiterated his preference for settling the case vs. pushing forward with an adversarial process and fines. Potentially billions in fines are on the table if Google cannot settle with the EU. The company has long taken the position that it wants to settle … [Read more...] about New Google Antitrust Offer A “Significant Improvement” Says EU
On December 20th, a federal judge in the Bay Area will be asked to approve an $8.5 million settlement between Google and several Gmail users who sued earlier this year over the way Google Buzz was launched in February. If it’s approved, the case will become a class action, Gmail users in the U.S. will join the lawsuit by default and will immediately be part of the settlement. (There will be ways for Gmail users to remove themselves from the suit if they wish.) But the settlement offers little benefit for Gmail users outside of the original group of users who sued Google. Why? Because, according to the settlement documentation, attorneys for the plaintiffs “could identify no class members who allege that they suffered out-of-pocket damages.” Instead, the initial set of plaintiffs stands to receive $2,500 settlement payments each, the attorneys involved would recover their fees and expenses (they’re asking for more than $2 million of the settlement fund), and the … [Read more...] about A Closer Look At The Google Buzz Privacy Settlement
According to an article appearing in Bloomberg this morning, Google has complied with the European Commission’s July 2 deadline and made concessions to address its four antitrust “concerns.” Details of the offer and potential Google concessions weren’t revealed: Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt sent EU antitrust chief Joaquin Almunia a letter responding to the probe, the EU said in a statement. The settlement offer addresses the “four areas the European Commission described” as potential concerns, Google spokesman Al Verney said in a separate e-mail. Details of the proposals weren’t disclosed. The four concerns laid out in a May letter from Almunia to Google were the following: Google’s “vertical” results: “In general search results, Google displays links to its own vertical search services differently than it does for links to competitors. We are concerned that this may result in preferential treatment compared … [Read more...] about Google Makes Offer To Europeans To Prevent Antitrust Action