Category: Google: Business Issues

As Google opts out of Senate Intelligence hearings, group sets up Google account posing as Russian troll company — again

On Wednesday, as Google’s seat sat empty next to Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey as they testified to the Select Committee on Intelligence about steps their companies are taking to address election security on their platforms,...

/ September 6, 2018

Google’s political ad transparency report & library offers more accountability around election ads

Google is building more transparency into the political ads and advertisers running campaigns on its ad networks. After updating its political ad policies in May — enforcing new ID requirements for anyone purchasing political ads — the company is now...

/ August 17, 2018

US market becoming a smartphone duopoly

Last week, Google received the largest antitrust fine ever imposed by the European Commission (EC). At the highest level, that fine is about Google’s dominance of the world’s smartphone market. Android is far and away the dominant operating system, with...

/ July 23, 2018

FTC says it will take a ‘close look’ at EU antitrust fine against Google

Mark Van Scyoc / Shutterstock.com Following today’s record antitrust fine imposed on Google parent Alphabet in Europe, US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairman Joseph Simons said he will “take a close look” at the European Commission (EC) decision. Simons also...

/ July 18, 2018

Third-party app store owner files EU complaint about being blocked by Google

As the European Commission (EC) reportedly prepares to slap Google with another multibillion-dollar antitrust fine over its requirements for Android handset makers, a small third-party app store competitor called Aptoide has filed a complaint with the EC, asserting that Google...

/ July 12, 2018

Report: Second big EU antitrust fine against Google coming next week

Reports out today from the The Washington Post and Reuters say that the European Commission (EC) is readying a second multibillion-euro fine against Google parent Alphabet. Beyond the fine, the EC will likely demand changes in the company’s rules for...

/ July 9, 2018

Yelp asks Europe to take new antitrust action against Google

According to the Financial Times (paywall), Yelp has formally complained to the European Commission (EC) that Google “abused its dominance in local search” and is seeking a formal Statement of Objections (antitrust charges) against the company. The logic of the...

/ May 24, 2018

Report: Google Home beats Amazon Alexa in Q1 global device shipments

According to a new quarterly tracking estimate from Canalys, Google shipped more smart speakers in Q1 2018 than Amazon. Globally, the firm said that there were roughly 9 million units shipped overall. The three largest markets are the US, China and...

/ May 23, 2018

60 Minutes segment: Google is a monopoly without question

In last night’s widely anticipated “60 Minutes” segment on Google, the program asks, “How Did Google Get So Big?” The answer the interviewees generally give is: by engaging in illegal manipulation of search results in an effort to defeat competitors...

/ May 21, 2018

Australian privacy regulators examining Google’s Android location-data collection

European privacy moves are having a ripple effect around the globe. Reuters reported earlier today that Google now faces an investigation in Australia surrounding its location data collection practices from Android smartphone users. Oracle, a staunch Google opponent, provided a...

/ May 15, 2018