New App-Based AllVid Proposal Smokes-out Google & Public Knowledge’s Agenda

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Are the FCC’s set-top-box proposed rules really about unlocking the set-top-box to competition or are they really about advancing Google and Public Knowledge’s real agenda – forced unlocking of the licensing and copyright protections of the underlying video programming that...[Read more]

Google-Android’s Strategy to Monopolize Home Digital Information & Services

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Every company and industry competitor currently serving and targeting the digital home marketplace doesn’t know they are largely surrounded, but they are. If one organizes and pieces together the many related things Google intimated at its I/O developer conference last...[Read more]

Google’s Growing US Search/Android Share Complicates FCC’s AllVid Proposal

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[Note: this blog was submitted to the FCC as a reply comment in the AllVid Set Top Box NPRM.] As more evidence comes to light exposing Google’s much increased search and Android dominance in the U.S. since the FTC closed...[Read more]

Google’s Omnipresent Tracking Much Harder to Leave than an ISP for Privacy

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If you are online, you can’t escape Google’s myriad of ways it tracks you, but you can leave your ISP. A famous 2009 Google Blog post boasted that: “Google is not the Hotel California — you can check out any...[Read more]

The Trust Ramifications of an EU-Google Search Bias Conviction

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The Sunday Telegraph reports that the EU is poised to fine Google an EU record ~€3b for “web search monopoly abuse” and that “Google will be banned from continuing to manipulate search results to favour itself and harm rivals.” Assuming...[Read more]

Must-Read: Intercept’s Exposé on Google’s Remarkably Close White House Ties

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Google’s Remarkably Close Relationship With the Obama White House, in Two Charts” is an eye-opening, must-read for anyone interested in Google’s outsized power and political influence, or in the integrity of the U.S. Government’s public accountability and impartiality in administering...[Read more]

7 Top Takeaways from EU’s Google-Android-Tying Charges

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The European Commission has charged Alphabet-Google with abusing its dominance in the market for “general Internet search services,” by implementing an Android “strategy of mobile devices to preserve and strengthen its dominance in general Internet search.” The EU objects to...[Read more]

AllVid Deja-Vu: Google-YouTube’s Forcing Video to be Open to Piracy Again

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The FCC’s AllVid proposal is déjà vu. We have seen Google-YouTube’s piracy-as-negotiating-leverage MO in action before. Google’s puppeteering of FCC-sponsored piracy in the FCC AllVid set-top box proposal is not the first time Google has anticompetitively used piracy promotion to...[Read more]

Top Takeaways from Google’s Appeals Court Loss to MS State AG Jim Hood

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>For the last year, Google was above state law in the U.S.; fortunately, it no longer is. The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals just ordered dismissal of the Machiavellian preliminary injunction Google won in Federal Court over a year...[Read more]

The Obvious Google-Android Antitrust Case the DOJ & FTC Are Ignoring

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Awkward. EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager — who formally has charged Google with abusing its search monopoly, and who also is formally investigating Google’s alleged contractual tying of its monopoly search app to create a monopoly Android operating system —...[Read more]