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]

AllVid: FCC-Sponsored Piracy Would Extend Google’s Monopoly & Monopsony

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Google is the only major corporation publicly pressuring the FCC to require that all owners of proprietary video programming rights give away their valuable video property for free to Google and other companies online. It is telling that to date...[Read more]

What EU & Google Signals Are Telling Us about EU-Google Antitrust Outcomes

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The recent comments and actions of the EU’s top antitrust enforcer, combined with recent drastic actions by Google, speak volumes about the tough EU antitrust outcomes Google faces going forward. While the Brussels-based media appreciate the serious antitrust risk Google...[Read more]

The Apparent Androidopoly Antitrust Case

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Few outside of Alphabet-Google understand the immense market, economic, and technological power of an unaccountable monopoly over the underlying software that controls most all mobile devices in the world. Fortunately EU antitrust enforcers are some of the few who understand...[Read more]

Search + Android + Chrome = Google’s Gatekeeper Inner-net Regime

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Wake up world, you’ve been disintermediated. Google now essentially stands between you and most everyone and everything on the Internet. Google’s dominant search engine + its dominant Android operating system (OS) + its world-leading Chrome web browser + its uniquely-comprehensive,...[Read more]

The FCC’s Googleopoly Gatekeeper Navigation Device Set-up

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It’s the FCC-forcing-proprietary-video-to-be-free-to-Google stupid! That’s a Jim Carville-esque paraphrase of the FCC’s AllVid commercial navigation device proposal to focus the mind. The FCC spins its AllVid proposal as pro-competition in isolation when in reality the evidence will prove it profoundly...[Read more]