EU Asks Google About Anti-competitve Allegations

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JasonAkkerman

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[citation][nom]maigo[/nom]Don't be evil Google, don't be evil[/citation]

I hate to burst your bubble, but when it comes to making money "You do what you have to."

Most, if not all, companies are guilty of some kind of underhanded ploys all in the name of the almighty dollar.
 

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This smells like bullshit. The EU loves making money on fines on big companies while selectively ignoring others (for example, Apple wasn't asked to change it's default web browser but Microsoft was. I'm not defending this companies, I'm attacking EU's evident lack of shame)
 

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Here we go again with this EU bullshit.

I give it 12 months and the Google homepage will have options for 5 other search engines asking if you want to use them instead. Well, the answer is no if I wanted to use Bing or Alta Vista I would have gone to their homepage instead.
 
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"Apple wasn't asked to change it's default web browser but Microsoft was."

It's a good point, though while I agree that the enforced browser ballot screen is ridiculous it's worth mentioning that Apple is a far less significant player (and thus, issue) outside of the US.

As far at this news piece goes I'm willing to believe it's a Microsoft-staged coup until the opposite has been proven. They have after all been turning up the heat with Bing and seems to have realized that Google is a main competitor in many every aspects of their business.
 
The more news like that come out, the more I think companies these days use this business model:

Profit = 10% R&D work + 40% Marketing work + 50% Lawyers work.

Give us a break!

Cheers! xD!
 

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[citation][nom]schmich[/nom]Yes I'm sorry the EU is more pro-consumer than the US.[/citation]
If the EU is truly pro-consumer then why are they so inconsistent in their attacks? Why are only Microsoft's customers given a browser ballot, for example?
 
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Because Apple is a minor player in the EU (far less than the 10% it supposedly has in the US). When their market share rises they might come under scrutiny.

I'm more interested about the EU looking into iTunes. The shop, the forced bundling with other software, the locking out of other players, etc. There are a bunch of issues right there that consumers would like to be investigated IMHO. Much more than a browser ballot in an OS that nobody uses.
 

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About damn time. Google's business model is shady at best. They always settle because the day they go to trial, they no know if they loose it will be game over. Is this case BS, I don't know, but Google deserve whatever happens 1000 fold.
 

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In other news: the EU is suing the pants off more companies, and then suing their employees for indecent exposure, and then suing said employees for wanting to put their own pants back on instead of choosing someone elses.
 

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I've already lost respect for the EU a while ago.

While Google, Intel, Microsoft etc. are shady, they do properly invest in R&D and it does benefit the customer.

Screw you EU, I like my Win7, i7 and Google.com
 

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"The EU has received complaints from U.S. search giant, Google, and could launch an anti-trust investigation into the company."

So, Google filed a complaint against itself? That's a new one, Tom's.
 
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I am sorry, I fail to see where the EU is sueing Google at this point.
They received complaints from 3 sides, all of 3 linked with Microsoft ?
All the EU did was take note of those complaints, inform Google and asked if they could comment on it.
 

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The EU is launching an INVESTIGATION. If they are innocent, like so many here believe, nothing happens except some EU burocrats wasted time.

And the case against both Intel and Microsoft was legitimate (btw, Intel was close to a similar fine for the same offence in the US before it settled with AMD).

Microsoft sells an OS but bundles it with other software. Consumers without any computing knowledge automatically buy Windows and thus use Microsoft software. They used their quasi-monopoly in the OS market to force other stuff upon consumers that didn't know better. The EU's case was legitimate. If Apple would ever acquire a similar degree of market dominance with OS X and only offered Safari the same would happen.

Intel used practices against AMD that were more than shady, they were pitch dark. Even the US was on its tail...
 

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I disagree with you sil. It shouldn't matter how much market share you have. What is good for the goose is also good for the gander. Give me a break. It's the same shit thus apple show have to follow it to.

Now with google. Really wtf? I don't get how their being anti-competitive. I'm not forced in any way to use google. I can type bing in just as easy and use it.
 

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[citation][nom]Silmarunya[/nom]The EU is launching an INVESTIGATION. If they are innocent, like so many here believe, nothing happens except some EU burocrats wasted time.[/citation]
The EU dont do investigation, they unilaterally act as judge, jury and executioner with outlandish decisions based on the way the wind is blowing rather than common sense, and before you say those are the laws, the laws for theEU didn't exist until they made them up on the spot to satisfy a verdict they already came to.
But yes, they do waste a lot of time, ours mainly.
 
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