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elgato



Joined: 24 Feb 2005
Posts: 12046
Location: Texas

Posted: Mon Sep 06, 2010 2:37 pm    Post subject: Texas opens antitrust investigation of Google  

Google will face an antitrust investigation in Texas over charges that it manipulated search results, in what appears to a similar case to one pending in Europe.

Google confirmed an earlier report by Search Engine Land Friday after the close of the stock market that Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has contacted it in connection with an "antitrust review" of Google's business practices. Earlier this year, European regulators opened an investigation regarding claims by a Microsoft-friendly price-comparison site called Foundem that Google was downranking Foundem in hopes of putting the site out of business.

"We look forward to answering their questions because we're confident that Google operates in the best interests of our users," Google's Don Harrison said in a blog post. A representative for Abbott's office confirmed it has opened an antitrust investigation into Google's business practices but would not provide any further details on that investigation.

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mojavelyn



Joined: 25 Feb 2005
Posts: 5979
Location: Mojave Desert CA 120 miles from civilization

Posted: Mon Sep 06, 2010 3:51 pm    Post subject:  

Well, looks like its time for google to be taken down a notch or two.

They have been using discriminatory practices on my feeds... telling me there are prohibited words in the title ... and I finally decided to quite playing their game and removing what might be offensive words... And reporting back to them where the same items of mine are appearing in Products.

Can't be a prohibited on my feed if you are accepting it from others.
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Patty00



Joined: 14 Dec 2005
Posts: 1039

Posted: Mon Sep 20, 2010 3:51 pm    Post subject:  

When are they going to do this with Ebay? They've been manipulating sellers for years now - and chargine every seller the same fees!
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greenybeany



Joined: 26 Sep 2010
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Posted: Sun Sep 26, 2010 3:27 am    Post subject: Re: Texas opens antitrust investigation of Google  

How is this any different then Ebay's manipulation of search results. All Google has to do is include a one time pop-up statement by hitting the search button you are google "member" and some result have paid placement, just like Ebay.
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