Eric does it again

To the casual observer Eric Schmidt’s recent speech in Berlin could look like a celebration of flourishing US-German partnership in innovation – yet it is part of a sustained attempt to confuse and misdirect as Google faces intense criticism of its abusive and anti-competitive behaviour in Europe. Mr Schmidt seems to think he is a … read more

GOOGLE’S RESPONSE TO NEWS CORPORATION: A CHECK OF THE FACTS

On September 17, News Corporation CEO Robert Thomson issued an open letter to EU Commission Vice-President Joaquin Almunia in support of the Commission’s long-running antitrust investigation of Google. In doing so, News Corp. added its voice to the growing chorus of European publishers, consumer organisations, Internet companies and many others who believe Google is abusing … read more

The Google Case: Where are we now?

The European Commission’s antitrust investigation into Google has been underway since 2010.  Indeed, the Commission has been looking into Google’s practices since at least 2008.  Six years on, Google’s latest package of proposed remedies has been rejected and there is no prospect that a resolution will be found before Commissioner Almunia’s mandate expires. What happens … read more

ICOMP Sponsors CREOS Award

ICOMP has long supported and championed the value of the creative industries and we were delighted to be offered the opportunity to show this support through involvement in the CREOS Awards 2014 in Austria. CREOS is a biennial creative competition hosted by the Chamber of Economy. The contest showcases the high performance of the creative … read more

What does online privacy really mean in the 21st century?

Online interactions nowadays permeate every layer of our society, changing the way that people learn, communicate, buy, sell, or search. In a few words, whatever we do, we leave our digital footprint behind; personal information about us, about our habits, our interests. In this context, the issue of online privacy becomes more relevant than ever … read more

No more second (or third, or fourth) chances

ICOMP has long said that Google’s proposed settlement is fatally flawed. It not only fails to address the core abuses raised by the commission, it also would serve to entrench Google’s dominance and give it a free hand to continue and expand its abuse across Europe. It is thus very encouraging to hear that commissioner Almunia … read more

Guest Blog: Publishers push for European Commission to reject ‘catastrophic’ Google antitrust deal

By Marc Pinter-Krainer, ‎Founder & CEO at One News Page, ICOMP Member European Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia is set to make a critical decision on Google antitrust deal before leaving office at the end of next month. Publishers across Europe and Microsoft joined forces to attack Google’s preliminary antitrust deal with EU regulators, urging Competition … read more

Reports Suggest Commission Demands More: ICOMP Response

The Wall Street Journal and other news outlets are this evening reporting that the European Commission may require Google to provide further concessions in the on-going antitrust investigation. If true, this development is to be welcomed with cautious optimism. ICOMP, and many others, have expressed deep concerns with the terms of Google’s third commitments proposal … read more