Responding to Googlespeak: Confronting Google’s Arguments

On April 15, the European Commission announced that it had issued a Statement of Objections (SO) to Google for illegally abusing its dominance in search, and that it was opening a separate investigation into abuses involving Android, Google’s mobile operating system. In response, Google issued two blog posts “strongly disagree[ing] with” the Commission and setting … read more

Questions Raised by Google’s Response to the Statement of Objections

By the time Commissioner Vestager had made her announcement this week that Google were to be issued a Statement of Objections, the company had released their response, strangely titled “A Search for Harm”, on their blog setting out their initial arguments against the Commission’s finding. They had already laid the groundwork to this response with … read more

Come on, Google, address the facts

This week, the European Commission announced a Statement of Objections (SO) against Google, confirming that Google is dominant in search and that is has illegally abused that dominance. Immediately prior to that announcement, Google sent an internal memo to its staff in which it attempted to explain away the Commission’s concerns. The memo was soon … read more

ICOMP Statement in response to leaked reports of Statement of Objections

If the FT report that Google is to be served with a Statement of Objections by the European Commission: “Europe to accuse Google of illegally abusing its dominance”, is accurate, then this is a very significant development. A Statement of Objections represents a formal finding by the Commission that Google is dominant and that its … read more

What a Statement of Objections would mean for Google

Over the past few days, the world’s media have reported on various rumours from Brussels’ that the European Commission (EC) will decide ‘very soon’ on its next steps in the antitrust case against Google. Significant and in-depth articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, on Charles Arthur’s widely respected blog The OverSpill … read more

Google Summoned to Brussels

Following a series of meetings with complainants and other third parties since the turn of the year, it is now being reported that Eric Schmidt will visit Commissioner Vestager, having been summoned to Brussels to discuss the Commission’s on-going antitrust investigation into Google. The investigation has already lasted over five years, and it is almost … read more

Geoffrey Manne’s Competition Anathema

Geoffrey Manne recently published a blog post defending Google’s abusive practices in the mobile space. The post is a mixture of mis-direction and inaccuracy that simply doesn’t hold up for anyone who scratches the surface. In the end, Manne’s post actually reveals why Google’s Android practices require in-depth investigation. Paid by Google As many of … read more

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

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