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The competition wing of the European Commission confirmed this morning that its officials were currently poring over Google's latest search business remedy proposals, after the company submitted a document to Brussels yesterday. "We have received proposals by Google which we are now analysing," said Antoine Colombani, who is a …

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Already failed in the US FTC investigation

"Many of Google's competitors, including a bruised Microsoft, have long complained that the ad giant favours its own services over its rivals' products in web search results"

This was proven to be untrue in the US, and almost certainly fail here too (as otherwise, the EU will look like they are in Microsoft's pocket, as nothing is different this side of the pond).

It's just sour grapes from Microsoft, who suck at most things these days...

What's interesting, is the EU were involved in the US investigation anyway

(http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2013/01/google.shtm)

"The Commission would like to acknowledge the close cooperation in this matter with the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition"

So the likelihood of them coming up with a different outcome is slim to none.

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Re: Already failed in the US FTC investigation

It wasn't proven to be not true, the investigation was dropped. There's a pretty big difference, the investigation could have been dropped for any number of reasons, such as lobbying by Google, the investigation team not thinking that there was a realistic chance of winning due to lack of resources etc. etc.

Google undoubtedly favour their own services, just a few cursory searches would let you see that. They also represent other search engines' results as their own - another EU complaint. Added to that the fact that the EU and US have different standards that they're investigating, I wouldn't be too sure that it's cut and dry.

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Maps

I believe it was proven true in a French court case. I forget the details. In any case, Google's illegal behaviour put a competitor out of business and they lost in court, paid the 1 second's revenue fine to a company which they had bankrupted.

Way to go Google!!! Evil just works, and is a profitable enterprise

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Re: Maps

The French government were upset that Google were offering free stuff, and a French company were still stuck in 2002 trying to sell it.

Hardly Google's fault, and if you have ever had dealing with France or Italy, you will know corruption is FAR more likely to be on the government side of things.... No doubt some minister had a vested interest in the mapping company....

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Re: Maps

Google sold their stuff in every country except France, in France they gave it away in order to eliminate the French company who were, selling a product trying to make a living.

You see the difference?

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Re: Maps

"Google sold their stuff in every country except France, in France they gave it away in order to eliminate the French company"

That is not a factually correct statement.

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Re: Maps

Google's news service was presenting news from other sources. So Google are getting all the kudos for providing news other people have written.

Google have settled with France and be prepared for even more court cases around the world now.

Google said this would put them out of business, somehow I don't think so.

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Re: Maps

What planet are you on? A planet where everything you read on the internet is true?

This is total BS, mostly likely Microsoft sponsored BS, who seem to be FUD stirring against Google these days. (ironic they spent all their FUD spewing resources against Sony for the last couple of years, they let Google slip by).

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Far too subtle

You really can't expect many people to see the irony in that headline this late in the week.

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