Rivals: Google antitrust letter an "acknowledgment of guilt"
By Stewart Mitchell
Posted on 3 Jul 2012 at 11:38
Search rivals have labelled a letter sent by Google to appease EU antitrust regulators as an “acknowledgment of guilt”.
The search giant yesterday sent a letter to EU officials investigating a string of complaints from rivals, including Microsoft, over allegations the company uses its market leading position to distort competition and push competitors down its search rankings.
European regulators had asked Google to submit "remedy proposals" by this month to avoid a lengthy court case.
Although the contents of the letter remain unclear, it is understood to include those proposals on how Google could overcome antitrust concerns.
However, a Microsoft-backed lobby group launched a scathing attack on the company following the submission.
Today’s acknowledgment of guilt is an important step towards addressing these harms and ensuring a diverse and open Internet
“Despite coming two years late, today’s acceptance of the Commission’s 'framework' and possible offer of remedies is a hugely significant acknowledgement by Google of their market dominance and recognition of illegal anti-competitive behaviour,” the Initiative for a Competitive Online Market Place (ICOMP) said in a statement.
Citing a 94% European market share and accusations of wrong-doing in several countries, ICOMP said it was crucial that European regulators pushed for change.
“In all of these cases, consumers and competitors desperately need Google’s abusive practices to end and be prevented from recurring,” the group said. “Today’s acknowledgement of guilt is an important step towards addressing these harms and ensuring a diverse and open internet.”
Google refused to go into details of its letter, merely stating that it believed its proposals met the EU’s initial concerns.
"We have made a proposal to address the four areas the European Commission described as potential concerns,” the company said in a statement. “We continue to work cooperatively with the Commission.”
Google has ruined price comparison
Am I alone in finding Google's price comparison website utter rubbish. Their lowest price is always either out of stock or an ebay reseller selling an old version of a product.
By milliganp on 4 Jul 2012
All I heard was:
Now you look petty as well as inept. Well done M$
By dubiou on 4 Jul 2012
You are, of course, correct. My current peeve is abusing the system by advertising a product (usually at the lowest price) whose link takes you to an ppc spam page.
However, in the interests of balance, I should say that all price comparison systems are f****** useless
By dubiou on 4 Jul 2012
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