Google’s European Union antitrust settlement under attack by rivals

“Google’s rivals have called its proposed antitrust settlement with Brussels too weak to redress the imbalance in the internet search market – and warned it is likely to have the opposite effect, discouraging users from visiting rival sites,” Richard Waters and Alex Barker report for The Financial Times.

“The deal, intended to make Google list more competitors’ services, contains loopholes that will undermine its impact, some opponents of the US search company say,” Waters and Barker report. “Their critiques are the first in-depth responses to the provisional deal the US company struck with Joaquín Almunia, EU competition commissioner, this year.”

Waters and Barker report, “Mr Almunia will have to decide next month whether to try to force Google to make more concessions to head off a possible formal complaint, following the end of a ‘market testing’ period for the draft remedies agreed so far.”

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  1. Joaquín Almunia, tighten the screw until Google squeals! They should complain about a constant migraine from the effects of the screw tightening. That is how you will know that you have got the fines and remedies just right.

  2. Be careful! Some are cheering now because Google is the target. But similar scrutiny can be turned towards Apple. Such legislation can be taken to extremes. Whenever possible, the companies should be encouraged to duke it out for supremacy.

    If Google makes enough enemies, it will eventually find itself in difficult circumstances around the world.

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