“Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp weighed into the debate over a proposed European Union settlement with Google Inc. — urging Brussels to throw out the settlement and calling Google a ‘platform for piracy,'” Tom Fairless reports for MarketWatch.
“In a letter to EU antitrust chief Joaquín Almunia on Sept. 8 — disclosed by the company Wednesday — News Corp Chief Executive Robert Thomson echoed other critics of Google’s search functions, saying it ‘systematically diverts users away from relevant sites to its own related sites for commercial reasons,'” Fairless reports. “In an open letter published in April, Axel Springer’s Chief Executive Matthias Doepfner argued that publishing houses were ‘afraid of Google’ and described the proposed antitrust settlement as ‘EU-sanctioned…protection money.'”
Fairless reports, “In his own letter, Mr. Thomson said the proposed settlement ‘won’t resolve existing problems, yet alone deal with fast-developing challenges that will inevitably become serious issues over coming years.'”
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Martin” for the heads up.]