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Google antitrust

A report on Google’s search practices by the US Federal Trade Commission’s bureau of competition has been accidentally obtained by the Wall …

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This winter, a white-hat hacker contacted several travel companies alleging that their websites have a security vulnerability that would allow thieves to skim credit card data from customers.


Google’s lengthy wrangling with European regulators could see some kind of closure if a market test of proposals from the search giant proves successful.

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Most US travel bloggers have assumed that they can tweet about press trips without mentioning that they are press trips as long as they link to a blog post that discloses it was a press trip. Yet that’s not the law.

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Federal regulators closed a 20-month probe of Google’s search business without finding any antitrust violations.

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US regulators may end their antitrust investigation of Google’s search business by letting the company make voluntary changes, such as limiting use of restaurant and travel reviews from other websites, say two news reports.


Last week, authorities in the US filed a lawsuit against Wyndham Worldwide, claiming the company and three subsidiaries failed to protect sensitive customer credit card data.


Google has been taking a lot of heat for placing Google Flight Search results above all organic results, but although Bing has largely flown under the radar, it takes preferencing even a step further than Google does.


The two ranking members of the Senate committee which conducted hearings on Google’s search practices took Google chairman Eric Schmidt to task and urged the US Federal Trade Commission to investigate antitrust issues raised.


FairSearch is keeping up the pressure on Google, turning over a white paper blasting Google’s search-engine and advertising practices to 50 US attorneys general.

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