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Google investors fear long battle against Feds

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Larry Page should put in a call to Bill Gates. Microsoft Corp’s famous founder may know better than anyone else what the Google Inc chief executive would face if he engages in a protracted legal battle against U.S. antitrust regulators. Google said on Friday that the…

US regulators investigating Google over search

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US regulators have launched a probe into Google’s lucrative search and advertising business in a move that could pose the most serious legal challenge yet to the Internet giant. Google confirmed the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) inquiry in a blog post and a filing with the…

FTC moving forward with broad Google antitrust probe: report

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is reportedly preparing to serve Google with civil subpoenas in what will be a broad antitrust probe. People familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal that the subpoenas would be served within days. Other companies were expected to be subpoenaed about their dealings…

Google is in the FTC’s “regulatory crosshairs,” may be investigated for anti-trust

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. antitrust regulators may investigate Google Inc’s dominance of the Web search industry, and will settle on the agency to launch a probe once scrutiny into the company’s plan to buy ITA software is done, a source told Reuters on Tuesday. The Federal Trade Commissionand Justice Department will decide which has…

Google could be target of FTC antitrust probe: report

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Federal Trade Commission is considering an antitrust investigation of Google Inc’s dominance of the Web search industry, Bloomberg reported on Monday, citing two people familiar with the matter. Before deciding whether to launch such an investigation, the FTC is waiting for the Justice Department to decide whether…

Google, FTC reach Google Buzz privacy settlement

WASHINGTON – The Federal Trade Commission reached a settlement with Google on Wednesday over Google Buzz, the social networking tool rolled out last year which spawned a slew of privacy complaints. Under the settlement announced by the US regulator, Google is required to implement a comprehensive privacy program and will…

FTC proposes ‘Do Not Track’ list for Internet users

Modeled on the National Do Not Call Registry, the Federal Trade commission proposed on Wednesday the creation of a “Do Not Track” registry for Internet users. The proposal comes amid news that Mozilla Corp., the maker of the popular web browser Firefox, is considering creating a do-not-track mechanism to offer…

Watchdog calls for probe of Google’s ties to Obama

A conservative watchdog group is calling for an investigation into whether the Obama administration helped Google dodge legal penalties after committing a major privacy breach. A fleet of vehicles for Google’s Street View mapping service, which takes photographs of cities in more than 30 countries and prowls for Wi-Fi hot-spots,…

Twitter settles with US regulators over privacy breach

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Twitter has reached a settlement with US regulators over a privacy breach that allowed hackers to access the accounts of then president-elect Barack Obama and others and send out phony messages. Under the settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the popular San Francisco-based micro-blogging service must…

FTC clears Twitter in Obama hacking incident ‎

Twitter has reached a settlement with US regulators over a privacy breach that allowed hackers to access the accounts of then president-elect Barack Obama and others and send out phony messages. Under the settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the popular San Francisco-based micro-blogging service must establish an independently…

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