Antitrust and Google Search Bias

Lynne Kiesling For the past year and a half the Federal Trade Commission has been investigating the potential anti-competitive effects of Google’s search-based business model. The European Union has also been pursuing antitrust complaints against Google. The main accusation is Google search bias — Google’s algorithm prioritizes links both to paid advertisers (which are shaded … More Antitrust and Google Search Bias

Google, Motorola, and the Effects of Vertical Integration

Lynne Kiesling Yesterday Google announced its purchase of Motorola Mobility, the device manufacturing half of the former Motorola. Today’s Wall Street Journal has a front page full of stories about this move, including “Bid Comes Amid Tougher Scrutiny” (You know how to read this even though it’s subscriber-only, right? Do a search at a news … More Google, Motorola, and the Effects of Vertical Integration

Google Energy Llc Files at Ferc

Michael Giberson First Google PowerMeter, then Google.org invests in renewable power R&D and now a Google entity – Google Energy LLC – files at FERC to become a wholesale power marketer. What’s going on? At the EU Energy Policy Blog, Fereidoon Sioshansi examines “Power Marketer Google“: Google has a habit of surprising its competitors. The … More Google Energy Llc Files at Ferc