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European MPs want Google break-up

European MPs want Google break-up | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it

The European Parliament has voted in favour of breaking Google up, as a solution to complaints that it favours is own services in search results

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«Christian Democrat, and Spanish liberal Ramon Tremosa stated that the best way to resolve the row with the net giant was to separate search engines from other commercial services thereby ensuring a level playing field for rivals in Europe.«

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EU fines Microsoft €561 million for not giving users a browser choice

EU fines Microsoft €561 million for not giving users a browser choice | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
Microsoft's "technical error" violated antitrust agreement for more than a year.
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The browser wars are never really over:

"European regulators today fined Microsoft €561 million (or $732 million) for failing to offer Windows users a choice of Web browsers as the company had been required to do.

A previous antitrust agreement required Microsoft to present users a choice of Web browsers in addition to its own Internet Explorer, such as Firefox, Chrome, Opera, and Safari. Microsoft did so for most versions of Windows, but an apparent accident caused the browser ballot to be stripped out of Windows 7 when its first service pack was released.

Microsoft admitted to the mistake last year, attributing it to a "technical error." The browser ballot screen was missing on Windows 7 from May 2011 until July 2012, although users could still change their default browser in Windows settings. Microsoft confirmed the mistake and distributed a software fix after EU officials notified the company of reports that users weren't being offered the browser choice."

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Will Users Be Losers in “EU versus Google”? by Mario Mariniello - Project Syndicate

Will Users Be Losers in “EU versus Google”? by Mario Mariniello - Project Syndicate | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
Is Google’s dominance of online search coming to an end? That is a question worth asking as the European Commission continues to investigate antitrust allegations regarding search bias in Google’s online business model.
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"With Google’s links capturing most of the site’s search traffic, concerns have been raised that Google manipulates its search algorithm to suppress the results of its competitors, while unfairly promoting its own services – a practice known as “search bias.” The European Commission has other concerns, too – namely, that Google might be using third-party content without authorization and entering into agreements to prevent its advertising partners from displaying ads on rival search engines."

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