European Commission Called Google AnticompetitiveAdded: Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
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A Microsoft-backed outfit has recently called on the EC to pay attention to Google when ruling on antitrust allegations.
ICOMP, which stands for the Initiative for a Competitive Online Market Place, is a Microsoft-backed lobbying outfit willing to quash Google’s stranglehold on the Internet. It has recently published a paper that calls for the powers to force the search engine’s hand in creating a competitive market place.
The search giant Google has attracted the consternation of numerous organizations that accused the company of abusing its power. There have already been a number of antitrust cases in the United States, and now some European companies are taking aim at Google, considering it a power-hungry monopolist.
That’s why the European Commission is currently discussing what they should do with the naughty search giant. At the same time, ICOMP is planning to put this case forward for other industry members. The European Commission already seems to think that the search engine has been up to no good, accounting for 95% share in the search market. So, now it is deciding how to deal with Google’s dominance. The Initiative for a Competitive Online Market Place is going to convince the outfit that the world really needs some fundamental changes.
The complaint reads that the scale derived by this search engine from its dominance of search, advertising, and its exclusionary behavior and strategy, has caused a market situation where the other players have no chance to compete, which leaves no viable alternative to Google. The complaint goes on, saying that it isn’t enough for antitrust regulators just to stop the company’s existing anti-competitive practices like illegal exclusion arrangements or profit sharing agreements.
Microsoft, which is also involved in the complaint, claimed that the European Commission has enough powers to fine the search giant up to 10% of its global revenue over antitrust, but at the moment it is unclear whether the Initiative for a Competitive Online Market Place is pushing for this. But it is obviously lobbying for “structural and behavioral remedies” to treat so called “unlawfully obtained scale across Internet platforms.
The outfit is planning to knock the search engine off the top and make sure that the years of illegally obtained riches wouldn’t be used to cement its position. It also wants to make sure Google’s search results are neutral and prevent it from dumping the content from competitors.
November 2nd,2011Posted by:
Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
|LOL, Microsoft talking about fair competition and anti-trust!|
|posted by (2011-11-02 23:35:14)|
|lol at trojan, microsoft are only moaning becouse they aint got the stranglehold no more over the internet.....my opinion i think google has made the internet a very easy way of getting about the net and finding things.....|
|Strangle hold on JUST the internet?, lets see, i remember when Palm OS, Blackberry and Microsoft Mobile OS's were the only choice... and most naturally you would lean towards Microsoft because of having SDK's, to develop youre own applications and make it a worth-while device OS....|
Then along came Google and Apple, Microsoft failed to re-invent the OS to tap this market. instead still trying to cling to that "Easy to Use", that theyve claimed since the 90's(that era died in the early 2000's along with the growth of broadband)
Then theres web services, what does microsoft do this day and age... MSN/Bing, Xbox Online. Thats really it... Bing is Terrible at best, impossible to get what you need at worst. lack of video or image search nearly makes it worthless.
Compared to there competitors, they have no web market. theyre not even competiting?
Computer Operating Systems: well lets see, the year is still not 1998, there still isnt just a choice of "1" operating system to the average user...
No control means loss of profits, face it microsoft. you cant compete by trying to force software developers to ONLY program for youre operating system. Those days are gone, you ACTUALLY have to compete!
You know, when you do something UNIQUE that makes it better than a competitor... not just clone and call it a proprietary software. You know like you did to IE, to copy the Mozilla Foundations "Firefox" and Chromium Projects "Chrome" browsers. its called Unique... Stop cloning software...
Gaming Consoles: albiet, they have done a decent job in this market. But they are still shooting them selves in the foot. They force there Developers to make there games "Console" only.
I didnt buy a xbox 360 untill this year, yes im "Satisfied" for the most part with it. Except for the fact the price-points are too high, the games are "meager" at best anymore, and lack of "REAL" Customer Support, is nearly a deal breaker.(you cant even switch payment methods unless you talk to them over the phone... Really, not everyone has the time to do that)
They try to react to the market like they have no competitors still. Its a free market, treat it as one.
Dont whine when a competitor out does you, and manages to make more sales. Its just proof in the pudding, you need to bake it a little longer in youre mind and Reinvent the wheel!
|posted by (2011-11-03 06:30:12)|
|Microsoft is like Grand-Paa of Cyb-er World!!|
So please respect our Grand-Paa Friends..hopefully doctors declared it soon die!
I only agree, that to much Power in one hand is dangerous so i think it is right, to0 keep thing in Control.
|posted by (2011-11-03 10:58:46)|
|Love my google and ohhhh the crybabies at MS . .|
|Microsoft should STFU. The moment I'll be able to return preinstalled windows with no-questions asked and when they publish their "235 license violations" that they claim Linux did - they would earn the right to say something. for right now - STFU M$ STFU M$ STFU M$...|
|google, apple, china, you name it, all are anti competitive.|
plus since google data mines everything you do, people should be careful about what they do and use from them. you have no privacy with google or facebook... when will people learn?
|posted by (2011-11-04 20:20:01)|
|Ha! MICRO$OFT filing a complaint for antitrust?! Is this a joke? And, uhh... Google is free, so WHAT market? And yeah, it's gonna be really easy for the users if we have to go back to searching through several engines to find what we're looking for, just like in the days of Lycos...|
So sure, monopolistic behaviors are generally to be fought against, but let's face it, sometimes ONE standard is the way to go. Take PC hardware, for instance. Remember XXth century PCs? All the compatibility issues and stuff? Would you like to go back then for the sake of diversity? Nah, me neither.
Like Linux. Sure, it's free and rock'n'roll and whatever, and I'd loooove to be a r0x0r r3b3lz and use this OS if only 1) you didn't have to go through the pain-in-the-ass process of learning how to use it, and 2) it could run the PC games. Yeah, I know, there are programs you can use to launch some games, but they don't work for every game and it's still less user-friendly than launching them via Windows. And to be honest, except legit companies and imbeciles, who pays for a Windows license these days? Why do you think Micro$oft developed the Xbox, huh?
Hmm... I think I'm drifting from the topic here, so I'm gonna stop my rant now.
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