Earlier today, the FTC wrapped up a 19-month investigation of Google’s business practices (which we have covered extensively), agreeing not to bring charges against the company. There is a catch, however.
FTC has delayed the decision in the Google search practices anti-trust probe. Google is accused of allegedly using its popular search engine to give low rankings to its competitors including Microsoft.
The settlement talks between Google and FTC could be nearing an end, as Google has agreed to voluntarily address FTC’s concerns regarding its search practices.
In the seemingly never ending legal battle over patents the Federal Trade Commission appears to be close to reaching a settlement over some of Google’s essential patent claims.
A new report by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) says that many of the apps which are designed for children collect data about the devices the kids are using without informing parents. The apps, which are available for Android via Google’s Play Store and for iOS via Apple’s iTunes app store, send information from the mobile device to ad networks, analytics companies, or other third parties.
FTC says that the ban the Google requested would be harmful to consumers, and it would also damage innovation and result in increased costs and uncertainty for other companies. In a statement, the Commission said that using SEP-based injunctions against competitors is equivalent to a ‘patent hold up’.
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has two investigations opened on Google’s business practices. One of the concerns Google’s Search business, the company’s main revenue stream, and the other is related to Google’s use of standard-essential smartphone patents in legal battles against some of its main rivals.
Google’s $12.5 billion Motorola purchase is yet to bring any positive results for the company. Not only isn’t Motorola profitable yet but we’re not to see any Motorola “Nexus” devices for quite a while
Google has been under fire from various government agencies around the world lately who are investigating antitrust lawsuits against the company. Now Google is said to be considering whether to settle with U.S. authorities over how it has handled its mobile patents.
It seems Google is not off the hook in the Federal Trade Commission’s investigation into whether the company violated antitrust laws in prioritizing its own services in search results. The FTC intends to decide by year-end whether it will pursue legal action against Google for anti-competitive practices.