Google responds to FTC inquiry: Antitrust? What antitrust?

Yesterday we wrote that the Federal Trade Commission was readying a large-scale Google antitrust probe, and today Google confirmed that it has received notification of an investigation from the regulatory agency. Google Fellow and key search engineer Amit Singhal responded to the situation in a blog post today, entitled “Support choice, ensuring economic opportunity.”

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U.S. approves Google’s $900M bid for Nortel patents

The U.S. Justice Department’s antitrust authorities have approved Google’s $900 million bid for 6,000 Nortel patents, according to a Wall Street Journal report on Wednesday. The auction will take place June 20 and will likely change the legal landscape for tech companies.

Ten challenges facing Google’s new CEO Larry Page

Larry Page takes over Monday as chief executive of Google, one of the most successful tech companies of all time. As co-founder, Page has been instrumental in the company’s success from the very start. But the company must overcome a number of challenges in the years ahead, if it is to be all it can be.

Microsoft’s first antitrust target: Google

How the tables have turned. Microsoft, a company that is no stranger to regulator scrutiny, is planning to file an antitrust complaint against Google in Brussels today, the New York Times reports.

AT&T’s purchase of T-Mobile will test antitrust law

Here’s the first clue that AT&T knows that its going to run into trouble with antitrust regulators over its purchase of T-Mobile: In its press release on the $39 billion deal, AT&T said, “The U.S. wireless industry is one of the most fiercely competitive markets in the world and will remain so after this deal.”

Google under EU investigation over online ads

In the latest blow to Google’s ever-expanding online ambitions, the European Commission, the executive body of the European Union, has opened an antitrust investigation into Google’s practices in online advertising. According to allegations made by Microsoft’s German subsidiary Ciao.de, British price comparison site Foundem, and French legal search specialist Ejustice, Google has discriminated against competitors by placing their links lower in search results than its own services, thus abusing its dominant position in online search.

FTC spells out antitrust settlement with Intel

The Federal Trade Commission said it has settled charges that Intel used anticompetitive tactics to stifle innovation and harm consumers in the markets for the most valuable chips in the PC –microprocessors, graphics chips, and chipsets.