Leading Senators call for FTC investigation into Google

The pressure on Google to come clean about its business practices and behaviour as a dominant player was raised in the US this week as two leading senators made a formal plea for an investigation into Google. Senators Herb Kohl (a Democrat) and Mike Lee (a Republican), both members of the Senate Antitrust Subcommittee, released … read more

Online Advertisers: competing for space

It is not difficult to argue – when the powers of the marketplace are concentrated into one body or organisation, competition and innovation are stifled. The evidence for this is boundless. This themes are set out in the Australian Institute paper What you dont know can hurt you; How market concentration threatens internet diversity, which examines … read more

More Trouble Ahead for European Publishers and Advertisers

As businesses across Europe struggle against a daily barrage of economic challenges at home, they could be forgiven for overlooking more bad news from across the Atlantic. But on Friday, the U.S. Department of Justice added to their woes by approving Google’s acquisition of AdMeld, a leading provider of services that help websites maximise their … read more

A wolf in sheep’s clothing

On 5 December 2011, the Commission will hold its first Innovation Convention of the EC. This historic convention marks the one-year anniversary of the Commission’s flagship Innovation Union Initiative – the EU’s “roadmap to turn Europe into a more innovation-friendly and competitive continent.” Innovation is at the heart not only of Europe’s plans for growth … read more