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Google’s New PPC Format Tests – A Whitewash for Organic Results?

ClickThrough paid search account manager Sam Thomas has been keeping her eyes on Google’s recent tests which flag paid search ads with a yellow ‘Ad’ symbol. Now, she’s ready to jump into the debate… Recently, Twitter user Paul Rogers pointed out that Google is running tests to display top-position paid search ads on a white…

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Google criticised in open letter to European Commission

A number of firms and organisations have got together to submit an open letter to the European Commission over a variety things they believe Google does unfairly. Addressed to the EU competition commissioner Joaquin Almunia, the letter, supported by representatives of firms including Foundem, Expedia and TripAdvisor, placed particular emphasis on issues related to ‘vertical […]

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European Commission may push ahead with Google antitrust action

The European Commission looks set to move forward with a regulatory crackdown on Google over alleged antitrust issues: despite its equivalent US body clearing the Internet giant of search bias last week. Joaquin Almunia, from the EC, remains adamant that Google unfairly ranks its own products – such as news, maps and shopping – higher […]

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FTC clears Google of search bias after two-year antitrust probe

Search giant Google has been cleared of antitrust allegations and search bias by the Federal Trade Commission in the US. The company was investigated for two years following allegations it gave its own products and services preferential positions in its search results, and stifled the rankings of competing products and services. The FTC agreed that […]

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FTC wavering over Google action?

The Federal Trade Commission’s proposed antitrust case against Internet giant’s Google has started to crumble according to a new report. Bloomberg have reported that sources have told them the U.S. regulators are now wavering over whether they can prove Google’s system of ranking search results truly ‘hurts’ the consumer. The FTC and European Commission were […]

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