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Google: Anticompetitive Practices under EU Commission Deliberation

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France and other members of the {European Commission} are going to decide how to proceed its investigation of the search giant Google, later this February. After the recent threats to ban French newspapers if a law is passed taxing them for displaying search results and was recently resolved by a series of deliberation with France’s President Francois Hollande, the search engine giant faces another problem. The examination will begin shortly after Google recently submitted proposed remedies at the end of January over allegations that it has been engaged in a series of anticompetitive practices. According to The Guardian, numerous complaints have been examined by the commission that includes 21 formal complaints and reportedly hundreds of other submissions. The alleged protests include manipulating search results, not allowing advertisers from running a single campaign using its several platforms. 

Google Compatibility to Web Based Online Poker 

With over 90 percent of the search market in France and other European countries, it is no doubt that Google extremely overpowered other search engines. In the fast-growing mobile technology battlefield, it is said that Google’s share is even higher. In fact, its web browser Google Chrome is compatible to all Android devices; and superbly supports mobile applications that have its web versions. A popular gaming portal in France, Partypoker.fr has been known to perfectly work with {Google Chrome}. Its web based portal which is compatible to Chrome, attracted innumerable poker players, particularly in France. Due to its compatibility with Java, rapid and smooth gameplays became a drive for French poker players to play poker at online websites. The trend became an enduring hype in France, producing several French poker daredevils at local and foreign poker tables. These include the famous poker player, Bertrand Grospellier who garnered over $8 million career tournament earnings. 

Previous complaints and ongoing disputes 

Meanwhile, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) decided to close similar investigations, earlier this year. According toguardian.co.uk the case ended in disarray, “with conflicting statements by the five commissioners. The overall sense was that most of them had serious problems with Google's behaviour but could not agree on a way forward. Instead they settled, as far as the search business is concerned, for some loose commitments about future behaviour.” However, in Google’s defence, the search engine stated that “it (Google) did not distort search result and they are simply the product of an unbiased algorithm designed to deliver the best responses to search queries.” Prior to FTC settlement, on the other hand, Google admitted that they did engineer the results and in particular gives prominence to links to its own services, but arguing that this is all in the interest of the user. 
The European Commission, fortunately, is in the move to deal with these occurring issues, giving priority to protect competition and consumers; as to prevent abuse by a company with an overwhelming high-handed position across Europe.

 

 

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