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European parliament set to call for break-up of Google in antitrust case

Submitted by: Hologram @ 10:35 AM | Saturday, November 22, 2014 | (url: http://www.thegua...)

The European parliament is reportedly poised to call for a break-up of Google in a drastic escalation of Europes long-running antitrust case against the tech giant.

A draft motion seen by the Financial Times, and expected to be agreed next week, calls for the unbundling [of] search engines from other commercial services as a potential solution to Googles dominance of the search market in Europe.

The European Commission has been investigating concerns that Google has abused its dominant position in search since 2010 and the dispute has become increasingly bitter. In September the EUs incoming digital commissioner Gnther Oettinger warned that any settlement with Google could cement its strength in the market rather than diluting it.

German, French and Spanish politicians have attacked the company over a variety of issues including revelations from National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden and right to be forgotten legislation that allows people to delete information from search results.

Sony, Toshiba, Hitachi face U.S. antitrust probe

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 05:25 PM | Tuesday, October 27, 2009 | (url: http://www.usatod...)

Japanese electronics giants Sony, Toshiba and Hitachi said Tuesday that their optical disc drive operations are under investigation by U.S. authorities for possible antitrust violations.

Sony said its California-based sales unit Sony Optiarc America has received a subpoena from the U.S. Department of Justice seeking information for an antitrust probe related to the company's optical disc drive operations.

Company spokesman Chisato Kitsukawa said the company is "fully cooperating with U.S. authorities," and that he could not provide any other details about the case.

Toshiba and Hitachi said they also received similar subpoenas for optical disc drive operations at their subsidiaries, Toshiba Samsung Storage Technology and Hitachi-LG Data Storage They also declined further comment.

Optical disc drives are used in computers and in CD and Blu-ray disc players. The three companies account for about 60% of the market.

Department of Justice Trustbusters to Attack Google?

Submitted by: Dumpy Dooby @ 02:36 AM | Friday, September 12, 2008 | (url: http://www.cato-a...)

C|Nets Charles Cooper reports today that Department of Justice trustbusters are considering a comprehensive antitrust attack on Google.