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« on: October 20, 2020, 11:34 »
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I think this would be a good news for Dreamstime.


US justice department sues Google over accusation of illegal monopoly

Lawsuit accuse tech company of abusing its position to dominate search and search advertising
The US justice department filed a lawsuit against Google on Tuesday, accusing the tech company of abusing its position to maintain an illegal monopoly over search and search advertising.

Two decades ago, Google became the darling of Silicon Valley as a scrappy startup with an innovative way to search the emerging internet. That Google is long gone, the suit alleged.

Today Google is a monopoly gatekeeper for the internet that has used pernicious anticompetitive tactics to maintain and extend its monopolies.

The antitrust suit is the most significant legal challenge to a major tech company in decades and comes as US authorities are increasingly critical of the business practices of the major tech companies.

The long-awaited case, filed in Washington DC, alleges that Google unfairly acts as a gatekeeper to the web through a series of business agreements that effectively lock out competition.

Justice officials have also challenged an arrangement in which Googles search application is preloaded, and cannot be deleted, on mobile phones running its Android operating system. The company pays billions each year to secure default status for its general search engine and, in many cases, to specifically prohibit Googles counterparties from dealing with Googles competitors, the suit states, in a move that has foreclosed competition for internet search.

Googles alleged anticompetitive practices are especially pernicious because they deny rivals scale to compete effectively, and thwart potential innovation, the suit alleged.

In a statement Google called the suit deeply flawed. People use Google because they choose to not because theyre forced to or because they cant find alternatives, the company said.

Google dominates online search in the US, accounting for about 80% of search queries.

The suit marks a stunning reversal for Silicon Valley which has largely avoided clashes with Washington even as European regulators have levied huge fines against Google and others.

European regulators have fined Google a total of $9bn for anticompetitive practices. In 2018 Donald Trump attacked the EU decisions. I told you so! The European Union just slapped a Five Billion Dollar fine on one of our great companies, Google, Trump tweeted. They truly have taken advantage of the US, but not for long!

Since then the mood has changed, with Trump and other conservatives joining liberals including senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders in attacking the dominance of tech firms including Amazon, Google, Facebook and others.

While Democrats have largely stuck to criticizing the scale of big techs dominance Republicans, including Trump, have accused the major tech companies of censoring conservative speech.

Trumps attorney general, William Barr, reportedly pushed for the justice department to file its suit against the company against the wishes of lawyers who wanted to take more time on the case. Today, millions of Americans rely on the internet and online platforms for their daily lives. Competition in this industry is vitally important, which is why todays challenge against Google the gatekeeper of the internet for violating antitrust laws is a monumental case both for the Department of Justice and for the American people, said Barr.

The case comes after a hard-hitting House subcommittee report concluded big tech wielded too much power and was censoring political speech, spreading fake news and killing the engines of the American economy.

The charges mark the first time since the famous Microsoft lawsuit of 1998 that the US government has accused a company of operating a monopoly under the Sherman Act, a law that dates back to 1890 encouraging competition between enterprises.

In the suit the government lawyers point out that Google was among those who argued Microsofts practices were anticompetitive, and yet, now, Google deploys the same playbook to sustain its own monopolies.

But the justice department said Googles parent company Alphabet had learned one thing from the Microsoft case. Referring to a notorious line from the Microsoft case, Googles chief economist wrote: We should be careful about what we say in both public and private. Cutting off the air supply and similar phrases should be avoided.

Googles employees have also received specific instructions on what language to use (and not use) in emails, the suit claimed. Google employees were instructed to avoid using terms such as crush, kill, hurt or block competition, and to avoid observing that Google has market power in any market.

Google has $120bn in cash and deep political ties in Washington. The case will take years before any decision is reached and will likely set off a cascade of other legal actions. Attorneys general across the US are already investigating the company and the justice department is conducting a separate investigation into Googles ad-tech practices.

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2020/oct/20/us-justice-department-antitrust-lawsuit-against-google


« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2020, 13:29 »
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Thanks for the info. It looks like a war that will last for years.

I have always watched over my privacy and intimacy, anonymity has been my reference for years. Now that I'm going to move on to the other side, to websites, associating contributors, Google is my new best friend.
They are the owners of the planet.

« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2020, 13:50 »
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Thanks for the info. It looks like a war that will last for years.

I have always watched over my privacy and intimacy, anonymity has been my reference for years. Now that I'm going to move on to the other side, to websites, associating contributors, Google is my new best friend.
They are the owners of the planet.

An interesting statement that pretty well sums up the decline of modern civilization.

« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2020, 14:02 »
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In the past, I have spent a lot of time in my life fighting and warfare operations on the internet. Let the young people fight, if they want to or can.
Right now, I'm a cheap seaport hooker. I leave my scruples at home, I only hope that Google knows that I love him.

« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2020, 14:58 »
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10 years too late.

« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2020, 15:10 »
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I have always maintained that if there is an advanced civilization in the universe interested in hacking humans, they are in the creation of Google. Another theory is, time travelers, humans with the time jump to guide us. Google is not a commercial monopoly, it is the absolute owner of the planet. And hopefully he gets into the microstock business. Either it sinks it completely or it resurrects it.

Uncle Pete

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« Reply #6 on: October 21, 2020, 10:03 »
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The Social Dilemma, a new Netflix documentary-drama on how technology companies have manipulated human psychology with dire consequences for our society. Watch it if you dare. It's pretty dark and a docudrama, but still has many people who worked in the industry telling the problems with manipulation of social media sites. Yes I know not the Google Search, but related.

"Justice officials have also challenged an arrangement in which Googles search application is preloaded, and cannot be deleted, on mobile phones running its Android operating system." this is similar to what tripped up Microsoft as the browsers and other apps were pre-loaded, some were nearly impossible to delete or disable.

I use Bing as my search. So what? Years ago I would compare search engines and the results were often the same, minor variations, but the reason Google went from nothing to the King was, they did things better than anyone else and gave better results. Plain and simple.

Where they will get into trouble, and some activities in the past, are pushing down the competitions presence. Also the paid placement was invisible at first, not they have to say that someone is paying for a better rank. In the end, Google is not just searching, like they did at the start, but manipulating the results. That's going to be interesting.

Anyone remember when the government broke up AT&T, in 1984, because it was too big and a monopoly? They split into the baby bells, which some made it and some died or got absorbed. Southwest Bell did the best job and if I remember right, bought AT&T. But by 2018, most of the Bells were together again as a single company called AT&T.  :o

This has nothing to do with Dreamstime, sorry.


 

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