Google faces FTC ultimatum over patent and search abuse

By , Nov 12, 2012

Bloomberg reports that Google is facing an ultimatum from FTC on antitrust deal talks. Apparently, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jonathan Leibowitz is pressuring Google to make an offer and finally settle FTC’s antitrust investigation over whether the dominant search engine abused its market power in search and misused patent protection in smartphone wars. And should Google fail to “make an acceptable settlement proposal”, sources say, the FTC is prepared to mount a massive case against the search giant whose “Don’t be evil” motto has long become the subject of mockery…

Sara Forden, reporting for Bloomberg:

Google has been engaged in discussions with the agency for about two weeks and hasn’t put any remedy proposals on the table, said the people, who declined to be identified because the negotiations are private.

Unless the search Goliath complies in the next few days, two people familiar with the situation said, it will face a formal complaint.

It gets worse.

The FTC has told Google it won’t accept a resolution short of a consent decree and is prepared to take action in the next week or two, one of the people said.

Make no mistake about it, the government won’t release Google off the hook and consequences could be more damaging for the Mountain View, California-headquartered company than first thought.

FTC took issue with Google prioritizing its services in search rankings, for signing exclusive agreements to provide search services to online publishers and for making it difficult for advertisers to compare Google campaigns to those on competing search platforms.

And this helps explain why Google has been tiring of patent wars lately.

The staff has also recommended the agency issue a complaint against Google for misusing patent protections to block rivals’ smartphones from coming to market, the people have said.

If you’re wondering why post this here on iDB, bear in mind that this is huge news, one that could drastically change Google as we know it.

What do you think of the development?

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  • CollegiateLad

    Don’t care. I’m having litigation fatigue.

    • http://twitter.com/kev0224 Kevin Lam

      Forreal, they should make a new section at the top near “home, jailbreak, unlock, iphone, etc”

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1507068701 Jorit Studer

        I think u should have a cold glass of “shut the fuck up” !
        Damn complainment after complainment…
        Do it better if u can, oh nooo u’re just a reader… (sorry IDB for my bad language, but someone had to do it.)

    • http://www.idownloadblog.com Sebastien

      This is HUGE news that could change the face of Google forever, which is why we posted it.

      • CollegiateLad

        I realize why it was posted. Just stating that all the litigation stories have left me rather numb.

  • http://twitter.com/tonkatuph Tonka Thor

    Use Bing.

    • http://twitter.com/purpledodi Jens Tinnerholm

      Google is easier on the fingers to type

    • http://www.facebook.com/lord.cthulhu Anthony Aaron Anderson

      Bing? sounds interesting, I’ll have to google that later..

      • http://www.facebook.com/lord.cthulhu Anthony Aaron Anderson

        haha just kidding. I’m not a huge fan of google. My business has had no end of trouble with google.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=689913396 Ohad Hershkovitz

    I’ll tell you what I think of your writing skills. Proofread! Spellcheck! Do you really think none of your readers care about professional writing??

    • CollegiateLad

      Haha, you should probably point out what needs to be corrected. :)

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=689913396 Ohad Hershkovitz

        1. “Google is face ultimatum”
        2. “Should Google ‘to make…'”
        3. “What do yo think”
        4. Inappropriate use of commas (but now I’m just nitpicking)

      • http://www.idownloadblog.com/author/dujkan Christian Zibreg

        Fixed all of these. Sorry, was in a rush to post and then got swamped with other things…

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=689913396 Ohad Hershkovitz

        um, if you consider this a proofread article (even with the corrections), then i’m guessing english isn’t your native tongue…

        1. facing AN ultimatum
        2. to compareD
        3. this helpS

        honestly, i can’t believe i’m the only reader who has difficulty focusing on the content of an article when the typos are jumping out at me. maybe i have OCD…

      • http://www.idownloadblog.com/author/dujkan Christian Zibreg

        Fixed these, too

      • http://www.idownloadblog.com Sebastien

        Actually you are correct. English is not Chris’ native language. Not mine either, but we do our best :)

      • http://twitter.com/purpledodi Jens Tinnerholm

        Since its not their native language they are doing a good job. (not mine either. Dont hate)