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Topic: antitrust

U.S. Trade Reps Accuse the EU of Politicizing the Google Antitrust Probe

Is a settlement in the works to end lengthy investigation?

U.S. trade representatives are pushing back against European legislative efforts to break up Google. The U.S. Mission to the European Union said efforts to separate search engines from other commercial businesses…

Senate Gives Comcast-Time Warner Cable Deal the Kid Gloves Treatment

Only Sen. Franken opposes merger

Comcast evp David Cohen had it pretty easy before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on the company’s $45 billion merger with Time Warner Cable. In answering questions from lawmakers, Cohen rarely…

Comcast Makes Its Public Interest Case to Washington

Filing concentrates on broadband where critics most likely to focus

Those print and TV ads Comcast has been running in the Washington media promoting the benefits of its $45 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable? That was just a warm-up…

Comcast-Time Warner Cable Regulatory Review Will Be Raucous

'No one woke up this morning wishing their cable company was bigger'

The proposed $45.2 billion merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable will keep both public interest groups and regulators busy in the coming months. Expect a raucous and drawn-out transaction…

Analyst: FTC Condition on Nielsen-Arbitron Hardly Matters

Commission’s quibble benefits ESPN but puts no restrictions on ratings giant

Commissioner Joshua Wright blasted the Federal Trade Commission in his dissent for over-reaching in the condition it imposed on Nielsen’s purchase of Arbitron, but the ultimate impact of the condition…

Publicis-Omnicom Merger May Raise Antitrust Concerns [Updated]

Regulators could eye control over ad rates, data

The merger of Publicis and Omnicom to form the world's largest ad conglomerate is bound to raise more than a few eyebrows in Washington where regulators could add conditions to…

Google Confirms FTC Is Asking Questions About Waze

It's unclear if there is a formal investigation yet

A Google spokeswoman confirmed Monday that the company had been contacted by the Federal Trade Commission about its purchase of Waze, but deferred to the FTC to confirm whether there…

FTC May Not Be Done With Google Yet

Investigation focuses on Google's display ad biz

The Federal Trade Commission may not be done with Google yet, as it opens a new investigation into whether the search giant abuses its market-leading position to curb competition in…

Justice Files to Halt Anheuser-Busch Modelo Deal

Acquisition would substantially lessen competition and raise prices

Budweiser may be the king of beers, but the U.S. Department of Justice is looking to confine the kingdom. The DOJ filed a civil antitrust lawsuit today to halt Anheuser-Busch…

FTC Finally Closes Google Investigations

Tech giant agrees to change some business practices

Ending weeks of speculation and rumor, the Federal Trade Commission today finally closed its nearly two-year antitrust investigation into Google that will no doubt leave Google's competitors unsatisfied. Under a consent…

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