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Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2008-07-08 17:25
Just learned that the Senate Judiciary SubCommittee on Antitrust has scheduled a hearing on the Google-Yahoo agreement for Tuesday July 15th, at 10:30 am.
The House Judiciary Committee is expected to have a hearing that same afternoon on the Google-Yahoo deal, Internet competition and privacy.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2008-06-25 14:47
Google unfairly represents that it competitively conducts 'auctions' for keywords in AdWords; Google even has an "auction policy." However, if you look up the definition of "auction" one finds it is the public sale of property to the highest bidder.
If Google were interested in fair representation and truth in advertising, Google would represent Adwords as Google's algorithmic secret selection process or GASSP.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2008-06-23 16:13
Drake Bennett of Boston Globe did a great job of highlighting some fresh new concerns about Google's extraordinary influence that I had not heard before -- see "Stopping Google."
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2008-06-23 13:32
In thinking about my recent post about how Google Adwords now formally discriminate against slower-loading sites by raising their minimum bidding price, I realized that small businesses and the "long tail" are probably most hurt the most by Google's new "quality score" policy.
This new Google policy discriminates most heavily against small businesses because they:
Bottom line: Google is well aware that small or "long tail" businesses, for all practical purposes, have no other comparable choice for online advertising, so they believe they can safely exert their market power here with impunity.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2008-06-20 13:03
Google AdWords announced a new net neutrality double-standard that may also be an anti-competitive practice, in that Google will start discriminating against slower-loading websites by charging them higher prices.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2008-06-18 14:17
Google took substantial market share from their Internet advertising competitors in 1Q08. Google's U.S. Internet advertising revenue grew ~7% sequentially from 4Q07 to 1Q08, while the Internet advertising revenues of Google's competitors fell ~8% during that same period, per newly released IAB figures and Google's 4Q08 figures.
In 1Q08 Google now controls ~45% of all U.S. Internet advertising revenues, which is up from ~42% in 2007, which is up from 35% in 2006, and which is up from 30% in 2005 -- according to base numbers reported by IAB and Google.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2008-06-17 12:43
To the extent Google and Yahoo's new partnership in search and display advertising diminishes #2 Yahoo's viability to competitively discipline #1 Google's dominance of search and online advertising, online marketers and advertisers need Google-Yahoo to commit to respect a "Marketer Bill of Rights."
Marketer's Bill of Rights for the Google-Yahoo Cartel:
U.S. marketers do not currently enjoy, but should have the right to:
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2008-06-13 00:34
The new Google-Yahoo partnership to better converge the search and display markets is skating on thin antitrust ice that will only get thinner over time -- unless Microsoft or some unknown competitor somehow starts taking lots of market share from the new Goohoo.
What are the important takeaways here?
First, at core, the Google-Yahoo partnership is clearly about trying to snuff out Microsoft as a competitive force on the web.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2008-06-12 13:56
In two speeches this week, Google's CEO illuminated more about Google's master plan to "change the world" -- with minimal accountability.
To be fair, I am connecting two ideas from separate speeches by Google's CEO Eric Schmidt this week, that were shared separately but need to be connected to put them into better context.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2008-06-10 10:15
I couldn't help to notice yesterday that Google CEO Schmidt didn't take any questions from reporters who were in attendance or meet with the reporter pool afterwards, which is customary for speaking venues like Dr. Schmidt's speech Monday at the Economic Club of Washington.
What's Google got to hide in Washington?
Bottom line: It appears the only kind of "free press" that Google embraces is its advocacy group ally that calls itself FreePress, which is the operation which de facto runs point for Google's net neutrality public policy agenda in Washington.