Originally Posted by patsu
That's just for the FRAND licensing stuff. I didn't see any details on Google's settlement regarding vertical search sites for example.
Patsu, you're absolutely correct. I thought the FTC statement on search policy I had read was part of the package; I was plainly incorrect. Thanks for pointing it out sir!
There will not be a separate consent agreement for Google's ad and search practice changes as there is for SEP enforcement. IMO it looks as tho the government is recognizing the complaints from Google competitors, primarily Microsoft and their "trade groups", as a ploy to earn more money via government interference with the more successful search provider. The FTC statement explaining Google's changes to it's search practice's (published in a Dec. 27th letter ) and why the FTC saw no need for further investigation or a consent order is here:
There would appear to be evidence too that other agencies have also chosen to close their investigations into Google search practices, altho I'd expect separate statements at some point, particularly from the EU if that's the case.
"...the FTC concluded that the introduction of Universal Search, as well as additional changes made to Google’s search algorithms – even those that may have had the effect of harming individual competitors – could be plausibly justified as innovations that improved Google’s product and the experience of its users. It therefore has chosen to close the investigation.
The Commission would like to acknowledge the close cooperation in this matter with the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition, and with the state Attorneys General of Texas, New York, Ohio, California, and Oklahoma."
Edited by Gatorguy - 1/4/13 at 5:34am