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Breaking News: Google’s proposed commitments are out

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Capture Proposed Commitments


Google’s proposed commitments have just been made public. You can read them here:

And here’s DG Comp’s interesting Q&A memo on the market test.

I’ve only skimmed through them, but they are not as densely worded as I thought + they include quite useful screenshots. By the way, the Commission should get some market testing-advertising revenues too: the screenshots contain some good avertising of Digital SRL cameras (see capture above; btw, pay special attention to (i) the “sponsored” label at the top and the box that appears when you hover on it; and (ii) the line at the very bottom: “Search on Site 1, Site 2 or Site 3”; we’ll come back to these),  of restaurants in Mountain View, and of President Obama.

The complainants have asked for an extended review period -3 months instead of 1-. Due to various reasons these are particularly busy days on our side, but we’ll try to to provide you with a summary and our first comments asap.

Written by Alfonso Lamadrid

25 April 2013 at 4:41 pm

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  1. The Commission names Google “European users’ web search service of choice”. I have a strong feeling that we’ll encounter that statement as Google’s new advertising slogan in a possible challenge of the Commission’s assertion that Google is holding a dominant position (with “choice” printed in ultra-bold letters).


    26 April 2013 at 10:43 am

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