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Google to be sued by Fairsearch coalition in Europe

10 April, 2013 | Read the news | Post your comment
Google to be sued by Fairsearch coalition in Europe - read the full textThe coalition, a group of 17 companies, which includes the likes of Microsoft, Nokia, and Oracle, have united under the common banner of fair competition in online and mobile search, or, by extension, against the undisputed search leader: Google. Fairsearch accuses Google of...


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try search on windows phone: oops - BING only!

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  • 2013-04-11 14:34
  • mAZx

> In reply to Hazara @ 2013-04-10 15:44 from XMr$ - click to readThere has been a similar precedent set in the past regarding browser choice in windows, so I think there's a good chance they'll win - whether or not it will impact users is a different matter:

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  • 2013-04-11 14:25
  • 3Jxb

> In reply to Malcanthet @ 2013-04-10 15:41 from pqC6 - click to readExactly, so putting yourself in their shoes, wouldn't you do the same? Everyone sues everyone with alarming regularity, some childish, some not so much... 98% is an horrendous figure and until such time as a workable solution can be found, corporate litigation seems like a viable option to keep such a force in check, regardless of who it is.

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  • 2013-04-11 14:18
  • 3Jxb

Nokia and the others in Fairsearch coalition really should be a lot more cautious before going to bed with the likes of Microsoft. Consider this scenario..
Technology research and advisory firm Gartner predicted in a recent report that shipments of devices using Google’s (NASDAQ: GOOG) Android will far exceed shipments of Windows personal computers and phones by 2017. Further, Gartner predicts that by 2017 the number of tablets, mobile phones and ultra-mobile devices will total 2.7 billion units, roughly 10 times the number of desktop and notebook personal computers. These expectations reflect the pervasive belief that the future in computing is clearly mobile. Should these expectations materialize, it would spell certain doom for Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), whose software and other products depend heavily on the personal computer. The company was extremely late to the mobile game, and still doesn't have a pronounced footprint in mobile.With this in mind, could tech giant Microsoft really cease to exist only a few short years from now? Is it really on the brink of vanishing from the Earth, or are fears of the company’s impending irrelevance overblown???

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  • 2013-04-11 14:01
  • N9@y

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2013-04-11 10:36 from t75Y - click to readwhy can't they introduce their own AOS and shut the F*** up. Google has been around since i started to know about computers and it has improved a lot. "Foward with Google". Viva Google,Viva!

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  • 2013-04-11 13:26
  • freI

What about Apple forcing every IOS user to use Safari.
Yes, U can download a 3rd party browser but you can't set any 3rd party browser to default. Which means every time u click on a web link in apps/email, Safari opens by default.

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  • 2013-04-11 11:03
  • mJrt

> In reply to arjun @ 2013-04-11 05:33 from bC7A - click to readMan, you're either a lousy troll or you never touched a computer in your life. How the heck MS allows only IE, as I am freaking typing this from Chrome under Windows 8?
Oh, I know, you're just deliberately misinforming people.

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  • 2013-04-11 10:58
  • MCrR

This is plain jelousy.
Here's a tip for the 17 companies suing Google.

1) Go to the Android Open Source Project. (
2) Compile your own Android version, delete anything Google related. Insert your own Search Engine, Mail service,Browser, Music Service, etc.
3) Sell your Device with your own Android version. Make moneyz.

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  • 2013-04-11 10:36
  • t75Y

So for "Fair Search" it's a fair search as long as you use all other searches except Google's right? I don't see a problem in Google putting THEIR products in the OS that THEY are releasing.

Much like Microsoft putting their Bing in every WP/OS system.
Heck, Microsoft ARE the biggest monopoly in the market! why is no one taking them apart? they should split their Windows from all it's other Microsoft components and put other's software.

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  • 2013-04-11 10:33
  • nY{c

lol. Windows's has been sued numerous times for favoring and prioritizing its native programs like IE, Windows Media Player, Windows Defender, and Xbox live.

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  • 2013-04-11 10:28
  • t75Y

Am I reading this right? MS wants to sue someone for unfair market practices! Very special.

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  • 2013-04-11 10:12
  • DGCb

jealous much?!

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  • 2013-04-11 09:59
  • yM9j

Hey, by the way, it's only a search engine. Everyone can use what search engine wants ....
It is truth that Google use first page of results for advertiser ads BUT if you know how to search you will look rapidly on them and go to next pages of search results. Google help ppl to find info they need and also they support big time Android platforms, so is normally that they should include their products in mobile market. Who use Bing ? Maybe is good but compare with Google or others it really sucks hard !!
when I need a torrent I don't search with google ....
For music I use other search tool ... and so on.
Microsoft puts un-usefull things on their software ... how use photo manager from Windows ? I use IrfanView, 10x better than MS photo editor ...
So it's a free world, everybody use what he likes and loves and easy to use thing they want. I use Mozilla instead of Chrome ... better graphics and much more usefull addons. Peace !!!

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  • 2013-04-11 09:47
  • S66C

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2013-04-11 07:24 from R5y7 - click to readSo basically what you're saying is that you have no idea what we're talking about, and you can't be bothered to look it up?
Who said anything about Fairsearch doing the investigating? What Fairsearch wants is for the European Commission to look into this. I frankly don't understand how anyone could oppose to that.

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  • 2013-04-11 09:11
  • mvuQ

(No we don't play those pretend growth games here)
Last 8 Quarters market share: 2% - 1% - 1% - 1% - 2% - 3% - 2% - 3%

NOKIA - Point: F-
( Shrunk 55% from 2011, loss-making )
Last 8 quarters market share 24% - 16% - 14% - 13% - 8% - 7% - 4% - 3%

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  • 2013-04-11 08:22
  • 9IZe

OMG, LOL. Did they ever used search engine like Bing - I tried once and result was crap bunch of advert sites instead of info I was looking for and now they want to sue best search engine - applemania???

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  • 2013-04-11 07:56
  • LhP7

Sued for being successful?? That's refreshing :P

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  • 2013-04-11 07:56
  • v{TH

Seriously when they had their time and share, it was OK. Please work hard and innovate. When you have the best product at the best cost you win. The courts cannot give you ideas!

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  • 2013-04-11 07:50
  • fmx3

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2013-04-10 21:22 from mvuQ - click to readI don't think the Fairsearch coalition is simply "investigating" this issue, they're too butthurt that Google dominated 98% of the mobile search market, so they're trying to sue Google so that they gain market share. Simple as that.

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  • 2013-04-11 07:24
  • R5y7

LOL. Android is Google, but Windows is not Bing.
Crazy people.

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  • 2013-04-11 06:28
  • Jpgi

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