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Google is threatened by a "perfect storm" of litigation with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the [url="http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/european-commission"]European Commission[/url] both readying legal action over how it promotes its own services in search results, and the patent-wielding behaviour of its Motorola Mobility Inc (MMI) phone subsidiary.

Just as seriously, the EC is considering whether Google's [url="http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/android"]Android[/url] mobile operating system needs to be regulated as it becomes increasingly dominant in mobile search and advertising. Rivals allege that the [url="http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/software"]software[/url], which is provided to handset makers for free, constitutes illegal predatory pricing intended to drive rivals out of the market.
The FTC's chairman, Jonathan Leibowitz, is widely reported to have given Google a deadline of a few days to sign a consent decree that would cover its future behaviour in the search space, or face a lawsuit similar to that which tied up Microsoft in 1998 and eventually saw it convicted of antitrust offences.

"To avoid potential ligitation, Google may opt to sign a consent decree," Bradley Shear, a US-based lawyer who specialises in technology, told the Guardian. "If Google refuses to settle and the FTC files a lawsuit, the FTC may also decide to open an investigation into Google's other practices, such as its privacy policy changes from earlier this year."

Meanwhile the European Commission's antitrust commissioner Joaquin Almunia could also move against Google within the next few weeks if the negotiations underway since the summer do not reach a satisfactory outcome. Like the FTC, Almunia is concerned that Google favours its own products

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this patent stuff is beyond full retard now.
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http://xkcd.com/1118/

I'll just leave that here, as that pretty much describes the ridiculousness of the EC at the moment.

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[quote name='remixedcat' post='595327424']this patent stuff is beyond full retard now.[/quote]It was never non-retarded.
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Any bad news about Google is good news to me!! :)

About time some one started messing with their dominance of the Motorola Mobility Inc (MMI) phone subsidiary and any other thing they can mess with!!

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[quote name='remixedcat' timestamp='1353148149' post='595327424']
this patent stuff is beyond full retard now.
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Way pass retarded. Sigh.
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