Google Buys Frommer’s, But What Are The Risks?

Earlier this month it was announced that Google had acquired another company.  Normally, Google acquiring another company would be a small news story—it acquires many companies in an attempt to grab new technologies and talented engineers.  But this acquisition made news because it wasn’t just another tech company—the acquisition is of Frommer’s, the well-known series […]

DOJ Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Google; Offers Terms for Settlement for ITA Acquisition

Today, the DOJ filed a civil antitrust lawsuit against Google in connection with Google’s proposed acquisition of ITA Software.  There has been strong concerns that Google would use it dominant market position to corner the online travel business.  The DOJ also offered Google terms for a settlement, including a number of consumer protections.  The following is a […]

Google’s Nonstop Online Monopoly

U.S. regulators should keep in mind the average consumer when proceeding with a decision on the prospective Google acquisition of online air-travel booking software giant ITA.  ITA services many of the most popular online travel booking sites, and while the Department of Justice is trying to work out language that would guarantee freedom of use […]

Traveling to Online Market Dominance

Google’s intent to acquire ITA Software, the airline flight database company, poses unhealthy risks for consumers.  Google’s financial depth and technical breadth are highly relevant, and the Department of Justice should be concerned.  Google’s search service dominates the consumer Internet search market with over 80% share and growing.  Bolstered by 3rd quarter 2010 revenues of $7.286 […]

Letter to Congress on Competition in the “Evolving Digital Marketplace”

  September 15, 2010 Congressman Hank Johnson 1133 Longworth HOB Washington, D.C. 20515   Dear Chairman Johnson: As the Subcommittee on Courts and Competition Policy meets tomorrow on “Competition in the Evolving Digital Marketplace,” I would like to call to your attention to the growing threat to competition – Google’s high market share, high profits […]