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FTC unsure if it has enough evidence against Google in antitrust case | 354 comments | Create New Account
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Hmm.. more spam. NT
Authored by: jesse on Saturday, November 24 2012 @ 12:09 PM EST

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News Pick discussions
Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, November 24 2012 @ 08:47 PM EST
At the risk of provoking a flame war, I'm astonished at how weak the case is in
the climate change article and I'm not sure why this article was posted. There
are much better articles with more serious information. This one seems to be
just a selection of scary looking pictures.

Of the five things this article it chooses to talk about two are interesting but
rare local rare weather events. One is a complicated situation where weather is
only part of the story - and two are total garbage. Surely it is possible to
make the case without this rubbish?

1. Greenland ice cover melting for a couple of days. It only does this every
hundred years or so, so yes, this was a pretty unusual event. The fact that it
happened recently is very interesting.

2. Drought in the US. Note the conspicuous lack of drought in other places like
for example usually drought stricken Australia. Note that there is no evidence
that drought has become more frequent globally. This kind of drought is rare but
it does happen every fifty years or so. The fact that we had one recently is
mildly interesting.

3. The coral reef thing is total garbage. To change the PH of the oceans the
CO_2 needs to be actually in the water (duh!). The oceans have a huge untapped
capacity for CO_2 and ocean levels lag atmospheric levels by hundreds if not
thousands of years. The oceans currently are basic not acidic. And the stuff
about coral growth is quite frankly uninformed. Aquarium owners actually bubble
CO2 through their tanks to encourage coral growth. Where do you think the carbon
in the carbonate in their shells comes from? Rapid changes in water conditions
will distress coral so if you suddenly go and dump some acid in its tank it
isn't going to like it. And that is about the level of the experiments that have
investigated this idea so far.

4. Wildfires multiplying. Has more to do with changes in fire management
philosophy and the vegetative overburden with some help from the recent drought.
And once again the picture is US only.

5. Civil conflicts. Florida and California are of course well known hotbeds of
civil war. Perhaps social and political history might have a greater influence
on this kind of thing. Do you think?

Strangely the recent record low arctic summer sea ice level was omitted.

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MegaUpload shutdown hurts box office
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, November 25 2012 @ 09:49 AM EST

It's rather funny, but after watching Copyright issues, and writing about
200,000 words on the subject, it seems that nothing works the way you
would expect. Which leaves the Maffia looking confused and irrelevant.


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FTC unsure if it has enough evidence against Google in antitrust case
Authored by: JimDiGriz on Sunday, November 25 2012 @ 10:35 AM EST dence-against-google-in-antitrust-case
ADVERTISING BROKER Google is set to avoid the most potentially damaging antitrust allegations in the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigation.

The FTC won a battle against the US Department of Justice to look into allegations that Google engages in anti-competitive behaviour in the way it ranks and displays internet search results.

Now Bloomberg reports that the FTC is not sure whether there is enough evidence against Google to sanction it over allegations that the internet search engine favours its own services over others when returning search results.

Allegations against Google were made by several firms including Kayak and Nextag. However the FTC is looking into whether the benefits of Google's Pagerank algorithm outweigh any negative business effects suffered by other firms. let-report-says/

Google may dodge FTC's antitrust bullet, report says

Federal regulators scrutinizing Google may not have a strong enough case to file a lawsuit targeting the company's search service, Bloomberg reports.

The Federal Trade Commission may not have enough evidence of harm to consumers to proceed with an antitrust claim against the heart of Google's business, search, Bloomberg reported.

Google faces antitrust investigations from the U.S. FTC and from the European Commission, both going on for many months and both carrying the potential to wreak havoc with Google's search business. At the heart of the issue is whether Google gives unfair prominence to its own properties -- YouTube, Google Flight Search, Google Images, Google Shopping, Google Maps, and more -- at the expense of other businesses. inst-google.html

U.S. Said to Waver on Antitrust Case Against Google The agency is under pressure to extract concessions from Google after winning a battle with the Justice Department’s antitrust division over which regulator would probe the world’s most popular search engine. The complaints about skewed search results represent a far greater threat to Google’s business than any of the FTC’s other concerns, said Keith Hylton, a Boston University law professor who has written several books on antitrust topics.

“The only part of the case that goes to the heart of what Google does is the search-biasing claim,” Hylton said. “If that drops out of the FTC’s case, then you have something that doesn’t seem to be all that interesting in terms of antitrust law.”

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Apples battery shortage
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, November 25 2012 @ 03:07 PM EST
If true, the story that Samsung has stopped the sale of batteries for Apples
phones shows that something is really wrong in Cupertino.
If Apples takes on their largest parts supplier in a proxy war to hurt Android,
if begs disbelief that they didn't see this one coming and prepared a back-up
supply chain.
Today batteries. Was it processor chips last time?
Suing your main supplier just doesn't seem to be the brightest idea a brand
that's all design and no manufacture can come up with.
Wonder how hard Samsung has to squeeze to make Apple negotiate rather than
And if Apple folds, then a certain somebody else who finds Android a bone in the
throat stands alone.

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Mediacheck Supreme Court to Big Pharma: 'No Games'
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, November 25 2012 @ 10:58 PM EST
The reason they don't apply the same standard to software, is that they don't
truly understand how society benefits from software.

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An astute observation
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, November 26 2012 @ 09:34 AM EST
About as logical as some pro software patent arguments I've seen!

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