Feeds

EU competition chief stays in touch with Google via TEXT MESSAGES

'Get real, Eric' - Sent from my iPhone

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Google is on the verge of submitting proposed changes to its business practices to avoid sanctions over allegations it abuses its dominant position in the EU's search market.

It is understood the ad giant will this week hand in its homework to the competition watchdog wing of the European Commission, which is mulling claims Google promotes its own services in its search results to the detriment of its rivals.

Meanwhile, the EU's competition commissioner Joaquin Almunia has revealed that he regularly - and perhaps surprisingly - has text message conversations with Google's chairman Eric Schmidt.

"I have an open phone line, or email line, or SMS line at any moment," he told the New York Times in an interview.

His comments came as another complaint about Google landed on the commissioner's desk.

On Monday, Microsoft, Nokia and 15 other tech outfits griped about Google's Android mobile operating system in a formal antitrust complaint to Brussels' regulators.

Almunia is yet to decide whether he will take on board the new complaint, however.

Meanwhile, according to the NYT, the lengthy search and advertising case - which kicked off in 2010 - appears to be edging towards a settlement with the Commission, rather than Google being charged and slapped with a big fine.

Google has closely guarded its proposed concessions to Almunia. But the commissioner has indicated that Google will be required to go beyond simply labelling its services.

He told the NYT that a "real" choice needed to be offered to consumers that clearly distinguishes between products run by Google and its rivals in the search market.

“In some cases this can be achieved through the information you will receive through the natural search results,” he said. “In other cases, maybe we will ask Google to signal what are the relevant options, alternative options, in the way they present the results.” ®

New hybrid storage solutions

More from The Register

next story
Hey, Scots. Microsoft's Bing thinks you'll vote NO to independence
World's top Google-finding website calls it for the UK
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
Apple CEO Tim Cook: TV is TERRIBLE and stuck in the 1970s
The iKing thinks telly is far too fiddly and ugly – basically, iTunes
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Found inside ISIS terror chap's laptop: CELINE DION tunes
REPORT: Stash of terrorist material found in Syria Dell box
OECD lashes out at tax avoiding globocorps' location-flipping antics
You hear that, Amazon, Google, Microsoft et al?
Show us your Five-Eyes SECRETS says Privacy International
Refusal to disclose GCHQ canteen menus and prices triggers Euro Human Rights Court action
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.