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January 3, 2013
06:02 EDTGOOG, MSFTMicrosoft: Still seeking resolution to search competition issues
In a blog post, Dave Heiner, Microsoft's (MSFT) deputy general counsel, says "The European Commission has stated publicly that Google (GOOG) must address four areas of concern regarding its business practices, or else it will face enforcement action. We understand that the European Commission and Google are working toward a binding, enforceable legal order that would address these competition law concerns. Separately, news reports suggest that Google will finally agree to live up to its promises to make its standard essential patents available to all on reasonable terms. Unfortunately, this agreement appears to be less demanding than the pledge the U.S. Department of Justice received from Apple (AAPL) and Microsoft nearly a year ago...We continue to be dogged by an issue we had hoped would be resolved by now: Google continues to prevent Microsoft from offering consumers a fully featured YouTube app for the Windows Phone...Hopefully, Google will wake up to a New Year with a resolution to change its ways and start to conform with the antitrust laws. If not, then 2013 hopefully will be the year when antitrust enforcers display the resolve that Google continues to lack." Reference Link
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April 6, 2015
06:28 EDTMSFTMicrosoft completes latest round of layoffs, Business Insider reports
Microsoft has completed its latest round of layoffs in a move to "remove role overlap, optimize activities and functions, align disciplines with the rest of Microsoft, and, perhaps most importantly, reshape IT for the skills we need to transform," Business Insider reports, citing an email from Chief Information Officer Jim DuBois. A company spokesperson commented that the company believes this will be the "last of the anticipated broad cuts as part of the restructuring plan announced last July." Though it is unclear how many employees were laid off in this round, affected workers are coming from Microsoft's divisions and not focused on former Nokia employees. Reference Link
05:54 EDTGOOGYouTube planning advertising campaign aimed at Canada, Globe and Mail says
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April 5, 2015
16:56 EDTGOOGEU considers major probe into Internet platforms, WSJ says
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14:32 EDTGOOGAntitrust suit against Google over Android app limits dropped, Reuters says
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