Recently Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s office, which’s conducting an antitrust review of Google asked to Google for information about a number of companies whose cases have been well publicized. Here’s some background on them:
- Foundem — British price comparison site backed by ICOMP, an organization funded by Microsoft —claim that Google’s algorithms demote their site because they’re a direct competitor to our search engine. NYU professor James Grimmelmann said concluded, “I want Google to be able to rank them poorly.”
- SourceTool/TradeComet run by parent company TradeComet, whose private antitrust lawsuit against Google was dismissed by a federal judge. Media have noted that TradeComet is represented by Microsoft antitrust attorneys, and independent search experts have called SourceTool a “click arbitrage” site with little original content.
- myTriggers represented by Microsoft’s antitrust attorneys, alleges they suffered a drop in traffic because Google reduced their ad quality ratings. But recent filings have revealed that company’s own servers overheated, explaining their reduced traffic.