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Sep032010

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s Office Inquires Google About ‘Foundem, SourceTool/TradeComet, myTriggers’

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.

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