NextTag's Katz painted Google as a formerly honest company that let its search-engine
success lead it astray. As founder of Orbitz before creating price-comparison
engine NexTag, Katz said his companies early on enjoyed great access and Web
penetration by advertising with Google.
Google abandoned those core principles when they started interfering with
profit growth. Today, Google doesn't play fair. Google rigs its results,
biasing in favor of Google Shopping and against competitors like us. Google
says that competition is just one click away, but that's not even the
question. The question is, should Google be able to use its market power
to make it difficult for users to find us?
Katz said that when consumers search for running shoes or washing machines,
Google doesn't return the results it did a decade ago. Instead, he claimed, it
points shoppers to its own Product Search engine most of the time to bolster
its own monetary gain. Show us the evidence.
compelling testimony against Google came from Yelp's Stoppelman, whose brushes
with Google have been well-documented and who has successfully influenced the
blogpsphere to portray his company's dust-up with Google as a case of David vs.
alleged that after partnering with Google, Yelp terminated the arrangement only
to discover that Google last year began scraping its content, including local
review snippets, for its Places local-search product. The CEO also claimed that
Google said Yelp had to allow its content to be indexed to appear in Google's
to this injurious scraping, Google then provided preferential treatment to its
own, newer reviews recommendation engine, over Yelp's content. Stoppelman said
Yelp and other rivals "take a back seat to Google's own competing
products" as Google provides larger text, great graphics and isolated
something that might seem suspicious. Google-after admitting in late June that
it was facing an antitrust inquiry from the FTC
-in July yanked Yelp and other review snippets from its Places
questioned whether this was an admission of anticompetitive conduct. It
certainly didn't look good, even if it was the right thing to do.
He concluded: "When
one controls the market, it ultimately controls consumer choice. If competition
were a click away as Google suggests, why have they invested so heavily to be
the sole choice in Web browsers and phones. They are not taking