Europe Archives


Surprise — Local Search Not Part of EU’s Google Antitrust Charges

Tweet As expected this morning the European Commission filed a formal Statement of Objections against Google. These are formal charges that Google abused its market position in search in Europe. Google will get a chance to rebut them but the outlook for Google is not great. Google competitors and critics had been vigorously lobbying for […]

Cities Trying to Protect Taxi Biz Against Uber Onslaught

Tweet I hate the overuse of the term “disruption.” It may be descriptive but it has become a cliche. It clearly applies, however, in the case of Uber, and similar ride-sharing services Lyft and SideCar. While the taxi business is still healthy in New York it has dramatically declined in other US cities. For example, an […]

SMBs: Our Websites ‘Critical’ but We’re Not Investing in Them

Tweet Another survey (from Browser Media) has found a kind of SMB paradox. The December 2013 survey found that SMBs overwhelmingly believe their websites are important or critical to their success but most aren’t investing to improve or market them. The survey, conducted in the UK with a relatively small sample of 188 mostly SMBs, found […]

What Google’s New European ‘Rival Links’ Local Results Will Look Like

Tweet Many of you already know this: yesterday Google and the European Commission settled the antitrust search investigation against the company in Europe. The parallel US action was settled a year ago. There were a number of issues in the case; however the main focus was on Google’s “vertical results,” which rivals contended were siphoning […]

Local Social Summit (London) Less than a Month Away

Tweet Now in its fifth year the Local Social Summit is the best event on location, social media and mobility in Europe. It also offers a more intimate atmosphere, making for more interaction and Q&A with speakers and more interesting discussions in the hallways. It’s a mix of Europeans, people from the UK and Americans. […]

Demand for iPhone 5C Strong in HK, UK

Tweet Pre-orders on the iPhone 5C began yesterday. In the US market the September 20 ship dates haven’t “slipped.” But elsewhere demand appears to be heavy. In the UK demand is apparently “huge”: Scott Hooton, Chief Commercial Officer at Phones 4u has described demand for the new phones to be ‘phenomenal’ and easily outstrips that for the Apple iPhone […]

Google Tests Links to Rival Local Sites in UK Search Results

Tweet Barry Schwartz at Search Engine Roundtable posted about the discovery of a new Google UK local search results page. It displays three links to competitor services: These three “rival links” are part of a package of formal concessions Google has offered to the European Commission to settle the antitrust case against the company. Google […]

Microsoft Declines to Buy Nokia’s HERE Maps

Tweet In an exchange on Twitter last night shortly after the Microsoft-Nokia announcement, Marc Prioleau pointed out to me that Nokia’s mapping business (HERE), is not being acquired. Redmond is licensing HERE for Windows Phones as part of the $2+ billion (of the total $7+ billion) being paid for licensing fees. As a general matter […]

In Europe Google’s Local Results Will Look Mostly the Same

Tweet You may or may not have been following the Google antitrust investigation in Europe. I’ve been writing quite about it over at Search Engine Land. As you may recall the FTC declined to pursue the “search bias” claim in its antitrust settlement with Google. By comparison the Europeans have expressed concern about Google’s “diversion […]

Local Social Summit Coming Up Fast

Tweet The Local Social Summit in London is only a few weeks away (November 13). I’ll be presenting and moderating on the following sessions: 10 Big (Local) Trends in 10 Minutes High Noon on The High Street – The Connected Consumer and the Future of Local Shopping The Convergence of Mobile Payments, Analytics and Loyalty […]