Friday, December 14, 2007

Google-DoubleClick deal hit by deleted Web page controversy | The Iconoclast - politics, law, and technology - CNET News.com

Apparently some high-stakes poker in play...

The antimerger groups, the Electronic Privacy Information Center and the Center for Digital Democracy, cited our article and the subsequent deletion in a letter to the FTC on Thursday saying the commission's representatives "who addressed yesterday the representation of Doubleclick by Jones Day before the Commission were either misinformed or willfully misled the public." They're filing a Freedom of Information Act request for any relevant documents.

The subtext here is that EPIC and CDD are trying to embarrass Majoras into recusing herself, which would remove a Republican vote likely to be more sympathetic to free market arguments. That would leave two Republicans and two Democrats left with a vote. (On the other hand, for all we know, all five commissioners could be enthusiastic about supporting the deal.)

Google-DoubleClick deal hit by deleted Web page controversy | The Iconoclast - politics, law, and technology - CNET News.com

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