Google probe: US state attorneys, justice officials seek coordination

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Updated 28 January 2020

Google probe: US state attorneys, justice officials seek coordination

  • Google dominates the US market for online advertising with a 36 percent share, compared to 19 percent for Facebook

WASHINGTON: The US Justice Department and state attorneys general are meeting this week for talks on their concurrent investigations into possible anti-competitive practices by Google, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The Journal said the talks could eventually lead to the two groups joining forces as their investigations progress.

The Justice Department and the state attorneys general have not so far shared investigative materials from their respective probes, but officials said that could change.

At least seven state attorneys general have been invited to the meeting, according to the Journal, which cited people familiar with the matter.

A focus of the probes is Google’s dominant position in the online advertising market, the report said.

Another subject of scrutiny, it said, is possible anti-competitive behavior by Google in its Android operating system. The meeting is likely to include discussions of those issues as well as the scope of the investigations and how the work might be divided among them, the Journal said.

Neither the Justice Department nor the state attorneys general commented on the report, nor did Google.

Google dominates the US market for online advertising with a 36 percent share, compared to 19 percent for Facebook.

Facebook is under investigation by the Federal Trade Commission’s consumer protection bureau, which is looking into the impact on competition of the company’s acquisitions of Instagram and WhatsApp.

The House Judiciary, meanwhile, is examining the practices of Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon.


TishTash finds new way in COVID world to connect with audiences

Updated 21 September 2020

TishTash finds new way in COVID world to connect with audiences

  • Two-hundred influencers and media “drove through” the event without having to leave their cars
  • The path from entry to exit was filled with the latest beauty, health and wellness trends, interspersed with a few branded surprises along the way

DUBAI: TishTash, a boutique beauty and wellness communications agency, came up with a creative new way to connect and engage with influencers and media while staying physically distant and safe. 
The company partnered with Costa Coffee on Al-Wasl Road, Dubai, to hold its #TishTashThru event in a drive-thru style.
Two-hundred influencers and media “drove through” the event without having to leave their cars. 
The path from entry to exit was filled with the latest beauty, health and wellness trends, interspersed with a few branded surprises along the way.
With attendees given an hourly slot in which to arrive, motivational messages greeted cars as they wound their way through the drive thru. 
Brands including Kibsons, Earth Goods, Missha, Medcare, Vierro, Citron, FC Beauty, Prickly Pear, Skin Republic, Izil Beauty, Caha Capo, Mustela and Champion Cleaners showcased their seasonal launches, allowing attendees to get an exclusive preview of new products and ventures.
Attendees exited with wellness-orientated tips and tricks, a beauty stash, and their Costa order of choice from the new Value Menu.
“It was an amazing event delivered by the team at TishTash. What seemed like a crazy idea was brought to life and delivered fantastically,” said Shemaine Jones, head of marketing at Emirates Leisure Retail.
“We reached over 200 influencers in a fun and safe manner, the coverage has been amazing, and we had the highest attendance of any event we’ve ever done. Thank you to the amazing TishTash team.”