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February 24th, 2010, 08:00 AM #1
Google faces Brussels antitrust scrutinyGoogle faces Brussels antitrust scrutiny
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The European Commission has launched a preliminary antitrust investigation into Google’s search engine and its search-advertising service.
The European Commission on Wednesday said it had contacted the US internet company about two weeks ago about three complaints it had received and that the commission itself was examining them. The authorities in Brussels stressed that they had not opened a formal investigation in the company or its practices at this stage.
According to Google, one of the three complaints was from rival Microsoft. That protest, from an online service called Ciao that was recently bought by the software company, echoes a complaint that had already been lodged with regulators in Germany.
The Commission added that it had asked Google to comment on the complaints and that it was co-operating closely with national competition authorities. This procedure is standard practice when complaints are received in Brussels, and it can take some time – often months – before a decision is made either to begin a formal probe or to drop the matter.
Google has faced antitrust reviews on both sides of the Atlantic. However, no government agency had previously started an official inquiry into its search and search-advertising services, in spite of indications from officials in both Brussels and Washington that such a review might become necessary.
Google's response in their European Public Policy Blog:
Your thoughts?Richard Gaskin
Developer of WebMerge: Publish any data feed on any site
February 24th, 2010, 08:37 AM #2
I love Google's response:
"Whys everybody always pickin' on me?"
-rematt"I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant." - Richard Nixon
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