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    FTC to Serve Google With Subpoenas
    Some companies complain about the way that Google ranks its own services in its "natural" search results or the amount it charges them for placing ads, contending that its market power gives it the ability to determine whether businesses succeed or fail.
    Thursday, June 23, 2011
    FTC to Serve Google With Subpoenas in Broad Antitrust Probe - WSJ.com

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    Here's more on that: Google Is About To Be Hit With An Antitrust Probe From The FTC
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    wow, this is going to be interesting. the comparison to Microsoft is about the closest thing in recent memory, but in superCool's opinion Google has even more power and reach. they pretty much own the internet and they have to keep adding value for shareholders so they must continue to expand (slowly....bit by bit). don't see how they can be expected to play "fair" with traffic when they have such a big stake in so many verticals. a very tough problem to try to solve.

    so what has Microsoft really done to change? Apple is gaining slowly on Windows, but there is still very little competition.

    superCool just hopes that whatever they end up doing it doesn't break the internet

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    An antitrust investigation would focus on whether Google search is unfairly driving traffic to its other sites, a news report says
    Possible areas of inquiry, according to WSJ, include whether Google—which accounts for around two-thirds of internet searches in the U.S. and more abroad—unfairly channels users to its own growing network of services at the expense of rivals.

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    Could be wrong, but I think it will be tough to prove much wrong doing...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Convergence View Post
    Could be wrong, but I think it will be tough to prove much wrong doing...
    My thoughts exactly.
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    I disagree - I think a prima facie case can be made statistically that G does this, and that could shift the burden of proof to G to prove that its result are objectively valid. This could also cause them to have to reveal their heavily-guarded algorithm info.
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    G does this
    On their own site.
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    Not only the feds, but attorneys general in NY, CA, OH & TX have also begun their own investigations.
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