matrix_jan - 6:54 pm on Jun 3, 2012 (gmt 0) [edited by: tedster at 7:26 am (utc) on Jun 4, 2012]
EU tells Google to fix search or face antitrust probe
The EU's antitrust chief has set a July 2 deadline for Google to offer changes in its search engine and advertising algorithms or face investigation into alleged favoritism. The search giant is accused of abusing its market dominance.
Google is currently used for about 90 per cent of all internet searches in Europe. The EU is concerned that the company may be tinkering with search results to put its own services ahead of competitors and bans rivals from advertising at Google-controlled web pages, thus violating the semi-monopoly, Joaquin Almunia, the head of competition policy said in a letter.
Almunia indicated, that he expects Google to follow the request without the issue being taken to court. If the situation develops otherwise, a high profile battle not unlike Brusselsí antitrust war against Microsoft last decade may follow. In the worst-case scenario Google may face multimillion-euro fines.
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[edited by: tedster at 7:26 am (utc) on Jun 4, 2012]