Sgt_Kickaxe - 2:58 am on Oct 13, 2012 (gmt 0)
Another link - [nytimes.com...]
The government’s escalating pursuit of Google is the most far-reaching antitrust investigation of a corporation since the landmark federal case against Microsoft in the late 1990s. The agency’s central focus is whether Google manipulates search results to favor its own products, and makes it harder for competitors and their products to appear prominently on a results page.
It makes you wonder if Google has seen this coming for some time and anti trust suits are part of the reason Google is quickly re-branding itself from "search engine" to "knowledge". You can't be guilty of favorable search result placement if you're no longer a pure search engine, or in the least it would be more difficult.
The Federal Trade Commission is raising the ante in its antitrust confrontation with Google with the commission staff preparing a recommendation that the government sue the search giant.
The stock price should tell us how serious this is in a few weeks, after the report comes out and a reaction to it is known.