martinibuster - 7:33 pm on Jan 3, 2013 (gmt 0)
From the New York Times [nytimes.com]:
The Federal Trade Commission on Thursday found that Google had not violated antitrust or anticompetition statutes...
The F.T.C. found that although Google sometimes favors its own products when producing search results with its ubiquitous search engine, its actions were “not undertaken without legitimate justification,” said Jon Leibowitz, the F.T.C. chairman.
Google agreed, however, to take certain actions to address what Mr. Leibowitz called “the most problematic business practices,” those that “relate to search in search advertising.”
Frankly, Microsoft and the others who were shoving kindling under this investigation should focus on making their own products better instead of relying on the tactic of suppressing those who are better, a common resort of the mediocre. I am glad for this ruling because the root of this has been about the mediocre who can't compete finding a way to suppress Google's better product.
I hope this lights a fire under Microsoft's butt and they start innovating, starting with being more liberal with backlink information. They have a good search engine but need to work on getting people to embrace it. A backlink search is a start for getting webmaster love.