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Google's dominance in Internet search are among the issues the Senate's leading legislator on antitrust issues plans to scrutinize in the months ahead.
Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.) specifically called out Google as a potential cause for concern. The senator in December urged the Justice Department to conduct a "careful review" of the search giant's attempted acquisition of travel search software firm ITA.
"In recent years, the dominance over Internet search of the world's largest search engine, Google, has increased and Google has increasingly sought to acquire e-commerce sites in myriad businesses," Kohl said in a news release.
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Conduct a "careful review" of the search giant's attempted acquisition of travel search software firm ITA.
Closely examine allegations raised by e-commerce websites that compete with Google that they are being treated unfairly in search ranking
[edited by: tedster at 9:11 pm (utc) on Mar 11, 2011]
[edit reason] extend the quotation [/edit]
...they're pushing the envelope to see where the boundaries are located. Once they find that line, then their lawyers can advise them to step right up to it, and maybe even on it, but not over it....
They cannibalized a growth industry and destroyed it by incorporating into their OS, much like Google is doing with certain ways they play with indexed information making it more or less their own
10 years ago they were IT sweethearts and opened our minds to information retrieval on the scale of the web with clean results and a clean interface.
This issue represents the growing pains of the human race.
Could google have access to insider information about firms that is not available to other investors?