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US prepares probe on Google's search dominance

2:09 am on Apr 30, 2011 (gmt 0)

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The US Federal Trade Commission is alerting high-tech companies to gather data in preparation for a probe of Google Inc.’s dominance of the Internet search industry, three people familiar with the matter said.

The agency told the companies that it plans to issue so- called civil investigative demands for the information, said the people, who requested anonymity because the FTC hasn’t made the matter public. The demands are similar to subpoenas.

The FTC, which has been considering a broad investigation, waited until the Justice Department concluded its own review of Mountain View, California-based Google’s acquisition of ITA Software Inc., two people familiar with the matter said earlier this month.

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7:36 am on Apr 30, 2011 (gmt 0)

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About time I say..
3:35 pm on May 1, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Where is the +1 button?
3:45 pm on May 1, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I'm glad. I hope they get what's coming to them. Long overdue.
11:01 am on May 5, 2011 (gmt 0)

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About time! Screwing their competitors by penalizing them and by adding a gazillion Google links in search they are using their monopoly to win unfairly in new markets.
U.S. Senator Herb Kohl, the Wisconsin Democrat who heads a Judiciary antitrust subcommittee, has said he will examine Google’s business practices. Senator Mike Lee of Utah, the panel’s senior Republican, has called for hearings.

The EU probe is examining whether Google discriminated against other services in search results and stopped websites from accepting rival ads. A complaint from Microsoft last month may expand the investigation to online video and mobile phones.

Google is facing growing scrutiny from regulators as it bolsters its search business. Officials in Texas and the European Commission have started investigations into Google’s search dominance, while Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is considering such a probe.
2:59 pm on May 6, 2011 (gmt 0)

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A big difference between a probe and some actual results. It's a start, though.
3:07 pm on May 6, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Saw this quote in one of the forums.

Google's New Motto - "Don't be Evil, We are already Evil".
4:26 pm on May 6, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Great thread - I had missed it : thanks.

Millions of businesses, with millions of employed people all over the world, are at the whim and mercy of an abusive monopoly that has used its truly superior technical capability to do evil. They have chosen to abuse their dominant position in extreme & illegal ways, stifling competition and promoting their greed and profit under unacceptable restrictive practices and the cheap PR spin of supposedly "improving search results" and "banning spamers".

Time for heads to roll.

4:40 pm on May 6, 2011 (gmt 0)

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The government hates to lose. EU has their thing going too so either way this is not a good thing for Google.

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