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The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is poised to serve Google Inc. with civil subpoenas, according to people familiar with the matter, signaling the start of a wide-ranging, formal antitrust investigation into whether the search giant has abused its dominance on the Web.
The five-member panel is preparing within days to send Google the formal demands for information, the people said. Other companies also are likely receive official requests for information about their dealings with Google at a later stage, the people said.
Representatives for both Google and the FTC declined to comment.
And all of US consumers will be better off -- um... except that isn't how it works.
Google is not benevolent. Nor are we webmasters.
We put up with Google not of necessity but of advantage.
Let us not forget that Google played a role in making us digital bourgeoisie.
...give them six months or so to see if they can guess what they did wrong...
I think you've got that [bourgeoisie] backwards.
I intentionally typed "US", as in "we", not "U.S." (as in "U.S.A.").
...almost every big domain registrar offers free sites, as do lots of other providers...
You should look on this as freeing your talents for more demanding work. I actually intend to tell someone who approached me wanting a small cheap site done to use one of the free services.
I learn the system well and exploit the hell out of it for personal gain.
This is nothing more than a warning shot fired over the bow – it merely calls attention and demands due diligence by all search engines. Google will make concessions, not unlike Microsoft’s settlement in 2002.
At Google, we’ve always focused on putting the user first. We aim to provide relevant answers as quickly as possible—and our product innovation and engineering talent have delivered results that users seem to like, in a world where the competition is only one click away. Still, we recognize that our success has led to greater scrutiny. Yesterday, we received formal notification from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission that it has begun a review of our business. We respect the FTC’s process and will be working with them (as we have with other agencies) over the coming months to answer questions about Google and our services.
It’s still unclear exactly what the FTC’s concerns are, but we’re clear about where we stand. Since the beginning, we have been guided by the idea that, if we focus on the user, all else will follow.