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Four of the FTC commissioners have become convinced after more than a year of investigation that Google illegally used its dominance of the search market to hurt its rivals, while one commissioner is skeptical, the sources said.
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.
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.
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.
Right. And I still think this is also why the SERPs have gotten so obscure. Google can afford to irritate searchers for a while; they can't afford to have the algo be straightforward enough for the government's probe to figure it out.
[edited by: xcoder at 6:50 am (utc) on Oct 14, 2012]
But what seems to be overlooked in much of the coverage of his selection is that Wright has a history of receiving funding for his work from groups supported by Google. And of course, as we know, Google has had some ongoing tussles with the FTC, and will likely have more down the road.
“My clients were expecting a fair hearing at the FTC from an unbiased decision maker. It is hard for us in Silicon Valley to understand why our government would make this kind of an appointment with all the jobs and investment at stake in the tech sector. Are unbiased applicants for this position really that hard to come by?”
Problem is that the web has been hijacked by this one company
I canned them 100% in 2007 when they started getting abusive with adwords, I saw then these guys were werid... no business operates like they did, especially to PAYING customers.