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BRUSSELS – The European Union's antitrust chief said Wednesday he is looking "very carefully" at allegations that Google Inc. unfairly demotes rivals' sites in search results.
Joaquin Almunia said in a speech that the EU investigation is still at an early stage but that officials were aware of the "importance of search to a competitive online marketplace."
He appeared to accept Google's arguments that it is hard to behave as a monopoly on the web, saying the fluid nature of the Internet may make it more difficult for powerful companies to elbow out other companies in new markets.
British price comparison site Foundem and French legal search engine ejustice.fr complained to the EU that they were ranked low in Google searches, claiming that this may be because they offer rival services to Google.
Google says its search results are entirely controlled by algorithms that demote sites with little useful content for users.
Low rankings matter because a higher ranking in a Google search drives higher volumes of traffic to websites.
[edited by: cien at 10:26 pm (utc) on Jul 7, 2010]
Yes, but the problem is that the listings are not on google.com's search results, they are on another Google real estate which Google will be benefiting from, I believe through Google checkout.
[edited by: TheMadScientist at 10:07 pm (utc) on Jul 7, 2010]
[edited by: TheMadScientist at 10:18 pm (utc) on Jul 7, 2010]
Is search so central to commerce that it needs to have some sort of regulations in place?
Google says its search results are entirely controlled by algorithms
Google has a lot to worry about if found in violation.
Can the large soap manufacturers sue the large nationwide drugstore chain for doing this or is the drugstore chain allowed to decide what soap it puts on what shelf?
"Google says its search results are entirely controlled by algorithms that demote sites with little useful content for users."
Google.cn search results were filtered so as not to bring up any results concerning the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, sites supporting the independence movements of Tibet and Taiwan, the Falun Gong movement, and other information perceived to be harmful to the People's Republic of China (PRC).
Which part of the algorithm awards Google PR10?Are you really asking which part of the algo awards PageRank?
The Inside Google analysis found that the most striking example of the power of the Universal Search strategy is MapQuest, a unit of AOL whose market share has dwindled to 32%, down from 57.24% in July 2007. The Hitwise data shows that the stark decline in visits to MapQuest was accompanied by a closely matching rise in visits to Google Maps, as Google put its own service atop all others for generic address searches.
“MapQuest, a unit of AOL, appears likely to soon be reduced from a dominant player in web commerce to an also-ran, due in large part to the steps taken by Google to favor its own locator service,” the report said. “Google is now the now the dominant provider of local search information with more than 51% of the market.”
This is worth a read about G entering new markets and using its huge user base to leverage new products via its search results... perhaps to the detriment of not just rival products, but to those of us competing within the SERP's.
Google will be jumping into other businesses in which there are a lot of profit to be made.