Google facing US antitrust probe - reports

Posted in: Government & Policy at 24/06/2011 15:37

US federal regulators are preparing to issue court orders to Google and other companies as part of a probe into practices in Google's search engine business, US media report.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is expected to open a formal inquiry within the next several days, the Wall Street Journal said.

The FTC is looking at whether Google manipulates its search results to steer users to its own sites and services.

Google has not commented on the matter.

To read this BBC News report in full, see:
www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-13899197

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www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/jun/23/google-investigation-federal-trade-commission

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Google's critics Thursday were cheering a report that the Federal Trade Commission is poised to issue subpoenas against the Internet search giant as part of a possible antitrust probe.

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