Google faces European antitrust probe

Posted on Tuesday, November 30 2010 @ 19:47 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
The European Commission announced an antitrust investigation of Google, the probe was triggered by complaints from three search rivals that accuse the search giant of unfair business practices:
The search providers leveling the charges are Foundem, a U.K. price comparison site;, a French legal search engine; and Ciao, a U.K. search engine owned by Microsoft. These three Web sites offer vertical search services, which means they provide users with specific online information, such as price comparisons.

As part of its probe, the EC said it will examine whether Google lowered the rankings of the services provided by the three Web sites while giving its own vertical services preferential treatment in unpaid search results.
More info at CNET.

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