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Antitrust Complaint Filed Against Google in South Korea

Posted Apr 15, 2011 8:39 AM CDT
By Stephanie Francis Ward

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South Korea’s biggest Internet providers, NHN and Daum Communications, filed an antitrust complaint against Google on Friday, alleging that it’s pushing down competition in the country’s domestic mobile search market by limiting their access to the Android smartphone operating system.

The petition, according to the Financial Times, was filed in South Korea’s Fair Trade Commission, asking the group to investigate Google’s Korea business practices. The Internet providers allege that Google pressured smartphone manufacturers and operators to not preload the providers’ applications on the mobile devices.

Google is also facing an anti-trust complaint with the European Commission, made last month by Microsoft.

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