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EU Launches Antitrust Probe Into Google’s Search Results

Posted Nov 30, 2010 7:16 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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The European Union has begun an antitrust probe of Google’s treatment of competing services in its online search results.

The European Commission will investigate whether Google gave preferential treatment to its own services and unfavorable treatment to competitors that offer services such as online price comparisons of retail goods, the New York Times reports.

The investigation is more far-reaching than scrutiny of the company in the United States, the Times says. “Authorities there have been examining Google’s acquisitions and actions for indications that its market power may be anti-competitive, but have so far not brought any formal proceedings,” according to the newspaper.

Google released a statement saying it will work with the Commission to address any concerns.

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