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Google antitrust probe in U.S. may be wrapping up

Christina DesMarais | Dec. 17, 2012
Google may get a chance to voluntarily change some of its advertising and search practices following a two-year antitrust investigation by U.S. regulators.

The European Union and India are still investigating allegations of anticompetitive practices by Google.

Competition Commission of India, the country's antitrust agency, in August launched a probe against Google for alleged anti-competitive practices following a complaint by a consumer watchdog group.

And EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia recently said negotiations with Google to settle an antitrust probe have "advanced," but talks are not yet concluded. He also said he could not anticipate the outcome of ongoing talks although they couldn't go on forever in spite of the fact that there is no precise deadline for their conclusion.

FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz had previously said he expected the U.S. probe to be wrapped up before the end of the year.


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