Skip to comments.FTC to deepen Google probe: report
Posted on 06/23/2011 12:41:20 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Google Inc is about to receive the civil equivalent of a subpoena from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission as part of a probe into the giant Web company's Internet search business, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter.
The company, which dominates U.S. and global markets for search advertising, has been accused by competitors of favoring its own services over rivals in its search results.
Google, the world's No. 1 search engine, and the FTC declined to comment on the Journal report.
The FTC plans to send the civil investigative demand with a request for more information, the civil equivalent of a subpoena, within five days, according to the report.
U.S. antitrust regulators have been concerned about Google's dominance of the Web search industry, and it has been under investigation by the European Commission since last November.
Complaints has been filed with regulators on both sides of the Atlantic, many from Google rivals who specialize in vertical searches like price comparison websites,..
"The distraction that comes from a federal investigation should not be underestimated," Colin Gillis of BGC Partners said, noting that one of Google's best options to grow -- by moving into adjacent markets -- was being hampered by antitrust probes.
.. "The issue comes down to management distraction, that's a real cost," he said.
Google has been in a stock slump. Share prices began the year a touch above $600, but are now below $500. Google was trading at $476.60 on Thursday, down just more than 2 percent.
Google has weathered other antitrust setbacks. The company walked away from a search deal with Yahoo! Inc in 2008 when the Justice Department signaled it was prepared to challenge it.
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And ties to Obama?
The only thing that I learn from this is that Google (even as corrupt and sleazy as they are) has not given the Obamaloon mob enough payola yet.
Hopefully, they’ll contact Holder soon to arrange the cash - deliver to be somewhere in Chicago.
Yep, thats how things work in Chicaaagow
I switched my homepage to Bing a couple days ago.
The Google execs are creepy; the top guys are sold out to green energy and are advising him on how to use tech to get re-elected.
I guess they will have to call in a couple of favors to Obama to get this investigation whitewashed.
Or, maybe they are having a sham investigation performed now in anticipation of the republicans taking over in two years.
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