Europe Likely to Be Harder on Google Over Search

By some accounts, the United States let Google off the hook when it found that the technology giant had not abused its dominance in the Internet search market.Few expect the European antitrust watchdog to be as lenient.The Federal Trade Commission ruled on Thursday that Google had not broken antitrust laws, after a 19-month inquiry into how it operated its search engine. But the European Commission, which is pursuing claims that the company rigs results to favor its own businesses, operates under a different standard.
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/05/technology/europe-likely-to-be-harder-on-google-over-search.htmlAlso see:US ruling on Google ‘will not sway European inquiry’
After the US regulator this week dismissed allegations that Google gives unfair prominence to its own services in search results, the European commission has denied that the decision will affects its own investigation into the claims.The US federal trade commission (FTC) ruled after a two-year investigation that “Google’s primary purpose … was to improve the user experience”. The decision drew immediate condemnation from Microsoft. EC spokesman Michael Jennings said on Friday: “We have taken note of the FTC decision, but we don’t see that it has any direct implications for our investigation, for our discussions with Google, which are ongoing.”
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/jan/04/google-european-investigation-ftcEU says its Google case not affected by U.S. ruling
A decision by U.S. regulators to end a probe into whether Google Inc hurt rivals by manipulating internet searches will not affect the European Union’s examination of the company.”We have taken note of the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) decision, but we don’t see that it has any direct implications for our investigation, for our discussions with Google, which are ongoing,” said Michael Jennings, a spokesman for the European Commission, the EU executive.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/01/04/uk-google-antitrust-eu-idUKBRE9030EQ20130104
http://in.reuters.com/article/2013/01/04/google-antitrust-eu-idINDEE90306120130104

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