FTC under fire for passing on Google’s search practices, critics say

Google once was seen as such a ripe target for investigation that the nation’s antitrust enforcers battled over the right to claim it as their own, as a potential high-tech pelt to be hung on the wall alongside Microsoft and AT&T.Yet after nearly two years of a high-profile probe, Google recently reached a tentative settlement deal that many observers called a slap on the wrist. And the agency that claimed the case in 2011, the Federal Trade Commission, began facing such withering criticism that the agreement was showing signs of fraying Tuesday night, according to people following the case closely.

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