Google warned it could face antitrust proceedings in Europe

Europe’s antitrust chief has publicly warned Google that it could face charges of breaching EU rules, and be fined, unless it does more to ease concerns that it used its search clout to block rivals.EU competition commissioner Joaquin Almunia said that so far concessions from Google – which is in talks with the European Commission to resolve complaints from competitors, including Microsoft, which claim it is abusing its dominant position in the search business – had not gone far enough. see:Europe Hints at Impatience in Settling Google Case
The European Union’s top antitrust regulator, Joaquín Almunia, said Friday that there were limits to how much longer his office would try to negotiate a settlement with Google over whether its Internet search engine favored the company’s own Web offerings to the detriment of competitors.Mr. Almunia, in a news conference, also said he could still issue formal charges, known as a statement of objections, against Google if the talks did “not give us the results we are looking for, the elimination of our concerns in this market.”

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