U.S. Inquiry of Google Is Expected to Press On

The Federal Trade Commission is unlikely to finish until January its investigation into whether Google abused its power in the search market, people briefed on the investigation said on Tuesday.The agency’s chairman, Jon Leibowitz, has consistently said that the commission was aiming to finish its inquiry by the end of 2012, and all signs have been pointing to an imminent settlement, including reports of a Google proposal to avoid formal punishment by promising to change some of its practices.
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/19/technology/google-wins-time-from-eu-antitrust-enforcer.htmlAlso see:Google May Make EU Antitrust Offer After Almunia Meeting
Google Inc. should send an offer to European Union regulators next month to settle its investigation, the EU’s antitrust chief said after meeting Google Chairman Eric Schmidt today.EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said he expects “Google to come forward with a detailed commitment text in January” that would allow the Brussels-based authority to end the probe into allegations that the world’s largest search engine operator discriminates against rivals.

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