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European Commission is close to ending Google antitrust probe

Expect a decision after Easter
Wed Mar 28 2012, 15:43

A COMPETITION INVESTIGATION by the European Commission into Google's business will close soon, according to the man running it.

European Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia told reporters today that he will come to a decision about the firm and its internet dominance, or lack of it, after 8 April, which suggests that an announcement will follow shortly thereafter.

The investigation was instigated by rivals like Microsoft suggesting that Google abuses its position in internet search, mapping and news services, to the detriment of competition.

"(The case team) has asked me for some more days, even weeks, because next week we have holidays for some people," Almunia told a news briefing, according to Reuters.

"Maybe after Easter we will have some more clear consideration... We want to advance in our investigation but we want to advance on a solid basis, not because of a letter or some pressures."

Although the Microsoft complaint kicked things off, the scale of the study goes wider than just business influence, said Almunia, and late last year he said that it would look at whether Google influences people unfairly through its search results. µ


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