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FTC is looking to close Google investigation

Aiming to finish by year end
Thu Sep 20 2012, 09:37
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TRADE REGULATOR, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will be glad to finish its investigation of Google and competition by year end.

In a speech this week FTC chairman Jon Leibowitz revealed the self imposed deadline, saying that it expects to have worked out whether Google is using its weight to force out other firms by the holidays.

According to the New York Times, in a speech at Georgetown University law school Liebowitz said that the commission is working its way through the evidence to see whether or not Google uses its internet search dominance to push people towards its own services.

However, he refused to be drawn on which way the FTC might rule. "We have not decided as a commission what we're going to do, where we're going to go with respect to Google," he said.

"We're doing what we're supposed to be doing - we're weighing the evidence, we're thinking it through, in a collective, collaborative bipartisan way."

He added that if the decision falls against Google, then that firm should expect to be in a trial within eight months. µ


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