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Internet: Google under investigation

1 December 2010
Presseurop
La Tribune

La Tribune, 1 December 2010

"Brussels targets all-powerful Google," headlines La Tribune. The French daily reports on a "formal investigation into the possible abuse” of the Californian firm’s “dominant position in the online search market" opened by the Directorate-General for Competition under Commissioner Joaquín Almunia. The Commission is responding to complaints filed by several of Google’s competitors (including a number of price comparison websites), which argue that it unfairly lowers the ranking of search results giving a preferential position to its own services. The business daily explains that "the investigation opened by Brussels has the potential to bring together a number of investigations that are currently in progress in Germany, France and Italy" in the wake of similar complaints. Google, which controls 90% of the European online search market, insists that it has not violated any competition legislation.