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Google rivals asked if concessions go far enough in antitrust inquiry

07
Nov
2013

European regulators have asked Googles rivals whether the Internet search engines revised proposals to settle an antitrust case will boost their bargaining power in commercial negotiations, a European Commission document showed. Google has promised to post more prominent links to rival shopping, travel and restaurant sites when a user searches for content, as well as reduce the minimum price advertisers can offer to pay for paid ads. Google is seeking to end a three-year old investigation by the European Commission and avert a fine that could be as high as $5 billion for blocking competitors in search results. Googles first proposal in April was rejected by its competitors, including Microsoft and British price comparison site Foundem.

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