Google settles antitrust probe with European Union, will promote rival services

Shawn Knight

TechSpot Staff
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Google has reached a settlement with the European Union to end a three-year antitrust probe that could have resulted in a fine of up to $5 billion, or 10 percent of the search giant's 2012 revenue. Instead, Google will change...

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I guess Bing is next?

Unless I'm missing something, the EU should be ashamed for this quick money grab.

If promoting your own services is against the law everything would be incredibly twisted.


TS Evangelist
Whoa thats pushing the bar $4 to get advertised by your competitor it should cost a hell of a lot more than that, I dont get what all the fuss is about its anti-competitive for a competitor to basically tell others about their competitors services.

Google own and the other google companies so they should be allowed to say remove the competitors from their own search like they normally do. Its like microsoft being told they have to put a option for others to install linux when you use a windows installation disk.

Soon Apple will be forced to put their competitors products on their site.


Hopefully it will work as well as having Microsoft allow you to choose a different search engine. In India we can select a different search engine, but it will not actually use it or allow you to save your choice.