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FTC's antitrust investigation against Google could end this week

The settlement talks between Google and FTC could be nearing an end, as Google has agreed to voluntarily address FTC's concerns regarding its search practices.
December 17, 2012
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The antitrust lawsuit between Google and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) might be in its ending stages, as the parties seem to have agreed on certain terms that will address FTC’s concerns over Google’s search practices. Google has promised to address the concerns FTC raised in the lawsuit, but things have worked out pretty well for the search giant.

The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal both reported that Google has voluntarily agreed on making changes to its search service, while FTC has agreed on giving the company another chance.

FTC launched the antitrust investigation in 2011, based on allegations that Google’s search results are biased and that they unfairly promote the company’s own products. FTC felt that there should be a level playing field for every other service provider on the internet when it comes to search, which is largely dominated by Google. The changes that Google is going to make are still unknown.

The search results investigation is heading to a conclusion, but the FTC’s investigation on how Google makes use of its mobile technology patents, through Motorola Mobility, is still underway.

FTC is not the only regulatory agency that has accused Google of unlawful behavior. Google is currently under investigation by the European Commission for its allegedly biased search results, as well as four other areas.

According to the New York Times, Google declined to comment on the details of the settlement with the FTC.