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The majority of top decision-makers at the Federal Trade Commission believe that an antitrust case should be brought against Google Inc, meaning the search giant could soon be headed into tough negotiations, three people familiar with the matter said.

Four of the FTC commissioners have become convinced after more than a year of investigation that Google illegally used its dominance of the search market to hurt its rivals, while one commissioner is skeptical, the sources said.

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Do no evil?
Edited by Twitchie - 10/14/12 at 12:57pm
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Meh, the other big tech companies have also had antitrust cases thrown at them. They'll all get off with a slap on the wrist, like always.
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We didn't do it,its a bug,its an organized crime that infiltrated us ,its the fault of stucksnet(grin)
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interesting. just like microsoft. google probably doesn't want to play ball with some piece of legislation, so now there's an antitrust lawsuit coming.
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Companies rarely talk publicly about their dealings with the FTC, but consumer reviews website Yelp and comparison shopping website Nextag have both complained about Google during open hearings in Congress.

"Boo hoo, No one goes to our site! Blame Google!"

Look, I know of both Yelp and Nextag. I just don't care about them. Sucks to be them, time to step up their game.

Google points me to the sites I do care about first: Anand, Newegg, OCN... That is what I want, and what I get. Nothing wrong with that.
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The majority of top decision-makers at the Federal Trade Commission believe that an antitrust case should be brought against Google Inc, meaning the search giant could soon be headed into tough negotiations, three people familiar with the matter said.
So how exactly does that work? Do the FTC commissioners decide that Google is doing to well for their own good, and put their heads together brainstorming ways to knock them down a few pegs? rolleyes.gif
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In a related issue, the FTC is looking at Google's handling of valuable patents, which are determined to be essential to smartphones. The agency is trying to determine if they are licensed fairly and whether patent infringement lawsuits are used to hamper innovation.
Umm.... I think you've got the wrong company there.
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Every big company does this!
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is it ironic that this was found on yahoo?

OT i dunno about this one. search market is just that, a seach engine. whoever has the better search is simply better, or is my thinking flawed...

why would you complain about a search company for either way? I mean, there's several other searches you can use. If you didn't get the hits you wanted, well don't they know that you have to pay to play? they seriously shouldn't be expecting freebies.

what this really seems to me is just another money grab.
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The FTC staff may suddendly find their google searches unresponsive and their android phones stop working smile.gif
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they probably own iphones, lol.
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In a related issue, the FTC is looking at Google's handling of valuable patents, which are determined to be essential to smartphones. The agency is trying to determine if they are licensed fairly and whether patent infringement lawsuits are used to hamper innovation.

This person needs to use google to find Apple's major shareholders.. Then they'll find out why the FTC is getting involved
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Edited by hollowtek - 10/15/12 at 3:02am
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they definitely own iphones, lol.

fixed that for you. Apple has more control over a lot of areas than Google does, yet i don't see an anti-trust lawsuit going on for them.
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Meh, the other big tech companies have also had antitrust cases thrown at them. They'll all get off with a slap on the wrist, like always.

Clearly you weren't around for the Microsoft case back in the 90s... rolleyes.gif
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But key questions for any FTC case would be proving that it has an effective monopoly in search, and that consumers have been harmed by its actions

I think the two parts in bold are the most important things to take away from this article. Just because Google is huge, does not necessarily dictate that it has a monopoly for web searches, and does not automatically mean consumers have been harmed. If Google delivers the results that people want, if it gives consumers the product they ask for, I fail to see this going anywhere. I'm no lawyer, I'm sure the government wouldn't go after them unless they think they really have something on Google, but from my seat I don't see how Google has done anything wrong. They provide a great product, they listen to feedback from their consumers, I hope this goes nowhere fast
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