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EU: Google, you only have a couple of weeks to provide more concessions before formal anti-trust charges are filed

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 15 Jan 2014 17:29

EU: Google, you only have a couple of weeks to provide more concessions before formal anti-trust charges are filed In December, EU antitrust boss Joaquin Almunia rejected Google's offer to settle a European Union anti-trust investigation, claiming there were not enough concessions. At the time, the official said Google had "some" time to return with a new offer.
It appears that time has come.

Almunia has said today that the commission is still waiting for Google's response, having heard nothing in the last three weeks. "We need more and we need more not during the next year, we need more during the next weeks," he said.

Google has been under investigation by the European Commission antitrust regulators since 2010 over complaints that they block competition, such as Microsoft and Foundem, from search results. The Commission asked 125 Google competitors for feedback on the previous settlement offers, and they have rejected each of the deals so far.

Really, what the EU is looking for is a removal of concerns about vertical searches, which are the specialized searches for individual products.

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