In Europe, Mr Almunia, the head of the European Union’s antitrust regulatory body is convinced that Google is giving preference to its own properties in search results especially for news, maps, shopping, and he intends to investigate fully. Foundem, a shopping search engine in the UK, is also very upset and is finally suing Google for anti-competitive conduct. Google faced these complaints in the United States also, but just last week the FTC ruled there wasn’t enough factual evidence to prove “search bias”.
The latest posting by Danny Sullivan at Search Engine Land – EU Antitrust Chief: Google “Diverting Traffic” & Will Be Forced To Change (Jan 10) – is an entry point to many reports about anti-trust complaints against Google.
The Guardian has a recap of the issues – Google set for Brussels showdown (Jan 10)