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EU accepts Google's latest anti-trust pledges

Published on Feb 5, 2014 7:38 PM

BRUSSELS (AFP) - The European Commission accepted on Wednesday the latest proposals by US giant Google to remedy complaints it abuses its dominant position in the Internet search market, opening the way to a settlement.

“I believe that the new proposal obtained from Google after long and difficult talks can now address the Commission’s concerns,” European Union (EU) Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said.

The Commission, investigating Google since 2010, said the company “has now accepted to guarantee” that whenever it displays its own specialised search services, it will also display the services of three rivals in the same way to users.

This resolves one of the key complaints by competitors, which included US rival Microsoft, that Google ensured its services were more prominently displayed than theirs’, putting them at a serious disadvantage.

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