The U.S. Federal Trade Commission's nearly two-year antitrust probe into Google will come to a close Thursday, according to a report. After 20 months, the search giant will end the case with a "voluntary agreement and a consent decree" on its alleged abuse of patents, Bloomberg said. Launched in June 2011, the investigation focused on whether Google uses its search dominance -- as the world's most popular search engine -- to drive traffic to its products, disadvantaging competitors in the process. Microsoft, Yelp and Expedia are among the companies that have accused Google of engaging in antitrust practices....
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Bing is attacking Google over its shift to a pay-for-play shopping search engine through a new "Scroogled" site, pledging that Bing has "honest search." Great campaign, if it were true. It's not. Bing does the same things it accuses Google of. It's also another indictment of how little the FTC is doing to protect consumers from "search results" they might not realize are ads.
Google Faces Ultimatum From FTC in Antitrust Talks
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Google is being pressed by U.S. Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jonathan Leibowitz to offer to resolve the agency's antitrust probe in the next few days or face a lawsuit, two people familiar with the matter said. Google has been in discussions with the agency for about two weeks and hasn't put any remedy proposals on the table, said the people, who declined to be identified because the negotiations are private.