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EU: Is Microsoft backing away from the EU anti-trust fight against Google?

 |  February 14, 2016

Microsoft-backed lobby group ICOMP’s long-running fight against Google’s search dominance in the European Union has collapsed amid accusations that its members have been silenced.

Ars Tecnica reported that members including UK-based price comparison site Foundem—the original complainant in the antitrust case against Google—resigned from ICOMP after Microsoft backed away from what had been a dogged campaign against its search rival in Europe. ICOMP was founded in 2008 to fight for an “online competitive marketplace.”

In a letter from Foundem to ICOMP—seen by Ars—the company said: “In our view, an ICOMP that is prohibited from commenting on Google’s immensely damaging business practices is an ICOMP working against, rather than for, the interests of a fair, competitive online marketplace.”

Full content: ARS Technica

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