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EU: Leaked docs shed light on Yelp’s Google fight

 |  July 10, 2014

TechCrunch has reportedly received leaked documents that shed light on the specific grievances Yelp claims against Google, first revealed earlier this week when reports emerged that Yelp had filed an official complaint against the search conglomerate with the European Commission in efforts to prevent a settlement from moving forward.

Reports say Yelp claims Google is manipulating its search results to favor Google+ content over Yelp content. Documents reportedly show that Google favors its own products in the US but not the EU in order for Google to appease EU regulators as the Commission looks to settle and antitrust probe into the company regarding its search practices.

According to reports, sources say screen shots of Yelp’s study are being passed around within the company that demonstrate Google’s alleged anticompetitive tactics.

Reports emerged Wednesday that Yelp had filed a formal complaint with EU officials against the proposed settlement with Google that would end more than four years of an antitrust case; Yelp joins other Google rivals in fighting the closure of the case, which critics say could actually worsen Google’s unfair practices.

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