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Google revises concessions on Almunia’s request, reports FT

 |  July 16, 2012

The Financial Times reports that Google has submitted revised concessions to the European Commission, in response to Joaquín Almunia’s request for clarification. The original concessions were offered in early July. The Financial Times points out that the revised submissions “indicates that Google put enough on the table to make serious follow-up worthwhile.”

The concessions are aimed to end an EU probe of Google’s alleged unfair business practices in discriminating against rivals in its searches. Although Google’s offerings have not been disclosed, they address the four areas Almunia highlighted as raising competition concerns: (1) Google giving its own services preference in search results; (2) copied content from rival travel and restaurant review websites appearing in Google search results; (3) advertising agreements with websites; (4) advertising agreements with software developers.

Full content: Financial Times


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