Rivals Reject Google’s Antitrust Remedies
The EC said it’s gotten “very negative” feedback from Microsoft and other companies
By: Maureen O'Gara
Jul. 1, 2013 07:45 AM
Google rivals are pressing the European Commission to reject Google's proposed antitrust settlement as "totally inadequate" because the search firm would still have "too much scope" to favor its own products in its search results.
The EC said it's gotten "very negative" feedback from Microsoft and other companies that originally leveled antitrust charges against Google.
Google offered to label its properties and show links "to three rival specialized search services close to its own." The EC said Google also has agreements with web sites and ISVs that stifle competition for ads.
Hubert Burda, president of the German magazine publishers' association, said either Google will have to improve on the remedies or the EC would be pushed to issue a statement of objections and force remedies on Google.
Competition commissioner Joaquin Almunia wants to end the EC's investigation with a deal.
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