Consumer Groups Urge Scrutiny Of Google's Frommer's Deal

Law360, New York (August 14, 2012, 6:42 PM EDT) -- Google Inc.’s latest step into the content world has caught the eye of two consumer advocacy groups, which on Tuesday urged U.S. regulators to take a closer look at the search giant’s plans to buy the Frommer’s brand of travel guides and its impact on online competition.

California-based Consumer Watchdog and FairSearch.org, which counts TripAdvisor Inc., flight finders Expedia Inc. and Kayak Software Corp. and Microsoft Corp. among its members, say the acquisition sets up an inherent conflict between Google’s role as an unfiltered portal to...
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