Google Settles FTC Antitrust Probe

Law360, New York (January 3, 2013, 3:30 PM EST) -- The Federal Trade Commission on Thursday closed its antitrust investigation into claims that Google Inc. manipulated its search results to hamper rivals but won commitments from the company to change other aspects of its search, Web advertising and standard-essential patent enforcement policies.

The agency unanimously voted to put an end to the central search bias portion of its investigation into the company after concluding that there was not enough evidence that Google's management of its search design and algorithm violated U.S. antitrust law.

But the company...
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