Brazil Probes Google Over Search Bias Claims

Law360, New York (October 11, 2013, 2:02 PM EDT) -- Brazil's antitrust watchdog on Friday launched three separate probes into Google Inc., looking into claims that the Internet giant favors its own services in search results, unfairly scrapes content from rivals and makes it difficult for advertisers to use multiple ad platforms.

The general superintendence of the Administrative Council for Economic Defense, or CADE, opened formal proceedings against both Google and its local unit based on complaints from two rival search providers, including Microsoft Corp.

The first probe will focus on so-called search bias, the claim...
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