Google's Rivals, Users Equally Unhappy With Antitrust Deal

Law360, New York (February 5, 2014, 6:43 PM EST) -- In accepting Google Inc.'s offer to extinguish an antitrust probe over allegations of biased search result display methods, European Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia stated that his duty was to protect competition to benefit consumers, not rival companies — but the deal has sparked an outcry from both groups.

The chief criticism from consumer groups and Google's competitors alike has been against the process by which Almunia's office approved the search engine giant's third set of commitments to allay concerns that it unfairly favors its own products...
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