New Google Search Not Anti-Competitive, Attys Say

Law360, New York (January 11, 2012, 8:09 PM EST) -- Google Inc.'s recent integration of its search engine with its fledgling social network has already drawn complaints from rivals like Twitter and the threat of consumer complaint to the Federal Trade Commission, but competition experts said Wednesday that Google likely won't risk major antitrust fallout from the move.

"This isn't going to move the enforcement meter even a millimeter," antitrust attorney and former FTC policy director David Balto said. "This kind of integration is something that consumers should cheer for."

Google announced Tuesday that it would include results from its Google+ social network in its general search results.

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