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Google under investigation for alleged breach of EU competition rules

By Kamal Ahmed, City Editor (Sunday Telegraph) Published: 12:12AM GMT twenty-four February 2010

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The review comes underneath the Lisbon Treatys "abuse of widespread position" powers and is the initial time that Google has been targeted by the European Union. can exhibit that the Commission has created to Google with a array of questions over how the poke functions work and additionally questioned the approach it sells advertising. It acted after complaints from the UK poke site Foundem, a cost more aged site, Ciao, an online selling site owned by Microsoft, and, a French site that sum authorised cases and barrister services.

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Foundem claims that Google, that has a 90pc share of the poke marketplace in the UK, has penalised the site with a "search penalty" on the business.

In a post last Aug on the site, Foundem said: "Google has regularly used assorted chastisement filters to remove sure sites wholly from the poke formula or place them so far down the rankings that they will never be found.

"Whereas these penalties used to be indifferent for spam, or sites held attempting to lie Googles algorithms, they are right away increasingly targeted at ideally bona fide straight poke and office services.

"It might not be fluke that, collectively, these services benefaction a nascent rival hazard to Googles share of online promotion revenues."

Foundem claims that Google carried the "penalty" in December, ensuing in an enlarge in trade from Google searches of "10,000pc overnight".

Google has discharged the claims, observant that the poke algorithms are directed at indicating people to the most appropriate sites and that it does not collect and select favourites. Company sources argued that Foundem struggled on Google poke since it had small strange content.

In a post published on Wednesday morning, Google said: "Weve regularly worked tough to safeguard that the success is warranted the right way, by technological creation and good products, rather than by locking in the users or advertisers or formulating synthetic barriers to entry."

The Commissions movement outlines the ultimate turn in the increasingly hostile conflict in between Google and Microsoft that comparison Google sources credit of waging a "lobbying campaign" opposite the Californian firm.

Ciao was paid for by Microsoft in 2008 for scarcely $500m (�324m) and is right away called Ciao Bing, after Microsofts poke engine. Foundem is a part of of ICOMP, an internet vigour organisation that receives appropriation from Microsoft.

A orator for ICOMP pronounced that it was corroborated by a series of companies and was usually meddlesome in compelling clarity and satisfactory foe on the web.


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