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Tuesday
Nov302010

Investigation Launched into Google’s European Operations

Photo Courtesy -- Getty Images(BRUSSELLS, Belgium) – Google will face a probe from Belgian authorities into whether or not the search giant violated European competition rules, reports the Financial Times.

The investigation follows allegations that Google discriminated against its competition by ranking its services higher on search results.  It will also probe whether or not the company violated advertising contracts by forcing advertisers to work exclusively on their platform.
 
The European Commission received complaints from three other Internet services –- one owned by Microsoft.

If found in violation of European competition rules, Google could face hefty fines and would be required to change how it operates.

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