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EU warms to Google antitrust concessions

posted 25 Jul 2012, 12:46 by Mpelembe   [ updated 25 Jul 2012, 12:47 ]

EU regulators are seeking concessions from Google that can be applied worldwide to resolve concerns about its business practices.

EUROPE-GOOGLE - The European Commission says it has reached "a level of good understanding" with Google.

The world's most popular search engine had been accused of abusing its dominant market position, and the Commission had launched an investigation into alleged anti-competitive behaviour.

The EU watchdog said Google's search results may unfairly favour other Google services over its rivals, and may have copied material from other websites, such as travel and restaurant reviews, without permission.

Google reportedly revised initial proposals to resolve the dispute to cover all platforms, including computers, tablets and mobile devices.

Regulators will discuss the technical details of Google's proposals in the coming weeks, but the Competition Commissioner Jaoquin Almunia said no deadline had been set for a decision.

Ciara Sutton, Reuters.