FTC: Google Isn’t Abusing Its Search Powers

by Christopher Freeburn | January 4, 2013 11:13 am

FTC: Google Isn’t Abusing Its Search Powers

google fisheye 630 300x198 FTC: Google Isnt Abusing Its Search Powers[1]Federal regulators have cleared Google (NASDAQ:GOOG[2]) of antitrust violations relating to its Internet search engine results[3].

On Thursday, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) voted unanimously to terminate its two-year investigation regarding Google’s display of search results without charging it with any wrongdoing, The New York Times noted.

The FTC said that while not every aspect of Google’s search engine results benefited consumers, it hadn’t uncovered any practices that would have permitted the agency to mount a legal challenge.

Google did agree to make “some minor changes” to its search advertising practices, the FTC said. However, no formal consent decree was issued. Reports that Google would settle the antitrust investigation by making small changes to its search advertising practices emerged last month[4].

With the FTC decision, Google will avoid the sort of expensive antitrust legal struggle that dogged Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT[5]) a decade ago. But Google still faces scrutiny in Europe over the way it delivers search results.

Last month, Google announced that it will sell Motorola Mobility’s TV set-top box business[6] to Arris Group (NASDAQ:ARRS) in a deal worth $2.35 billion.

Shares of Google rose more than 1% in Friday morning trading.

Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: http://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/google-fisheye-630.jpg
  2. GOOG: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=GOOG
  3. relating to its Internet search engine results: http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2013/01/04/googles-antitrust-victory/
  4. making small changes to its search advertising practices emerged last month: http://investorplace.com/2012/12/google-shares-rise-as-ftc-probe-nears-end/
  5. MSFT: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=MSFT
  6. will sell Motorola Mobility’s TV set-top box business: http://investorplace.com/2012/12/google-to-sell-off-motorola-set-top-box-unit/

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