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Commission gives Google antitrust deadline in July

The European Commission has given Google until the beginning of July to come up with 'concrete steps' to address search concerns as part of an ongoing antitrust probe.Google must devise ways to address four areas of concern the Commission highlighted to Google in May, competition commissioner Joaquín Almunia said in a speech on Friday.
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Written by Tom Espiner, Senior Reporter on

The European Commission has given Google until the beginning of July to come up with 'concrete steps' to address search concerns as part of an ongoing antitrust probe.

Google must devise ways to address four areas of concern the Commission highlighted to Google in May, competition commissioner Joaquín Almunia said in a speech on Friday.

"I want to give the company the opportunity to offer remedy proposals that would avoid lengthy proceedings," said Almunia. "By early July, I expect to receive from Google concrete signs of their willingness to explore this route."

In May the Commission gave Google a deadline of 'a matter of weeks' to address concerns about whether Google boosts its search results over competitors; whether it uses content from other search providers; whether Google's advertiser agreements shut out competitors; and whether Google prevents developers from offering tools that allow ad campaigns to be transferred from AdWords to other search advertising platforms.

Google chief executive Eric Schmidt pushed back in May, saying that at the Commission had failed to specify how and if Google had infringed European law.

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