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FTC mulls Google search probe - report

The Federal Trade Commission may soon be adding its name to the list of government agencies investigating Google's dominance of internet search.
Written by Steven Musil, Contributor on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is awaiting the Justice Department's decision on Google's planned acquisition of airline flight and ticket information provider ITA Software before initiating a probe, according to a Bloomberg report that cited people familiar with the matter. The FTC shares antitrust oversight with the Justice Department, which is expected to issue a decision soon on the $700m (£431m) deal.

Google representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment

The ATI deal has raised concerns among rival search engine companies such as Microsoft and online travel companies, including Expedia and Travelocity. They have all argued against the deal, saying that it would give the search giant a monopoly over online travel searches.

For more on this story, read FTC to investigate Google's search dominance? on CNET News.

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