Report: FTC readies antitrust probe of Google

The US Federal Trade Commission is reportedly ready to launch a broad antitrust investigation of Google's business
Written by Declan McCullagh, Contributor on

The US Federal Trade Commission is reportedly ready to serve Google with subpoenas in a broad antitrust investigation.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is ready to investigate whether Google is abusing its dominance of the web. ZDNet UK's sister site CNET News is reporting that a US Senate committee probing antitrust and internet search topics is threatening to subpoena Google chief executive Larry Page or chairman Eric Schmidt in the next month or so.

No one is commenting and The Journal cited people close to the matter. At issue is Google's position in search advertising and whether it is using its results to channel users to its own sites at the expense of rivals. The investigation comes as Google is expanding into areas such as mobile via Android, display advertising, and local deals and coupons.

For more on this ZDNet UK-selected story, see FTC reportedly eyes antitrust probe of Google: Is search giant too dominant? on ZDNet.com.

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