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US group leaks Google's European antitrust offer

11:50 AM, Nov 6, 2013   |    comments
Google's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. (Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez, AP)
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AMSTERDAM (AP) - A U.S. consumer rights group has leaked details of Google's offer to settle a European investigation into alleged abuse of its dominant position in the search market.

John Simpson of Consumer Watchdog said Wednesday that Google's current offer, which Europe's top regulator has praised as a "significant improvement" from earlier versions, "does nothing to fix the underlying problem."

Screenshots of how search results would look under Google Inc.'s proposed settlement show the Internet giant would still give its own services pre-eminent placement in commercial searches, such as for hotels, restaurants or plane tickets. Three competitors could bid to display their services in subordinate slots. Both would be labeled as "sponsored" results.

Regular results would be displayed lower down on the page.

The European Commission began investigating Google in 2010.

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