EU: Google must up offer to settle antitrust case

Associated Press

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's competition chief says Google will have to offer more changes to the way it displays search results to settle a pending antitrust case.

Joaquin Almunia told the European Parliament Tuesday that the period to examine Google's proposals has been extended by one month but that his office will ask Google with "almost 100 percent" certainty in June to do yet more.

The EU Commission, the 27-nation bloc's antitrust authority, has been investigating since 2010 whether Google is abusing its dominant position in Europe, where its search has a market share of above 90 percent.

To address the Commission's concerns, Google has offered remedies, including a better labeling of its promoted content and displaying links to competitors in its search results.

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