Google finally settles its two-year EU inquisition

Google has proposed a settlement to the European Commission that involves making legally binding changes to its search results in Europe. If this agreement is adopted, Google will change its results page by clearly highlighting search results from its own services and including links to rivals.

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Say it ain’t so, Microsoft: secret APIs in new mobile Windows?

You’d think we’d be finished with all the nasty antitrust legal issues surrounding computer operating systems by now. Windows is still powerful, but it’s a shadow of its former monopolistic self, and Mac OS X, iOS, Android, and Linux are all viable, strong, healthy competitors in various niches of the computing ecosystem.

Google under EU investigation over online ads

In the latest blow to Google’s ever-expanding online ambitions, the European Commission, the executive body of the European Union, has opened an antitrust investigation into Google’s practices in online advertising. According to allegations made by Microsoft’s German subsidiary Ciao.de, British price comparison site Foundem, and French legal search specialist Ejustice, Google has discriminated against competitors by placing their links lower in search results than its own services, thus abusing its dominant position in online search.