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Rivals Reject Google’s Antitrust Remedies

The EC said it’s gotten “very negative” feedback from Microsoft and other companies

Google rivals are pressing the European Commission to reject Google's proposed antitrust settlement as "totally inadequate" because the search firm would still have "too much scope" to favor its own products in its search results.

The EC said it's gotten "very negative" feedback from Microsoft and other companies that originally leveled antitrust charges against Google.

Google offered to label its properties and show links "to three rival specialized search services close to its own." The EC said Google also has agreements with web sites and ISVs that stifle competition for ads.

Hubert Burda, president of the German magazine publishers' association, said either Google will have to improve on the remedies or the EC would be pushed to issue a statement of objections and force remedies on Google.

Competition commissioner Joaquin Almunia wants to end the EC's investigation with a deal.

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Maureen O'Gara the most read technology reporter for the past 20 years, is the Cloud Computing and Virtualization News Desk editor of SYS-CON Media. She is the publisher of famous "Billygrams" and the editor-in-chief of "Client/Server News" for more than a decade. One of the most respected technology reporters in the business, Maureen can be reached by email at maureen(at)sys-con.com or paperboy(at)g2news.com, and by phone at 516 759-7025. Twitter: @MaureenOGara

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