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Google hit with new antitrust complaint in Europe

Jennifer Baker | Feb. 22, 2011
French company 1plusV has accused Google of stopping smaller competitors from generating advertising revenue by abusing its dominant position in the search market. The company said it made the allegations in a complaint filed with European Union antitrust authorities on Tuesday.

Google sources said last year that Microsoft has a hand in two of the original complaints -- the ones filed by Ciao and Foundem. Microsoft owns Ciao.

In the E.U., Google controls more than 80% of the online search market. The company already faces separate antitrust inquiries in Italy, Germany and France. The Commission can fine companies up to 10% of their global turnover for breaching E.U. rules.


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