April 25, 2013
BRUSSELS -- Google has agreed to change how it displays search results in Europe -- including a better labeling of its promoted content and displaying links to competitors -- to appease concerns it might be abusing its dominant market position, the European Union's antitrust body said Thursday.
Google's search engine, which is the world's most influential gateway to online information and commerce, enjoys a near-monopoly in Europe. The EU Commission, which acts as the 27-nation bloc's antitrust authority, has since 2010 been investigating whether the company is unfairly stifling competition. It pointed out several areas of concern that Google is now trying to address through the proposed concessions.
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