(AP) - Google is confirming that federal regulators
have begun a formal antitrust review of its business practices.
In a blog post Friday, the Internet search giant said it
received notification from the Federal Trade Commission of the
review on Thursday.
Google said "it's still unclear exactly what the FTC's concerns
But the inquiry is expected to focus in large part on whether
Google abuses its dominance of Internet search to extend its
influence into other lucrative online markets, such as mapping,
comparison shopping and travel. Rivals complain that Google
manipulates its results to steer users to its own sites and
services and bury links to competitors.
Google maintains that most accusations of anticompetitive
behavior come not from users, who like its services, but from
competitors unhappy with their search rankings.