Google faces 'bundling' services with a search monopoly complaint

“Foundem,” a British price comparison site one and of three companies pursuing antitrust complaints against Google in Europe, explains its position: "the EU complaint isn’t an effort to somehow change Google's algorithms or expose them. It asks that Google opens up about how it handles penalties and introduce some fair play to ‘Universal Search’ features. […]

“Foundem,” a British price comparison site one and of three companies pursuing antitrust complaints against Google in Europe, explains its position: "the EU complaint isn’t an effort to somehow change Google's algorithms or expose them. It asks that Google opens up about how it handles penalties and introduce some fair play to ‘Universal Search’ features. Google’s using its search engine monopoly - which controls an estimated 85% of the global market - to unfairly favor its own services over those of its competitors. Universal Search is, by definition, a means by which Google inserts links from other Google services into prominent positions on its search results pages. "Crucially, Google determines the exact placement of its own services independently of the ranking algorithms it uses to determine the relative placement of all other results," argues Foundem in a recent FCC filing, published by the Register as part of its piece (PDF, 9 pages). "The degree of favoritism—whether they appear first or third, for example— is therefore entirely at Google’s discretion. Google calls this process of merging its own services with actual search results 'blending' (others have justifiably called it 'bundling').""

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