Google and the European Commission aren't nearing a resolution on the antitrust investigation launched in the European Union in November, and Google isn't likely to change its algorithm there any time soon.
The European Commission's antitrust investigation into Google for allegedly having abused a dominant position in online search is still ongoing, a spokeswoman said Tuesday, responding to press reports that the company is seeking an early settlement agreement on the probe.
"There are no discussions. As is known, the commission is conducting an in-depth market investigation. The investigation is not finished," said Amelia Torres, spokeswoman for competition issues at the commission.
This all stems from a story published in The Sunday Telegraph in which the reporter (not CEO Eric Schmidt) said "Google could be willing to change some of its algorithm methodology in search." What followed was a slew of regurgitated stories that Google was ready to change its algorithm.
Adding to that, Reuters then pushed out a story in which an anonymous source said there are "tentative discussions ... but no really concrete proposals on the table."
[tags]european commission,eu,anittrust,investigation,search results[/tags]