Italian anti-trust agency looks further

Mon 7 September 2009 11:01, Bas van den Beld

Italian anti-trust agency looks further

The Italian anti-trust agency has announced that the investigation they are doing into allegations that Google is abusing their dominant position is being extended. Now also Google Inc is under fire.

Rumour has it that the Italian newspapers who made the allegations in the first place are also behind the extension of the investigation.

The original investigation was initiated after Italian newspapers complained they were kept out of the Google index if they didn't want their websites to appear in Google News but that being in Google News cost them visitors.

The investigation is extended because the Italians believe that the owners of news.google.it should be included. On their website the antithrust agency says:

"Considering that, from the assembled documents, it appears that Google News Italia is managed by the company Google Inc ... it is deemed necessary to broaden the ongoing investigation to the company Google Inc.,"

After the first allegations Google excluded the Italian Google News from the Google search engine.


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