Newspaper article International Herald Tribune

Google and Europe

Newspaper article International Herald Tribune

Google and Europe

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The company's proposal is a good start, but policy makers must remain watchful so Google does not abuse its power and limit competition.

Google's competitors, like Microsoft, Expedia and Yelp, have long complained that the company uses its dominant search engine -- it has more than 90 percent market share in Europe and about 70 percent in the United States -- to promote its own services, like YouTube, Google Maps and others, at the expense of rivals.

Last month, Google, which European antitrust regulators have been investigating for several years, made a proposal to settle allegations that it hurt consumers by abusing its dominance in the Internet search business. The company's offer contains some changes to the display of Google search results that could allow for more competition in travel, shopping and other online services.

Google says it will label results that promote its services so users know that they are Google products. In some cases, the company will also link to three rival services. …

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