“Microsoft asked European regulators Thursday to go after Google on antitrust grounds, accusing the search giant of trying to ‘entrench its dominance’ on the Web,” Tony Romm and Mike Zapler report for Politico.
“Microsoft and other Google foes say Google’s powerful search engine and its move into other markets — from advertising to mobile phones to travel — has stunted industry-wide competition ,” Romm and Zapler report. “Google has described itself as under siege – the victim of a Microsoft-led ‘anti-Google industrial complex.'”
“In an early-morning blog post Thursday, Microsoft executive Brad Smith said the company’s European Commission filing accuses Google of having ‘engaged in a broadening pattern of walling off access to content and data that competitors need to provide search results to consumers and to attract advertisers,'” Romm and Zapler report. “Smith offered a litany of examples of what he describes as Google’s anti-competitive practices — arguing, for instance, that Google has disadvantaged competitors in video search, promoted its search boxes through exclusivity deals and sought to leverage its size over competitors in the neophyte e-book market.”
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