FTC gets serious in Google investigation

The Federal Trade Commission yesterday sent a big signal to Google that it’s not taking the investigation over antitrust issues lightly with the hiring of a prominent litigator. While federal regulators have not made a decision whether take the internet mogul to court, bringing on a litigator is not a good sign for the folks at Google.

The investigation is circling around whether Google’s search engine technology has been abused to keep competing websites and products from popping up near the top of user searches. While a suit filing would likely be months away, execs at Google must be sweating.

This could be the biggest showdown between technology and government since the Microsoft case 14 years ago. I’ll monitor how the Google case will play out in the next couple months.

To read more about the Google’s antitrust investigation, click here.

Do you think the FTC will file against the Internet giant? Or will Google keep hold of its power?

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