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European Union accepts Google anti-trust pledges

BRUSSELS--The European Commission accepted Wednesday the latest proposals by U.S. giant Google to remedy complaints it abuses its dominant position in the Internet search market, opening the way to a settlement.

“I believe that the new proposal obtained from Google after long and difficult talks can now address the Commission's concerns,” EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said.

The Commission, investigating Google since 2010, said the company “has now accepted to guarantee” that whenever it displays its own specialized search services, it will also display the services of three rivals in the same way to users.

This resolves one of the key complaints by competitors, which included U.S. rival Microsoft, that Google ensured its services were more prominently displayed than theirs, putting them at a serious disadvantage.

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