Google to Resolve FTC Antitrust Case Today, Report Says

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s nearly two-year antitrust probe into Google will come to a close Thursday, according to a report. After 20 months, the search giant will end the case with a “voluntary agreement and a consent decree” on its alleged abuse of patents, Bloomberg said. Launched in June 2011, the investigation focused on whether Google uses its search dominance — as the world’s most popular search engine — to drive traffic to its products, disadvantaging competitors in the process. Microsoft, Yelp and Expedia are among the companies that have accused Google of engaging in antitrust practices.

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