It’s starting to look like the EU’s antitrust probe into Google may never end, as the European Commission has now said that Google must once again make more concessions.
Google has already offered a revised proposal three times, aimed at settling the case, but none of the concessions offered have ever been good enough for competitors. Reuters shares some quotes:
“In the replies to our letters the complainants have submitted new arguments and data, some of which should be taken in consideration. We are now in contact with Google to see if they are ready to offer solutions,” Commission spokesman Antoine Colombani said.
He declined to say whether there was a deadline for Google to respond.
Google spokesman Al Verney said: “We continue to work with the European Commission to resolve the concerns they have raised.”
Commissioner Joaquin Almunia recently said he was reviewing new studies presented by Google’s competition.
Over the weekend, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt defended the company’s approach to search results after European publishers ran an ad attacking Google’s dominance. The basic gist of Google’s defense is a familiar one: We built Google for users, not websites.
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