European Union Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia speaks during a news conference at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels February 5, 2014. (REUTERS/Francois Lenoir)
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The European Union's antitrust watchdog Wednesday accepted "far-reaching" concessions offered by Google to settle allegations it is abusing its dominant position in Internet searches, bringing the 3-year-old case close to an end.Under its latest proposal, Google will commit to display results from three competitors in a similar way to its own whenever it promotes its specialized search services like Google shopping, restaurant or hotel searches. It will also label more clearly search results stemming from its own services to allow users to distinguish between natural search results and those promoted by Google.At present, only Google's own results are displayed prominently above all other search results.Internet commerce lobby group Icomp said the Commission should have given Google's competitors more time to examine and test the concessions.Google has already offered several concessions to the EU.
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