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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) may be expanding its antitrust investigations to include the increasing integration of Google+ into Mountain View‘s search engine business. Additional probes into the links between Google and its fledgling social network are being ordered to assess to what - if any - level Mountain View is …

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  1. Turtle

    Sometimes.

    “'The laws are designed to help consumers benefit from innovation, not to help competitors.'”

    Well sometimes it does the one thing by doing the other, y'know. Oh wait, you're from Google, so you don't know, I guess.

  2. Spearchucker Jones
    WTF?

    Things are getting bad for Google

    The whole Mocality debacle is not going to help them.

    http://blog.mocality.co.ke/2012/01/13/google-what-were-you-thinking/

    Google's response:

    https://plus.google.com/u/0/115264064268941645500/posts/WfALKwfmCGJ#115264064268941645500/posts/WfALKwfmCGJ

    Clearly legit, the Google statement was made by a VP -

    http://www.linkedin.com/pub/nelson-mattos/4/703/430

  3. Rob Fisher

    Not the role of government

    It is not the role of government to meddle in private voluntary interactions. Google is a web site. Don't like it? Make your own web site. No need to get violent about it.

    1. a_been
      Facepalm

      WTF

      "It is not the role of government to meddle in private voluntary interactions." Government cannot exist without meddling in private interactions, so yes that is it's role or maybe you haven't noticed things like sales taxes, seatbelt laws, the war on some drugs, the war on some light bulbs etc.

      Government is a monopoly of force for the benefit of some at the expense of others. Don't like it? Start your own revolution. Though you will probably need to get violent about it.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      @Rob Fisher

      "private voluntary interactions" would, of course, include somebody selling your bank details to somebody else.

  4. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge
    Big Brother

    Someone hasn't paid enough campaign contributions yet.

    It's election year, ya know?

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    The related articles list is wrong

    This should be at the top of it -

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/10/24/google_dumps_boolean_search_tools/

    As I pronounced at the time.

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