Google agreement ends Italian antitrust case
Italy drops its case after Google makes commitments regarding ad revenue transparency and news in search results. Company still faces other major antitrust challenges, though.
Italy has closed itsafter the company modified news and advertising provisions there.
The issue arose in 2009 whenthat requesting their sites be removed from Google News would mean they'd also be removed from Google's main search results. The complaint led to a broader inquiry of the search giant.
Google committed to leaving the main search results unchanged by a news organization's involvement in Google News, according to The Associated Press, and also to sharing more information about AdSense, a program in which Google supplies ads for use on others' sites and shares the resulting revenue.
"We have worked cooperatively with the Italian competition authority and our publishing partners to address their questions and concerns," Google said in a statement to The New York Times. "While we comply with Italian and E.U. competition laws, we also understand that there is always room for improvement in our business."
The move relieves one concern that the company's search power has threatened competition in other areas, but it doesn't dispel the likelihood that. The and involving Google's core search business, and the U.S. , which makes software used by the airline industry.