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Serious claims, made by FTC investigators, came just months before the commissioners decided against launching an antitrust suit against Google in 2013, according to documents obtained by the WSJ.
An ongoing investigation into Google's search practices could lead to the company getting nailed with billions of dollars in fines.
A Google exec says the realignment will help Google respond more quickly to what's happening in individual countries.
A resolution calls on Europe's competition regulators to consider "unbundling" Google's other commercial services from its search business. The vote sends a signal -- but it's only symbolic.
The search giant's latest concessions to settle the dispute are seen as a positive step by the European Commission.
Google offers to label its own services in search results and give some prominence to rivals. European competitiveness regulators now want feedback, and critics are lodging objections.
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission will apparently delay its decision over Google's antitrust probe until 2013, and the search giant could settle with EU authorities as soon as January.
Federal regulators scrutinizing Google may not have a strong enough case to file a lawsuit targeting the company's search service, Bloomberg reports.
U.S. and European antitrust regulators are poised to crack down on the dominant search company. What changes to Google search might the cases trigger?
opinion The FTC is leaning toward suing Google, but Google's critics have yet to lay out a serious legal case against the company.