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Leaked Google Probe Docs Show FTC’s Prior Timidity

Eight years ago the Federal Trade Commission closed a 19-month antitrust investigation of Google without suing the company. Monday night Politico published more than 300 pages of internal FTC documents from that probe that show how the agency screwed up in anticipating Google’s continued influence over the web search and ads markets. While prior reports about the probe showed that the...

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