According to the Wall Street Journal, Google is going to be subpoenaed by the FTC over anticompetitive practices. They note that this is part of an anti-trust investigation to see if they are using their dominance illegally.
The new FTC investigation…will examine fundamental issues relating to Google’s core search advertising business, which still accounts for the overwhelming majority of its revenues. Those will include whether Google—which accounts for around two-thirds of internet searches in the U.S. and more abroad—unfairly channels users to its own growing network of services at the expense of rivals’.
It’s obviously too early to speculate on the precious actions they are looking into and the scope of this investigation but these are the types of inquiries that led to Microsoft getting its hands tied behind its back while its rivals road past them so it may be nothing or it may be something big.
To be continued…