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Facebook’s Zuckerberg: Sluggish Google indexing drove us to Bing

Facebook’s Zuckerberg: Sluggish Google indexing drove us to Bing

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has blamed Google's reactiveness to privacy concerns for negotiations between the two companies breaking down, pushing the social site into the arms of Microsoft's rival Bing engine. "Microsoft was more willing to do things that were specific to Facebook" Zuckerberg said at the launch of Facebook Graph Search yesterday, the Guardian reports, citing the speed and willingness to remove personal content that had previously been public, but which Facebook users subsequently made private, as key to the deal.

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Google begins showing indoor Street View images on search result pages

Google begins showing indoor Street View images on search result pages

Google has been expanding the reach of its Street View imagery all around the country. In some areas, Google started offering actual indoor images of businesses that go along with its Street View imagery allowing searchers to go from of you of the location of the store restaurant inside the doors to see what the place looks like on the inside. Google is now placing some of the inside images right into its search results pages.

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FTC’s investigation into Google likely pushed into 2013, sources say

FTC’s investigation into Google likely pushed into 2013, sources say

Google has been on the FTC's radar for quite some time now, with the agency looking into multiple areas of the company. One of the investigations concerns Google's search practices, with claims that it is unfairly skewing search results in its favor to the detriment of its competition. The FTC has been looking into the matter, with reports surfacing not too long ago that it would be settling the issue with Google by the end of the year. Originally, the matter was to be settled by the end of the month, but now it looks like that may get pushed into early 2013.

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Google enrages rivals with rumored FTC antitrust escape plan

Google enrages rivals with rumored FTC antitrust escape plan

Google is near a US antitrust settlement which would see the search giant escape without penalty or punishment, insiders claim, conceding greater transparency and agreeing not to scrape content for its index. The deal would give advertisers the tools to compare Google advertising campaigns with how those run through other search sites performed, two sources close to the matter tell Bloomberg, in addition to including written assurances from Google that it would not copy the content of other sites without their prior permission.

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Google apparently back online in China after brief suspension

Google apparently back online in China after brief suspension

While we're sitting here trying to come to terms with the realization that we probably couldn't live without Google, those living in China were actually forced to go without access to the big G's services. We heard on Friday that Google had been blocked in China, perhaps because the Chinese government was in the process of choosing new leadership. Google said at the time that everything was fine on its end, which suggested that a block was responsible for the dip in traffic the company experienced.

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FTC may be close to decision in Google antitrust review

FTC may be close to decision in Google antitrust review

It may not be long before Google finds itself being taken to court by the FTC, as new reports are claiming that the FTC is nearing a decision about whether or not it wants to hit Google with a lawsuit. Mercury News claims that a decision could come before the end of the year, and if the FTC decides that it want to take Google to trial, it could mean bad things for the search giant. Specifically, Google could be forced to part with some of its services, either being forced by the FTC to shut them down or sell them off.

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