Listen To The Story
Marketplace

TEXT OF STORY

Bill Radke: European regulators famously went after Microsoft in years past. Now, Google says the E.U. has launched a preliminary inquiry into its search ranking system. Christopher Werth has that from London.


Christopher Werth: It may be hard to believe, but Google dominates European search advertising even more than in the U.S. And so competitors large and small have asked the E.U. to hold a magnifying glass to the way the company runs its search engine and sells online ad space.

One of those competitors is named Ciao, which just so happens to be owned by Microsoft.

Thomas Vinje is a lawyer with Clifford Chance. He says Microsoft knows all about E.U. antitrust complaints:

Thomas Vinje: Microsoft is locked in a great battle for control over the future of computing, primarily with Google. And competition cases in Brussels have proved to be fertile ground for pursuing such great battles.

Google responded in a blog post, arguing its practices are "fair and square." And Vinje says Google could face similar antitrust scrutiny in the U.S.

In London, I'm Christopher Werth for Marketplace.

“I think the best compliment I can give is not to say how much your programs have taught me (a ton), but how much Marketplace has motivated me to go out and teach myself.” – Michael in Arlington, VA

As a nonprofit news organization, what matters to us is the same thing that matters to you: being a source for trustworthy, independent news that makes people smarter about business and the economy. So if Marketplace has helped you understand the economy better, make more informed financial decisions or just encouraged you to think differently, we’re asking you to give a little something back.

Become a Marketplace Investor today – in whatever amount is right for you – and keep public service journalism strong. We’re grateful for your support.