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Missouri AG Announces Antitrust Investigation Into Google

  • State attorney general to see if Google uses search unfairly
  • Competitor Yelp sent letter in September to all state AGs
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The simmering debate over whether big internet companies are breaking antitrust rules to extend their dominance has a new front -- Missouri.

The state’s attorney general announced Monday he has opened an investigation into whether Alphabet Inc.’s Google manipulated search results to benefit its own products over those of its competitors. He is also looking into whether Google scrapes information without permission from competitors like Yelp Inc. to use for its own search results, and is questioning Google’s collection, use and disclosure of information about its users and their online activities.