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South Korea Holds Google to the Fire

Steven Blum
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Another day, another suit against Google. This time, an entire country is looking into whether the search giant is unfairly blocking competition in the mobile-search market.

Yesterday, Google's Seoul offices were raided by South Korea's antitrust regulators. They claim that Google blocks carriers and manufacturers from embedding search applications in Android devices. 

It is well-known by now that Google prevents many phone manufacturers from including web search applications made by other companies by delaying Android certification for handset makers that do so.

The FTC was, for a long time, considering investigating whether Google gave preferential treatment to its own goods and services on its websites. None of these practices are neccessarily illegal in the U.S., but I'm not sure if the same holds true in South Korea. 

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