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South Korea Holds Google to the Fire

Authored by: Steven Blum — Sep 7, 2011

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. 

Source: Bloomberg

Steven Blum has written more than 2,000 blog posts as a founding member of AndroidPIT's English editorial team. A graduate of the University of Washington, Steven Blum also studied Journalism at George Washington University in Washington D.C. for two years. Since then, his writing has appeared in The Stranger, The Seattle P-I, Blackbook Magazine and Venture Villlage. He loves the HTC One and hopes the company behind it still exists in a few years.


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