- Associated Press - Friday, October 12, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) - A news report says federal regulators are moving closer to suing Google over allegations that the company has abused its dominance of Internet search to stifle competition and drive up online advertising prices.

The New York Times reported Friday that staff members at the Federal Trade Commission are preparing to recommend that the agency file an antitrust lawsuit against the search giant.

The Times cited unnamed people briefed on the FTC’s investigation.

The agency has been investigating Google’s business practices. The probe was triggered by complaints that Google Inc. has been highlighting its peripheral services in its influential search results and relegating offerings from its rivals to the back pages.

In a statement Friday, Google said it is happy to answer any questions that regulators have about its business.

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