- Associated Press - Thursday, January 3, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. antitrust regulators are opening a news conference to announce the results of a 20-month investigation into Google’s business practices.

The wide-ranging inquiry by the Federal Trade Commission could result in Google making concessions to avoid a legal battle.

The FTC’s investigation focused on allegations that Google has been abusing its dominance in Internet search. Google’s rivals say the company has been highlighting its own services on its influential results page while burying the links to competing sites.

Google Inc. has fiercely defended its right to recommend the websites that it believes are the most relevant.

The FTC also has been examining whether Google has been using patents to thwart competition in the mobile computing market.

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