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Brussels throws antitrust settlement lifeline to Google

The Register - Google has been given the chance to settle an antitrust investigation of the company's business practices in Europe, competition officials in Brussels confirmed today.

The EU's competition commissioner Joaquin Almunia said this morning that he would consider "proposals of remedies" from the internet giant if it quickly addressed four areas of concern about Google allegedly stifling its rivals in the search market.

He sent a letter to Google chairman Eric Schmidt asking him to respond to those concerns within "a matter of weeks".

Almunia outlined what aspects of Mountain View's biz might be characterised as "abuses of dominance".