Texas AG Probing Google's Searches

The Texas attorney general’s office is conducting an antitrust review of Google Inc.’s core search-engine business, a sign of widening government scrutiny of the Web giant.

Texas’s top prosecutor has inquired about allegations by several small companies that Google unfairly demoted their rankings in search results or the placement of their advertisements on the search engine, Google said Friday.

The Internet giant disputed the allegations, which have been reported previously, tracing them to three companies with ties to rival Microsoft Corp.

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