EU, Google Nearing Antitrust Deal

Google Inc. appears closer to avoiding a protracted battle with European antitrust regulators after officials said Tuesday they had reached a “good understanding” with the Internet search giant during discussions to address several “concerns” over its business practices.

A settlement between Google and the EU could provide a blueprint for how the company might deal with similar antitrust probes in the U.S. and elsewhere while avoiding the kind of fight with regulators that Microsoft Corp. endured in the late 1990s and 2000s, along with multibillion-dollar fines.

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