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Google search case offer rejected

Google's offer to settle a case which claims it abuses its dominant position in internet searches has been rejected again by the European Union's antitrust body.

The European competition authority said it is "now in contact with Google to see if they are ready to offer solutions" to improve the proposed settlement.

Google and the EU reached a third tentative settlement in February, which was then announced by EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia with much fanfare as a breakthrough in the four-year-old investigation.

But Mr Almunia backtracked in an interview on Monday.

His spokesman, Antoine Colombani, said today that the plaintiffs - Google's competitors - have provided new data on how the latest proposed settlement would be problematic. He added: "We consider that some of them should be taken into consideration."

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