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FTC brings in a ringer to run Google antitrust investigation

The move is seen as a harbinger that the agency is preparing a lawsuit against the search engine giant

Perhaps Google Inc. should be on watch. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced yesterday that it hired Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison Partner Beth Wilkinson to lead its antitrust investigation into whether Google has taken advantage of its prominence in web search advertising.

The FTC, which opened its antitrust investigation of Google’s business practices in June 2011, also is investigating whether Google is using control of its Android mobile operating system to discourage smartphone makers from using rival company’s applications.

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