15 Mar '12, 5am

Google-Apple Search Deal Attracts FTC Attention

Google's position as the default search engine on Apple's mobile devices is drawing scrutiny from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Apple has been subpoenaed for information on its deals with Google to make it the preferred search engine on iPhones and iPads, according to Bloomberg . The FTC has asked Apple for documents that will reveal the nature of the agreements between the two companies, as it investigates whether Google is abusing its dominance in the mobile search space, two people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. This is part of the larger FTC investigation of Google's practices. Google became the default search engine on iPhones in 2007 and iPads since 2010 – it was reported that Apple receives $1 billion per year from Google for making Google the default search engine in iOS devices and on Safari on desktop devices. Google Maps is the default mappi...

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