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FTC said to have begun new inquiry on Google

WASHINGTON — Google’s rivals have again prompted antitrust investigators at the Federal Trade Commission to examine the company’s business practices, and staff members have begun a preliminary look at whether Google abuses its market dominance in online display advertising, like the banner ads on Web pages.

People who have been contacted in connection with the inquiry said that the FTC had begun asking questions about Google’s practices, specifically whether the company was bundling advertising services together in a way that prohibited rivals from competing for the business of advertisers.

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