Antitrust officials probing sale of patents to Google's rivals

Posted in: Government & Policy at 10/07/2011 00:41

It's not often that search giant Google looks like the little guy. But in a move unprecedented in the tech world, six of Google's rivals -- including Apple, Microsoft and Research in Motion -- combined forces recently to prevent the company from buying a critical trove of patents.

Federal antitrust enforcers are scrutinizing whether Google, often accused of abusing its Web search power, is facing an unfair coalition of companies that could block its popular Android mobile phone software, according to a source close to the matter.

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