Originally published: August 4, 2011
Last updated: August 4, 2011 - 4:15pm
French online daily deals company Deal du Jour has complained about Google's business practices to EU antitrust regulators, the latest company to take its grievances about the web search giant to the European Commission.
In a complaint filed with the European Commission, Deal du Jour claimed Google illegally removed its site from its web index without any justification. It said Google also blocked it from using its Adsense advertising service, saying the world No. 1 Internet search engine's actions were "clearly anticompetitive." Google moved into the daily deals sector on Monday when it acquired The Dealmap which aggregates offers from lots of daily deal websites. The lucrative sector is dominated by Groupon and LivingSocial. The complaint by Deal du Jour underscores the difficulties currently facing Google, the subject of nine antitrust complaints filed with the Commission and also the target of a Federal Trade Commission investigation.
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