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EU: Google abuses search lead

According to an antitrust regulator studying Google's (GOOG) practices in Europe, the search leader's method of "diverting traffic" to its own websites and properties might be what it termed an abuse of its strong market position. The remarks could mean European regulators may issue a less favorable verdict for the company than when the FTC dropped a 19-month inquiry into possible Google "search bias." Google shares rose 0.5%.