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Microsoft Says: If You Shop on Google, You're Getting 'Scroogled'

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Plus, further indication that the potential FTC antitrust lawsuit against Google will end in a settlement, and more.

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This column highlights the most interesting and useful news and commentary on Google every week.

"Microsoft: Google Shoppers Get 'Scroogled'"
In promoting its own search engine, Bing, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) has lashed out at Google (NASDAQ:GOOG), saying that the search engine giant ranks its shopping results by how much a merchant has paid Google. Warning that shoppers might end up getting "Scroogled," Microsoft insists Google's practices are not transparent, and its results are biased. Microsoft claims its competing search engine, Bing, unlike Google, separates its ads from its search results. Read more at Information Week.

"ICOA Says Google Didn't Acquire Company"
Google has been making steps into the broadband Internet sector, launching its super speedy Google Fiber service in Kansas City, and chatting with DISH (NASDAQ:DISH) about building a wireless network. Among this coverage came reports -- a press release via PR Web, in fact -- that Google had acquired the wireless broadband provider ICOA for $400 million. However, according to ICOA's CEO George Strouthopoulos, this simply isn't true. Read more at the Wall Street Journal.

"Google Could Release a Touch Chromebook by End of 2012"
Essentially portals to Google's online products suite, Chromebooks have, up until this point, been made by both Acer and Samsung. Now, rumors out of China are indicating that Google has placed an order for 20 million devices, believed to be Google-made touch-screen Chromebooks. Read more at Digital Trends.

"Google Inc Vs. Apple Inc: Technicals Vs. Fundamentals"
It's a question for the ages: Which stock is the better buy, Google or Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL)? On one side, Google is currently positioned on a multi-year wedge, indicating bottom support and making its current level an attractive buy. On the other hand, Google's acquisition of Motorola has fundamentally changed the company, while Apple is trading at 40% less than its fundamental value. Read more at Insider Monkey.

"Google-FTC Settlement May Be in the Works"
Fears over an FTC-led antitrust lawsuit against Google appear to be fizzling out, as reports indicate discussions between FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz and Google executives are inching toward settlement. An out-of-court settlement would put a lid on a nearly two-year investigation into claims Google's search tactics are monopolistic. Read more at The Washington Post.

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