Google's effort to persuade investigators that it hasn't violated antitrust laws may be reaching its final stages, with CEO Larry Page reportedly meeting with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission officials today in Washington.
Citing a person familiar with the discussions, Bloomberg reports that Page met with officials in the last days of a 19-month investigation into Google's business practices. The company has been having settlement talks with the FTC for "about a week," Google reported, and is resisting pressure to enter into a consent decree affecting Google's products.
The FTC has investigated a wide range of Google's business practices, focused on two key areas: the way Google displays search results, which critics say favor the company's own services over those of its competitors; and its decisions around technology licensing, which some argue are anticompetitive. (At a business conference today, Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman railed against Google's search results strategy.)
Google, for its part, repeated a previous statement that it is working with the FTC and is happy to answer officials' questions. It declined further comment to Bloomberg, as did the FTC.