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Google Publishes Commitments It Made To Settle EU Antitrust Case 8

itwbennett writes "Google has done what the European Commission declined to do: publish the details of the latest commitments Google made in a bid to settle a long-running antitrust case involving its treatment of rival specialist search services, among other matters. On the company's European policy blog, Google's senior vice president and general counsel, Kent Walker, announced the publication of what he called the 'full text' (PDF) of the company's commitments. In fact, the 93-page document contains a number of redactions, including details of a parameter used to rank search results, the identities of two companies with customized contracts for Adsense For Search, and a proposal for modification of those contracts to comply with the other commitments."
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Google Publishes Commitments It Made To Settle EU Antitrust Case

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  • Not NSA stylee!

    • by AlphaWolf_HK ( 692722 ) on Friday February 14, 2014 @08:54PM (#46251999)

      Some of that stuff actually makes sense to redact, for a very good reason.

      I remember how shitty search engines were in the 90's. Usually searching involved putting in your key words, getting a bunch of what you didn't want, adding more keywords, and then going through at least 10 pages or so of search results before you found your intended page. It sucked balls.

      This was mainly the result of spammers gaming the search results to make sure you found their crap instead of what you were actually searching for. By keeping their page ranking algorithm and all of its quirks secret, it makes it that much harder for spammers to game the system.

With all the fancy scientists in the world, why can't they just once build a nuclear balm?