EU Launches Probe of Google's Business Practices

European Union authorities have broadened their investigation of Google by accepting two complaints from Germany, one involving a powerful group of newspaper and magazine publishers and the other, a mapping company, officials said. Joaquin Almunia, the EU competition commissioner, announced the opening of a broad case against Google at the end of November, saying his investigators would focus on whether Google gave preferential treatment to its own services when ranking search results, and whether it discriminated against competitors.