April 30, 2011 / 1:47 AM / 7 years ago

FTC prepping Google probe: report

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Federal Trade Commission is alerting high-tech companies to gather data ahead of a probe of the dominance of Google Inc in the Internet search industry, Bloomberg reported on Friday.

A man works on Google logo at an exhibition stand at the CeBIT computer fair in Hanover February 28, 2011. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz

The report, citing three people familiar with the matter, said the agency told companies it plans to issue civil investigative demands — which are similar to subpoenas — for the information.

The FTC has been considering a broad investigation into Google.

Reporting by Jonathan Spicer

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