Google: The search is on the other foot

The Wall Street Journal reported today Google, the giant search engine which has multiple service companies, faces a serious probe by Federal regulators due to some market dominance issues siting a group called Fairsearch.org.

"Google engages in anticompetitive behavior…that harms consumers by restricting the ability of other companies to compete to put the best products and services in front of Internet users, who should be allowed to pick winners and losers online, not Google," said Fairsearch.org, a group representing several Google critics, including Microsoft and travel services Expedia Inc., Kayak.com, and Sabre Holdings.
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The most serious accusation is Google manipulates search results to favor Google services, and the use of product descriptions of other companies without their permission. Of course Google denies these allegations. Since Google has more than two-thirds share of web searches and more than that in Europe, according to WJS, why would the giant need a manipulation crutch?

I'm not saying Google is the best, however after doing multiple searches for the same thing over many months, I still get the same top results. I'm not at all sure what that says considering empirical data must be controlled along with other scientific things. I do know that of all the search engines I've used, only Google seems to give me the optimum results more specific to my searches.

Internet businesses have complained Google positions itself above their sites in searches for business information as an example. If you do your own search, you'll see that Yahoo comes in just below the paid ads. It seems to me they just might be jealous.

Question: What has your experience with Google been?