How Google Skewed Search Results - WSJ
However, despite the findings, and despite Google's CEO potentially committing perjury before Congress, the FTC declined to sue,
Cue the second article, which reports how during this time Google was furiously pumping money "aimed at lawmakers, the White House and federal agencies."
Now, note the following from the Wall Street Journal, an argument Google also used to avoid legal action:
|Google has said that promoting its own specialized-search services gets more information to users more quickly. That’s more important in the smartphone age when clicking back and forth from a search page can be frustrating.|