Report: FTC will subpoena Google in antitrust probe

The Federal Trade Commission is planning to serve Google with subpoenas as part of an antitrust investigation into whether the firm has abused its dominance of the search market, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal.

Sources told the Journal the commission is planning to serve Google within days. The FTC's nascent probe is the most serious antitrust investigation of the search giant to date, and will examine whether Google uses its search business to drive consumers to its other products and services.

Google is already under investigation by the European Commission after Microsoft and other firms accused the firm of abusing its market dominance in Europe, where Google holds an even greater share of the search market than in the United States.