Google is about to undergo yet another antitrust investigation for its alleged monopolistic business practices, this time in Seoul, Korea. Regulators from the Korean Fair Trade Commission raided their Seoul offices yesterday as the first salvo in the probe.
The raid comes out of a joint complaint made by popular Korean mobile internet firms NHN Corp and Daum Communications, stating that Android phones’ default use of the Google search engine makes it nigh impossible for other services to compete. Google fired back by stating it does not require manufacturers to use its software on Android handsets. It has since pledged to work with the KFTC to work through the matter. [Reuters, WSJ]