Google has reached a tentative settlement with European Union antitrust officials under which the company agreed to slightly alter the design of its search engine to assuage concerns that it undermines competition in the European market. The agreement, which follows months of negotiations and allows the search giant to avoid potentially large fines, would create two slightly different versions of Google: one for the European market and one for everywhere else. The settlement will be subject to the scrutiny of a third party, which would ensure compliance, and is in effect for five years.

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