Kind of interesting timing with all the chaos going on that the FTC may take Google to court. Check the New York Times article here: Edit: link removed as I couldn't get it to work. FML Here is the copy and paste from the New York Times: ------------------------- Federal regulators escalated their antitrust investigation of Google on Thursday by hiring a prominent litigator, sending a strong signal that they are prepared to take the Internet giant to court. The Federal Trade Commission is examining Google's immensely powerful and lucrative search technology, which directs users to hundreds of millions of online and offline destinations every day. The case has the potential to be the biggest showdown between regulators and Silicon Valley since the government took on Microsoft 14 years ago. Then as now, the core question is whether power was abused. The agency's inquiry has focused on whether Google has manipulated its search results, making it less likely that competing companies or products appear at the top of a results page. A spokeswoman for Google, which is based in Mountain View, Calif., declined to comment. Federal Trade Commission officials cautioned that no decision had been made about whether to bring a formal case against Google. But the hiring of Beth A. Wilkinson, a former Justice Department prosecutor who played a lead role in the conviction of the Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, immediately catapulted the investigation to another level. The agency has hired outside litigators only twice in the last decade. "It's a watershed moment when you hire someone like this," said David Wales, a former Fed-eral Trade Commission official now in private practice with Jones Day. "This shows Google that if it doesn't give you the remedy you want, you're going to litigate." Several antitrust experts compared the hiring of Ms. Wilkinson â€” who has brought about 40 major cases in government and private practice and won them all â€” to the government's hiring of David A. Boies to represent it against Microsoft. "It increases the likelihood that there will be a case," said Douglas Broder, a law partner at K&L Gates in New York and the author of several textbooks and articles on antitrust law. The Microsoft case in the late 1990s transformed the tech industry, reining in its most powerful company and allowing for the rise of new companies like Google. Now Google wields the same sort of power that Microsoft once did, and is under the same sort of scrutiny. It has been involved in one privacy controversy after another over the last year. Indeed, the announcement of the hiring of Ms. Wilkinson â€” made by the Federal Trade Commission's chairman, Jon Leibowitz, at a meeting in San Francisco with reporters â€” eclipsed Google's formal response earlier Thursday to a fine by the Federal Communications Commission for obstructing a separate investigation. "In an important case, you want to do a thorough investigation," Mr. Leibowitz said, calling Ms. Wilkinson "a world-class litigator." Ms. Wilkinson is a partner at the law firm of Paul, Weiss in Washington. She previously worked at Latham & Watkins, where she was co-chairwoman of the white-collar crime practice group. Her work at the F.T.C., which will be part-time, begins on Monday. "Technology is transforming our society," Ms. Wilkinson said in an interview. "It affects people at every level. As a mother, I see it with my kids. As a professional, I see it affecting our work. And in society, it impacts privacy, competition, our interactions with other people â€” just about everything." She added: "Working on the investigation will be a great challenge. I don't underestimate Google." No one else was underestimating it Thursday either. Mr. Broder said antitrust cases charging the abuse of a monopoly are difficult to prove. "There is a lot of very complex economics involved," he said. "It can be done. But Google will undoubtedly bring to bear tremendous resources itself." Any decision about filing a suit is likely to be months away.