Both Bloomberg and The New York Times report hearing from sources that the government agency will push back its decision until sometime in 2013 -- with the Times saying it will happen in early-mid January -- despite having repeatedly stated their intention to complete the investigation by the end of this year.
The FTC has spent the better part of two years investigating whether Google has unfairly used its dominance in search to give preference to some of its other services over those of competitors.
Earlier this week, Google was rumored to be drafting a letter that would include concessions to end the investigation without having to go through a lawsuit or settlement. The delay suggests that the two sides were farther apart on an agreement than previously reported.
The European Union's antitrust investigation into Google, which is looking into similar complaints of unfair preference for Google services in its search engine, will also extend into 2013. The EU's competition commissioner said in a statement that Google will present a "detailed commitment" to resolve the issue in January, which will then need to be tested online before an agreement is finalized.
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