What Google's settlement with FTC means for users

by Casey Newton

I made an effort to explain the effect of Google's settlement with the FTC in plain English:

On the issue most important to Google, Google won.
The most potentially damaging line of inquiry undertaken by the FTC concerned accusations that Google's search results were unfairly biased in favor of its own products. Some critics wanted to see mandated changes to Google algorithms. But after considering a number of approaches, FTC commissioners decided unanimously that Google was not violating any antitrust laws when it comes to search results. For Google, this is a major victory.