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The search wars are only going to escalate … Now Google is using its newly enhanced lobbying team to express concerns with Justice Department and the European Commission about Microsoft’s decision to use its own MSN search as the default in Internet Explorer 7, the new browser in beta. The default search engine can be changed or removed in IE 7. Also, users can click on a link for more providers and choose from alphabetical listings of web or topic search engines and, as far as I can tell, nothing prevents the addition of toolbars for MSN Search competitors. That’s not enough for Google, which says its test shows only 30 percent of users could manage changing the default.
Marissa Mayer, VP-search products, told the NYT: