Google may have its hands full with the situation in China at the moment, but a number of dramas unfolding in Europe could prove just as game-chaning in the long run.
In one scenario, the European Commission has confirmed that it is investigating allegations of anti-competitive behaviour from the search giant.
Complaints were lodged by three different European web sites, claiming that Google steers traffic away from their sites.
The three sites in question are UK-based Foundem, the French ejustice.fr and Ciao from Bing, which is a shopping site owned by Microsoft.
Google has defended its search practices, saying they are fair to competitors.
Meanwhile, in a potentially more damaging case, three Google executives have been found guilty of violating Italian privacy laws.
This is the first time a court has found the company's executives personally responsible for content posted on the company's site.
The ruling suggests that European courts may hold Google and sites like YouTube, Facebook and Twitter responsible for the content posted on their sites.
The initial complaint against the three executives related to a video posted in 2006, which the court says the company didn't move fast enough to remove.
The three executives have been handed down six-month suspended sentences, which they may appeal.