EU: Google fined US$1.7B for AdSense violations

EU: Google fined US$1.7B for AdSense violations

Google has been fined €1.49 billion (US$1.7 billion) by the European commission for abusing its monopoly in online advertising. The latest fine takes the total the company has been fined by the EU Competition Commission to €8.24 billion over the past two years, for abusing its power in markets, ranging from shopping search to mobile […]

UE/US: Yelp says Google hasn’t done enough to highlight rivals

UE/US: Yelp says Google hasn’t done enough to highlight rivals

While Google is making ad changes to appease European Union regulators, it isn’t enough to help its rivals, according to Yelp. Two years ago, the European Commission fined Google a whopping US$2.7 billion for violating antitrust rules by using its search engine to promote its own services over its rivals. Google was also hit with […]

US: Mississippi AG preps antitrust suit against Google

US: Mississippi AG preps antitrust suit against Google

The Mississippi Attorney General (AG) revealed that his office is preparing an antitrust case against Google, accusing the tech giant of controlling a “pipeline” of data. “We attorneys general have authority under consumer protection acts to do both,” said Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, according to CNBC, on Monday (March 18). “So it’ll be a […]

EU: Google promotes rivals to stave off antitrust action

Google is trying to boost price comparison rivals such as Kelkoo in an effort to appease European Union antitrust regulators and ward off fresh fines following a 2.4-billion-euro ($2.7 billion) penalty nearly two years ago. The European Commission said Alphabet unit Google had used its search engine market power to unfairly promote its own comparison […]

EU: Google promotes rivals to stave off antitrust action

EU: Google promotes rivals to stave off antitrust action

Google is trying to boost price comparison rivals such as Kelkoo in an effort to appease European Union antitrust regulators and ward off fresh fines following a 2.4-billion-euro ($2.7 billion) penalty nearly two years ago. The European Commission said Alphabet unit Google had used its search engine market power to unfairly promote its own comparison shopping […]

EU: Google facing antitrust fine over AdSense

EU: Google facing antitrust fine over AdSense

Google and its parent company Alphabet could be facing an antitrust fine from the European Union in the coming weeks over its AdSense advertising product. Reuters, citing a person familiar with the matter, reported the fine could come in the next few weeks, and that it will be smaller than the two previous fines Google […]

US: Google adds DuckDuckGo option in Chrome

US: Google adds DuckDuckGo option in Chrome

The latest Google Chrome web browser update has a pleasant surprise in store for users who value their privacy. The Chromium engine under the hood of the browser has been tweaked to add DuckDuckGo to the default search engine list. The changes, which appear to have been pushed out with the Chromium 73 stable release […]

Turkey: Gov Google abuse probe, again

Turkey: Gov Google abuse probe, again

Turkey’s competition authority is formally investigating Google for allegedly abusing its dominance in the global search engine market by favoring its own local search services in a way that excludes its competitors. The board opened a preliminary investigation on January 7 against the companies, after receiving a complaint that the company had abused its market […]

Netherlands: ACM to complete market study into mobile app

Netherlands: ACM to complete market study into mobile app

The Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) will complete its market study into the Google’s Play Store and Apple’s App Store in April. With this study, ACM wants to understand better how app providers get their apps in app stores, as well as what influence app stores have on the selection of apps from […]

Australia: Murdoch’s News Corp calls for breakup of Google

Australia: Murdoch’s News Corp calls for breakup of Google

Rupert Murdoch’s Australian media company is calling for the breakup of Google, claiming the US tech company wields too much power over news outlets and online advertisers. News Corp Australia stated breaking up the tech giant is a “very serious step,” but insisted that “divestment is necessary in the case of Google, due to the […]

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