EU: Google to appeal antitrust ruling

EU: Google to appeal antitrust ruling

Google said Thursday it will appeal the astronomical US$5 billion fine levied against it by the European Union for violating antitrust laws with its Android system. The company also angrily accused the EU of attacking its open source business model. The Android operates on a free, open platform for smartphones, so critics said the decision […]

EU: EC rules Google abused OS power, fined €4.3b

EU: EC rules Google abused OS power, fined €4.3b

Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of the European Union’s antitrust body, announced on Wednesday, July 18, that Google “engaged in illegal practices to cement its dominant market position in internet search.” The European Commission decided to impose a fine of €4.3 billion (US$5.0 billion) and called on the company to put an effective end to […]

EU: Aptoide files antitrust complaint against Google

EU: Aptoide files antitrust complaint against Google

According to Bloomberg, an alternative to Google’s Play Store called Atoipode has complained to EU antitrust regulators alleging that the Alphabet unit had prevented its service from working on some users’ phones and tablets. Aptoide claims antivirus software integrated into the Android operating system thwarted users when they downloaded and tried to use the app […]

India: CCI dismisses complaints against Google

India: CCI dismisses complaints against Google

On Thursday, July 12, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) rejected allegations of unfair business practices made against Google with respect to its advertising platform, saying the internet major’s actions did not infringe on provisions of competition law. In a majority order passed by four members, the CCI concluded that there was no violation of […]

EU: Android decision delayed to next week over Trump visit

EU: Android decision delayed to next week over Trump visit

As previously predicted by Bloomberg, EU antitrust regulators have postponed to next week a finding against Google’s Android mobile operating system, reported Reuters, avoiding any clash with a visit to Brussels by US President Donald Trump. The European Commission had scheduled a meeting of national competition agencies for Tuesday, July 10, to brief them on […]

US: House Republican calls for renewed antitrust probe of Google

US: House Republican calls for renewed antitrust probe of Google

Rep. Todd Rokita, a conservative Republican from Indiana, has called for the federal government to reopen an antitrust investigation Google’s search engine reported The Hill. In a letter Thursday to the Federal Trade Commission and the Justice Department, Rokita noted that Google controls over 85% of the internet search market, up from 71% when the […]

Germany: Telecom regulator head going after Google, Facebook

Germany: Telecom regulator head going after Google, Facebook

Jochen Homann, the president of Germany’s telecom regulator Bundesnetzagentur, is going after Google and Facebook, contending that their messaging and email services should face the same regulation as telecom companies in the country. In an interview with the Financial Times, Homann said that with the lines between telecom providers and web-based services getting blurred there […]

EU: Commission sees improved competition from Google remedies

EU: Commission sees improved competition from Google remedies

After Google reforms there are signs some rivals are benefiting, Europe’s competition chief said on Monday. The comments from European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager come amid calls from Google’s competitors for her to take more drastic action against the world’s most popular internet search engine. A year after being hit with a record €2.4 billion […]

EU: Google and Carrefour partner up

EU: Google and Carrefour partner up

French retailer Carrefour has announced a strategic partnership with Google that will enable new distribution models and commerce experiences for shoppers in France. The partnership centers around three initiatives: A new buying experience from Carrefour across Google platforms (Assistant, Google Home and a new experience on the Google Shopping website in France); the opening of […]

EU: Yelp files new complaint vs Google search dominance abuse

EU: Yelp files new complaint vs Google search dominance abuse

Yelp has renewed a European antitrust complaint against Alphabet’s Google, seeking to gain traction on a longstanding accusation that the search giant unfairly promotes its own services in results, reported The Financial Times. A similar complaint Yelp filed in 2014 has not led the European Union to issue a formal charge against Google, nor have […]

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