The big picture: Google has already received multi-billion dollar antitrust fines in Europe, and the US Department of Justice is preparing to drag it into yet another fight. It looks like the search giant will have a lot on its plate in the coming years as China is also looking to launch an antitrust investigation of its own, after Huawei and other Chinese firms decried Google’s anticompetitive behavior when it comes to Android. Google has fought a fair share of antitrust battles in Europe, first for promoting its own shopping services in search results, then for requiring Android device manufacturers to integrate Google apps as a mandatory condition for getting access to the Play Store, and recently for abusing its dominant position in the advertising market when brokering search ad placements. The fines it’s received amount to around $9.4 billion, and Google is facing a barrage of investigations from the US Department of Justice and 50 state attorneys general on issues that range from acquisitions like DoubleClick, Android, AdMob, and YouTube, to how its search algorithm treats rival apps and services. According to a Reuters report, China is the latest country that will start an antitrust investigation into Google, specifically… Read full this story
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