Trump slams EU over $5-B fine on Google

20 July, 2018, 04:10 | Author: Martin Tyler
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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is scheduled to meet with Trump at the White House next Wednesday to discuss trade and other issues. She said Google breached antitrust rules by requiring device manufacturers to pre-install Google Search and Chrome. "It has cemented the dominance of its search engine", Vestager explained.

The EU has given Google 90 days to makes changes to its practice, failing which the search engine giant will be slapped with daily fines of 5% of its annual revenue.

The fine is the largest ever issued by the European Commission in an antitrust case and will surpasses the €2.42bn penalty issued to the Silicon Valley firm a year ago. "A vibrant ecosystem, rapid innovation and lower prices are classic hallmarks of robust competition".

Google has stated that it plans to appeal the decision.

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Danish former minister Vestager spoke by telephone with Google chief Sundar Pichai on Tuesday night to tell him about the decision in advance.

More significant than a blockbuster fine could be an accompanying order freeing up phone manufacturers to choose non-Google apps to install on Android phones.

Google has a market share of more than 90 percent for general Internet search, licensed smart mobile operating systems and app stores for Android software, the European Union said in 2016.

Having its apps pre-installed is a huge revenue driver for Google.

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Android, which runs about 80 per cent of the world's smartphones according to Strategy Analytics, is the most important of a trio of antitrust cases against Google.

It has not been a good day for Google after it was hit with a record-breaking fine totaling $5 billion or €4.3 billion by the European Commission in relation to Android and the way the company uses its position to bundle search and Chrome with handsets throughout the continent.

His administration in early March announced tariffs of 25 percent on aluminum and 10 percent on steel imports that also include the European Union. Blumenthal previously called on regulators to investigate how Google tracks users of Android phones.

The EU ordered Apple in 2016 to pay Ireland 13 billion euros in back taxes that the maker of iPhones and iPads had avoided by a tax deal with Dublin.

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