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How will Google’s new Android app licensing rules in Europe impact Chrome and search?

On Tuesday, Google took action to comply with the European Commission’s (EC’s) antitrust decision requiring it to de-couple Google Play access for smartphone makers from the pre-installation of Google apps such as Chrome and search. Google is appealing the EC’s roughly $5 billion Android antitrust fine, imposed in July. Despite the appeal, Google was compelled …

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Google appeals record $5 billion EU antitrust Android fine

Earlier today Google filed an appeal of the European Commission’s (EC’s) record €4.3 billion (roughly $5 billion) antitrust fine. The fine was imposed in July because of Google Play app pre-install requirements. Claim is that Google tying apps to Android. The EC saw the practice of requiring handset makers to pre-install certain Google apps as “an …

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Attorneys General take aim at tech companies with potential multi-state action

In Washington DC Tuesday, there was a meeting of state Attorneys General about big technology companies and their impact on the market and public discourse. Originally the meeting was called to investigate alleged anti-conservative bias on social media; however it quickly evolved into a wider discussion of multiple issues, including antitrust, consumer privacy and data …

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US senator calls on FTC to open new antitrust investigation against Google

Earlier today Senator Orrin Hatch called on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to open a new antitrust investigation of Google in a letter to FTC Chairman Joseph Simons. Hatch is the latest legislator to do so. Combined with other events, Hatch’s request suggests that sentiments in legislative and regulatory circles may be turning against Google …

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AP: Google collects location data when ‘Location History’ is turned off

Yesterday, the AP reported that Google collects user location data regardless of user Location History settings: Google wants to know where you go so badly that it records your movements even when you explicitly tell it not to. An Associated Press investigation found that many Google services on Android devices and iPhones store your location …

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FTC says it will take a ‘close look’ at EU antitrust fine against Google

Mark Van Scyoc / Shutterstock.com Following today’s record antitrust fine imposed on Google parent Alphabet in Europe, US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairman Joseph Simons said he will “take a close look” at the European Commission (EC) decision. Simons also told Reuters he had spoken to EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager about the penalty. While …

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Report: Second big EU antitrust fine against Google coming next week

Reports out today from the The Washington Post and Reuters say that the European Commission (EC) is readying a second multibillion-euro fine against Google parent Alphabet. Beyond the fine, the EC will likely demand changes in the company’s rules for phone makers using Android. Currently, Android handset makers, such as Samsung, must comply with certain …

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Google holds an AMA-style meeting with dozens of publishers on GDPR

Google held a video-conferenced meeting with dozens of publishers in five cities, including New York and London, on Thursday to address concerns about GDPR. The new regulation that governs how companies treat EU citizens’ data went into effect Friday. The format of the meeting was an AMA (ask me anything) with legal and product executives …

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Oracle’s $9 billion Java lawsuit against Google back from the dead

Oracle’s suit against Google has been brought back to life by a federal appeals court. The underlying lawsuit involved Google’s unlicensed use of Java APIs as part of Android. Oracle originally sought nearly $9 billion in damages from Google. There have now been two trials and two appeals. Google won both times at trial, and …

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