Google: Legal

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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US market becoming a smartphone duopoly

Last week, Google received the largest antitrust fine ever imposed by the European Commission (EC). At the highest level, that fine is about Google’s dominance of the world’s smartphone market. Android is far and away the dominant operating system, with a global market share of about 77 percent (or more). In the US, the iOS-Android …

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