Google receives a record breaking $5 billion fine

Google receives a record breaking $5 billion fine

Google receives a record breaking $5 billion fine

"We intend to appeal", he said in a blog post. The 4.34 billion euro (US$5 billion) fine is almost double the previous penalty that the company was ordered to pay a year ago, but it represents a little more than two weeks of revenue for its parent company, Alphabet Inc.

Recall that in June 2017, the European Commission fined Google for 2.42 billion euros for violation of antitrust laws. But it could add to trade tensions between Brussels and Washington.

The decision, which follows a three-year EU investigation, comes as fears of a transatlantic trade war mount because of President Donald Trump's decision to impose tariffs on European steel and aluminium exports.

But Google won't let smartphone manufacturers install Play on their phones unless they also make its search engine and Chrome browser the defaults on their phones.

The most important infraction by Google in the European Union (EU) ruling is the "illegal tying" of its search and browser apps to the Android operating system.

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The issue, the European Union says, is that Google requires Android device-makers to pre-install the Google search and browser apps on "practically all" devices sold in Europe; in the past, the company used financial incentives to encourage pre-installation further. This is done by linking certain words in irrelevant web sites to artificially increase the words' ranking by Google. Otherwise, the company faces additional fines of up to 5% of daily turnover in the Alphabet. Samsung, a hugely popular maker of Android devices through its Galaxy line, could break off and take much of the Android system with it.

However, Google can still require the use of its apps to allow the proper running of android devices bit without limiting the manufacturers' liberty to create devices that feature android forks. 'Today, the European Commission issued a competition decision against Android, and its business model. The search giant, the ruling said, made Android phone manufacturers preinstall its search and browser applications if they wanted to provide access to the Google Play Store, where nearly all Android users get their apps.

Breaking up Google, a demand made by a number of Google foes, would not address the core problems, she told reporters. "Whether or not you like the result, this is law enforcement in Europe and we wouldn't like anyone interfering with law enforcement in the USA", said Gene Kimmelman, a Justice Department veteran now with advocacy group Public Knowledge.

Google is an ambitious company to say the least, and the individual teams that work on what's coming down the pipe are just as focused on building new and exciting products.

The EU's clash with Google is reminiscent of the bloc's battle with Microsoft. But it's probably too little, too late.

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