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EU fighting back, this time with Alphabet.

Postby R_Head » 02 Oct 2016, 03:51

The EU striking back.

EU may fine Alphabet, Google's parent company, for anti-competitive practices on Android

It's no secret that Android is heavily integrated with Google search. Google Now (soon to be Google Assistant) is the primary voice assistant, and Google search is included on every device with the Google Play Store. According toReuters, Google also pays device manufacturers to keep Google as the only search application on Android devices, and the European Union isn't thrilled.

EU antitrust regulators are ordering Google's parent company, Alphabet, to cease providing incentives to keep Google search installed exclusively on Android devices. A 150+ page EU document outlines the issue, stating that Google "cannot punish or threaten" manufacturers for not complying with its conditions. Sound familiar?

The investigation by the EU started from a complaint by FairSearch, a group of organizations that commonly lobby against Google's near-monopoly on search engines. Members of FairSearch include TripAdvisor, Oracle,Expedia, Nokia, and others (full list here).

The amount of the fine has not been determined, but Reuters suggests it could be based on AdWords revenue from European users, Play Store purchases, Google search product queries, and in-app advertisements.

While I'm sure most users of the internet (myself included) use Google search, and perhaps see competitors like Microsoft's Bing as an unsuitable alternative, it's hard to deny Google's monopoly on online search is good. Any SEO business will tell you that Google search rankings can make or break a website, company, or product. ... s-android/

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Re: EU fighting back, this time with Alphabet.

Postby viking60 » 02 Oct 2016, 11:09

Looks like payback from Microsoft.

Nokia is Microsoft associated and they remember the days when Google attacked the IE monopoly on Windows.

...Now it is Google's turn.
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Re: EU fighting back, this time with Alphabet.

Postby R_Head » 02 Oct 2016, 15:50

People are so used to see armed conflicts as wars, but this is also a form of warfare.

The whole world is going financialy bonkers and is interesting to see the new ammo is money. Merkel said NO on baling out the "Duche" Bank and banksters as usual, are scrambling to fill their coffers back up.

I wonder for who Merkel is working for... seems that she is doing all the right things to kill the Euro in favor of the 1 World Currency/Nation Globalists. :think:

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Re: EU fighting back, this time with Alphabet.

Postby Blackcrack » 03 Oct 2016, 05:44

this let show, how "American" ,"Commercial" dependent it is the EU,
imho it is the EU a 2/3 corner Building where it is the USA, France
and of course it is involved Germany Parliamentarians in Belgium. :T

just one Neo-liberal political dung heap :berserk2

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Re: EU fighting back, this time with Alphabet.

Postby R_Head » 04 Oct 2016, 02:23

EU Is Pressing for Changes at Google
European regulator plans to levy antitrust fines against tech giant, according to documents ... 1475525379

BRUSSELS—The European Union’s competition regulator is intent on forcing changes to Google-parent Alphabet Inc.’s business practices and levying significant fines for breaching the bloc’s antitrust rules, according to documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

For more than five years, the European Commission has been inspecting Google’s business operations on concerns the Silicon Valley company is abusing its dominance and shutting out rivals in various markets. The investigations have resulted in formal charges in several areas of Google’s practices, including over the company’s conduct with its comparison shopping service and its Android mobile operating system.

According to one of the EU documents, the commission intends to establish that Google and Alphabet have “infringed” on EU antitrust rules, and it will seek to end these actions and fine the companies for the alleged infringements.

The so-called “supplementary statement of objections” issued in July against Google sharpened the EU’s accusations last year that Google uses its dominance in search to favor its own service in the shopping market.

Such charge-sheets are commonly issued in more complex probes to ensure that any final decision can pass legal muster when the decision is inevitably challenged in court.

Google has denied the accusations in the shopping case.

The shopping document also partly sketches out the commission’s demands as to how Google should change its business practices to assuage its antitrust concerns. “Remedies may require Google to position and display competitors’ comparison shopping services in the same way as it positions its own comparison shopping service in general search results,” the shopping charge sheet said.

Google for years haggled with the previous antitrust commissioner Joaquín Almunia about how to present search results in Europe in various attempts at a settlement with the regulator. Those attempts ultimately were rejected by the EU because the bloc sought more concessions from the company.

The second document outlines the commission’s formal charges issued against Google in April, accusing the technology giant of using its Android mobile-operating system to strong-arm phone makers and telecom companies into favoring Google’s search engine and browser on their devices.

The charging sheets were edited to remove commercially sensitive information before they were sent to complainants for their input.

It could take months, or even a year, before the commission reaches a final decision in the open Google cases because the EU has to allow Google the opportunity to challenge the regulator’s accusations and possibly convince the authority otherwise.

“We believe that our innovations and product improvements have increased choice for European consumers and promote competition,” Google spokesman Al Verney said Monday. “We look forward to making our case to the European Commission.”

Google has yet to formally respond to the Android charges and the additional set of shopping charges.

In the Android charge sheet accusing Google of wrongdoing from as early as January 2011, the commission said it “intends to order Google and Alphabet to bring the infringement to an end” and to “set the fines at a level sufficient to ensure deterrence.”

Reuters, citing the documents, earlier reported the commission’s intention to set a deterrent fine in the Android case.

The EU accuses Google of denying access to its Play Store, which has more than one million apps, to smartphone makers that don’t meet its requirements, including making Google the default search engine on their devices.

Google’s share of general searches on mobiles has stood above 90% since 2009 in almost all countries in the European Economic Area, which includes the EU and closely related non-EU countries such as Norway, according to the EU document.

The regulator also charges Google with effectively paying smartphone makers to include only Google’s search engine out of the box. The EU alleges Google withholds lucrative revenue-sharing agreements from device makers that pre-install rival search engines alongside Google on their phones. Users can download other browsers, but the EU says pre-installing a service and setting it as a default creates a lasting advantage.

Google has said its agreements are voluntary and manufacturers can build Android phones without its requirements.

Google could face fines of as much as 10% of the company’s annual global revenue for each of the formal charges issued. The company also could seek to negotiate a settlement in both the Android and shopping cases. Last year, Alphabet reported $74.54 billion in world-wide revenue for its Google segment.

Write to Natalia Drozdiak at [email protected]

Not to side with Google but.... On Android you can install any browser and change the search engine if you like. At least, Android gives the user more control than Apple or MS. With MS, is bundled with Bing and Explorer and I hear nothing on the matter.

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