Published: Mon, July 23, 2018
Tech | By Constance Martin

Now search for 'Idiot' on Google images and encounter photos of Trump

Now search for 'Idiot' on Google images and encounter photos of Trump

Now Google has been fined €4.3 billion ($5 billion) by the European Commission for breaking its antitrust regulation and If it doesn't comply with the EU's strictures within 90 days, it will face a daily fine of $15 million. The decision, which followed 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 aluminum exports. These attacks on Google and other USA tech giants, including Apple, Microsoft and Amazon, amount to little more than trade protectionism - deceptively dressed up as benevolent European Union consumer protection.

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On Tech Tent we ask what happens next - and in particular will Google start charging phone makers to use Android with an inevitable increase in costs to consumers?

Google has been fined a record 5 billion dollars over violations in its use of Android.

"Google has used Android as a vehicle to cement the dominance of its search engine", Margrethe Vestager, Europe's top antitrust official, said in a statement.

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- In order to license Google's app store, Play Store, Android manufacturers were required to pre-install the Google Search app and Chrome app. Previous year it ordered Google to pay €2.42 billion for abusing its dominance as a search engine by giving an illegal advantage to Google's own comparison shopping service. "A vibrant ecosystem, rapid innovation, and lower prices are classic hallmarks of robust competition", CEO Sundar Pichai has also suggested that the ruling will mean that Android will no longer be offered for free.

In 2015 former President Barack Obama said in an interview with Recode that the European Union was sometimes "more commercially driven than anything else" in its probes of United States tech companies, including Google. Neither the European Competition Commission nor Google nor the White House responded to his remark, CNET reported. Vestager added by saying that the commission has chose to find the Google about 4.34 billion euros for breaching European Union antitrust rules.

Techies refer to this tactic as Google bombing, which is simply the practice of causing a website to rank highly in web search engine results for irrelevant, unrelated or off-topic search terms by linking heavily. While initially it was believed to be an operating system that will replace Android, according to the latest report the project is now taking a broader approach.

This could be mere posturing from Google, and we'll have to wait and see what becomes of the appeal before we know whether this threat has any teeth or not.

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