EU business regulation
You can sign up to receive the email here. The EU will launch one of the defining antitrust cases of the internet era today, formally charging Google with abusing its dominance of the internet search market in Europe. (FT) The European competition commissioner will accuse the US group of breaching antitrust rules by diverting traffic from rivals to favour its own services. Brussels will also launch a formal investigation into Google’s Android platform, focused on its distribution terms and compatibility tests for apps.
The European Commission has launched a preliminary antitrust investigation into Google’s search engine and its search-advertising service. The probe will examine whether the US internet company penalises potential competitors in its search rankings, and whether it uses its massive share of the European search advertising market to keep some advertising prices artificially high. In a blog post, Google suggested the review was a consquence of its growing market power.