Google ‘facing showdown in Europe’

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Published: Wednesday 15th April 2015 by The News Editor

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European regulators are poised to file a complaint alleging Google has been abusing its dominance in Internet search to thwart competition, the firm says.

Kent Walker, Google’s general counsel, sent a memo to its employees last night.

He wrote that a “statement of objections” to Google’s business practices will be released today by Europe’s senior antitrust regulator, Margrethe Vestager.

He said the regulators will outline their belief that Google has been illegally rigging its search results to favour its own services.

And they may also announce they are opening an inquiry into whether Google is also using its popular Android software for mobile devices to gain an unfair advantage over other digital services, he said.

A copy of the memo was posted online by the technology websites Re/Code and TechCrunch after newspapers reported Ms Vestager’s plans to take action against Google, the Internet’s most powerful company.

Google confirmed that Mr Walker wrote the memo, declined to comment further.

Published: Wednesday 15th April 2015 by The News Editor

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