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Google says Android provides choice, plans to appeal EU antitrust fine

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

This morning, Google was hit with an enormous $5.06 billion fine for what the European Commission considers to be anti-competitive practices — specifically, those that push users toward Google's own apps and services. CEO Sundar Pichai has penned a response that outlines where the company disagrees, pointing out the ease with which users can install alternatives to Google's pre-loaded apps, and making clear that the company plans to appeal the Commission's decision.

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Google says Android provides choice, plans to appeal EU antitrust fine was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google hit with record $5 billion Android antitrust fine by EU

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

The amount Google must pay the European Commission for its latest antitrust fine has now been revealed as a record 4.34 billion euros ($5.06 billion). That figure dwarfs the $2.7 billion fine Google previously received for giving preferential treatment to its own shopping comparison tools in searches.

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Google hit with record $5 billion Android antitrust fine by EU was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Alternative app store Aptoide has filed an antitrust complaint against Google

Friday, July 13th, 2018

Google Play Protect is meant to keep nefarious apps off users' devices. Alternative app marketplace Aptoide has been flagged as such an app, according to a complaint the company has filed with the European Commission. Play Protect is reportedly cautioning some users that Aptoide is potentially harmful, and preventing the store from downloading apps for those who don't heed the warning.

Aptoide CEO Paulo Trezentos has said that the store is one of the safest on Android, criticizing the Play Protect warnings as "really aggressive." Google hasn't commented on the complaint.

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Alternative app store Aptoide has filed an antitrust complaint against Google was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google may face another EU antitrust fine next month

Thursday, June 7th, 2018

Last year, the European Union issued Google a $2.7 billion fine after the company was found guilty prioritizing its own shopping results over those from competitors. According to Reuters, Google is in hot water yet again, as the company is expected to be hit with another major EU fine.

The fine is likely to be larger than the previous $2.7 billion penalty, and focuses on anti-competitive prices like "prevent[ing] smartphone makers from promoting alternatives to apps such as Google Search and Maps."

After Google learned that the EU was preparing another fine, it allegedly wanted to have a closed-door hearing to present its case, but the request was denied.

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Google may face another EU antitrust fine next month was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

AT&T CEO describes new $15/month streaming service during antitrust testimony

Saturday, April 21st, 2018

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson surprise-announced the company's upcoming streaming service, called Watch, during his testimony at AT&T's ongoing antitrust trial this week. The service will be free for AT&T unlimited wireless subscribers, a spokesperson later said, and cost $15 per month for everyone else. The service won't include sports programming.

Watch will allow subscribers to watch cable content without a cable subscription. AT&T already provides a service like this one in DirecTV Now, which starts at $35 a month; Watch will be considerably less expensive, and sounds like it could be a good deal for folks who want cable but aren't into sports.

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AT&T CEO describes new $15/month streaming service during antitrust testimony was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google fined $21 million in India for ‘search bias’

Friday, February 9th, 2018

The Competition Commission of India (CCI), that country's antitrust watchdog, has imposed a 1.36 billion-rupee ($21.17 million) fine on Google for what the organization is calling "search bias." The fine is the end result of a probe that began in 2012, spurred by complaints filed by matchmaking service Bharat Matrimony and the non-profit Consumer Unity and Trust Society.

“Google was found to be indulging in practices of search bias and by doing so, it causes harm to its competitors as well as to users,” the CCI said in a written order, citing the prominent position of Google Flights in search results relating to air travel.

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Google fined $21 million in India for 'search bias' was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Qualcomm fined €997 million for anticompetitive practices (again) by the EU

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

The European Commission has fined chipmaker Qualcomm €997 million ($1.24 billion) for abusing its market dominance in LTE baseband chipsets. The decision comes as the result of an investigation covering the period from 2011 to 2016, during which Qualcomm paid Apple to exclusively use its LTE chips in iPhones and iPads.

"Qualcomm illegally shut out rivals from the market for LTE baseband chipsets for over five years, thereby cementing its market dominance.

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Qualcomm fined €997 million for anticompetitive practices (again) by the EU was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Qualcomm fined $773 million by Taiwan’s FTC for allegedly anticompetitive practices

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Yesterday the Taiwan FTC (Fair Trade Commission) fined Qualcomm an incredible $773 million (TWD 23 billion) for allegedly violating antitrust rules in the country over the last seven years. In a press release posted yesterday, Qualcomm says that it disagrees with the decision and intends to seek a stay while appealing. This is after both the Korean FTC imposed a fine of $854 million and the US FTC leveraged its own charges against the chipset manufacturer earlier this year

Qualcomm's been involved in an incredible number of high-profile lawsuits recently.

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Qualcomm fined $773 million by Taiwan's FTC for allegedly anticompetitive practices was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Qualcomm fined $773 million by Taiwan’s FTC for allegedly anticompetitive practices

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Yesterday the Taiwan FTC (Fair Trade Commission) fined Qualcomm an incredible $773 million (TWD 23 billion) for allegedly violating antitrust rules in the country over the last seven years. In a press release posted yesterday, Qualcomm says that it disagrees with the decision and intends to seek a stay while appealing. This is after both the Korean FTC imposed a fine of $854 million and the US FTC leveraged its own charges against the chipset manufacturer earlier this year

Qualcomm's been involved in an incredible number of high-profile lawsuits recently.

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Qualcomm fined $773 million by Taiwan's FTC for allegedly anticompetitive practices was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

EU issues record-breaking $2.7 billion fine to Google for antitrust violations

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

Google's ongoing regulatory headaches in the EU have today resulted in a whopping $2.7 billion fine, the most significant regulatory penalty in the EU since the 2004 Microsoft decision. This fine stems from Google's handling of shopping searches and the way its own comparison tools are allegedly given preferential treatment. It's now up to Google to change its search practices, and that could affect the way it operates in other regions as well.

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EU issues record-breaking $2.7 billion fine to Google for antitrust violations was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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