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Europe penalizes Google with a record $5B antitrust fine for the way it bundles its apps on Android smartphones and tablets

Europe penalizes Google with a record $5B antitrust fine for the way it bundles its apps on Android smartphones and tablets

European regulators hit Google with a record $5 billion antitrust fine on Wednesday for bundling its apps on Android and undermining its competitors, a penalty that could spell major changes to the world's most popular mobile operating system and risks encumbering the tech giant with legal battles for decades to come.

Margrethe Vestager, the European Union's competition chief, ordered the company to cease pushing its own search and Web-browsing tools on smartphones and tablets running Google's Android system. Two years after filing charges, she faulted Google for using Android as a means to solidify its strong foothold in search, while making it harder for rivals to offer...

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