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EU Fines Google $1.7 Billion Over 'Abusive' Online Ad Strategies

For years, AdSense contracts gave Google a wide range of control, including how its rivals' search ads would appear — and their size, color and font, the EU says.
European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager says Google broke the law for roughly 10 years, by restricting how business partners deal with rivals in search advertising. Source: Yves Herman

The European Commission is hitting Google with a fine of 1.49 billion euros (some $1.7 billion), saying the search and advertising giant broke the EU's antitrust rules and abused its market dominance by preventing or limiting its rivals from working with companies that had deals with Google. The case revolves around search boxes that are embedded on websites — and that

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