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Google to stop treating EU antitrust remedy as a “promotional opportunity”

Accepted submission by Freeman at 2021-06-10 17:00:44 from the feel the spin dept.
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https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/06/google-to-stop-treating-eu-antitrust-remedy-as-a-promotional-opportunity/ [arstechnica.com]

Google and the European Union have been fighting for several years over Android's default search engine. Just like when the EU took issue with Microsoft bundling Internet Explorer [arstechnica.com] with Windows, the EU Antitrust enforcers don't want Google using its Android operating system monopoly to prop up Google Search and Google Chrome. The solution the EU came to—just like it did with Windows—is a "ballot" system that pops up during setup and asks users to pick a starting browser and search engine from a list. The only problem? Google was charging companies to appear in this list. It was basically an ad vector. In a blog post this week, Google says it will stop doing that [blog.google].


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