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Google ‘monopoly gatekeeper’ for internet: Key takeaways from US antitrust lawsuit

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"The Google of today is a monopoly gatekeeper for the internet," said the United States government, in its antitrust lawsuit against the technology giant filed on Tuesday, beginning perhaps the biggest monopoly case of this century. The lawsuit accuses Google, with a market valuation of $1 trillion (a figure that dwarves the economies of many countries), of using anticompetitive tactics to maintain and extend its monopoly. The US Department of Justice (DoJ) and eleven states (all run by Republican administrations) have accused Google of monopolistic practices in the markets of search engines and digital advertising. The DoJ is asking for the break-up of Google as a measure to foster competition in the market. The investigation against Google has been long underway, and is a part of the larger scrutiny by the US government into Big Tech — a popular term used…

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