What's the news: The EU General Court on September 14 upheld the European Commission's 2018 antitrust decision that "Google imposed unlawful restrictions on manufacturers of Android mobile devices and mobile network operators in order to consolidate the dominant position of its search engine." A reduced fine: The European Commission had dealt Google a record-breaking fine of €4.3 billion but the Court has reduced this to €4.1 billion because it found the revenue-sharing schemes with manufacturers not anti-competitive. But even with the reduction, the fine remains the largest levied by the EU for an antitrust violation. Why does this matter: By confirming the Commission's ruling, the Court has strengthened the position of the EU antitrust watchdog, which has a long list of antitrust cases lined up against Big Tech companies including Apple, Amazon Meta, and Google's digital advertising and Play Store businesses. The ruling also deals…
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