Google loses challenge against EU antitrust decision, other probes loom | Reuters

Importante sanzione a  Google per abuso di posizione dominante re. Android.

La corte ha sostanzialmente confermato la decisione della DG concorrenza della Commissione (DG COMP).

8,25 miliardi di sanzione per mantenere la leadership sul sistema operativo piu’ venduto al mondo puo’ essere considerato un piccolo “cost of doing business”, soprattutto se si considera che per essere il motore di ricerca di default sugli iPhone (che hanno quote di mercato assai inferiori ad android, in termini di volumi), se non ricordo male, Google paga ad Apple 15 miliardi all’anno.

Questo caso però stabilisce dei precedenti importanti in termini di definizione dei mercati e le numerose successive azioni di DG COMP potranno essere meno complesse, per la commissione.

Bisognera’ vedere anche i remedies. Se alla fine si trovera’ che e’ impossibile per questi conglomerati oligopolisti fare business in modo rispettoso della concorrenza, poterbbero arrivare misure assai piu’ dolorose..

Source: Reuters

LUXEMBOURG, Sept 14 (Reuters) – Google suffered one of its biggest setbacks on Wednesday when a top European court upheld a ruling that it broke competition rules and fined it a record 4.1 billion euros, in a move that may encourage other regulators to ratchet up pressure on the U.S. giant.

The unit of U.S. tech giant Alphabet (GOOGL.O) had challenged an EU antitrust ruling, but the decision was broadly upheld by Europe’s General Court, with the fine trimmed modestly to 4.125 billion euros ($4.13 billion) from 4.34 billion euros.

Even with the reduction, it was still a record fine for an antitrust violation. The EU antitrust enforcer has fined the world’s most popular internet search engine a total of 8.25 billion euros in three investigations stretching back more than a decade.

She is currently investigating Google’s digital advertising business, its Jedi Blue ad deal with Meta (META.O), Apple’s (AAPL.O) App Store rules, Meta’s marketplace and data use and Amazon’s (AMZN.O) online selling and market practices.

The Court agreed with the Commission’s assessment that iPhone maker Apple (AAPL.O) was not in the same market and therefore could not be a competitive constraint against Android.

The court backing could reinforce the EU antitrust watchdog in its investigations into Apple’s business practices in the music streaming market, which the regulator says Apple dominates.

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