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Google wrings hands over EU fine, but does not need “distraction”

Every big tech company seems to go through it – IBM, Intel, Microsoft – the European Commission anti-trust actions based around abuse of dominant position. Now it’s Google’s turn. The €2.42 billion fine, is fairly small by Google’s revenue and profits, but huge in terms of regulatory fines. The advice to Google should be to take it on the chin and cozy up to the European Commission and sort out a change in practice as quickly as it can. The EU simply doesn’t lose these cases on appeal although lawyers always say, “you can appeal,” but that’s just so they make even more money. The first thing to understand is that Google may believe, because of the language of the…

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