Google fined $5 billion by EU for Android practices

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  1. AlphaWolf

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    Why not read the EU's press release here

    Besides the fines, it opens Google up for litigation by parties that may have been harmed by the illegal practices. The biggest of these are probably Microsoft/Bing.

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    Lol Microsoft suing for monopolistic practices? Where is the eating popcorn emoji?
     
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    If the losses from obeying the rules are greater than a 5% drop in turnover, they should just pay the fine. That'd be funny!

    Also...
    So surely now Google can just stop releasing Android source and make it a licensed product. They're under no obligation to provide Android source or allow development forks.

    And lastly...
    That's because we really don't give a shit! It's a browser, a tool. Does it work? Yes. Job done. No-one liked the forced Browser choice of Windows (which has now been dropped and Edge is present in Windows but that's apparently okay) and no-one's going to like getting a new phone and either having some other browser or having to download Chrome first.
     
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    Google must pay the fine and change their practices. The fine is for past wrongdoing, changing their practices will prevent future fines for failing to following the ruling and the EU can just ratchet those up with compounding until Google are broke.
     
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    Or Google withdraws from the EU market. That's not a particularly good option however as the EU is still one of the top 3 markets in the world (NA, EU, China

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    Does the United Kingdom/Great Britian count as the EU market, what with Brexit? Do they get any of the spoils of this massive fine?
     
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    UK's getting hit with a £39 billion ($51 billion) 'divorce bill'. This Google fine is pocket change compared to what the EU wants from the UK! The EU is basically like a very expensive girlfriend...
     
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    It's not what the EU wants from the UK, it's what the UK owes the EU. When you sign contracts you can't just leave and turn your back, you know.
     
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    And it's not just a case of Google putting a ring-fence around the EU, Google would need to put in place measures to prevent any their services in the world serving EU citizens wherever they may be. That's trickier.

    Yup. The 'divorce bill' is entirely to cover the portion of UK financial outlay that it committed too when a member of the EU which it wouldn't be able to pay after it leaves, leaving the rest of the bloc in a deficit if not paid. To the best of my knowledge, this is no provisional calculation for what the UK loses from the EU by not being a member anymore and if that's still the case, that is certainly yet to come in negotiations. Wrong thread for this convo though.
     

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