Texas and other U.S. states are expected to announce an investigation into Google on Monday to examine whether the Silicon Valley tech giant has gotten too big and effective at stomping or buying rivals. The probe is the latest blow against big tech companies as antitrust investigations ramp up in the U.S. and around the world. Details of the multistate investigation will be announced at 2 p.m. ET on Monday outside the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. A separate group of states announced an investigation into Facebook’s dominance on Friday. The Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission and Congress are also conducting probes. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has said only that the investigation will look at “whether large tech companies have engaged in anticompetitive behavior that stifled competition, restricted access, and harmed consumers.” Reports in The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal say Google will be the primary target, with as many as 40 state attorney generals joining the probe. Google expects state attorneys general will ask it about past similar investigations in the U.S. and internationally, senior vice president of global affairs Kent Walker wrote in a blog post Friday.”The DOJ has asked us to provide… Read full this story
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