It’s official. The US sues the search giant. Richard Nieva Oct. 20, 2020 10:00 a.m. PT Listen – 09:03 The US Department of Justice filed on Tuesday a long-anticipated lawsuit against Google, alleging the sprawling tech giant illegally holds monopolies in search and search advertising. The suit, joined by 11 state attorneys general, alleges Google broke antitrust law by cutting deals with device makers to be the default search engine on their devices, a move that blocked competitors. Google, owned by Alphabet, also used the dominance of its Android operating system to pressure device makers to preload Google apps on their phones, the lawsuit says. “If the government does not enforce the antitrust laws to enable competition, we could lose the next wave of innovation,” US Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen told reporters during a conference call. “If that happens, Americans may never get to see the next Google.”The lawsuit is the culmination of a more than yearlong investigation into the search giant’s practices. Alphabet’s businesses include web searches, maps, the YouTube video platform and the Android mobile operating system. Many of its services rack up more than a billion users a month. CNET Google Report Keep on top of the… Read full this story
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