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Google: Scrutiny is 'Logical'

  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    Google has been in a back-and-forth with Margrethe Vestager, Europe’s top antitrust official, in three competition cases, the earliest of which dates back to 2010.

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    • Earlier this month, Google filed its latest response to the European Commission’s antitrust complaint over Android, Google’s open-source mobile operating system.
    • The case is one of three being investigated by antitrust regulators in Brussels against the U.S. technology giant.
    • The German government and the E.U. plan to tighten rules for internet firms in what could turn into an assault on Apple, Google and Facebook, Handelsblatt learned last month.
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Matt Brittin, President EMEA Business and Operations Google UK, addresses the Confederation of British Industry’s annual conference in London
Fair play: it is only fitting that Google is examined by regulators, according to Matt Brittin. Source: Reuters

Matt Brittin, the head of Google’s operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, launched a new online education program on Monday in Berlin together with German publishing group Bertelsmann and online learning platform Udacity.

Google will fund 10,000 scholarships to teach people on its operating platform Android, an open source software which runs on smartphones and other products with computer hardware.

The search engine company has hit the headlines repeatedly since last year when the European Union accused Google of distorting competition with its Android software because Google Search is set as the default or exclusive search engine.

The Silicon Valley-based firm also faces two different sets of E.U charges which allege Google misuses its market power.

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