We Are Apple, We Are Google

European Union's competition chief Margrethe Vestager speaks during a media conference regarding Google at EU headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday, April 15, 2015. The European Union's executive hit Google with an official antitrust complaint on Wednesday that alleges the company abuses its dominance in Internet searches and also opened a probe into its Android mobile system. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
E.U. competition chief Margrethe Vestager takes on Google.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    Reining in the Internet giants in Europe shouldn’t be a matter of stifling them, writes the author. Instead, it’s a matter of balance.

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    • The European commissioner for competition, Margrethe Vestager, said she suspects Google of abusing its market power in smartphones and opened proceedings.
    • Apple announced this week that it had earned less than usual in the first three months of the year, but nevertheless made €10.5 billion ($11.9 billion) in profits.
    • Through a deal with the Irish government, Apple has its European headquarters in Dublin. The corporation barely pays into government coffers in Europe.
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Talk in Europe about Internet giants Google, Facebook and Apple makes it sound like humanity has been captured by Cyclops-like monsters.

It sounds as though those hungry monsters – Google and Facebook – grab people in their clutches and stuff them down their throats. Resistance is futile against these all-seeing creatures.

Do those fears still reflect reality?

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