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EU: Commission accelerates new Google antitrust case

 |  December 1, 2014

The European Commission has reportedly approached a top Google rival for evidence as part of a potential new antitrust case into the search giant.

Reports say the Commission has formally requested evidence from Russia’s Yandex regarding the matter, which centers around Google’s prime placement of its own services on Android devices.

Unnamed sources say the Commission is interested in Yandex because the Russian company offers an alternative to Android device makers for something other than Google Mobile Services.

The Commission first launched the case following a 2013 complaint by the FairSearch alliance of businesses. At the heart of the complaint are Google services like Gmail, Google Maps, Chrome and YouTube that come pre-loaded on Android devices.

Now, reports say that regulators are also investigating whether Google abused its dominance to force device makers to delay the release of devices that use competing operating systems.

Yandex confirmed that it was approached by the Commission last July.

Full content: Sputnik News

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