Google accuses Brussels of trying to dismantle its business model

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Financial Times: Google accused Brussels of trying to dismantle its lucrative business model for smartphones and other mobile devices on Thursday, as it considered asking for emergency court protection against the EU’s record-breaking €4.3bn antitrust ruling.

The European Commission has given the US group 90 days to overhaul its Android mobile operating system, demanding that it remove illegal restrictions designed to stymie competition and generate more traffic for Google’s search engine. Although the decision marks by far the most significant decision in Google’s eight-year antitrust tangle with Brussels, it is just the latest in a series of attacks on American technology groups by Margrethe Vestager, the EU competition chief.

Two years ago, she ordered that Ireland claw back €13bn in back taxes from rival Apple.

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