The Story Behind Google's Secret Offer to Settle EU's Android Probe

Posted in: Government & Policy at 22/07/2018 23:38

European Union Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager coolly hit Google with a €4.3 billion ($5 billion) fine last week, the biggest penalty in the history of antitrust enforcement.

It didn’t have to be that way.

A year earlier, when the company -- already reeling from a €2.4 billion fine in another EU case -- made quiet attempts to settle the probe into deals it has with Android phone makers, the response was equally chilly.

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