South Korea says investigating whether Google broke antitrust laws; Russia imposes $6.8m fine on Google

South Korea’s antitrust regulator said on Friday it is looking into whether Google has violated the country’s anti competition laws, acknowledging formal scrutiny of the global internet search company for the first time.The Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) disclosed the investigation in a brief statement, without commenting on the nature of the probe nor any potential antitrust violations. A person familiar with the matter told Reuters last month the KFTC inspected Google’s Seoul headquarters in July. see:Russian watchdog imposes $6.8 million fine on Google
Russia’s anti-monopoly watchdog said on Thursday Google would have to pay a 438 million rouble ($6.8 million) fine for pre-installing applications on mobile devices running its Android operating system.The watchdog, FAS, ruled last September that Google had broken anti-monopoly laws, following a complaint by Russia’s Yandex.

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