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The European Union is becoming more and more inhospitable for Google, as the EU has sentenced the Internet giant fines in the billions over the last two years. Google may have to shell out more in fines in 2019, as well as making changes to its service. The EU Commission has been scrutinising Google's big money-maker, AdSense for over two years now, and a verdict is set to come this year. It's been an expensive two years for Google, with the company being fined €2.4 billion against product search in 2017, and €4.3 billion against Android in 2018.

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The European Union has ended geoblocking for online retail. This is good news for consumers, because it means visitors to websites in the EU will no longer be blocked from websites in other EU countries. Coming into force this week, the new regulation was proposed by the European Commission.

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Amazon is the #1 online retailer in Germany. It has also opened its German marketplace to external vendors. The Bundeskartellamt in Germany is responsible for protecting competition, and will examine the ways in which Amazon operates in Germany. They want to find out if Amazon is abusing its market position.

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Apple may be in trouble again, being accused of running a monopoly regarding the sales of their apps. The United States Supreme Court seemed ready to allow an antitrust lawsuit to move forward, claiming Apple has unfairly monopolised the market for the sale of iPhone apps. Justices asked skeptical questions about the control that Apple exerts over their iPhone users, who must purchase software for their smartphones exclusively through its App Store.

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The government in the United Kingdom has announced a new tax for digital services that it plans to start levying on tech giants like Amazon, Google and Apple. The tax will be based on the money they make from their digital services like advertising and streaming entertainment, but not on their online sales.

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She brought antitrust investigations against Google and fined Apple $15 billion for tax avoidance. She is also starting to take an interest in Amazon. Margrethe Vestager, the European commissioner for competition, is the only person in the world seriously trying to create and maintain an even playing field for business against the tech giants of the west.

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