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Technology States’ Google Antitrust Probe Will Dig Into Search, Android Too

00:05  16 november  2019
00:05  16 november  2019 Source:   bloomberg.com

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States ' massive Google antitrust probe will expand into search and Android businesses. The 50 attorneys general investigating Google are preparing to expand their antitrust investigation into the company's search and Android businesses, people familiar with the matter tell CNBC.

The 50 attorneys general investigating Google for potential antitrust violations are expected to expand their probe and examine the company’s Android and The coalition of attorneys general will soon be subpoenaing Google for information pertaining to its search and Android services, CNBC reported.

(Bloomberg) -- The multi-state antitrust investigation into Google will dig into its operations in search and mobile software, going beyond an initial focus on the company’s advertising business, according to two people familiar with the probe.

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States including Iowa and North Carolina will take the helm to scrutinize Google’s search and Android operations, one of the people said. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton will continue to lead the investigation into Google’s advertising business.

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The Google probe is being led by the Texas attorney general's office and is known to be focused on its search and digital advertising businesses. The Alphabet unit also faces two other major inquiries — a U.S. Justice Department investigation and a probe by the House of Representatives Judiciary

The investigation, led by the Texas attorney general's office, is known to have focused on Google 's search and digital advertising businesses since it began in September. Google has said it is cooperating with the probe by U.S. states and territories and that previous investigations in several.

State officials met Monday in Denver, where they divided the work, according to the people familiar with the investigation, who asked not to be identified so they could discuss the law enforcement information. They also heard from experts who presented a range of concerns about the company, said a third person familiar with the talks.

A coalition of 48 state attorneys general opened a probe into Alphabet Inc.’s Google in September. Google is also the subject of a competition investigation by the Justice Department.

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CNBC reported earlier on the enforcers’ interests.

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Google ’s antitrust worries, however, are far from over. According to a report from CNBC, an existing antitrust investigation into Google ’s practices in the United States will expand to include the company’s alleged anti -competitive behavior as it pertains to Android and search .

The investigation, led by the Texas attorney general's office, is known to have focused on Google 's search and digital advertising businesses since it began in September. Google has said it is cooperating with the probe by U.S. states and territories and that previous investigations in several.

Spokesmen for Google and Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller declined to comment. A representative for North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein and a spokeswoman for Paxton didn’t respond to requests for comment. Paxton’s office referred CNBC to comments it issued in October that said the states’ probe was focusing on ads, but that it would let facts uncovered during the course of the investigation lead the way.

Google dominates web search in the U.S., and rivals have complained that the company has prioritized its own services, such as travel and restaurant reviews, in results. Google’s Android operating system runs on a majority of the world’s smartphones. While the software is free, handset makers have to install Google apps like Gmail and YouTube as part of business agreements. Rivals have complained about those deals, too.

The European Union has fined Google on three separate competition cases involving the company’s practices in Android, advertising and shopping results in search.

--With assistance from David McLaughlin.

To contact the reporters on this story: Mark Bergen in San Francisco at mbergen10@bloomberg.net;Ben Brody in Washington, D.C. at btenerellabr@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Jillian Ward at jward56@bloomberg.net, Molly Schuetz, Sara Forden

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Antitrust investigation of Google reportedly expands to Android .
Tonight CNBC reports that an ongoing antitrust investigation of Google undertaken by 50 attorneys general is expanding. While it started by looking into Google's advertising business, it has apparently, as expected, expanded its scope to include search and the Android platform. Over the years Google has reached into more services -- next up: checking -- and platforms with increasingly deep ties to one another, and as the investigation concerns the use of customer data, it seems obvious that it will reach every part of the company eventually.The 48 state AGs, as well as two representing Washington D.C.

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