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EU raises concerns Google could abuse Fitbit data to improve Google Search

EU raises concerns Google could abuse Fitbit data to improve Google Search

Google set out to acquire fitness company Fitbit in November of last year, but the deal hasn't gone through all the required regulatory approvals yet. There have been concerns that the acquisition could lead to reduced competition and Google extending its apparatus of data-collecting for targeted advertisements, and now advocacy groups around the world are urging governments to closely investigate the deal.

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Google's antitrust woes intensify as California opens new investigation

Google's antitrust woes intensify as California opens new investigation

Google has been no stranger to antitrust cases in recent years with the European Commission going after it several times, but there's now mounting pressure in its own country, too. The United States Department of Justice could be about to open legal proceedings against Google, along with numerous state attorneys across the nation and the House Judiciary Committee. Google's home state of California had been reluctant to join but has reportedly opened its own investigation in recent days.

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Gawk at the boatloads of cash Google is throwing at Apple to maintain its search monopoly

Gawk at the boatloads of cash Google is throwing at Apple to maintain its search monopoly

According to a recent report by the UK Competition and Markets Authority, Google paid £1.2 billion (or around $1.5 billion) across 2019 to secure its place as the default search engine in devices across the market, the "substantial majority of which" was paid to Apple. That's a huge sum, and rival search engines claim it makes competition impossible — they simply can't afford to be in contention with numbers that high.

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Justice Department reportedly ready to sue Google for antitrust violations

Justice Department reportedly ready to sue Google for antitrust violations

Google has been a target for anti-competitive lawsuits across the world, due to its dominance over online advertising, web searches, web browsers, and other industries. The United States Department of Justice (along with various states) has been conducting a probe into Google's potential antitrust violations for around a year, and now it seems a lawsuit could be imminent.

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Google could face yet another class action lawsuit, this time over Pixel 3 issues

Google could face yet another class action lawsuit, this time over Pixel 3 issues

Law firm Chimicles Schwartz Kriner & Donaldson-Smith LLP (CSK&D) just made it public that it's beginning to investigate for a potential class action lawsuit against Google. With a consistent outcry from Pixel 3 users concerning battery drain issues, poor photo and video quality, and app crashes all around, CSK&D is now looking into whether these defects are hardware-related ⁠— which would warrant a lawsuit.

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Google fires back at Sonos with its own patent infringement countersuit

Google fires back at Sonos with its own patent infringement countersuit

Back in January, Sonos filed a lawsuit against Google, telling the story of a company that used its power to steal intellectual property and infringe on 100 separate patents. The claims even raise the topic of antitrust. The filing called for the courts to ban the sale of most Google-made products with any relationship to audio. Google is now firing back with its own countersuit aiming to shut down the initial attack.

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New $5 billion lawsuit accuses Google of tracking users in Incognito Mode

New $5 billion lawsuit accuses Google of tracking users in Incognito Mode

A new class-action has been filed against Google for continuing to track users of the Chrome browser even though they were in Incognito Mode. The complaint alleges that unauthorized data collection takes place, contradicting the supposed protections of private browsing.

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United Kingdom may remove all Huawei equipment from its 5G networks

United Kingdom may remove all Huawei equipment from its 5G networks

Huawei has been in hot water for over a year now, with the United States blocking most trade with the company and various countries ripping out Huawei-made equipment from its 5G networks. The United Kingdom is still buying hardware from Huawei to build its telecom networks, but that could soon change.

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United States Justice Department expected to file antitrust lawsuit against Google this summer

United States Justice Department expected to file antitrust lawsuit against Google this summer

Google is one of the largest tech conglomerates on the planet, and its dominance of online advertising and web searches has made it a prime target for antitrust lawsuits. The U.S. Department of Justice has been conducting a probe into the company's potential antitrust violations for around a year, and now it looks like legal action could begin in the coming months.

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United States Senate fails to protect your web activity from government snooping

United States Senate fails to protect your web activity from government snooping

The United States has a long history of unwarranted surveillance on its citizens, mostly stemming from the Patriot Act signed into law after the September 11 attacks. The Patriot Act allowed various law enforcement agencies to conduct surveillance on citizens (without warrants) in the name of protecting against future terrorist attacks, and while that law has lapsed, a new amendment passed by the U.S. Senate once again allows law enforcement to rummage through your internet history with no probable cause.

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