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Can Alphabet, FB, Amazon ever escape scrutiny? Maybe Microsoft can teach

Microsoft realised that, more than just obeying the letter of the law, it had to be seen as a positive actor. It turned up the soft diplomacy

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As another European Commission mega-fine on Alphabet Inc. nears, it prompts the question: can the Google parent ever free itself from the specter of penalties from the region’s regulators? The same goes for Amazon.com Inc. and Facebook Inc., each of which is facing scrutiny for how they handle data. They could do a lot worse than looking to a fellow West Coast tech giant for a playbook.

It wasn’t all that long ago that Microsoft Corp. was the European Commission’s nemesis. For most of the first decade of the millennium, the firm was under fire over the way it bundled products

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First Published: Jan 29 2019 | 12:27 PM IST

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