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US antitrust case against Google mimics lawsuit that attacked Microsoft

Shares of Google parent Alphabet Inc. rose after the complaint came out as analysts argued getting rid of the payments may save the company money

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The Justice Department will try to paint a simple picture of Google using these default deals to block search rivals.

Gerrit De Vynck and David McLaughlin | Bloomberg
The U.S. government’s antitrust case against Google follows a similar path to its attack on Microsoft Corp. more than 20 years ago -- and that should make the internet giant nervous.
 
The suit focuses on payments Google makes to ensure its search engine is the default on mobile phones and web browsers. Google’s dominant market share and massive revenue allows it to spend billions of dollars a year on these deals, blocking out competitors from the valuable placements and limiting consumer choice, the Justice Department alleged.

It’s a similar argument the government made against Microsoft when it alleged in 1998 that

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First Published: Oct 21 2020 | 8:49 AM IST

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