A 7-year investigation by the European Commission concludes that the search engine benefited from an "illegal advantage".
European Union antitrust regulators hit Google with a record 2.4-billion-euro ($2.7 billion) fine for favouring its own shopping service, taking a tough line in the first of three probes of its dominance in searches and smartphone operating systems.
The EU slapped Google with a record 2.4-billion-euro anti-trust fine on Tuesday, in a fresh assault on a United States tech giant that risks the wrath of President Donald Trump. Vestager brushed off suggestions that the move could harm transatlantic relations, adding that the European Union was not willing to give Google a "free pass".
A consumer using the firm's online search engine now sees results from Google Shopping promoted above the most relevant search results.
Europe's competition watchdog began investigating Google Shopping seven years ago, after complaints the internet giant gave the service a prominent position in its search results while rival services were demoted.
A statement from Google says: "We respectfully disagree with the conclusions announced today".
New cyberattack causes mass disruption in Europe
Meanwhile, Kapersky Lab researchers have noted that the ransomware used in the assault may not even use the Petya virus at all. Researchers say hackers used a code known as "Eternal Blue", which is believed to be stolen from the U.S.
"We've had many exchanges with Google to hear their views", Vestager said.
Under the ruling, Google has 90 days to change its practices or face a fine of up to 5pc of global daily turnover. "It denied other companies the chance to compete on the merits and to innovate". European politicians have called on the EU to sanction Google or even break it up, while United States critics claim regulators are targeting successful U.S. firms. That's why Google shows shopping ads, connecting our users with thousands of advertisers, large and small, in ways that are useful for both.
The fine is the highest ever imposed in Europe for anti-competitive behaviour, exceeding a 1.06 billion euros penalty on Silicon Valley chip maker Intel in 2009.
The company will review the decision and consider an appeal.
The biggest risk to Google is not the fine but the changes demanded to its business, said Richard Windsor, an independent financial analyst who tracks competition among the biggest USA and Asian internet and mobile companies. The EU has two other investigations now open into Google's business practices in other services: one involving its Android operating system and another concerning its AdSense service.
"Today's decision is a precedent which establishes the framework for the assessment of the legality of this type of conduct", the commission said.
State JD (U) spokesman Neeraj Kumar claimed that they had provided a "political sanjivani" (a life-saving herb) to the RJD. BJP Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind files his nomination as the 15th President of India in Parliament House.
The 6-foot-3 Westbrook led the Thunder to the playoffs, but was eliminated by the Houston Rockets in the first round . The guard won the first award Monday night during the first NBA Awards show that was hosted by Drake.
The man charged in a suspected terrorist attack at Flint's airport will spend the Independence Day weekend behind bars. According to the criminal complaint, Ftouhi yelled in Arabic "Allahu akbar" (God is greatest) before stabbing Neville.
Hayne's first half try , his 11th in Origin, made him NSW's equal leading try scorer with former centre Michael O'Connor. One Nation leader Pauline Hanson lined up for Queensland , urging people "don't laugh" when she pulled on the guernsey.
Kidambi Srikanth or Chen Long? I am so proud of him, not just as his father but also as an Indian", he added.proud parents: K. Chen won a 78-minute struggle over two-time Olympic and five-time world champion Lin Dan 21-16, 12-21, 23-21.
Mike Lee has become the fifth Republican senator to oppose starting debate on the GOP health care bill. Susan Collins (R-ME) may have dealt the killing blow to her party's already troubled healthcare bill.
Bertrand skippered Australia II to victory over Dennis Conner in 1983 to end the New York Yacht Club's 132-year winning streak. The New Zealand crew had been on a mission to wipe out the hurt inflicted when an 8-1 lead was overhauled by the USA team.
Some legal experts believe Gorsuch could cast a swing vote because he has a history of supporting religious beliefs. Two Justices, Neil Gorsuch , and Clarence Thomas, concurred in the judgment, but not the entire opinion.
If found guilty, the standard ban for testing positive to a suppressant like this is believed to be about one or two months. It is classed as a banned substance in accordance with Australian Rule of Racing 81B.
But the five major sports leagues are against it. "That will enable sports betting to be enjoyed by millions of Americans". Senator Bill Bradley is among those who have come out in opposition to legalized sports gambling in his home state.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 key specs leaked online
Due to smaller bezels in the front, where the screen takes up all the space, the fingerprint scanner will end up on the back. If you've been following the Note 8 rumours, you'll know that one of its big rumoured features is a dual rear-facing camera.
Florida Beats LSU 6-1 At CWS For 1st National Championship
LSU - playing its fourth game in six days and with Eric Walker out with an injury - turned to the seldom-used Reynolds to start. The Gators had eight players drafted in the first 10 rounds of last year;s Major League Baseball draft but went 0-2 in Omaha.
IS counterattacks in retaken parts of Mosul stall Iraq push
Baghdadi has left the fighting in Mosul to local commanders and has been assumed to be hiding in the Iraqi-Syrian border area. An Islamic State (IS) suicide bomber has blown himself up during a meeting in Mosul that also killed a number of commanders.
Iran's Revolutionary Guard strikes Syria for Tehran attacks
State television footage showed the missiles on truck missile launchers in the daylight before being launched at night. The IRGC launched the missiles from western provinces of Kermanshah and Kurdistan, home to Sunni Kurdish populations.
Warship is Military's Latest Addition
Previously, the People's Liberation Army Navy's most advanced destroyer was the type 052D, a 7,500-tonne vessel. According to the plan, tests will be carried on the vessel, including equipment operation, berthing and sailing.
Burling, Team New Zealand win Race 7 in America's Cup
Because Oracle won the qualifiers, the Kiwis started this America's Cup final on the Great Sound with a negative point. The US win means the racing could continue beyond today. "They outsailed us and had a better boat. really well done".
Djokovic bumped up to two in Wimbledon seedings
Grass-court lover Gilles Muller is the big mover, with the Luxembourger ranked 26th by ATP but seeded 16th for the Wimbledon draw. After the loss, he was forced to be out of the tour for the remainder of the year because of a knee injury.
CNN journalists resign over retracted story
Believe me, the Trump supporters are going insane with this, and they should, because the story apparently was incorrect. He previously worked at the New York Times , where he won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 2006.
Amtrak: 2 people struck on train tracks in Washington
Kimberly Woods, of Amtrak Media Relations, Northeast Regional Train 67 has been stopped due to mechanical issues. Hartford police said the incident occurred prior to Hartford's Union Station in the Windsor Street area.
WWE announces the return of the Punjabi Prison
You can only get so far with having lower level names dominate the show and then put one big match on to try and balance it out. That was suggested as "The King of Strong Style" was seen backstage watching Corbin defeat Sami Zayn in a match.
Supreme Court Reinstates Part of Trump's Travel Ban
The administration review should be complete before October 2, the first day the justices could hear arguments in their new term. They said they would have revived the travel ban in its entirety while the court considered the case.