Google faces fine

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Tech giant Google is facing yet another EU fine over its Adsense buinsess, which places its search box on third-party websites such as news websites, according to the Financial Times.

It is accused of hampering potential rival search advertisers, according to the newspaper.

If the fine happens, it would be the third EU fine for the search engine giant in two years. Last year it was fined €4.3bn for abusing the dominant market position of its Android operating system for smartphones.

The year before, it was fined €2.4bn for favouring its own shopping services over competitors.

Google is appealing both fines.

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Consumers 'need more tech choice'

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Tech giants like Facebook and Google should face greater competition, a six-month review of the sector has concluded.

Harvard professor and former economic adviser to Barack Obama, Jason Furman, who led the review, says consumers currently don't have enough choice.

"When there's one social network you can use it's a lot harder to leave that network if you don't like what you see in the case of privacy and so on," he says.

Mr Furman says the situation should be more like email systems, where all systems can talk to each other giving people more choice.

Philip Hammond is expected to outline the government's response later.

News Corp urges Google break-up

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Rupert Murdoch's News Corp has urged a break-up of Google arguing it's necessary to preserve advertising and news publishers.

As part of a government inquiry submission, the media group's Australian division said the US company had created an "ecosystem" where it could control the results of people's internet searches and then charge advertisers based on how many people viewed their advertisements.

“Google leverages its market power in both general search services and ad tech services to the detriment of consumers, advertisers and news publishers. To remedy these harms, Google could either sell Google Search, or retain Google Search and divest the rest of its businesses to a third party,” said News Corp.

Google declined to comment.