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EU to Announce Record $3.3Bln Fine for Google Shopping Service Before Break

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The European Commission (EC) looks to fine the US tech giant Google with a record 3 billion euros ($3.39 billion) for violating European anti-monopoly regulations before it goes on summer break, British media revealed, citing sources familiar with the situation.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Sources close to the situation told The Telegraph daily late Saturday that the EC will announce the fine over Google's shopping comparison as early as next month.

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The Silicon Valley firm will be reportedly banned from continuing to manipulate search results to tamp down competitors. Google declined to comment on the report.

On April 20, the EC informed Google of its preliminary view that the corporation "abused its dominant position by imposing restrictions" on smartphones that operate on the company’s Android software and mobile network operators.

About four in five smartphones and tablets run on Android in Europe and around the world, the commission estimates.

In its Statement of Objections to Google and its parent company Alphabet, European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager argued that the company "denies consumers a wider choice of mobile apps and services and stands in the way of innovation by other players."

The European Commission launched proceedings on allegations of Google’s Android breaching EU antitrust rules in April 2015.

On April 15, 2015, the European Commission sent a formal objection to Google after a four-year investigation, accusing the company of skewing search results in favor of its own content.

Vestager suggested this week that the EC may lodge a third anti-trust complaint with Google’s advertising service.

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