Will Google be forced to sell Chrome?

Posted on Friday, Oct 16 2020 @ 14:32 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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One of the big questions of this decade is what needs to be done with the tech giants. Two decades ago Microsoft was the big boogeyman but now there are a bunch of other tech titans that are becoming increasingly powerful. Companies like Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Apple are not only everywhere in our lives, they also have massive financial firepower and collect huge amounts of personal. This has spurred discussion on what needs to happen to ensure the marketplace remains fair.

Politico wrote last week that the US Justice Department and state prosecutors are looking into Google, and whether the search giant needs to sell its Chrome browser and parts of its advertising unit. If it comes to pass, it would be the first court-ordered break-up of a US company in decades:
The conversations — amid preparations for an antitrust legal battle that DOJ is expected to begin in the coming weeks — could pave the way for the first court-ordered break-up of a U.S. company in decades. The forced sales would also represent major setbacks for Google, which uses its control of the world’s most popular web browser to aid the search engine that is the key to its fortunes.

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Thomas De Maesschalck

Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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