According to the Wall Street Journal, Google has been given extra time (until August 31) to respond to the European Commission’s antitrust charges. The original deadline was August 17, next Monday; however, Google requested additional time.
Notwithstanding historical complaints about maps/local and other vertical areas, for the present, the “Statement of Objections” (formal antitrust charges) only concerns comparison shopping. This is probably where the European Commission feels it has the strongest case against Google.
Here are some of the claims that were presented in the Statement of Objections:
The requested extension of time is for Google to formally rebut the charges.
The European Commission has said that Google’s surprise reorganization and formation of Alphabet, Inc. this week would not affect its procedures or investigation of the company. There’s an early stage Android-related investigation underway, as well.
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