Bloomberg Quint: Google in Race to Deflect More Fines as Shopping Foes Cry Foul

Bloomberg Quint: Google in Race to Deflect More Fines as Shopping Foes Cry Foul. “Google faces a Sunday deadline to defend changes to its shopping service that left old foes clamoring for a new wave of European Union antitrust fines. Still smarting from last year’s record 2.4 billion euro ($3 billion) penalty, Google must submit the first report to the EU on how it has met a strict demand from regulators to give smaller competitors a fairer deal.”

Business Insider: Google is making it harder for travelers to find the best prices, the Wall Street Journal charges

Business Insider: Google is making it harder for travelers to find the best prices, the Wall Street Journal charges. “Google is using its dominance of the search market to limit competition in the online travel business — for its benefit and that of some major hotel chains it’s teamed up with, the Wall Street Journal charges in a new editorial. The online search giant, together with the hotel chains, is limiting the ability of online travel agencies (OTAs) to use keywords to advertise hotel rooms, according to the editorial. Meanwhile, Google’s own travel service, which features listings from OTAs, takes a big cut out of the commissions they earn, the Journal reported.”

Bloomberg Quint: Google Extends Commitments Stemming From U.S. Antitrust Case

Bloomberg Quint: Google Extends Commitments Stemming From U.S. Antitrust Case. ” Alphabet Inc.’s Google said it will extend commitments made five years ago to U.S. antitrust officials related to how developers use its advertising platform and the scraping of third-party content in search results.”

The Telegraph: Google faces fresh EU showdown as rivals attack search giant’s response to record fine

The Telegraph: Google faces fresh EU showdown as rivals attack search giant’s response to record fine. “Google is facing a new battle in Brussels as its opponents gear up to challenge the internet behemoth’s ‘inadequate’ response to a record monopoly fine. Several of Google’s rivals have held meetings with Margrethe Vestager, Europe’s competition commissioner, in recent weeks to express their dismay at the changes made to Google’s results in response to last summer’s fine.”

The new cold war: how our focus on Russia obscures social media’s real threat (The Guardian)

The Guardian: The new cold war: how our focus on Russia obscures social media’s real threat. “Washington used to worship Silicon Valley. Few things made politicians’ hearts beat faster than the bipartisan love for big tech. Silicon Valley was building the future. Government’s role was to offer compliments and get out of the way. Recently, however, the mood has shifted. “