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Google Fined $5 billion By European Commission

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Google Fined $5 billion By European Commission

Europe has hit Google with a record $5 billion fine.

The company was ordered by the European Commission on Wednesday to pay €4.34 billion ($5 billion) for unfairly pushing its apps on smartphone users and thwarting competitors, according to CNN and the BBC.

"Google has used Android as a vehicle to cement the dominance of its search engine," Margrethe Vestager, Europe's top antitrust official, said in a statement.

And she suggested the ruling could lead manufacturers to sell smart devices using different versions of the Android operating system to Google's, such as Amazon's Fire OS, which she said they had been prevented from doing.

"This will change the market place," she said.

Google's chief executive Sundar Pichai has blogged in response.

"Rapid innovation, wide choice, and falling prices are classic hallmarks of robust competition and Android has enabled all of them," he wrote.

"Today's decision rejects the business model that supports Android, which has created more choice for everyone, not less."

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