#Cyberculture agenda: “EU fines Google a record $5 billion for Android antitrust violations – Trade wars?

The European Commission ordered Google to pay a $5 billion antitrust fine for exploiting its dominant market position in search engines, mobile operating systems and app stores for Android. This means that the Commission did not fully exhaust the available framework of fines of up to 10 % of the annual worldwide turnover. In the case of Google and its parent company Alphabet, a fine of up to $11 billion would have been possible.

Google hit with biggest antitrust fine in EU history

The EU Commission has imposed a €4.34 billion ($5.04bn) fine on Google for using its leverage on the Android operating system (O.S.) in order to “cement its dominant position in general internet search.” Alphabet, Google’s parent company, plans to appeal the ruling, claiming that “Android has created more competition, not less.”

The 12 Russian intelligence officers accused of hacking the DNC allegedly used $95,000 worth of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies to fund their operation.

The office of special counsel Robert Mueller has indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers for hacking into email accounts belonging to Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager John Podesta and the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 presidential election. The indictment, which was released on Friday, included details about the hackers’ use of cryptocurrency to carry out their operation.

On Friday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced that the Department of Justice had indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers for working to undermine the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

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