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Google hits back at EU after claims it abuses its dominance

Google has responded after EU authorities accused the technology giant of using its search engine to unfairly boost its own products.

In a post on the Official Google Blog, Amit Singhal, a senior vice president at Google Search, claims that Google does not hold a stranglehold on the search market, and that it is not shutting out its competitors in the flight search market.

He wrote: "We respectfully but strongly disagree with the need to issue a Statement of Objections and look forward to making our case over the weeks ahead."

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EU accuses Google of abusing search dominance

Google is facing accusations it is abusing its dominance. Credit: Reuters

The European Union has accused Google of abusing its dominance by distorting search results and has also launched an antitrust probe into its Android mobile operating system.

The EU Competition Commission said the US technology company had been sent a charge sheet to which it can now respond, accusing it of amending results to favour its Google shopping service.

Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said in a statement: "I am concerned that the company has given an unfair advantage to its own comparison shopping service, in breach of EU antitrust rules.

"If the investigation confirmed our concerns, Google would have to face the legal consequences and change the way it does business in Europe."

The Commission can fine firms up to a 10% of their annual sales - or a penalty of over $6 billion (£4 billion) in Google's case.

In response to the move, the company said: "While Google may be the most used search engine, people can now find and access information in numerous different ways - and allegations of harm... have proved to be wide of the mark."

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Poll: Average home now has 7.4 internet devices

The average household now owns 7.4 internet devices - including smartphones and smart TVs - while 40 per of families bought a tablet in the last year, according to a poll.

The YouGov survey of more than 2,000 people found that smartphones are the most popular device, with an average of 1.7 per home, followed by laptops - 1.3 - and tablets, which had an average of 1.2.

The average home now owns 7.4 internet-ready devices, the poll found Credit: PA
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