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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."

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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Google loses bid to prevent consumers suing it in the UK

Google has lost a Court of Appeal bid to prevent British consumers having the right to sue it in the UK.

Google has lost its Court of Appeal bid. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wir

A group known as Safari Users Against Google's Secret Tracking want to take legal action in the English courts over the internet giant's Apple Safari internet browser.

They accuse Google of bypassing security settings in order to track their online browsing and to target them with personalised advertisements.

Google to better inform users on personal information

Google agrees to better inform users over personal information. Credit: Google

Google has agreed to better inform users about how it handles their personal information after an investigation by Britain's data protection regulator found its privacy policy was too vague.

The Information Commissioner's Office said in a statement that it required the search engine to sign a "formal undertaking" that it would make the changes by June 30 and take further steps in the next two years.

The ICO investigation stems from a privacy policy implemented by Google in March 2012 that consolidated some 70 existing privacy policies into one and pooled data collected on individual users across its services, including YouTube, Gmail and its social network Google+.

Google to stop selling wearable tech 'Google Glass'

Google will stop selling the current version of Google Glass and reorganise the business behind it Credit: Reuters

Google has announced it will stop selling its current version of Google Glass and plans to reorganise the business behind it, Dow Jones reported.

The technology giant is set to release a new version of the much-hyped wearable tech later this year, the report said.

The new Glass business will report to Tony Fadell, CEO of home automation company Nest, which was bought by Google last year.

Google expects to wind down its Explorer programme in the next few months, Fortune reported.

The announcement comes a day after beleaguered British supermarket chain Tesco announced it was becoming the first major UK retailer to launch a Google Glass shopping app.

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