S. Korea fines Google $177 mil. for anti-competition moves

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South Korea's antitrust regulator said Tuesday it has decided to impose a 207.4 billion won ($177 million) fine on global tech giant Google for forcing smartphone manufacturers such as Samsung Electronics Co. to only install its Android mobile operating system. The Korea Fair Trade Commission found Alphabet Inc.'s Google to have negatively influenced the mobile market since 2011 by banning smartphone manufacturers from installing modified versions of Android OS, known as "Android forks," while also not allowing them to develop their own types of Android forks. Google has said it intends to app...

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