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Italy fines Google $123 million for abuse of dominant place By Reuters

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MILAN (Reuters) -Italy’s competitors watchdog mentioned on Thursday it had fined Google (NASDAQ:) 102 million euros ($123 million) for abuse of its dominant place as a consequence of its Android cellular working system and app retailer Google Play.

“Via android and the app retailer Google Play, Google has a dominant place which permits it to regulate the attain app builders have on closing customers,” the regulator mentioned in a press release, including that nearly three-quarters of Italians use smartphones working on Android.

The regulator mentioned Google didn’t permit JuicePass, an electrical automobile (EV) companies app from Enel (MI:) X, to function on Android Auto – which permits apps for use whereas driving – unfairly limiting its use whereas favouring Google Maps.

Google has not been permitting the app on Android Auto for 2 years, which may compromise Enel X’s skill to construct a person base, the watchdog mentioned.

“The contested conduct can affect the event of e-mobility in an important section … with doable adverse spill-over results on the spreading of electrical automobiles,” the antitrust regulator mentioned.

Enel X is the “e-solutions” division of Italian utility Enel and Juice Go primarily permits customers to search out charging stations on maps and consider their particulars.

On high of the superb, the regulator mentioned it had requested Google make JuicePass accessible on Android Auto.

Google was not instantly accessible for remark.

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