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Google Found Guilty of "Abusing Dominant Market Position" In Russia 126

An anonymous reader writes: Russia's anti-monopoly regulator has ruled that Google has violated Russian antitrust laws by requiring that manufacturers pre-install its services on their devices. Stock in Russian search firm Yandex has soared since the ruling. Cnet reports: "The agency, Russia's Federal Antimonopoly Service, has 10 days to issue a full ruling. In the ruling, Russia can outline adjustments to Google's agreements with mobile device manufacturers, according to the translated statement. But while Google was found guilty of market abuses, a Russian antitrust regulator told The Wall Street Journal the Mountain View, California-based company wasn't found guilty of 'unfair competition practices.' 'We haven't yet received the ruling,' a Google spokeswoman said in an emailed statement. 'When we do, we will study it and determine our next steps.'"
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Google Found Guilty of "Abusing Dominant Market Position" In Russia

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  • Three guesses... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Chris Mattern ( 191822 ) on Monday September 14, 2015 @03:45PM (#50521425)

    ...who the owner of "Yandex" is closely affiliated with, and the first two don't count.

    • ...who the owner of "Yandex" is closely affiliated with, and the first two don't count.

      Yahoo! RU

      Microsoft

      Microsoft RU

    • by hey! ( 33014 )

      Let's see. Rootin'... Tootin'... Uh, nah; can't think of no one.

      • Let's see. Rootin'... Tootin'... Uh, nah; can't think of no one.

        rootin-tootin? isn't he married to queen hotsie-totsie?

  • This goes in line with the current Russian policy to bash on western interests. Though, I'm pretty sure the EU will now use this decision as a precedent to extort money from Google in their own "anti-trust" propaganda, quoting it as a "precedent".

    That being said, it's weird that nobody has yet targeted Apple, who is certainly an order of magnitude more restrictive than Google, and is as much, or more loaded than Google...
    • That being said, it's weird that nobody has yet targeted Apple, who is certainly an order of magnitude more restrictive than Google, and is as much, or more loaded than Google...

      Maybe because Apple isn't forcing a hardware vendor to put their apps on the iPhone against the vendor's wishes. Apple controls both the hardware and the software, and as such by the arguments in this decision, they can dictate what apps are preinstalled. Another possible issue is Android accounts for 65% of the Russian mobile phone market (all phones including dumb ones), while iOS is only 24%.

    • Apple doesn't have competition local to the EU and Russia that needs help by using farcical "trials" and bullshit legislation.
    • That being said, it's weird that nobody has yet targeted Apple, who is certainly an order of magnitude more restrictive than Google, and is as much, or more loaded than Google...

      Why is it weird? In what market are they the dominant position?

  • In Soviet Russia market dominate YOU

  • by WegianWarrior ( 649800 ) on Monday September 14, 2015 @04:15PM (#50521629) Journal
    ...would be for Google to stop marketing and selling android phones in Russia. What Russian companies choose to import from abroad is of no consequence for Google.

    Speaking hypothetically; how many here believe that the Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service would have taken a similar action if a Russian company with ties to the Russian oligarchs did the same thing that Google is accused of? Anyone?

    This is just one more step in the Russian regimes current plan to control what Russians can do and see on the decadent Western Internet. It's no secret that Putin and his cohort is afraid to loose the ability to control the flow of information in Russia, and thus control what the average Russian believe. The Kremlin fears a possible colour revolution, and a bit of digging shows that they blame Internet sites (easily available on cheap android phones) outside of Russia for kindling that kind of unrest.
    • Re: (Score:2, Troll)

      Speaking hypothetically; how many here believe that the Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service would have taken a similar action if a Russian company with ties to the Russian oligarchs did the same thing that Google is accused of? Anyone?

      Once you realize how corrupt Russia is, then the answer is obvious: Yes, they would if someone paid off the right people, which is probably what happened here - that and Putin's current NIHIR (Not-Invented-Here-In-Russia) policies...

      • Once you realize how corrupt Russia is

        you realize that humans are pretty much the same wherever you go

        • Once you realize how corrupt Russia is

          you realize that humans are pretty much the same wherever you go

          Yes, but some countries make it easier than others.

        • That explains why corruption is equally problematic in Denmark as in Somalia. /s
  • by dlleigh ( 313922 ) on Monday September 14, 2015 @04:20PM (#50521661)

    There, I fixed the headline to be more accurate.

    • They should be glad not to be convicted of telemetry/data analytics, or as the common man calls it, espionage.

  • "Russia's anti-monopoly regulator..."

    Errr, hold up a sec...one of the world's most corrupt countries has a what again?

    (Ironically, I say this as America's anti-monopoly stance couldn't be any more of a joke)

    • Errr, hold up a sec...one of the world's most corrupt countries

      Are you talking about the USA? Here is a CLASSIC case of the pot calling the kettle black.

      Maybe you can tell us about Comcast and Verizon...

      • That's like saying a VW bus and a galaxy are both big.
      • There are better examples you could have chosen: Comcast and Verizon are both last mile providers and therefore natural monopolies. Furthermore, Comcase and Verizon may actually compete with each other in some places as cable TV and telecom providers. Whenever someone compares the corruption in the US with that of Eastern Europe or Asia, I have to wonder if they are being paid by a PR firm for the country who's venality being deflected.
    • Errr, hold up a sec...one of the world's most corrupt countries has a what again?

      A make-sure-the-oligarchs-have-all-the-profitable-bits regulator. They call it an anti-monopoly regulator 'cause that fits on the stationery.

  • ... for appropriate bribery.
  • All Microsoft would have to do is open an assembly plant somewhere in Russia and BINGo. The number two search engine could overnight become the number one, well at least in the land of Putin. No need for Microsoft to worry about being anti competitive for a change, Windows phones could quickly become a much loved underdog of the east as Android suddenly becomes the wicked witch of the west. I would not at all be surprised if all of a sudden something of this magnitude happens in the cell phone industry the
    • All MS has to do, is port win10 mobile to more common android devices.

      You can already install win8 mobile to android snapdragon samsung devices.

      Imagine if you could install Win 10 mobile, on ANY android phone, MS could kill all the crap android devices without making any hardware, they just have to port it with a team of 1000 engineers to the top 25 brands, and make it easy to install like windows to desktops.

  • They have to pay for dinner at Buono

  • I find this claim clownish given what Putin has done, taking over all major media that criticises him, and any challengers to his political power through the election process suddenly have legal problems.

  • Should they be punished for having iTunes, iCloud, and all that other crap I can't remove on their phones? Why just Google?

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