European Parliament Backs Investigation To Split Google Search From Other Google Services

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A little Thanksgiving message from the European Parliament today: they support the idea of breaking up Google.

While the search giant was not mentioned by name, members voted 384 to 174 (with 56 abstentions) in favor of a set of measures encouraged to drive more tech growth across the European Union. Among those measures was a resolution to enforce European competition rules against online companies that are deemed to be abusing dominant positions in search. Specifically, “MEPs also call on the Commission ‘to consider proposals with the aim of unbundling search engines from other commercial services’ in the long run.”

Other measures approved today included introducing cloud computing standards and fast-tracking new telecoms rules.

The EU believes that these changes could help the region generate an extra €260 billion annually.

To be very clear, this is not an enforceable vote, in that it doesn’t directly give regulators the mandate to force Google…

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