Google resolves French news dispute, faces Maps investigation in Germany (NASDAQ:GOOG)


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Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ: GOOGL) has received good news and bad news regarding Europe’s review of its practices.

First, Google settled a dispute with publishers in France and avoided further fines because the country The competition authority has approved the company’s promises establishing a path to payment for news clips on its platforms.

Google has significantly improved on the commitments it originally offered last year and that ends the deal in the eyes of the regulator.

The company says it has already struck deals with more than 150 publications to cover content that goes beyond links and short snippets (what Google calls “extended news previews”). He also withdrew challenges against an earlier fine of 500 million euros (about $527 million).

In Germany, the Google Maps product is under investigation by the Federal Cartel Office, which is concerned about potentially illegal terms of use. Early results suggested to the watchdog that Google is limiting options for using alternative map providers when developers seek to integrate maps into their offerings.

The concern is that Google limits the ability to embed location data from Maps, Street View search on maps from other providers.


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