Lacking its own ‘disruptive’ innovations, EU lashes out with Silicon Valley regulations


 
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BERLIN — Silicon Valley’s tech giants are routinely lauded at home for their “disruptive” innovations. But in the European Union, they could be entering a period of increased scrutiny — and heavy penalties — from regulators in Brussels for those same acts of disruption.

In a case that turned heads on both sides of the Atlantic, the European Commission — the EU’s executive arm — on Tuesday slapped Google with a record $2.7 billion fine for abusing its dominance of the market for its own shopping offerings in online search results. The company has said it is weighing an appeal, but Google is facing two other high-profile EU investigations into suspected monopolistic practices in its Android mobile operating system and its AdSense ad system.

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