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Gloves come off during day one of Google’s antitrust trial

The most significant tech antitrust trial of the 21st century thus far kicked off in US federal court Tuesday with the Department of Justice and 14 co-plaintiff states squaring off against the search engine giant. The DOJ accuses Google of unlawfully monopolizing the markets for general search services, search advertising, and general search text advertising in the via anticompetitive and exclusionary practices.

During opening arguments, Kenneth Dintzer, deputy director in the DOJ’s civil division, said, “This case is about the future of the internet, whether the Google search engine will ever face meaningful competition to protect that future.” At the heart of the government’s case is Google’s use of contracts to maintain what Dintzer contends is a “default status” market share that tops 89% in the search engine market and 74% in the search ads business.

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