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EU fines Google €1.49 billion in AdSense antitrust case

The tech giant has been found guilty of preventing third parties from using its tool for displaying search ads for over 10 years. Google has changed its AdSense contract conditions in response, allowing large third parties more room to show their competing search ads. On Tuesday, Google said it will begin asking Europe-based Android smartphone users if they want to switch to competing search engines or web browsers. (The Next Web, Wall Street Journal)

Disney seals US$71-billion deal for 21st Century Fox as it prepares to take on Netflix

Disney will absorb Fox’s film and TV studios, its FX networks, National Geographic and the Indian TV giant Star India. The deal gives Disney ownership over Fox’s entire TV and movie catalogue, including the X-Men and Fantastic Four characters, the rights to which it sold to Fox in the 1990s. Disney will also get a controlling stake in Hulu. (The Guardian)

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