EU launching full-scale antitrust investigation of Google’s US$2.1-billion Fitbit takeover


EU officials want Google to agree not to use Fitbit’s data to improve its search engine, and to make all data available to third parties. A full investigation will reportedly be launched next week. (Financial Times, Reuters)

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