News roundup: Google slapped with $268 million fine, BT launches new business unit, new global corporate tax rate announced, and more

A roundup of this week’s technology news, including BT’s new business unit, Google’s $268 million fine, a new global corporate tax rate, and more.

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Google faces $268 million fine in France

Google must pay a $268 million fine after a French competition watchdog concluded that the US tech giant had exploited its dominant position in the online advertising industry, as reported by the Guardian.

After a lengthy investigation, French regulators ruled that Google prioritised its own advertising services, putting rivals at an unfair disadvantage. The case focused on Google’s advertising management platform AdManager, with claims that it showed favouritism towards Google’s advert marketplace, Google AdX, and sidelined competitors in the process.

Isabelle de Silva, president of the French competition watchdog, said: “Google used its vertically integrated business model in display advertising to gain an advantage over other competitors.

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