Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 6th Mar 2013 11:54 UTC
Legal "The European Commission has imposed a EUR 561 million fine on Microsoft for failing to comply with its commitments to offer users a browser choice screen enabling them to easily choose their preferred web browser. In 2009, the Commission had made these commitments legally binding on Microsoft until 2014. In today's decision, the Commission finds that Microsoft failed to roll out the browser choice screen with its Windows 7 Service Pack 1 from May 2011 until July 2012. 15 million Windows users in the EU therefore did not see the choice screen during this period. Microsoft has acknowledged that the choice screen was not displayed during that time." Burn.
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RE[5]: Bad news for Google.
by JAlexoid on Thu 7th Mar 2013 22:12 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Bad news for Google."
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They spent $18M to fight SOPA all in the first 30 days of 2012? Really? Did you look at their filings?

While I did not look at their filings, I'm pretty sure they did not spend the whole $18m on just one thing, like you implied.

You don't have to bribe everyone, just someone in power

Sure. Like I said in the relevant article thread - They should just stop giving to charitable NGOs, because some of them might just give an award to a person that was in a relevant position of power.(They should be like Apple, just stop giving to charity to shut conspiracy theorists out.)

Back on topic. If you read the linked article the problem is the EU fined Microsoft the maximum 10% fine. If Google gets fined the same amount it could be ~$5B. So, I would say this literally DOES have something to do with Google.

Nope. They fined them much less than 10%. They were fined 3% of their annual profits, while max is 10% of global annual revenues.

Microsoft's revenues for calendar year 2012 are 21.46+16.01+18.06+17.41 = $72.94bn
That is the max fine for Microsoft is $7294mil (or €5571mil)

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