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Google faces $2.7B fine

Google faces $2.7B fine for skewing search results for shoppers The fine from the European Union is twice as big as predicted -- and there could be more to come for the search giant as EU regulators look into Android.

The European Union just served notice that it will not go easy on Google.
EU regulators on Tuesday slapped Google with a 2.42 billion euro ($2.72 billion) fine for favoring its own shopping services in its search results over those of rivals.

"What Google has done is illegal under EU antitrust rules," said EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager in a statement. "It denied other companies the chance to compete on the merits and to innovate. And most importantly, it denied European consumers a genuine choice of services and the full benefits of innovation."

The fine is the biggest antitrust penalty the EU has ever applied to a single company, exceeding the $1 billion fine handed to Intel in 2009. It also far exceeds the $1.2 billion estimate th…

Don't throw it away!

Don't throw it away! What to do with old electronic devicesWhen you've bought a new tablet, smartphone or laptop, what should you do with the old one? Many old devices languish in bottom drawers or, worse still, end up in the trash.
Next time you have an unwanted device on your hands, think again. Taking old electronic devices to retailers or local collection points is an option, but you can also continue using old devices that are still working, give them away or sell them to help protect the environment. Here are some alternatives to our throwaway culture:1) Repair it
Whether it's a Blu-ray player, toaster or mobile phone, if a device has broken after its warranty has expired and having it fixed is too expensive, it's always worth giving it a go yourself.
The website repaircafe.org, for instance, lists skilled amateurs or professionals who may lend you a hand. There are many other similar initiatives to be found online. It's also worth looking out for websites and …