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Google, in fight against record EU fine, slams regulators for ignoring Apple

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LUXEMBOURG, Sept 27 (Reuters) – Alphabet (GOOGL.O) unit Google on Monday criticised EU antitrust regulators for ignoring rival Apple (AAPL.O) as it launched a bid to get Europe’s second-highest court to annul a record 4.34-billion euro ($5.1 billion) fine related to its Android operating system.

Far from holding back rivals and harming users, Android has been a massive success story of competition at work, representatives of Google told a panel of five judges at the General Court in Luxembourg at the start of a five-day hearing.

The European Commission fined Google in 2018, saying that it had used Android since 2011 to thwart rivals and cement its dominance in general internet search.

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