March 20, 2019 / 11:06 AM / 5 months ago

EU regulators fine Google 1.49 bln euros for blocking advertising rivals

BRUSSELS, March 20 (Reuters) - EU antitrust regulators handed down a 1.49 billion euro ($1.69 billion) fine to Alphabet unit Google on Wednesday for blocking rival online search advertisers, marking the company's third penalty in two years.

Last year, the EU competition enforcer imposed a record 4.34 billion euro fine on Google for using its popular Android mobile operating system to block rivals. This followed a 2.42 billion euro fine in 2017 for hindering rivals of shopping comparison websites. ($1 = 0.8811 euros) (Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; editing by Philip Blenkinsop)

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