European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager takes a photograph as she holds a news conference at the EU Commission's headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, June 27, 2017. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
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The European Union slapped a record 2.42 billion euro ($2.72 billion) fine on internet giant Google Tuesday for taking advantage of its dominance in online searches to direct customers to its own online shopping business.Google says it is considering an appeal.Google maintains it's just trying to package its search results in a way that makes it easier for consumers to find what they want.It is up to Google to decide what changes it wants to make to comply with the commission's ruling, but any remedy must ensure that rival companies receive the same treatment as Google Shopping.More broadly, Vestager said, the probe has established that Google is dominant in general internet search in all 31 countries of the European economic area.
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