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Remember when peers accused Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) of abusing its monopoly power? The tide has turned, and now Mr. Softy is leading a group called the FairSearch Initiative that aims to persuade European regulators to take antitrust action against Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL  ) .

Among other things, the 17 companies involved -- including Nokia (NYSE: NOK  ) and Oracle (NYSE: ORCL  ) -- accuse Google of "predatory distribution" of the free Android operating system, USA Today reports. The strategy hurts providers of alternative OSes such as Windows Phone and BlackBerry (NASDAQ: BBRY  ) , the group claims.

Does the charge have merit? Android's 70% share of the market last year seems certainly seems to be helping Google stock, which is up more than 22% over the past year. An adverse ruling could change that, sending shares of Google stock sharply lower.  

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  • Report this Comment On April 10, 2013, at 7:11 AM, magnaman1969 wrote:

    Lol..infothathelps/kim choi/James..

    Blackberry is just getting started.

  • Report this Comment On April 10, 2013, at 7:41 AM, CluckChicken wrote:

    Does it really matter what the numbers are when dealing with the EU? MSFT is getting fined because they somehow have been making it difficult for windows users to get a different web browser all while market share of IE has been shrinking and is nearly the number 3 browser.

  • Report this Comment On April 10, 2013, at 3:34 PM, BlackBerryGreat wrote:

    Blackberry is alive and well. To bad InfoThatHelp is still alive.

  • Report this Comment On April 14, 2013, at 11:55 PM, somethingnew wrote:

    "predatory distribution" of the free Android operating system

    It's FREE, Microsoft and Blackberry can solve the problem by offering theirs for free too. I realize that the issue goes further than that but seriously they should have gotten in earlier on the mobile O.S. market and they had every opportunity to offer theirs for free as well. What would the ruling be -to force Google to charge for their O.S.? It was extremely shrewd but it's not predatory.

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