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What would happen if Google loses its antitrust case?

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By Aaron Pressman , The Boston Globe, September 13, 2023

It’s the most important antitrust trial for the tech industry in decades. But what are legal experts saying about the case, and what will it mean for consumers?

Google and the US Department of Justice faced off starting on Tuesday in a case that could determine how the search and advertising giant will need to run its business — and reach the masses. At issue is whether Google has used illegal means to maintain its dominant 90-percent market share in online searches.

The case reminds a lot of people of the government’s big antitrust case against Microsoft in the 1990s. And depending on how it goes, the outcome might, too — whether that means “behavioral restrictions” on the tech titan or a forced break-up (more on that below).

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