EU: Google fined 1.5 billion Euros

Third fine in three years may lead to changes in search.

The European Commission has fined Google €1.49 billion for "abusive practices in online advertising".  Its AdSense service sought exclusivity from advertisers to stop them from placing adverts on competitors search pages.

The findings said that Google’s actions harmed competition and consumers and stifled innovation for over a decade.

Meanwhile, the BBC is reporting that Google is saying it will change the way in which search results are displayed in Europe to make sure results no longer favour Google’s own price comparison sites.

Other proposed changes include making it easier for Android users use alternative web browsers.

Sources: BBC; TNW; Endgadget; BGR.