It is reported that Google and the US Department of justice will face each other in court tonight, the first time since the US government sued Google for antitrust. On October 20, the U.S. Department of justice and 11 states formally filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google, accusing Google of using its dominant market position to crack down on competitors, thus violating fair competition law. Attorneys from both sides will attend the first hearing at 10:00 p.m. Beijing time. The hearing marks the first time Google and government lawyers will come together to begin planning the proceedings. Obviously, it will be a long court battle. If the government succeeds, the lawsuit could eventually weaken Google’s “gatekeeper” position in the Internet. According to the U.S. government, Google has a monopoly position in three markets: general search services, search text advertising and search advertising. The government’s main task is to prove that Google has a monopoly in one or more of these areas. “If the government can’t prove that Google has a monopoly in any of these markets, then this case will end,” said Sam Weinstein, a former antitrust official at the US Department of justice and now a professor at Cardoso law school < / P > < p > and Google may fight back by expanding the scope of these three markets. Industry insider Jennifer RIE said Google controls about 90 per cent of the online search market and would be hard to refute claims that it dominates the “general search service” market. < / P > < p > Google may say that a large part of product search started with online retail giant Amazon. Trying to persuade the court to expand the market would reduce Google’s share. In addition, Google also dominates the search advertising market, but not as much as the search share. At this point, Google will try to argue that there are other alternatives. According to a report last year by emarketer, a research firm, Google owns 73% of the U.S. search advertising revenue, compared with 13% for Amazon. But Amazon’s share has been steadily rising, doubling last year from 2017. < / P > < p > if the Ministry of justice can prove that Google is monopolized in at least one of the markets, then it must be proved that Google has illegally maintained control of the market by using a series of exclusive agreements to prevent competitors’ search engines from competing. < / P > < p > this involves revenue sharing agreements and Google App pre installation agreements, and Google is expected to argue that its agreements with device manufacturers serve a variety of business purposes, rather than stifle competitors’ search engines. Google may also argue that consumers are benefiting from these deals, not harmed. < / P > < p > in that case, the justice department successfully argued that Microsoft illegally maintained its monopoly in the field of computer operating systems by requiring PC manufacturers to set their web browsers as default browsers. < / P > < p > obviously, Google will try to distinguish itself from Microsoft. First, it’s easier for consumers to switch to another search engine today than it was 20 years ago when users switched browsers on their PCs, Weinstein said. At present, the U.S. government has not specified what remedial measures it will seek to correct Google’s behavior if it wins the lawsuit. However, it is expected to seek a court order to prevent Google from continuing to reach exclusive agreements with device manufacturers. < / P > < p > in addition, the lawsuit also suggests that the United States will seek a structural solution, which may be equivalent to splitting Google or forcing a divestiture of assets. But according to antitrust lawyers, this is “over correction.”. < p > < p > Chris Sagers, Professor of antitrust law at Cleveland State University, said: “a more effective remedy is to order Google to share its search engine database with its competitors’ search engines.” ‘no one can build a search engine that can compete with Google without accessing Google’s search index,’ he said. After 12 years, “world class Super project” Shantou Bay Tunnel ushers in a historic breakthrough today

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