EBay comes to Google’s aid in EU competition case: FT

CEO Donahoe expresses solidarity with ‘direct competitor’; says lines blurring between online businesses

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EBay comes to Google’s aid in EU competition case: FT EBay’s Donohoe believes lines are blurring between different types of e-commerce businesses. (Getty Images)
By  Stephen McBride Published  April 27, 2015

Google has an ally in EBay CEO John Donahoe, who made comments supporting the search giant's case, as it defends itself anti-competition allegations by the European Union, the Financial Times reported.

Describing EBay and Google as direct competitors in online retail, Donahoe said lines were blurring between different types of e-commerce businesses.

The European Commission's accusations mirror those levelled at Google in its home market, by rivals such as Microsoft. Critics charge that Google has used its dominance in both Web, through its search engine, and mobile, through Android, to elevate its own services.

Google could face hefty fines of up to 10% of annual revenue if the Commission proves its case. While its accuser argue that Google's activities have had a negative impact on consumers, Google insists the opposite is the case.

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