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News Corp wades into Google’s EU antitrust adventure

It’s not just European press publishing houses that have been calling for the European Commission to reject Google’s antitrust settlement proposals: on Wednesday the mighty News Corp revealed that it too had sent a lengthy letter to outgoing competition commissioner Joaquín Almunia, congratulating him for putting off a settlement. CEO Robert Thomson described Google as a “vast, powerful, often unaccountable bureaucracy” and claimed that its dominance in tracking users for lucrative ad targeting limits the ability of publishers to make good money by, er, doing the same. Anyhow, the letter may be addressed to Almunia but it’s really for the attention of his successor, Margrethe Vestager, who will take over the case in November.