There are grim times ahead for big tech. Democrats are pushing for Congress to rein in firms such as Google, Apple and Facebook, while the EU has reportedly drawn up a list of 20 internet companies that will be subject to stringent new rules that curb their power.
At the weekend, Politico reported that the Justice Department and state prosecutors, who are investigating Google for alleged antitrust violations, are considering whether to force Google to sell its Chrome browser.
Chrome is by far the world’s most used browser, with almost 70% of the market on desktop computers and 64% on mobile, according to NetMarketShare.
If Google were forced to cleave its browser away from its advertising business, who would buy it? Here are some of the likely contenders:
Justice Department and state prosecutors investigating Google for alleged antitrust violations are considering whether to force the company to sell its dominant Chrome browser and parts of its lucrative advertising business, three people with knowledge of the discussions said Friday.
The conversations — amid preparations for an antitrust legal battle that DOJ is expected to begin in the coming weeks — could pave the way for the first court-ordered break-up of a U.S. company in decades. The forced sales would also represent major setbacks for Google, which uses its control of the world’s most popular web browser to aid the search engine that is the key to its fortunes.
Discussions about how to resolve Google’s control over the $162.3 billion global market for digital advertising remain ongoing, and no final decisions have been made, the people cautioned, speaking anonymously to discuss confidential discussions. But prosecutors have asked advertising technology experts,