The EU is running out of patience with Google, and what it suspects are anticompetitive business practices. The search giant is presently in talks with the European Commission to resolve complaints
by Microsoft and other rivals. Yet, Joaquin Almunia, Europe’s antitrust chief, doesn’t think Google is cooperating fully. “His warning, made in a speech to Fordham University in New
York, ratchets up the pressure on Google by making public the EC’s willingness to move to a more confrontational approach to the negotiations, which have been going on since July,” The
Guardian reports. In a worse case scenario, a losing court battle could end up costing Google upwards of $3.7 billion.