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Google Paid Apple Billions To Dominate Search On iPhones, Justice Department Says

Added 10-22-20 09:07:02am EST - “An agreement worth up to $12 billion made Google the de facto choice for online search on millions of iPhones. Justice officials say the deal may anticompetitive under U.S. law.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Google Paid Apple Billions To Dominate Search On iPhones, Justice Department Says”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

In the Department of Justice's lawsuit filed on Tuesday against Google, it revealed that the tech giant paid up to $12 billion to Apple in order to become the default search engine on iPhones and all other Apple devices. Ariel Zambelich/NPR hide caption

In the Department of Justice's lawsuit filed on Tuesday against Google, it revealed that the tech giant paid up to $12 billion to Apple in order to become the default search engine on iPhones and all other Apple devices.

Buried on page 36 of the Justice Department lawsuit accusing Google of abusing its monopoly power is this remarkable figure: $8 to $12 billion.

That's the hefty sum Google allegedly paid Apple for one of the most prized pieces of real estate in the world of online search: default status on iPhones and all other Apple devices.

Justice Department investigators say Apple, which does not have its own search engine, hammered out a multiyear deal making Google the default search engine on all iPhones and other Apple products. It meant that web browser Safari, voice assistant Siri and device query feature Spotlight all made Google the default choice.

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