News & Events

Google critics see its Firebase tools as another squeeze play – Source Reuters Tech News

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Some app developers say Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google is increasingly pressing them to embed code in their own products that will deepen Google’s access to data on consumers, giving the company a leg up on rivals.

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Google is seen in Davos, Switzerland Januar 20, 2020. Picture taken January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/File Photo

The previously unreported concerns about Firebase, a set of software that Google makes available to apps, have become part of the broad investigations launched last summer by state attorneys general and the United States Department of Justice into whether Google has unlawfully stifled competition in online advertising and other businesses, two people with knowledge of the probes said this month.

The Texas attorney general’s office, which is leading the states’ investigation, and the Justice Department did not respond to requests to comment.

Google declined to comment beyond generally describing…

Read More…

Source Reuters Tech News

Source link