US government files landmark anti-trust lawsuit against Google
By Abiodun Ogundairo
24 October 2020 | 10:52 am
The US Justice Department is suing Google, accusing the tech giant of running a monopoly on internet search markets, harming both consumers and competitors. As a remedy, the government is seeking "structural relief": anything from fines to a potential break-up of Google. Also, the World Economic Forum has bold new projections about automation and the future of work. The group says half of all work tasks will be performed by machines by 2025, but new jobs will be created in fields like data, marketing and robotics.
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