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Google Names Search Winners

STOCKHOLM: Microsoft’s Bing, PrivacyWall and Info.com were among the search engines that won a quarterly auction by Google to show up as search options on new Android devices in 31 European countries.

Google offered competitors the option to bid for advertising space at the top of a search page on Android devices, after the EU fined the company billions in 2018 for violating antitrust rules.

Google and the auction winners will be ordered randomly in the choice screen on a user’s device.

Bing won the rights in 13 countries, Puerto Rico-based PrivacyWall in 22 countries and US-based Info.com got all 31 countries.

Other winners included independent search engine DuckDuckGo, Germany’s GMX and Russian Internet giant Yandex.

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