The Department of Justice will file a landmark antitrust suit against Google as early as this week, kicking off a new phase in Washington’s increasingly aggressive attacks on Big Tech.
Alphabet, Google’s parent, runs the world’s most popular video service, YouTube. It has the dominant search engine, the world’s biggest web browser (Chrome), the most popular mobile operating system (Android), and the top mapping operation.
However, the DoJ’s suit — the biggest against a tech company since it filed an anti-monopoly case against Microsoft in 1998 — is likely to focus on Google’s dominance of search, and the ads that it powers.
The case is part of a sweeping crackdown on tech giants, including Apple and Facebook, which rivals and regulators claim use their immense