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South Korea fines Google $177mn for blocking Samsung, others on OS

US internet giant punished for banning use of 'fork' Android operating system

South Korea's Fair Trade Commission has sided with Samsung Electronics and other companies in a ruling against Google.   © AP

SEOUL -- South Korea's antitrust agency on Tuesday announced it is fining Google 207.4 billion won ($177 million) for forcing Samsung Electronics and other smart device manufacturers to use only approved versions of the Android operating system.

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