The European Union fined Google $2.7 billion for anti-trust violations by favoring its own shopping services in search results. This is just the start: the EU statement also said the commission has come to preliminary conclusions that Google has its abused its dominant positions in the Android operating system and Adsense search advertising. This cuts to the heart of Google’s business model, which is based on controlling access to its customers and data about its customers. Amazon, Facebook, and Apple have the same model and could be vulnerable to similar attacks. Interestingly, Google’s comment was based on defending local merchants from exactly those other companies.