The European Commission hit Google with a record antitrust fine yesterday for its deals with smartphone makers to give pride of place to its own apps, such as the Chrome browser, in its Android operating system. The E.U.

also ordered Google to change several practices. The goal: more competition on smartphones.

But as the WSJ argues, it may already be too late for that. As this case plays out — the appeals could last years — smartphone apps will lose ground to voice assistants, virtual reality and the like.

Which will have their own antitrust issues. The social network is promising to remove misinformation that could cause violence. Rumors spread on Facebook have ignited attacks on ethnic minorities in Sri Lanka, Myanmar and India.

The NYT explains, for instance, how WhatsApp led mobs to murder in India. But Mark Zuckerberg misstepped when describing the policy. Read more from nytimes.com…

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