April 15 a particularly lousy day if you’re American, but for Google it’s going to suck especially hard. The European Union is expected to begin an anti-trust investigation against the company.
At stake may be a fine as large as $6.4 billion, or a tenth of the company’s annual revenue. But when it rains, it pours and in this case the EU is also expected to open a formal investigation into Android.
Re/code obtained a memo from the company’s management to its employees that confirms the reports. The Mountain View, Calif.-based company said the EU is putting out its arguments so Google can respond and that it sees this as an “opportunity” for it to tell its side of the story. It also argues that with Bing, DuckDuckGo, Yahoo and Quora, there is real competition in the search engine space.
The company is also hopeful that the EU won’t proceed against Android and pointed to a similar investigation against iTunes that was closed without incident. Google urged its employees not to comment if asked and to focus on their wprl at hand.