In an unprecedented move Wednesday, the European Commission fined Microsoft Corp for failing to follow through on a commitment it made to give customers a clear choice of web browser. The fine of 561 million euros ($731 million) represents 1 percent of Microsoft's annual sales.
Samsung's dominance in the smart-phone market has raised some questions about whether it will renegotiation the terms of its arrangements with Google, hurting the search-engine company's mobile-ad business.
Google stock breaks $800 for the first time Tuesday, signaling renewed confidence in the company's ability to reap steadily higher profits. The stock breaks $800 in morning trading, with Google shares climbing 1.2 percent.