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谷歌面临欧盟史上最大罚单

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BBC新闻:谷歌面临欧盟史上最大罚单

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Google is to hear shortly whether it's to face a record fine in Europe over its Android operating system. The European Commission has said that the US tech giant's mobile device strategy unfairly strengthened its internet search service. Susan Rob is a barrister in London who specializes in EU law. The commission can fine up to ten percent of worldwide turnover. In practice, fines rarely reached that level, but it's expected that this will be a significant fine and comparable to the fine that was imposed on Google in another case involving alleged abuse of dominance around its search and shopping sites. I think what is really interesting though will be what kind of corrective measures the commission might impose.

World news from the BBC.

Adapted from http://www.kekenet.com/broadcast/201807/559754.shtml

VOCABULARY

1. strengthen n. to become stronger; to make sb / sth stronger 加强;增强;巩固
例如:
Her position in the party has strengthened in recent weeks. 最近几个星期以来,她在党内的地位有所增强。
Yesterday the pound strengthened against the dollar. 昨天,英镑对美元的汇率上升了。
The wind had strengthened overnight. 夜里,风更大了。
例如:
Repairs are necessary to strengthen the bridge. 这座桥需要加固。
The exercises are designed to strengthen your stomach muscles. 这些活动目的在于增强你的腹部肌肉。
The move is clearly intended to strengthen the President's position as head of state. 这一举措显然意在加强总统作为国家元首的地位。
2. barrister n. a lawyer in Britain who has the right to argue cases in the higher courts of law 出庭律师,大律师,辩护律师(在英国有资格出席上级法庭进行辩护)
3. turnover n. turnover (of sth) the total amount of goods or services sold by a company during a particular period of time (一定时期内的)营业额,成交量。例如:
an annual turnover of $75 million 7500万元的年营业额
a fall in turnover营业额的下降
4. abuse n. abuse (of sth) the use of sth in a way that is wrong or harmful 滥用;妄用
5. corrective measures n. 纠正措施

QUESTIONS

Read the passage. Then listen to the news and fill in the blanks with the information (words, phrases or sentences) you hear.

Google is to hear shortly whether it's to face (Q1) ___________________________ in Europe over its Android (Q2) __________________________. The European Commission has said that the US tech giant's (Q3) ______________________________________________ unfairly strengthened its (Q4) _____________________. Susan Rob is a (Q5) __________________ in London who specializes in EU law. The commission can fine up to (Q6) ___________________ of worldwide turnover. In practice, fines rarely reached that level, but it's expected that this will be a significant fine and comparable to the fine that was imposed on Google in another case involving alleged abuse of (Q7) ___________________________ around its (Q8) _____________________ sites. I think what is really interesting though will be what kind of (Q9) ______________________________ the commission might (Q10) _________________________.

World news from the BBC.

KEY 

Read the passage. Then listen to the news and fill in the blanks with the information (words, phrases or sentences) you hear.

Google is to hear shortly whether it's to face (Q1) a record fine in Europe over its Android (Q2) operating system. The European Commission has said that the US tech giant's (Q3) mobile device strategy unfairly strengthened its (Q4) internet search service. Susan Rob is a (Q5) barrister in London who specializes in EU law. The commission can fine up to (Q6) ten percent of worldwide turnover. In practice, fines rarely reached that level, but it's expected that this will be a significant fine and comparable to the fine that was imposed on Google in another case involving alleged abuse of (Q7) dominance around its (Q8) search and shopping sites. I think what is really interesting though will be what kind of (Q9) corrective measures the commission might (Q10) impose.

World news from the BBC.

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