German media boss says he’s scared of Google’s dominance

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BERLIN – The head of Germany’s biggest media company says he is afraid of Google and wants the company to become more transparent.

Mathias Doepfner, the chairman of Axel-Springer SE, accuses Google of abusing its dominance in the field of online search to squeeze out competitors.

His comments, published Wednesday by German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, come a week after Google chairman Eric Schmidt accused European publishers of stifling innovation.

Doepfner said companies like his have no choice but to co-operate with Google even as they fight legal battles against the Internet giant, because not doing so could spell the end of their business.

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