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US tech firms cry protectionism over EU plan

New rules will, among other things, give publishers right to charge for online content on news aggregation sites

With a roughly 90 per cent market share, Google's search engine in Europe is more dominant than it is in the US.

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GOOGLE may have to pay publishers for their content. Facebook may, too. WhatsApp could have to follow tougher telecom standards.

A new set of rules, expected to be unveiled by European Union officials on Wednesday, is likely to put new pressure on US technology companies.