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Google has caught the attention of the US justice department amid growing calls tech companies are too big and powerful and should be broken up sources told Reuters late Friday the DOJ is prepping an investigation of the search giant to determine whether it broke any anti competition rules and its vast online business the focus of the possible probe whether Google a unit of parent company alphabet is giving preference to its own businesses in search results Google's empire stretches across the length and breadth of the internet there's you to its android mobile phone operating system it's airline reservation data reviews maps and other services a spokesman for the justice department would not confirm or deny the potential investigation and a Google representative declined comment Google has run afoul of global regulators and watch dogs before last year the E. U. slapped Google with a record four point nine billion dollar fine for using its popular android mobile operating system to block rivals before that there was a two point seven billion dollar E. U. penalty for unfairly promoting its own comparison shopping service since then Google has made some changes it allows competitors to bid for advertising space at the top of the search page at least giving those advertisers a chance to compete on fair terms