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The Google antitrust trial has been frustratingly locked down — the NYT just filed a motion to open it up

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

You would barely know Google is in the middle of one of the most consequential antitrust trials in decades right now. Although some important witnesses have testified in open court and documents have been posted online after a delay, access to the trial is still uncertain and sporadic because Judge Amit Mehta appears to have bought into Google’s argument that the particulars of its search business are simply too sensitive to open up.

This is, of course, a tough position to hold in a trial that is entirely about the particulars of Google’s search business and how it shields that business from competition by striking exclusive deals with various players in the industry — most importantly, Apple. But it appears to have held sway over Judge…

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