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Google CEO Sundar Pichai Apologises Over Leaked Internal Document on Tactics to Counter EU Rules

first_imgAlphabet CEO Sundar Pichai has apologised to Europe’s industry chief Thierry Breton over a leaked internal document proposing tactics to counter the EU’s tough new rules on internet companies and lobby against the EU commissioner.Pichai and Breton exchanged views in a video-conference call late on Thursday, the third this year, according to a statement from the European Commission.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “Our online tools have been a lifeline to many people and businesses through lockdown, and Google is committed to continuing to innovate and build services that can contribute to Europe’s economic recovery post-COVID,” spokesman Al Verney said in a statement.The incident underlines the intense lobbying by tech companies against the proposed EU rules, which could impede their businesses and force changes in how they operate.Breton also warned Pichai about the excesses of the internet.“The Internet cannot remain a ‘Wild West’: we need clear and transparent rules, a predictable environment and balanced rights and obligations,” he told Pichai.Breton will announce new draft rules known as the Digital Services Act and the Digital Markets Act together with European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager on December 2.The rules will set out a list of do’s and don’ts for gatekeepers – online companies with market power – forcing them to share data with rivals and regulators and not to promote their services and products unfairly.EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager has levied fines totalling EUR 8.25 billion (roughly Rs. 72,780 crore) against Google in the past three years for abusing its market power to favour its shopping comparison service, its Android mobile operating system and its advertising business.Breton told Pichai that he would increase the EU’s power to curb unfair behaviour by gatekeeping platforms, so that the Internet does not just benefit a handful of companies but also Europe’s small- and medium-sized enterprises and entrepreneurs.“Europe’s position is clear: everyone is welcome on our continent – as long as they respect our rules,” he told Pichai.© Thomson Reuters 2020Which is the best TV under Rs. 25,000? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. “In any case, yes I had a discussion with Sundar… I told him what I had to tell him….he apologised. (I told him) If you need to tell me something, my door will always be open,” he said.Pichai apologised for the way the document came out, which he said he had not seen or sanctioned, saying that he would engage directly with Breton if he sees language and policy that specifically targets Google, another person familiar with the call said.Google said the two had a frank but open conversation.- Advertisement – The call came after a Google internal document outlined a 60-day strategy to attack the European Union’s push for the new rules by getting US allies to push back against Breton.The call was initiated by Google before the document was leaked. Breton brought up the leaked document and showed it to Pichai during the call.“I was not surprised. I’m not naive. I thought it was a bit old fashioned…,” Breton told the Anglo-American Press Association in a online meeting on Friday, waving the document in the air.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Paul Merson and David Seaman disagree over Kepa Arrizabalaga vs Maurizio Sarri

first_img Comment Paul Merson and David Seaman disagree over Kepa Arrizabalaga vs Maurizio Sarri Kepa Arrizabalaga refused to be replaced at Wembley (Picture: Getty)Paul Merson believes Maurizio Sarri must drop Kepa Arrizabalaga after his behaviour in the Carabao Cup final – but David Seaman disagrees with his former Arsenal team-mate.Kepa defied Sarri’s orders by refusing to be substituted before Manchester City triumphed in Sunday’s penalty shootout, with Willy Caballero waiting on the touchline to replace the Spain international.While Kepa has since played down the incident as a ‘misunderstanding’, ex-Arsenal and England star Merson thinks Sarri must set a precedent by punishing the goalkeeper.Chelsea have already fined Kepa a week’s wages but Merson has called on Sarri to axe the 24-year-old ahead of the side’s clash with Tottenham.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I think the manager has to stay strong and tell him he’s not playing – he’s got to,’ Merson told Sky Sports’ The Debate.‘If you’re the manager then you’ve got to tell him you’ve shown me no respect otherwise the rest of the players will be thinking “wow, come on”.’ Seaman thinks Chelsea have to stick with Kepa (Picture: Getty)Former ‘keeper Seaman slammed Kepa’s behaviour at Wembley but believes Sarri must stick with the Spaniard for the sake of Chelsea’s top-four hopes.‘If Chelsea aren’t going for the top four it’s an easy decision but they are, so they’ve got to play their best team,’ Seaman said.‘It may show a bit of a weakness in Sarri but Kepa should play.’ Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 26 Feb 2019 10:22 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link417Shares Advertisement Merson has called on Sarri to axe Kepa (Picture: Getty)Merson recalled an incident from his playing days when he was punished for laughing at George Graham.‘I laughed at him once and I didn’t play for two months,’ he said.‘And, we played Huddersfield in the League Cup and I walked straight down the tunnel. I didn’t play for a month after that. I didn’t show enough respect and got punished so you don’t do it again, although I done it twice… so maybe don’t use me as an example!‘You’ve got to give your manager the respect.’ Sarri: Kepa incident was a misunderstandingTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 10:33FullscreenSarri: Kepa incident was a misunderstandinghttps://metro.co.uk/video/sarri-kepa-incident-misunderstanding-1869676/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.MORE: Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku prepared to play anywhere for Ole Gunnar Solskjaerlast_img read more