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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

Ahmed Musa buys N100m G-Wagon

first_imgRelatedPosts Super Eagles forward Ahmed Musa welcomes new son COVID-19: Super Eagles player Ahmed Musa speaks on ‘positive’ test U23 AFCON qualifier: Musa charges Olympic Eagles to go for win  Super Eagles’ captain, Ahmed Musa, has added a brand new Mercedes Benz G-Wagon to his car collection.The Al-Nasr of Saudi Arabia forward flaunted the newly acquired Sports Utility Vehicle on his official Twitter handle: @Ahmedmusa718, on Wednesday. The pacy player, who posed by the SUV, thanked his maker for the opportunity.On the picture, the erstwhile Leicester City star wrote: “Alhamdulillah.”According to check, the car is valued at N100 million for the 2019 and the 2020 edition, while the 2015 to 2018 edition of vehicle cost the sum of N70 million.Musa’s brand of G-Wagon has a state-of-the-art cockpit, with standard and available technologies from dual 12.3-inch displays, intuitive steering-wheel touch controls, and voice control for the navigation, audio and numerous comfort features.The 27-year old player became the first Nigerian to score more than once in a FIFA World Cup match, after scoring twice against Argentina in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Musa is also the first Nigerian to score in two FIFA World Cup competitions, after scoring twice against Iceland in the group stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.At club level, he was a member of the Al-Nassr squad that won the Saudi Premier League and Saudi Super Cup, both in 2019.Tags: Ahmed MusaG-Wagonlast_img read more

Man arrested after throwing an iguana at a restaurant manager

first_imgOfficials in Ohio say they have arrested a man who reportedly walked into a restaurant and threw an iguana at the manager after starting an altercation.The incident occurred Tuesday at Perkins Restaurant in Painesville.According to the report, 49-year-old Arnold Teeter walked into the restaurant and then laid down at one of the booths. He then threw a menu at one of the waitresses, who then got the manager.As the manager attempted to speak with Teeter, Teeter then reportedly pulled  a turquoise iguana from under his shirt, swung it around, and then flung it at the manager.Authorities did not say what caused the attack, however, they did report that Teether was arrested and is now facing several charges including animal cruelty, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest.The iguana was said to have survived the incident with a fractured leg.last_img read more