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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

GNIC fight back with late wickets

first_img– after Rafael Singh 6-29GNIC claimed six wickets in the closing stages to fight their way back against Transport Sports Club (TSC) at the end of the opening day of the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) sponsored Noble House Seafoods second division two-day cricket final yesterday at the Georgetown Cricket Club ground, Bourda.Replying to GNIC’s first innings total of 167, TSC reached 68-6 in 23 overs.Shaun Massiah and Azeem Azeez will resume today on four runs each, with TSC still trailing in their first innings by 99 runs.TSC looked set to take complete control of the game, after off-spinner Rafael Singh first grabbed 6-29 in 12 overs. Singh capitalised on the overcautious approach of the GNIC batsmen, and used the bounce on offer to good effect, as GNIC catapulted in 66.5 overs.From a relatively decent position of 134-4 at lunch, GNIC lost the plot in a disastrous 55-minute period after the interval, with Singh, who was almost unplayable at times on account of his accuracy,being the main destroyer during that period.Earlier, Stephen Campbell top scored with 62,while several other batsmen got starts without carrying on,with Marc Nicholson making 33, Premchan Sookdeo 28, and Ryan Shun 18.Asked to bat first, GNIC made a confident start with openers Nicholson and Campbell making the most of a perfect opportunity to bat.The pair added 52 for the first wicket, with Nicholson being the more aggressive of the two batsmen, unleashing several stylish shots, including a four and three sixes.However, GNIC were setback when Nicholson fell victim to his own brazen ways, flicking a short ball from off-spinner Kevin Ross straight to square-leg,immediately after the first drink break.Kurt Lovell followed, run out in farcical fashion for two before Campbell and Shun put together a 33-run stand for the third-wicket.However, the batting side was further jolted when Shun offered a simple return catch to off-spinner Joshua Wilson.Campbell, who looked at ease right from the outset continued to progress smoothly in company with Sookdeo, and together the duo took the total to 134 before Singh struck just on the stroke of lunch when he trapped Sookdeo leg before wicket.Resuming the post lunch session on 48, Campbell brought up his half century off 173 balls but Singh kept a stranglehold on the proceeding, claiming five of the remaining batsmen.Medium pacer Akeem Redman complemented Singh during that period by picking up the crucial wicket of Campbell, whose innings lasted 202 balls, with five hits to the fence.Ryan Hemraj and Charwayne McPherson then started the run chase in solid fashion, adding 26 runs before there were a few hiccups.Royston Simon claimed the wicket of Hemraj (11), while Deswin Butts removed McPherson (16) and Devaughn Nandan (2), at 33-3.Things went further downhill for TSC when off-spinner Gajanan Suknanan had the wickets of Sunil Singh (11) and Singh (8), while fellow off-spinner Clyde Butts removed Mark Ramsammy without scoring, at 59-6.However, Massiah and Azeez then survived to the end. Play will resume at 11:00hrs today.last_img read more