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Google asking ad firms to run rival price comparison sites

Google asking ad firms to run rival price comparison sites

Technology
For the past four months, Google has been encouraging advertising agencies to create price comparison sites, which it presents in the Google Shopping box. Google launched its Comparison Shopping Service (CSS) scheme in June 2018 in response to the European Commission's 2017 judgment, which fined the search giant a record-breaking €2.4 billion (£2.14bn), and ordered it to give its comparison shopping competitors "equal treatment".Google approached advertising agencies and invited them to build comparison shopping sites.It also offered substantial incentives to retailers to generate interest in the scheme.The search firm then showed the names of the new sites under the images in its Google Shopping advertising insert, giving the impression of a thriving comparison ...
Ofgem orders energy firms to improve complaints handling

Ofgem orders energy firms to improve complaints handling

Business
Energy regulator Ofgem has ordered 11 of the UK's biggest suppliers to improve how they deal with complaints.The regulator said it had "compliance cases" open against four companies over customer dissatisfaction with how they handled complaints.It has also asked another seven to improve their procedures.However, the chief executive of industry body Energy UK said suppliers' overall performance in dealing with consumers' problems was improving.Lawrence Slade pointed to Ofgem's own figures which showed that the number of complaints received by suppliers had nearly halved since 2014. However, when the regulator last carried out its complaint handling survey in 2016 only two firms were singled out for their performance. Following its latest survey, Ofgem has ...
EU to give internet firms 1 hour to remove extremist content

EU to give internet firms 1 hour to remove extremist content

Technology
European authorities are planning to slap internet companies like Google, Twitter and Facebook with big fines if they don't take down extremist content within one hour. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said in a speech Wednesday that the Commission is proposing the new rules as part of efforts to step up the bloc's security. He said that removing material within an hour is important because it's "the critical window in which the greatest damage is done." The EU's executive body said "propaganda that prepares, incites or glorifies acts of terrorism" must be taken offline. Content would be flagged up by national authorities, who would issue removal orders to the internet companies hosting it. Those companies would be given one hour to delete it. The proposal , which still ...
Malicious faxes leave firms 'open' to cyber-attack

Malicious faxes leave firms 'open' to cyber-attack

Technology
Booby-trapped image data sent by fax can let malicious hackers sneak into corporate networks, security researchers have found.Since many companies use fax machines that are also printers and photocopiers, they often have a connection to the internal network.The malicious images exploit protocols established in the 1980s that define the format of fax messages.The research was presented at the Def Con hacker conference in Las Vegas.The two researchers said millions of companies could be at risk because they currently did little to secure fax lines.No security"Fax has no security measures built in - absolutely nothing," security researcher Yaniv Balmas, from Check Point software, told the BBC. Mr Balmas uncovered the security holes ...
South Korea firms shipped nearly $6M of North Korea coal, pig iron

South Korea firms shipped nearly $6M of North Korea coal, pig iron

World
Aug. 10 (UPI) -- Three South Korean companies illegally imported North Korean coal and pig iron in 2017, violating international sanctions adopted in August of last year. Shipments of North Korean coal into South Korea were smuggled into the country after the products were transshipped at a Russian port, according to South Korea's Customs Office on Friday, Yonhap reported. Exports of North Korean coal, iron ore and other resources are banned under United Nations Security Council sanctions Resolution 2371. The commodities are worth about $ 5.86 million, and shipments arrived in the South between April and October. The firms imported the coal as "Russian products," according to the Korea Herald. The companies have been referred to South Korea's prosecution, the customs office said. Shipmen...