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EU fines Google a record $5 billion over mobile practices

EU fines Google a record $5 billion over mobile practices

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European regulators came down hard on another U.S. tech giant Wednesday, fining Google a record $ 5 billion for forcing cellphone makers that use the company's Android operating system to install Google search and browser apps. The European Union said Google's practices restrict competition and reduce choices for consumers. While Google can easily afford the fine, the ruling could undermine the company's business model, which relies on giving away its operating system in return for opportunities to sell ads and other products. Google immediately said it will appeal, arguing that its free operating system has led to lower-price phones and created competition with its chief rival, Apple. Android has "created more choice for everyone, not less," Google CEO Sundar Pichai tweeted . The fine, ...
Google hit with 4.3bn euro Android fine from EU

Google hit with 4.3bn euro Android fine from EU

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Google is to be fined a record 4.3 billion euros ($ 5bn; £3.8bn) over its Android operating system, the BBC has learned.The European Commission's action followed a three year probe into claims the firm's mobile device strategy had unfairly strengthened its dominance of search.The penalty is set to be confirmed at a press conference in Brussels later.It will be the largest fine imposed by the regulator against a single firm.However, Google may challenge the ruling.Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager previously fined Google 2.4bn euros ($ 2.8bn; £2.1bn ) over a separate probe into its shopping comparison service - a ruling Google is in the process of appealing against.In addition, her team has a third investigation underway into the fir...
Google diversity figures show little change

Google diversity figures show little change

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A new report from Google has revealed that little has changed despite a commitment to increasing diversity among staff employed by the tech giant.Overall nearly 70% of Google staff were men, as has been the case since 2014.In the US almost 90% were white or Asian, 2.5% were black and 3.6% Latin American.The figures also showed that black and Latin American employees had the highest attrition rate in 2017 - those choosing to leave."....despite significant effort, and some pockets of success, we need to do more to achieve our desired diversity and inclusion outcomes," wrote Danielle Brown, diversity vice-president, in the report.Ms Brown said the firm would increase transparency and include senior leaders in diversity-related work in order to try to drive p...
Google makes salad emoji suitable for vegans

Google makes salad emoji suitable for vegans

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Google has removed the egg from its salad emoji in order to make it more inclusive for vegans. Jennifer Daniel, who works as a user experience manager for Google, announced the change on Twitter.She tweeted that was "big talk about inclusion and diversity at Google" and cited the redesigned emoji as an indication."If you need any evidence of Google is making this priority may I direct your attention to the 🥗 emoji - we've removed the egg in Android P beta 2, making this a more inclusive vegan salad." There's big talk about inclusion and diversity at Google so if you need any evidence of Google is making this priority may I direct your attention to the 🥗 emoji— we've removed the egg in Android P beta 2, making this a...
Google and Facebook accused of breaking GDPR laws

Google and Facebook accused of breaking GDPR laws

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Complaints have been filed against Facebook, Google, Instagram and WhatsApp within hours of the new GDPR data protection law taking effect.The companies are accused of forcing users to consent to targeted advertising to use the services.Privacy group noyb.eu led by activist Max Schrems said people were not being given a "free choice".If the complaints are upheld, the websites may be forced to change how they operate, and they could be fined.What's the issue?The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a new EU law that changes how personal data can be collected and used. Even companies based outside the EU must follow the new rules if offering their services in the EU.In its four complaints, noyb.eu argues that the named comp...