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Lack of Google and Facebook competition ‘may mean higher prices’

Lack of Google and Facebook competition ‘may mean higher prices’

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A lack of competition to Google and Facebook could mean consumers are paying higher prices for products such as flights, electronics and insurance, the UK competition regulator said.The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) also raised concerns about how the technology giants collect data and a "lack of transparency" in the way they operate. It said their continued dominance could have "negative consequences for the people and businesses who use these services every day" and that there was a "strong argument" for new regulations.The CMA revealed the findings in an interim report after it launched a review earlier this year into the sector.CMA chief executive Andrea Coscelli said: "Most of us visit social media sites and search on the internet every day, but how these firms work can be a ...
Apple, Google and Amazon decide to ‘play nice’ over smart home tech

Apple, Google and Amazon decide to ‘play nice’ over smart home tech

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The highly competitive tech giants Apple, Google and Amazon have announced they are teaming up in an effort to make smart home tech easier to use.The firms, along with the Zigbee Alliance, will work together so that smart home products are compatible with many different smartphones and voice assistants.Ikea is among other companies involved.One analyst said the move was a "surprise" and showed the companies were willing to "play nice".In recent years, the tech giants have been fiercely vying for dominance over smart home tech - with Amazon's Alexa and Google Assistant often considered to have carved up the lion's share of products.Manufacturers have often had to choose a particular voice assistant with which to make their device compatible - a smart speak...
Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin step back from top roles

Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin step back from top roles

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Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin have announced they are stepping down from top roles at the online giant's parent company. They will leave their respective roles as Alphabet's chief executive officer and president but remain on the board.Google's CEO Sundar Pichai will become Alphabet's CEO too, a statement said.Alphabet was created in 2015 as part of a corporate restructuring of Google, which Mr Page and Mr Brin famously founded in a California garage in 1998.The parent company was intended to make the tech giant's activities "cleaner and more accountable" as it expanded from internet search into other areas such as self-driving cars. The pair moved from Google to Alphabet when it was formed - saying they were making ...
Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin step down

Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin step down

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Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are stepping down from their roles within parent company Alphabet.Mr Page and Mr Brin will remain directors of the firm, but have given up their CEO and president titles, respectively. Sundar Pichai, who has been leading Google as CEO for more than four years, will stay in his role and also become CEO of Alphabet.Mr Page and Mr Brin, who started the search giant in 1998 in Silicon Valley, made the announcement in a Google blog post on Tuesday evening, saying the company has "evolved and matured" since it began."Today, in 2019, if the company was a person, it would be a young adult of 21 and it would be time to leave the roost," they said.More to follow Let's block ads! (Why?) Tech News - Latest Technology and Gadget News | Sky News
Huawei sells folding smartphone with no Google after US ban

Huawei sells folding smartphone with no Google after US ban

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Huawei starts selling foldable Mate X smartphone without Google apps or U.S.-made processor chips following sanctions imposed by WashingtonBy JOE McDONALD AP Business WriterNovember 15, 2019, 9:00 AM3 min read Chinese tech giant Huawei is selling its first folding smartphone without Google apps or U.S.-made processor chips following sanctions imposed by Washington. The Mate X, which unfolds to 14.6 centimeters (5.8 inches) wide, went on sale Friday on Huawei’s online store in China priced at 16,999 yuan ($ 2,422). It competes with Samsung’s Galaxy Fold launched in September. Huawei Technologies Ltd., China’s first global tech brand, is scrambling to preserve its business following U.S. controls imposed in May on sales of American components and technology to the company, which Washington s