On Wednesday, European regulators have fined Microsoft with an amount of $731 million. This is a punishment for failing to put up with an antitrust sanction, which fortifies the long-established perseverance of EU on fair competition.
Additionally, this huge amount of fine also warned that Europe would not be easily influenced by Facebook and Google to back down from increasing individuals’ online privacy rights. This is a policy that the United States media and tech companies compete, interfering online advertising’s global development.
According to a principal analyst at a tech industry research firm Pund-IT, Charles King, this very event draws . . . → Read More: Microsoft penalized for violating EU antitrust order
Google Inc.’s privacy practices draws concern again.
The privacy practices of the searcgh engine giant Google Inc. has drawn in alarms after an Australian developer of softwares alleged that the company was providing him personal details of its users, like email addresses, of every user who bought his mobile app.
However, the personal information that was given to the developer, including email addresses, full names, and some postal code details, was not a result of a bug in the software. This event appears to be just part of the policies of Google for its App Store and its payment service . . . → Read More: Google Inc.’s privacy practices draws attention
On Wednesday, federal regulators have broadened the longstanding privacy safeguards that covers the mobile apps and websites of children. This is a move aimed for giving the parents greater control over the data being collected by their children through the world wide web.
The members of FTC or Federal Trade Commission noted that they have done updates on the rules to keep in pace along with the increasing use of tablets and smartphones by young people.
The regulations reflect more on innovations such as GPS or global positioning systems, behavior-based online advertising, voice recognition, or advertisements intended for individual Internet . . . → Read More: Online Privacy Regulations for Children Created
Today, Samsung Electronics Co. has restrained attempts in seeking sales bans on its biggest competitor Apple Inc. on the company’s iPad and iPhone in Europe with the use of patents associated with wireless standards. This is a step looked into as an effort to calm down regulators who are investigating the use of Samsung to those particular patents.
This move has been brought upon by the heels of a refusal from a California judge to block sales of a lot of mobile devices of Samsung that a jury found to have infringed a number of Apple patents just this summer.
. . . → Read More: Samsung vs. Apple still on fire in EU
AT&T Inc. T+1.23% will carry 5,000 wireless call-center jobs it has outsourced abroad back to the U.S. if it recommended $39 billion deal to purchase Deutsche Telekom AG’s DTEGY- 1.43% t-Mobile USA is accepted by regulators, according to the company .
It would put the jobs after the agreement closes and assured not to slash any more wireless call-center positions. The move is dependent on the U.S. Federal Communications Commission and Department of Justice accepting the takeover, Brad Burns, company spokesperson said in an email.
The transporter is pushing its case for the merger . . . → Read More: Acceptance of T-Mobile Bid Means AT&T Bringing 5,000 Jobs to US
Eric Schmidt, Google Chairman, will face a U.S. Senate antitrust subcommittee hearing this coming September 21.
The said hearing, handled by the Senate’s Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights is formally called “The Power of Google: Serving Consumers or Threatening Competition?” So far, the only witness proclaimed is Schmidt, who will face questions concerning the Internet giant’s dominating role in the online search market and search advertising.
This coming Thursday, the Senate will announce the hearing date and time.
Schmidt finished a 10-year run as CEO of Google in April, . . . → Read More: Eric Schmidt Faces Senate Hearing on September