The second-highest court in the European Union will deliver its verdict on 14 September on an appeal by Google against a €4.34 billion (US$4.77 billion, A$6.46 billion) fine imposed on it by the European Union in 2018 for allegedly breaching anti-trust rules relevant to Android.
Coles, one of Australia's two big supermarket chains, says it will offer delivery of some 250 grocery items by drone in some suburbs of Canberra.
The General Court of the European Union has dismissed an appeal by Google and its parent company Alphabet against a fine of €2.42 billion (US$2.77 billion, A$3.79 billion) levied for abusing its dominant market position for online general search services in 13 EU countries.
Search giant Google has taken a swing at European anti-trust regulators over a €4.34 billion (US$5.07 billion, A$6.96 billion) fine imposed on it in 2018 for allegedly breaching anti-trust rules relevant to Android, claiming the authorities had turned a blind eye to Apple, its sole rival in the smartphone space.
Amazon, Alibaba, Alphabet (Google), Facebook and eBay saw growth speed up alongside the growth in digital transformation due to the pandemic, with a UK share buying site noting "tech giants employ more people than ever and generate revenue counted in tens and hundreds of billions of dollars."
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has said he expects to see "some significant commercial deals" between Australian news publishers and digital platforms before the government votes on its news media code which is currently before Parliament.
The Federal Government appears to be trying to remove the need for passing the news media code legislation by encouraging, and helping, media companies to join up to Google News Showcase.
The Federal Government is likely to give Google and Facebook a major concession before it puts its news media code legislation up for a vote, with a clause that says the two companies do not have to cut deals with publishers under the law if they can convince them to sign up to their news products.
A Senate committee that has held public hearings into the Federal Government's news media code is unlikely to propose any changes to the bill before it.
Google has refused to rule out the possibility that it will pull other services apart from search from Australia in the event that the Federal Government goes ahead and legislates its News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code which was introduced into Parliament in December last year.
Wurst, it's likely to be the greatest sausage-fest ever.
Sundar Pichai, the head of Alphabet, the parent company of Google, has announced that the company will put up US$1 billion (A$1.39 billion) for an initiative called the Google News Showcase, which would "pay publishers to create and curate high-quality content for a different kind of online news experience".
Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin have decided to step down from their roles in the company's parent body, Alphabet, but will remain as members of Alphabet's board of directors and will retain controlling voting shares in the company.
Residents of two suburbs in Logan City will be the first in Queensland to be able to receive delivery of goods by drones from Project Wing, an initiative of Alphabet, the parent company of Google. The suburbs covered are Crestmead and Marsden, as part of the company's Early Flyer Program, and deliveries will begin this month.
Three young Indians have been responsible for their country joining the ranks of nations that are investigating Google for alleged abuse of its Android platform.
Google has publicly confirmed that it has abandoned plans to launch a censored search platform in China, but has not ruled out future collaboration with Beijing.
Google's YouTube video-sharing site says it will remove content that denies well-documented events like the Holocaust took place, with the crackdown appearing to be sparked by claims that it provides a platform for hate speech.
Google has provided the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission another good reason to investigate the algorithms it uses for its ad network after its YouTube network was found to be harbouring paedophiles who share videos showing the exploitation of children.
Google has advanced the date for shutting down its Google+ social network from August 2019 to April 2019, after discovering another bug that leaked the data of some 52.5 million users.
One of the new iPhone models, even the so-called "budget" one, the XR, may cost as much as thrice what a phone like the OPPO F9 does – even though the features are comparable.
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