This won’t upset any Thanksgiving dinner plans, but Google should still take note.
The US-based web company has earned the ire of European parliamentarians, who have just voted 458 to 173 in Strasbourg in favour of a resolution that suggests its search engine could be separated from the rest of its services in order to remove a perceived bias in its results.
The vote lacks any of the heft of an antitrust investigation, but has ticked off US legislators, who say the move unnecessarily politicises the European Commission’s continuing inquiry into Google’s affairs.
The motion calling for the commission to consider unbundling Google’s services had been widely expected to pass on Thursday since it had the backing of the parliament’s two main political groups – the centre-right EPP and the centre-left Socialists.
It echoed ideas raised earlier this year by Sigmar Gabriel, the centre-left German vice-chancellor.
The commission’s five-year antitrust probe into Google’s search practices is currently under review after three aborted attempts to settle the case.
Although it is facing increasingly vocal demands from MEPs to take a tougher and more radical approach, competition officials have so far shown little enthusiasm to restructure Google.
It’s 10 years to the day since Google’s initial public offering and its shares are now nearly a 1000 per cent higher.
That’s according to Google Finance (see chart) before the market open in New York today.
There are lots more stats around to mark the August 19 anniversary.
The Wall Street Journal notes how employees have grown from 2,000 to 52,000, cash in hand is up from a quarter of a billion dollars to $61bn, while Google has only had limited success in reducing its dependence on advertising – from around 99 per cent of revenues to 90 per cent.
From Google itself, there’s no Google Doodle on its home page to mark the occasion and no statement or list of achievements for the past ten years as a public company.
More than 70,000 people have already asked Google to delete links about them under Europe’s “right to be forgotten” ruling, with some of the world biggest news sites the first to be hit.
The search engine has restricted access to a BBC blog posting and several British newspaper stories under a legal ruling granting people a right to be “forgotten” in search engines, it emerged on Thursday.
Google said it had received 70,000 requests since it put a form online on May 30 as a result of the ruling by the European Court of Justice.
The court said that individuals have the right to have links to information about them deleted from searches in certain circumstances, such as if the data is outdated or inaccurate.>> Read More
The satellite venture will be an extension of Google’s Project Loon, which uses high-altitude balloons to carry internet signal across areas of New Zealand with the intention of establishing an uninterrupted internet signal around the 40th parallel of the Earth’s southern hemisphere.
Reporting directly to Larry Page
Satellite-communications expert Greg Wyler, who founded specialist startup O3b Networks, is reportedly leading the new project for Google reporting directly to chief executive Larry Page with a team of about 20 people.>> Read More
Google is building a car without a steering wheel.
Sergey Brin, co-founder of the technology titan, told a Southern California tech conference that Google will make 100 prototype cars that drive themselves – and therefore do not need a wheel. Or brake and accelerator pedals.
Instead, there are buttons for go and stop.
A combination of sensors and computing power takes the driving from there.
To date, Google has driven hundreds of thousands of miles on public roads with Lexus SUVs and Toyota Priuses outfitted with the special equipment.
This prototype is the first Google will have built for itself.
It will not be for sale, and Google is unlikely to go deeply into car manufacturing. In a blog post, the company emphasised partnering with other firms.
A European Court of Justice decision ordering Google to delete some personal data on request has raised concerns about online censorship and how Internet search works in various countries.
The EU’s top court ruled Tuesday that individuals have the right to ask the US Internet giant to delete personal data and “to be forgotten” online under certain circumstances when their personal data becomes outdated or inaccurate.
Analysts who follow the online space said the global impact of the ruling was not immediately clear, but that it could raise some tricky issues in Europe and beyond.
“The practical implementation seems to be vague and potentially very messy,” said Greg Sterling, analyst at Opus Research who follows the search business.>> Read More
Google has lost an important court case over the limits of data privacy in Europe, which leaves it obliged to remove personal information appearing on its search engine under certain circumstances
The European Court of Justice decision is a big setback to the US group, which feared an unfavourable ruling would prompt a flurry of suits demanding that content be removed from its servers.
The test case effectively examined whether search engines are simply hosting content, or are a “controller” of personal data that is actually responsible for the results that are presented to users. The judges found that it is responsible for the material.>> Read More
The courts just handed Oracle a surprising win in its years-long lawsuit against Google and Android. And Google, to say the least, is not pleased.
Google sent Business Insider this statement:
“We’re disappointed by this ruling, which sets a damaging precedent for computer science and software development, and are considering our options.”
It’s unclear how much money Google could owe Oracle as a result of this new ruling. Oracle had originally been seeking a shocking $6 billion, but the courts didn’t allow that huge amount to stick.
The fee Google winds up paying couldbe as low as $300,000, or even nothing. That’s because the courts still have to rule on Google’s final defense: that the copyrighted material it used for Android is ok to use under the Fair Use Doctrine.>> Read More