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Trouble Down Under: Australia to probe Facebook & Google

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Published time: 4 Dec, 2017 10:02 Australia’s competition regulator has begun an inquiry into whether the influence of the US tech giants Facebook and Google has harmed the media sector. The probe is part of the country’s broader media reforms. “We will examine whether platforms are exercising market power in commercial dealings to the detriment Read More

Google assures Russian Federation media watchdog it won’t change search algorithm to ‘re-rank’ RT, Sputnik

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Published time: 27 Nov, 2017 15:05 Google has written a letter to Russian Federation’s media watchdog saying despite Eric Schmidt’s recent comments about “de-ranking” RT and Sputnik, he referred only to “efforts to improve search quality.” The company claimed it doesn’t “re-rank” individual websites. On November 18, when asked during a Q&A session at the Read More

Imagine! An 'alternative internet' not ‘completely in the hands of Facebook & Google’

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Having a more alternative internet that is more controlled by its users offers better options to protect ourselves, says Dmytri Kleiner a privacy activist and software developer. Telecom giants in the US are set for a significant victory if Washington goes ahead with its plan to repeal so-called ‘net neutrality’ rules. The Obama-era legislation was Read More

‘Google is agency of the political left, blames Russian Federation for Hillary losing election’

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Published time: 22 Nov, 2017 16:05 The US Left was ready to continue with Hillary, as they had been going to the private meetings of the White House with Obama for eight years. They are not friends of Trump, says Dave Perkins, radio talk show host & political commentator. The Executive Chairman of Google’s parent Read More

‘Modern censorship: Google decides RT is propaganda, yet millions disagree’

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Published time: 21 Nov, 2017 16:45 I don’t believe it is acceptable that a bunch of politically correct, Democratic-party supporting people sitting in Silicon Valley should decide what people should or should not hear, says media consultant Neil Wallis. Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, has vowed to de-rank RT and Read More

‘Google’s plan to isolate Russian media is an act of information warfare’

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Google’s announcement that it is working to reduce the presence of Russian media in its news feeds has been slammed by lawmakers and political commentators as an act of aggression which will have a global impact on the freedom of speech and thought. “This is an open form of information warfare waged right now – Read More

Google will ‘de-rank’ RT articles to make them harder to find – Eric Schmidt

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Published time: 20 Nov, 2017 19:58 Edited time: 20 Nov, 2017 20:10 Eric Schmidt, the Executive Chairman of Google’s parent company Alphabet, says the company will “engineer” specific algorithms for RT and Sputnik, to make their articles less prominent on their news delivery services. “We are working on detecting and de-ranking those kinds of sites Read More

Google will ‘de-rank’ RT articles to make them harder to find – Alphabet CEO

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Published time: 20 Nov, 2017 19:58 Eric Schmidt, the CEO of Google’s parent company Alphabet, says the company will “engineer” specific algorithms for RT and Sputnik, to make their articles less prominent on their news delivery services. “We are working on detecting and de-ranking those kinds of sites – it’s basically RT and Sputnik,” Schmidt Read More

More cases against Google to come, EU commissioner says

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BEIJING (Reuters) – There are more cases against Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google to come, Margrethe Vestager, the European Commissioner for Competition, said on Wednesday during a trip to Beijing. The Google logo is pictured atop an office building in Irvine, California, U.S. August 7, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake The European Commission slapped a record 2.4 billion Read More

Firefox opts for Google as default search in U.S., surprising Yahoo

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google reclaimed on Tuesday its spot as the default search engine on Mozilla Corp’s Firefox Internet browser in the United States and other regions as the browser maker stunned Verizon Communication Inc’s (VZ.N) Yahoo by canceling their deal. FILE PHOTO – The Google logo is pictured atop an Read More