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China preparing an antitrust investigation into Google: Report

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BEIJING/SINGAPORE/SHENZHEN : China is preparing to launch an antitrust probe into Alphabet Inc's Google, looking into allegations it has leveraged the dominance of its Android mobile operating system to stifle competition, two people familiar with the matter said. The case was proposed by telecommunications equipment giant Huawei Technologies Co Ltd last year and has been submitted by the country's top market regulator to the State Council's antitrust committee for review, they added. It also comes as China embarks on a major revamp of its antitrust laws with proposed amendments including a dramatic increase in maximum fines and expanded criteria for judging a company's control of a market. The US trade blacklist bars Google from providing technical support to new Huawei phone models and access to Google Mobile Services, the bundle of developer services upon which most Android apps are based.

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Google Sees Deal Within Reach on World-First Law to Pay for News

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Google said it’s within reach of negotiating a compromise on legislation that would force it to pay for Australian news, as the U.S. giant continues a public campaign to get the proposed law watered down. The Australian government has drafted a world-first code to make Google and Facebook Inc. compensate publishers for the value their stories generate for the platforms. Google argues the proposed law doesn’t reflect the value that the platforms themselves provide by redirecting readers to news websites. The U.S. company, owned by Alphabet Inc., said Tuesday that discussions with Australian authorities to get certain elements of the draft code changed in its favor look set to succeed.

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Google looks to expand London office footprint: The Times

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Google looks to expand London office footprint: The Times. {{monthName}} {{day}}, {{year}}, {{hour12}}:{{minuteTwoDigit}} {{dayPeriod}}. (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google is in advanced talks to lease an additional 70,000 square feet in buildings close to its 1 billion pounds ($1.28 billion) new headquarters in King's Cross, The Times reported on Tuesday. The tech giant has also agreed to extend a lease at Central Saint Giles, an office development near Tottenham Court Road, for a further decade, the report said https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/google-reaffirms-commitment-to-office-life-as-it-expands-london-workspace-l6qc2k6wh. Google did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment. ($1 = 0.7789 pounds).

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Google offers concessions in fresh bid to win EU okay for Fitbit deal

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Google offers concessions in fresh bid to win EU okay for Fitbit deal. BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Alphabet <GOOGL.O> unit Google has offered concessions for a second time in a bid to address EU antitrust regulators' concerns about its bid for fitness tracker maker Fitbit <FIT.N>, a European Commission filing showed on Tuesday. The Commission, which is scheduled to decide on the deal by Dec. 23, did not publish details of the concessions in line with its policy. The Commission recently asked Google rivals and customers about interoperability issues, what technical steps the company could take to foreclose competition to Fitbit to increase its sales, and how incentives could prompt it to do so, according to a person familiar with the matter.

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Noise cancellation comes to Google Meet on Android and iOS

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Noise cancellation comes to Google Meet on Android and iOS. Google Meet has introduced noise cancellation for mobile devices on Android and iOS, matching what it can already do on the desktop. The feature will be useful for folks working from home in a noisy environment who prefer to use Meet on a smartphone. As with the PC version, the noise reduction filters out any noises that don’t sound like voices. Noise cancellation on mobile will be available in the coming days for G Suite Enterprise and G Suite Enterprise for Education users, but not other versions including G Suite Basic, G Suite Business and G Suite for Education.

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SEOHost.Net Principal: Apple is Capable of Challenging Google's Dominance of Search

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There is growing evidence that Apple plans to launch its own search engine, and it could be the first to truly challenge Google. ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Terry Cane, COO of SEOHost.net (https://www.seohost.net), a leading domain registration, SSL service, and SEO hosting provider, announced that Apple, Inc. may have the potential to challenge Google, Alphabet Inc's market-leading search engine. "On the one hand, they're already competitors in multiple industries, including smartphones and smart technology. On the other, the two companies have had a long-standing and well-documented relationship that involves Alphabet paying billions annually to remain the default search engine on Apple's devices." According to a report released in July, the partnership between Alphabet and Apple created considerable barriers to entry for rivals in the search market, including DuckDuckGo and Bing. "Apple likely realizes this, as well. Over the past year, we've seen them initiate a hiring push for more search engineers, directed more resources towards its Applebot web crawler, and debut a new feature, Spotlight Search, which bypasses Google and relies entirely on Siri." Although Apple only holds approximately 25 percent of the global smartphone market to Android's 75 percent, it maintains a position of market dominance in North America.

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Google Sparks Another EU Antitrust Row Over Skipping Key Search Rivals From Android Choice List

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Google Sparks Another EU Antitrust Row Over Skipping Key Search Rivals From Android Choice List. Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ: GOOGL) (NASDAQ: GOOG) is facing fresh criticism over the way it is allowing its search engine competitors to gain visibility on its Android smartphone operating system in Europe. What Happened: On Monday, the company released a list of auction winners that will be ordered randomly in a “choice screen” on Android phones in Europe. Some smaller search engines popular on the continent along with the privacy-oriented DuckDuckGo didn't win spots in major European countries. Major search players such as Microsoft Corporation’s (NASDAQ: MSFT) Bing won 13 spots out of 31 in countries such as France, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. The auction system, in place since March, was meant as a compliance measure after the European Union antitrust decision in 2018, which determined that Google used Android’s dominance to force makers of smartphones to pre-install its own search engine, the Journal noted.

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google play store: Google to enforce Play store tax on the 3% of apps not paying, Telecom News, ET Telecom

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Alphabet Inc's Google on Monday sought to rebut criticism that it selectively enforces its 30% mobile app store tax, demanding that the over 3% apps selling digital items without complying follow the rules within a year. Google said under 3% of developers with apps on its Play store sold digital goods over the last 12 months, and nearly 97% comply with its payment system policy. Dating apps maker Match Group Inc is among the companies that have publicly said they do not pay Google's 30% fee, which decreases to 15% in subsequent years if it is for a subscription service. Apps have said 30% is excessive compared with the 2% fees of typical credit card payments processors, while Apple and Google say the amount covers the security and marketing benefits their app stores provide.

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Google Says All App Developers Must Begin Forking Out 30% Play Store Cut Next Year

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Google Says All App Developers Must Begin Forking Out 30% Play Store Cut Next Year. Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ: GOOGL) (NASDAQ: GOOG) subsidiary Google wants developers who offer in-app purchases on its Play Store to exclusively use its in-house payment system that gives it a 30% cut. What Happened: The Sundar Pichai-led tech giant said in a blog post that developers are expected to “pay a service fee from a percentage of the purchase.”. “Less than 3% of developers with apps on Play sold digital goods over the last 12 months, and of this 3%, the vast majority (nearly 97%) already use Google Play's billing,” the company said. Netflix Inc (NASDAQ: NFLX) and Spotify Technologies Inc (NYSE: SPOT) have reportedly skirted the Mountain View, California-based company’s billing system by allowing users to pay them directly using a credit card.

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Google to enforce Play store tax on the 3% of apps not paying

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Google to enforce Play store tax on the 3% of apps not paying. OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's <GOOGL.O> Google on Monday sought to rebut criticism that it selectively enforces its 30% mobile app store tax, demanding that the over 3% apps selling digital items without complying follow the rules within a year. Dating apps maker Match Group Inc <MTCH.O> is among the companies that have publicly said they do not pay Google's 30% fee, which decreases to 15% in subsequent years if it is for a subscription service. Apps have said 30% is excessive compared with the 2% fees of typical credit card payments processors, while Apple and Google say the amount covers the security and marketing benefits their app stores provide.

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