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Facebook and Google Aren’t the Only Ones Tracking Your Clicks

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A report by the Danish privacy consulting firm Cookiebot says that 112 ad-tracking companies collect information about visitors to government and public sector websites in European Union countries, even though the websites are not ad-supported. Government websites are often built on the cheap and include all kinds of third-party components. So not even the governments of EU member states comply with the union’s General Data Protection Directive, which requires site administrators to make sure users consent to the collection of their data. If you visit a national health service website with questions about whether you are HIV positive, pregnant or sliding into alcoholism there’s a good chance you’re being watched in order to be targeted with ads. It has developed a technology to scan web pages for trackers, and it’s selling tools to ensure sites are GDPR-compliant. If you administer a site, Cookiebot wants you to worry about unauthorized trackers and potential large fines for GDPR noncompliance. But if privacy regulators decided to use a similar technology to check all sites for compliance, they’d be swamped and most violators would never be fined. Sure, Facebook has the resources to fight back against anti-tracking technology in browsers, engaging in a cops-and-robbers game with the likes of Apple, according to the Cookiebot report. And sure, ubiquitous Google is the most active user of trackers. But the tracking won’t stop if the activity of the giants is regulated. Nor will clearer rules for cookie consent, as proposed in the EU’s still-to-be-enacted ePrivacy Regulation, eliminate the constant surveillance; they’ll likely just make it harder to detect.

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Google Abandons Big-Budget VR Films and Closes Spotlight Stories

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Spotlight Stories was initially launched as a partnership between Google and Motorola to create 360-degree videos for mobile devices, and eventually developed VR content for Google's Daydream VR headsets. The decision to close Spotlight Stories wasn't surprising, since Facebook(NASDAQ: FB) closed its own VR studio, Oculus Story Studio, nearly two years ago. But do these studio closures indicate that the VR market, once hailed as the next frontier for tech companies, is in trouble? Google's Cardboard and Samsung's Gear VR headsets brought VR content to more mobile devices at affordable prices, while Sony entertained console gamers with the PlayStation VR. For a while it seemed like the VR market would evolve into a mainstream one, and companies like Facebook, Google, and major film studios poured millions of dollars into the development of VR videos. The PSVR, Oculus Go, Oculus Rift, Gear VR, Vive, and Vive Focus were the six best-selling VR headsets in the world in 2018, in that order, according to SuperData. Yet none of those devices came close to surpassing one million shipments per quarter throughout the year.

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Google to announce a new cloud-based gaming service

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This article, Google to announce a new cloud-based gaming service, originally appeared on CBSNews.com. Google is expected to unveil a new streaming game service at the 2019 Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco this week. Last year, Google unveiled Project Stream, a game streaming platform that allowed gamers to play select titles at high internet speeds using just a browser and internet connection — novel software that bypassed the traditional use of a gaming console. On the software front is "Yeti", the nickname for Google's rumored subscription-based streaming platform that could create a cloud-oriented "Netflix of video games," for game aficionados to lose themselves in.

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'We're preparing' to build an antitrust case against Google similar to Microsoft, Mississippi AG says

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"It'll be a multifaceted suit or, hopefully, we can get a settlement if we can get some agreement with" Google in regards to data collection, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says. Google controls a "pipeline" of data and "we're preparing" an antitrust case against them akin to the federal case against Microsoft MSFT in the 1990s, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood told CNBC on Monday. The privacy practices of the Alphabet GOOGL unit will also be called into question, added Hood, who is one of several state attorneys general turning up the heat on powerful tech companies. "At some point if we don't have successful legislation, at some point some court is going to rule to the effect that a person's private information is the equivalent of their intellectual property and that companies have to pay people for it," Hood said Monday.

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Google seeking to promote rivals to stave off EU antitrust action

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Google seeking to promote rivals to stave off EU antitrust action. BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Google is trying to boost price comparison rivals such as Kelkoo in an effort to appease European Union antitrust regulators and ward off fresh fines following a 2.4-billion-euro ($2.7 billion) penalty nearly two years ago. The European Commission said Alphabet unit Google had used its search engine market power to unfairly promote its own comparison shopping service. The company subsequently offered to allow price-comparison rivals to bid for advertising space at the top of a search page, giving them the chance to compete on equal terms. But competitors said the measure failed to create a level playing field.

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CommScope and Google's Joint ESC System Passes Lab Testing

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CommScope and Google's Joint ESC System Passes Lab Testing. Per media reports, CommScope Holding Company, Inc. COMM and Google have obtained notification from the Institute for Telecommunication Sciences that their joint Environmental Sensing Capability (ESC) system has passed testing to support Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS).Notably, CBRS was established by the Federal Communications Commission to enable commercial users to share with the existing incumbents, including federal government radar systems. CommScope and Google will each own and operate independent SAS systems which will provide services using the ESC network.Furthermore, CommScope continues focusing on reducing its operational costs and optimizing the overall cost structure. The wireless and broadband network technology company boasts a track record of successfully executing annual profit-improvement plans and cost-saving initiatives.

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The 7 things Google needs to do create the 'Netflix of gaming'

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The Silicon Valley giant’s reveal is set to be a commercial version of ‘Project Yeti’, its cloud-gaming based subscription service that will allow users to stream blockbuster video games to multiple devices without the need for a dedicated games console or high-end PC. The cloud-gaming revolution is not necessarily an attempt to replace the traditional gaming hardware, with both Microsoft and Sony preparing to unveil their ‘next-generation’ Xbox and PlayStation 5 respectively, but as a complement. But the traditional gaming companies will find themselves challenged by Silicon Valley’s biggest companies, with Apple and Amazon also reportedly looking into their own gaming subscription services. Google is set to be the first to take the public plunge, however, revealing their plans tomorrow. But while Google theoretically has the resource to upend the industry, many feel that Microsoft is in the driving seat for cloud-gaming due to its experience in the industry, widespread cloud-network ‘Azure’ and its stable of Xbox Game Studios. In fact, if Google want to disrupt the gaming industry, it would do well to keep any hardware needed for Yeti to a minimum. While the death of the home console has been greatly exaggerated -with Sony’s PlayStation 4 selling over 90 million units, Microsoft’s gaming division having its ‘best year ever’ and Nintendo’s Switch topping 20 million consoles sold in short order- that particular market is already cornered.

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Alphabet, Amazon and Apple: Have the FAANG Stocks Got Their Groove Back?

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Now let's dive into the TipRanks data, and see what Wall Street's top analysts have to say about Alphabet, Amazon, and Apple. Alphabet's core strength is the Google search engine, whose near-total market dominance and near-infinite reach have given the company an unparalleled data mine on potential customers. It is part and parcel of the problems that have plagued Facebook for the last year or more.

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In APAC’s cloud wars, Amazon maintains lead, and Tencent leapfrogs Google – KrASIA

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In APAC’s cloud wars, Amazon maintains lead, and Tencent leapfrogs Google. Tencent at the end of last year overtook Google’s market share in Asia-Pacific’s cloud infrastructure services industry, with the former holding a 5.8% share to the latter’s 4.7%, according to a new report by Synergy Research Group, a US-based market researcher. That puts Tencent on rank 4 now, while Google takes 5th place, a shift from how things looked in Q 32018. China’s cloud market is estimated to account for one-third of the total Asia-Pacific region.

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Expedia Group (EXPE): Investment opportunities are tapping on the door?

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NASDAQ: EXPE]: On March 15th, 2019, Expedia Group (NASDAQ:EXPE) opened trading at $121.33 and closed at $121.56 a share. This EPS is backed by the company’s return on equity of 9.80%. If we go through the VALUATION RATIOS, Expedia Group’s P/E Ratio (TTM) is recorded 45.97 that is in contrast with the overall industry ratio of 50.87. Meanwhile, since last 5 working days Expedia Group (NASDAQ:EXPE) price performance +0.16% dropped with stock price decreasing $0.20. The stock hit the peak on September 21st, 2018, when the price was noted $135.69 and the lowest price during the period was $108.11 on January 3rd, 2019. If we examine the performance of the Expedia Group (NASDAQ:EXPE) in the previous two weeks, Relative strength of the stock was 44.33 in contrast with the overall market.

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