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|This is the Daily Tech News for June 27th, 2017 I'm Tom Merritt|
|Let's start with a few tech things you should know about...|
|t||Google has officially ended Google Talk, aka Gchat. Anyone who had been using the Gchat app will need to switch to the Hangouts app to keep chatting.||https://www.theverge.com/2017/6/26/15874560/gchat-hangouts-switch-goodbye|
|p||Pandora CEO Tim Westergren announced he is stepping down as CEO as soon as a replacement is found.|
President Mike Herring and marketing chief Nick Bartle are also leaving.
Pandora added former MTV, MySpace and Sling Media executive Jason Hirschhorn to fill an empty board seat.
|Now here are some more top stories|
|t||A new ransomware attack emerged in Ukraine and spread fast. Systems at Ukraine’s central bank, Kiev metro and airport and power company Ukrenego were all reportedly affected. Electricity supply was not affected. Danish shipping firm Maersk also reported systems down at multiple sites. Other reports include Russia’s oil company Rosnoft, pharmaceutical company Merck, a Pittsburgh-area hospital, and the US offices of law firm DLA Piper. Kaspersky Lab believes the ransomware is a new strain called NotPetya. Wired reports several security experts believe the malware takes advantage of the Eternal Blue vulnerability, also used by the WannaCry ransomware, and which was patched by Microsoft in March. NotPetya demands $300 and the Verge notes blockchain records show 30 payments totaling about $7,500 sent to the virus’s bitcoin address as of early Tuesday.||https://www.theverge.com/2017/6/27/15879480/petrwrap-virus-ukraine-ransomware-attack-europe-wannacry|
|p||Apple acquired the German computer vision company SensoMotoric Instruments.|
SensoMotoric's assets include Eye Tracking Glasses, which do real time tracking with sampling at 120Hz.
SensoMotoric has also developed VR eye tracking to help prevent motion sickness.
|t||Mark Zuckerberg posted Tuesday that Facebook now has 2 billion monthly users. That keeps it as the largest social app in terms of logged in users, ahead of YouTube’s 1.5 billion and WeChat’s 889 million. Facebook’s user count grew 17% the fastest for any year since 2012. A large amount of that growth is coming from outside Europe and North America.||https://techcrunch.com/2017/06/27/facebook-2-billion-users/|
|p||One change coming to IOS 11 in September that hasn’t got a lot of notice is a blue bar that will show up anytime an app is using location in the background even if the app is set to “Always” use location.|
Previously this only happened with apps set to use location “Only while using the app”
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|The European Commission announced it will fine Google €2.42 billion for abusing, “its market dominance as a search engine by giving an illegal advantage to another Google product, its comparison shopping service.” The EU report also states Google's search algorithm often demoted rival commerce results low down in search results, which combined with Google's search dominance in all EU countries, constituted abuse. Google has 90 days to stop the practice, and, “give equal treatment to rival comparison shopping services.” Google said it disagrees with the decision and is considering an appeal.The EU has two other investigations underway into Google's advertising search practices and bundling of Google services with Android.||http://g8fip1kplyr33r3krz5b97d1.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Google-MEMO-17-1785_EN.pdf|
|Google Fined Record $2.7 Billion in E.U. Antitrust Ruling||https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/27/technology/eu-google-fine.html|
|The European Commission decision on online shopping: the other side of the story||https://www.blog.google/topics/google-europe/european-commission-decision-shopping-google-story/|
|EU Full statement||http://www.businessinsider.com/eu-full-statement-on-google-record-breaking-24-billion-fine-2017-6|
|- After 90 days faces possible fine of 5% of the average daily worldwide turnover of Alphabet|
Offending parts of strategy
- Google has systematically given prominent placement to its own comparison shopping service
- Google has demoted rival comparison shopping services in its search results
“Evidence shows that even the most highly ranked rival service appears on average only on page
four of Google's search results”
|DETAILS AND EFFECTS|
- Google is dominant in all 31 European Economic Area countries since 2008, exceeding 90% marketshare in most.
- Google introduced Comparison shopping in 13 EEA markets between 2008 and 2013
- fine has been calculated on the basis of the value of Google’s revenue from its comparison shopping service in the 13 EEA (European Economic Area) countries concerned.
- “ today’s decision is a precedent. A precedent which can be used as a framework to analyze the legality of such conduct.”
“people usually prefer links that take them directly to the products they want, not to websites where they have to repeat their searches.”
- Google cites that 50% of shoppers turn to Amazon first, though that is a US number.
- “We respectfully disagree with the conclusions announced today. We will review the Commission’s decision in detail as we consider an appeal, and we look forward to continuing to make our case.”
“we do not find that Google Shopping is in competition with Amazon and eBay and the like. And the reason is because they are different. In Amazon and eBay you can search within the Amazon and eBay universe of different retailers.”
“Amazon could be a customer of Google Shopping but another comparison shopping service cannot be a customer of Google Shopping.”
- Spent a lot of time confirming that results lower down get fewer clicks. Did not find evidence of intent by Google.
Google requires exclusivity in these deals, requiring third parties not to source search ads from Google’s competitors. (Phased out starting in 2009)
Google requires third parties to take a minimum number of search ads from Google, with premium placement for them.
And finally, Google demands that these sites seek approval from Google before they make any changes that might involve competing ads.
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Listing to yesterday's show and the study done in Africa on the effect of connectivity. As an African, my internet bill a month between cellphone and land line is about a R1000 (Current exchange to USD = R13 to 1USD) That gives me ADSL land line at 4mbps and 200gb of data at R790. At R290 my cellphone has 400mb of data and 200 minutes of talktime, 200 sms. Sounds pretty good, except that the minimum wage in my country is R3,000 with the bulk of our population earning less than that.
Connectivity is such a loaded word in this instance. Connectivity in Africa is driven by mobile, because of the lack of fixed line. The bulk of that connectivity is via 2G and 3G capable devices, because 4G devices is just too expensive for the bulk of Africans.
So if you want to understand as to why being connected does not magically dawn the age of digital creation, it is because it is still a choice between being able to eat and being connected for the majority of Africans.
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