Tag: Alphabet

US Senator Queries Google, Twitter Links to Huawei

US Senator Queries Google, Twitter Links to Huawei

Democratic senator Mark Warner said last Thursday that he had asked Google parent company Alphabet Inc. and Twitter if they had any data sharing agreements with any Chinese vendors, similar to those that Facebook revealed this week. Warner specifically asked Alphabet if it had any partnerships with Chinese companies ZTE, Lenovo, and TCL, and Twitter if it had any agreements with Huawei. Warner, who is the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, reiterated that Huawei’s close ties to the Chinese Communist Party is an area of national concern.   Source: Reuters

UK Lawmaker Calls for Review of Monopolization of Data by US Firms

UK Lawmaker Calls for Review of Monopolization of Data by US Firms

In a report on ethical AI development released Monday by the House of Lords committee, a witness warned against the “unprecedented concentration of wealth and power in a small number of corporations” such as Alibaba, Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and Tencent. The committee called on regulators to review the “potential monopolization of data” by US technology firms in the UK which, according to them, could hamper homegrown development of artificial intelligence. It was also recommended in the report that a national and international “AI code” be created to protect the data rights or privacy of individuals, families or communities. […]

Google’s Alphabet Launches Cybersecurity Business

Google’s Alphabet Launches Cybersecurity Business

Last Wednesday, Google’s parent company, Alphabet, announced the launch of its new, independent cybersecurity firm named Chronicle. Chronicle was initially conceived in Alphabet’s moonshot company X in 2016. According to CEO and ex-Symantec executive Stephen Gillett, Chronicle is currently developing an intelligence and analytics platform to help businesses stop cyber attacks and make sense of their cybersecurity data. Gillett added that the platform will help IT teams with issues such as gaps in available information due to budgetary constraints, and lessening the workload by effectively filtering security alerts. Chronicle’s platform is currently being tested by a number of Fortune 500 […]

French Government to Appeal Ruling on Google Tax Case

Paris, France – Last Thursday, the French government announced it would oppose a court ruling in favor of Google that found the company not liable to pay taxes worth 1.1 billion euros ($1.25 billion). According to the Paris administrative court, Google was not responsible for the tax demand in accordance with a recommendation made by a court adviser in June. Google is the main business of U.S.-based company, Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL.O). In response to a parliamentary question on the ruling, budget minister Gerald Darmanin said on Wednesday that they will appeal the court’s judgement in defense of the state’s interests. […]

EU May Slap Google with Another Record Fine

The European Union’s Antitrust regulators are considering imposing another steep fine against Google’s parent company, Alphabet. The charges from the commission came April last year after lobby group FairSearch, U.S.-based ad-blocking and privacy firm Disconnect Inc, Portuguese apps store Aptoide and Russia’s Yandex filed complaints against the search engine company, alleging that it had been using its Android mobile OS to block competitors from penetrating the mobile market. The potential penalty may be greater than the $2.7 billion penalty Alphabet received this month for unfairly favoring their own shopping service. Thomas Vinje, FairSearch’s lawyer said Google requires smartphone makers to pre-install […]