Thursday, February 25, 2010

A Lot of Press for GOOGLE

Google Inc. representatives are scheduled to resume discussions in coming days with Chinese officials about the fate of Google's China business, said people briefed on the matter. The schedule and the status of the talks, which are being picked up after a break for the Chinese New Year holiday, are unclear. [WSJ]
Former children's laureates Quentin Blake, Anne Fine and Jacqueline Wilson, bestselling authors Jeffrey Archer and Louis de Bernières and critical favourites Thomas Pynchon, Zadie Smith and Jeanette Winterson have all opted out of the controversial Google book settlement, court documents have revealed. [Guardian]
Intel Corp. has revealed that it was targeted by a "sophisticated" hacker attack this year at about the same time as a spying probe that hit Google Inc. Intel disclosed the attack in a regulatory filing late Monday. [AP]

An Italian court has convicted three Google executives in a trial over a video showing a teenager with Down's Syndrome being bullied. The Google employees were accused of breaking Italian law by allowing the video to be posted online. [BBC]
Google is facing a preliminary anti-monopoly probe by the European Commission into its dominant position in online browsing and digital advertising following allegations that it demotes competing websites to the lower echelons of customers' search results. The Silicon Valley internet company revealed today that the commission has sent out formal questionnaires seeking information about complaints from three firms – the British price comparison site Foundem, a French legal search engine called eJustice and a shopping site, Ciao, which is owned by Microsoft. [Guardian]

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