Spoiler: It's a pain the arse.
Spoiler: It's a pain the arse.
Have Google broken the law? Quite possibly.
Why then should it matter who reports the matter to the relevant authorities? Or can competitors not be victims of crime?
Which is kinda what the Competition Commissions exists for. Duh.
EU Regulators, at behest of their Microsoft Masters, have taken the first steps in charging Google with anticompetitive behavior.
Microsoft? you ask, What do they have to do with this?
Answer: Everything. Trace the complaints, the money, and the influence back to its source in these European antitrust efforts against Google, and Microsoft stands behind it all, the Great Puppetmasters pulling the Regulatory strings.
Indeed, Microsoft's fingerprints are so easy to find on this, that the only fair term to use to describe it is Conspiracy. Unable to maintain their previous dominance in the technology market, the folks in Redmond have spent these past many years trying to win not in the market, but in backroom lobbying deals.
Their efforts in the United States failed, when Google proved more willing to cooperate with regulators to assuage their concerns and was able to avoid charges. Europe, however, where proof of consumer harm isn't strictly necessary, has proven a better puppet for their efforts.
One can only hope that, as this process, unfolds, the clear manipulation of European laws as a proxy market war between two American companies will become too obvious to deny.
Enabled "Mobile Host" for flights into and out of London Gatwick Airport. Mobile Host is a joint initiative with Gatwick and combines live data from the airports information systems, using Google indoor maps, together with a passenger's booking details, location and flight time. The result is personalised instructions and updates for passengers during their journey.
And a whole load more free personal data that Google can mine for profit.
He stares at his ringing phone in disbelief. He’s used to calls day and night with some emergency at work, but this is the first time in months, no years, that he’s booked himself as unavailable. He’d emailed everyone yesterday to let them know that he wasn’t going to be around. He’d even arranged temporary cover for the night. And yet still they call.
But rather than anger, he feels fear. It’s his bloody phone that has landed him in this mess, and it’s about to put the final nail in his marriage too. Because tonight is make or break time, his final chance to try and patch things up with his estranged wife. A first and last date.
Fed up of taking second place to his employer, she’d moved out two weeks ago, made the humiliating crawl back to her Mum’s house where she’d been living ever since. There had been no shouting, or crying or screaming, she had just waited for the inevitable work call and walked out the front door as he struggled to resolve another issue that could easily have waited overnight. She hadn’t even looked back.
He rubs his bloodshot eyes and searches the crowd for her face. And then her back. What if she has seen him staring at his phone, assumed he was working again, and left? He hasn’t spent two weeks pleading with her, begging for forgiveness just so that some forgetful idiot can ruin it all with a password reset request. He mashes the call end button and feels another knot form itself in his stomach like a slimy, ice cold worm. Will his employer even understand why he can’t take the call? The overarching importance of taking just one night off?
But that’s a battle for tomorrow, tonight he’s going to fight for her heart. And still the doubt gnaws at his gut.
Braintree, Essex — 21st March 2015
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