Google was facing a broad investigation into its business practices Monday, with American officials planning to examine how the internet giant handles user data and offers up search results. According to a news release, he also wants to know if Google is manipulating its search algorithm to "preference websites owned by Google and to demote websites that compete with Google." .
Qualcomm rejects $130 billion Broadcom bid
Overall, Broadcom's bid is a very ambitious attempt to grow its share of the market for components that go into mobile phones. Shares of Qualcomm rose as much as 2.5 percent to $66.17, while those of Broadcom fell as much as 1.3 percent to $261.55.
Hawley's office is checking into what Google does with the user information it collects and allegations that it inappropriately scrapes information from competitors' websites. "We want to make sure that Google is not misappropriating it, that they are informing consumers about what they are collecting, that they are using the personal data that they do collect in a lawful manner and that consumers have the option to opt out of any collection that may violate their privacy".
When asked whether his bid for national office influenced his decision to go after one of the most influential tech companies in the world, Hawley said, "My decision to pursue Google goes back to my oath of office", to protect the people of Missouri. "Google leverages this user information as part of its highly profitable online advertising business, and it also may sell certain user information to third parties".
Venus, Jupiter to Converge in Brilliant Cosmic Conjunction
The planets, which orbit the sun about 416 million miles apart, will be just 17 arcminutes from each other when viewed from Earth. The planets will appear in conjunction in the south-east, just above the horizon, and may appear to look like one bright star.
This summer, the European Union fined Google a record $2.7 Billion for similar activities.
"The bottom line is Missouri is not going to give Google a free pass", Hawley said.
Syrian drone intercepted after approaching Israeli airspace
A US official who requested anonymity said the joint statement shows both leaders back a political solution and peace process. The UAV was intercepted by Patriot air defense system this morning when he tried to cross the airspace controlled by Israel.