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Google's Android antitrust troubles reportedly spread to India

Looks like Google might be in some hot water again on the international stage, this time in India. Reuters reported that four sources claimed that the Competition Commission of India (CCI), the country's antitrust watchdog, is investigating accusations against the tech giant that allege that it is abusing Android's dominance in that market to crush other competition.

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President Trump expected to sign executive order banning Chinese network equipment

Huawei has been in hot water lately — governments around the world are banning its network equipment, it allegedly tried to steal technology for 'diamond glass' screens, and its CFO has been charged with wire fraud and conspiracy. A report from Politico claims that the White House is preparing to sign an executive order that would ban U.S. carriers from using Chinese telecom equipment, including products from Huawei.

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[Update: Petition filed] Google plans to fight Oracle's copyright lawsuit against Android in the Supreme Court

Oracle's copyright suit against Google for using Java APIs in Android has been an ongoing feud since 2010, and the stakes are only about to get higher. The Federal Circuit denied Google's appeal Tuesday of a March decision that found Google's use of Oracle's Java APIs was not fair use. Now, Google has stated it will take the case to the Supreme Court.

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U.S. Congress and White House working on plans to ban equipment from ZTE and Huawei

Huawei and ZTE, two multi-national telecommunications companies based in China, are under fire by the United States and other governments over the companies' ties to the Chinese government. ZTE nearly shut down last year over an import ban, and now it and Huawei may be prevented from selling telecommunications equipment to the United States.

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EU planning yet another Google antitrust fine, this time targeting AdSense

Google just can't catch a break in Europe. The US company has been fined $7.6 billion in the last few years over Android and Search practices, and now the EU is preparing a new penalty regarding what it views as anticompetitive AdSense contracts.

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Google is testing stripped-down news results that comply with imminent new EU copyright law

In September 2018, the European Parliament approved new copyright legislation that could change the way the internet works forever. One aspect of the new directive would force websites to pay for snippets they use from an external source, and Google is wisely already testing a stripped-down version of its news search results in anticipation of the law change.

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US prosecutors are seeking criminal charges against Huawei for technology theft

According to a report out of The Wall Street Journal this afternoon, US federal prosecutors are seeking to file criminal charges against Huawei for theft of trade secrets from several of the company's American business partners in recent years. The most well-known example under consideration by the Department of Justice, according to the Journal, is the infamous case of T-Mobile's "Tappy" smartphone testing robot. T-Mobile sued Huawei for theft of trade secrets after the latter's employees stole parts from Tappy and attempted unauthorized access to T-Mobile facilities to further spy on the robot's technology. A jury agreed, holding Huawei liable for damages stemming from the incident.

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Westworld game that ripped off Fallout Shelter is dead, already pulled from app stores

The official Westworld mobile game is dead. Or, it will be: on April 16th, 2019, the game will go offline permanently - never to return (it has already been removed from the Google Play Store and Apple's App Store). Given that it requires an internet connection to play, that makes this a full-on death sentence, and the final chapter in a legal drama that's taken the better part of six months to unfold.

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Shareholders sue Google for allegedly mishandling sexual harassment claims

In another chapter of the tumultuous goings-on within Google, one of Alphabet's shareholders is suing the company, on behalf of itself, over the payouts given to Google executives who were accused of sexual misconduct. Filed yesterday in the San Mateo Superior Court, shareholder James Martin states in his complaint that the reason for the suit is, in short, that Google breached its fiduciary duties to shareholders. This means that by giving these payouts to those executives whose sexual harassment allegations were considered credible (instead of disciplining them appropriately), Google showed it was more interested in protecting its public image than it was securing its investors' rights and managing the company and its assets appropriately.

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The FTC antitrust suit against Qualcomm hinges on Huawei

Qualcomm is currently embroiled in an antitrust suit brought against it by the US Federal Trade Commission, which alleges the prolific chipmaker is using its favorable position to force equipment manufacturers to pay unfairly high licensing fees. Huawei, currently facing its own difficulties with the US federal government, is the FTC's unlikely key witness.

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