Google Appeals Against ‘Search Bias’ Verdict by India’s Competition Commission

first_imgGoogle has filed an appeal against the judgement by Competition Commission of India (CCI), which found the search engine guilty of “search bias.”“We disagree with aspects of the CCI’s decision, so we have filed an appeal and sought a stay on those findings,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement.The commission’s verdict was “robust” and it plans on defending its judgement at the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT), a CCI official said, according to Reuters. CCI imposed a fine of Rs 1.36 billion ($20.95 million) on Google in February, saying that the internet firm was ill-treating its dominance in online web search and online search advertising markets.“Google was found to be indulging in practices of search bias and by doing so, it causes harm to its competitors as well as to users,” the CCI stated in its judgment, Reuters reported.After the verdict came out, Google had said that the issues brought up by the CCI were “narrow concerns.” It added that the order showed that on most issues examined by the CCI, Google’s conduct was in compliance with the competition laws of India.The investigation was started by the CCI in 2012 after complaints were filed by Bharat Matrimony (Matrimony.com) and Consumer Unity and Trust Society (CUTS), a not-for-profit organization. The ruling in February brought an end to the probe.Matrimony.com is, however, not satisfied with the verdict. It filed an appeal against the size of the fine, saying it is too small. It has also filed an appeal against CCI’s verdict that neither of the two — Google’s specialized search design and its advertising service, AdWords — were breaching the competition rules.Murugavel Janakiraman, the founder-CEO of Matrimony.com, said that the company has filed an appeal against CCI’s order, although the judgement is in their  company’s favor, according to the Business Standard. Earlier, however, Janakiraman was full of praises about CCI’s verdict and had said, “This order is significant as the CCI recognizes that Google is the gatekeeper to the internet and has a special responsibility to ensure a level playing field.”The duties of the CCI, established by the Indian government in October 2003, involve eliminating practices that have an adverse effect on competition, protecting the interests of consumers, and ensuring freedom of trade in Indian markets.In 2017, the European Commission imposed a fine of 2.4 billion euro ($3 billion) on Google for backing its shopping service and demoting offerings from rival companies. Google has filed an appeal against the judgement. Related ItemsGooglelast_img read more

Fast response wary public keeping Alaska wildfires down

first_imgAggressive response and the public’s adherence to good fire practices are keeping forest fires down in Alaska despite tinderbox conditions in much of the state.Through Sunday the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center reported 159 fires this year but fewer than seven square miles burned.Unseasonably warm and dry temperatures coupled with grasses that remain brown from lack of moisture are making spring fire danger high.The Yukon Flats and surrounding uplands, Fortymile River country, the Deltana-Tanana flats, and the Eastern Alaska Range remain under a red flag warning watch.Fire agency spokesman Tim Mowry says two air tankers, a water-scooping aircraft and 16 smokejumpers from Boise, Idaho, were moved to Alaska last week because of the continued danger.He says the public is to be credited for following burn laws.last_img read more

Ask a Climatologist Anchorage this gloomy spring is all in your head

first_imgClouds hang over Hope, Alaska on May 19, 2018. (Photo by Annie Feidt/Alaska’s Energy Desk)In Anchorage, complaining about the gloomy weather this spring has become something of a new pastime.But is the weather really worse than normal?Listen nowAccording to Brian Brettschneider with our Ask a Climatologist segment, the answer is no.Brettschneider says since April, the weather in Anchorage has been a few degrees warmer than normal and also drier than normal.How is that possible?Brettschneider says there haven’t been any really warm days. Typically Anchorage hits 60 degrees at least once by May 14, but the warmest temperature so far has been 59 degrees.“So there can be this disconnect where there can be no really warm days, but we can still be above normal,” Brettschneider says.Brettschneider says it’s also been a bit cloudier and significantly windier than normal.“But for the most part, the story of this spring has been warmth.”last_img read more