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European Parliament votes to break up Google

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have voted to break up Google as parts of plans to tackle dominant internet search providers.

Members of the European Parliament want to break up dominant internet search providers. Credit: Chris Ison/PA

In a resolution which "called on EU member states and the European Commission to break down barriers to the growth of the EU's digital single market" the vote was approved by 384 votes to 174.

The resolution underlines that “the online search market is of particular importance in ensuring competitive conditions within the digital single market” and welcomes the Commission’s pledges to investigate further the search engines’ practices.

MEPs also stressed the need to prevent online companies from abusing dominant positions by enforcing EU competition rules and unbundling search engines from other commercial services "given the role of internet search engines in commercialising secondary exploitation of obtained information”.

MEPs added that “all internet traffic should be treated equally, without discrimination, restriction or interference”.


Google's Project Wing drones take flight in video

The first test flight of Google's drone delivery has proved successful as shown in a video revealing the self-flying vehicles in action in Queensland, Australia.

Google's Project Wing drones are being developed to make deliveries of goods. In the initial testing, seen here, they carried a first aid kit, candy bars, dog treats, and water to a few Australian farmers, Google said.

Project Wing is a Google plan for developing a delivery system that uses self-flying vehicles. As part of the research, a vehicle was built and test flights were done in Queensland, Australia. A first aid kit, sweet bars, dog treats, and water were successfully delivered to a couple of Australian farmers.


Sharks force Google to reinforce ocean internet cables

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Tech giant Google is to reinforce its undersea internet cables because sharks keep biting them.

It is going back to 100,000 miles of fibre optic cable that it owns around the globe and reinforcing it with a protective matting made with a Kevlar-based material.

Since the mid-1980s it has been known that sharks are drawn to undersea cables but it is unclear why.

Some have suggested that they are attracted by the electromagnetic signals given off by the lines which resembles the field created by fish.

In the clip below, an underwater camera caught a large shark biting a fibre optic cable in 2010.

Google Street View car crashes going the wrong way

He obviously wasn't using Google maps, as he drove his Google Street View car the wrong way down a one way street and then smashed into another car as he tried to correct his mistake with a U-turn.

The driver of a Google Street View car similar to this one, crashed after going the wrong way down a one way street. Credit: Reuters

Alexander Spurr, 28, told police in Little Rock, Arkansas that he would probably be fired over the incident, according to the accident report posted on the Smoking Gun website.

While both cars suffered significant damage, neither driver was injured.

Justice minister: No 'unfettered right' to search deletion

Responding to the peers' report, justice minister Simon Hughes said:

The Government wants to protect privacy rights and freedom of speech while taking action to bolster economic growth.

Our greatest challenge is getting that balance right, and we welcome the support of the Lords for our position in negotiating new European data protection legislation.

I agree that it is neither accurate nor helpful to say that the recent judgment of the European Court of Justice has given a right to be forgotten. We need to be clear that the judgment does not give individuals an unfettered right to have their personal data deleted from search engine results.

– Simon Hughes MP
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