Google suing India antitrust watchdog for report leak
Alphabet Inc's Google yesterday said it was suing the Competition Commission of India (CCI) following the leak of a confidential CCI report into an antitrust investigation of the US tech giant. The Times of India newspaper, and then Reuters, reported on Saturday that a CCI investigation had found Google abused the dominant position of its Android operating system in India, using its "huge financial muscle" to illegally hurt competitors. Google said last week it looked forward to working with the CCI to "demonstrate how Android has led to more competition and innovation, not less."
Macron, Biden have 'friendly' talk to defuse submarine row
US President Joe Biden and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron had a "friendly" phone call Wednesday to defuse a deep row over submarine sales to Australia, promising to meet in person to repair the transatlantic relationship. The call, which the White House said lasted about 30 minutes, was the first between Biden and Macron since France recalled its ambassador over the surprise US announcement of a deal to build nuclear submarines for Australia -- scuppering a previous French deal to sell conventional submarines. Paris called the US-Australian plan, which was launched as part of a new Indo-Pacific security group along with Britain, a stab in the back and also pulled its ambassador from Australia.
India's SC to set up panel to probe Pegasus snooping row
India's Supreme Court yesterday observed that it would set up a committee of technical experts to inquire into the Pegasus snooping matter and an order will be passed next week on a batch of pleas seeking an independent probe into the issue, reports our New Delhi correspondent. A bench, headed by the chief justice, said the order will now be delivered next week. "We will be able to finalise the members of technical expert team by next week and then pronounce our orders," it said. The top court had on September 13 said it only wanted to know whether or not the government used the Pegasus spyware through illegal methods.
Nobel ceremonies marred by pandemic for second year
Nobel Prize winners in science and literature will receive their awards in their home countries rather than Sweden for the second year running because of the pandemic, organisers said yesterday. The Nobel Foundation said a decision on the Peace Prize had not been made yet. The winners are announced in early October and lavish ceremonies in the two Scandinavian capitals usually follow on December 10, the anniversary of the death founder Alfred Nobel. Last year, the foundation gave out science and literature prizes in laureates' respective home countries because of Covid travel restrictions.