Secret documents leaked Google reveals European Union fight for its attempt to regulate technology: "Objective: to counterattack Thierry Breton".
This line can be read in an internal document of Google, in which the multinational of the search engine sets out what will be its strategy to deal with the new European legislation on digital services that will come into force in December.
The presentation has had exclusive access to the French media Le Point, and its information has been echoed by international headlines such as the Financial Times or Reuters.
According to the document, which has also been accessed by the Financial Times, Google's strategy is part of a 60-day period in which they will try to tear down the "unreasonable limitations" that the new European Digital Services Law would impose on Google's business model. The multinational search engine also aims to" reset "the" political narrative " on this issue.
The document puts the spotlight on Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton, one of the staunchest advocates of the new rule who was on public display all summer. The idea is to "counterattack" and "weaken the support" with which the new rules have in Brussels.
The presentation starts with a letterhead with which it claims to be a confidential document, "to be shared only with those who should know it". According to the Financial Times, it is also a palpable example of how big tech companies manipulate public discourse and influence parliamentarians.
The first objective of the document has already been achieved without having begun to be implemented: tensions between Google and the European Union are on the rise again. It is also foreseeable that another objective of this two-month plan of the tech giant will be achieved: to open the debate again in the European Parliament, where there are MEPs who are not so clear about the need to break up and divide the big multinationals.
Secret documents leaked Google reveals European Union fight
Another tactic that the presentation employs to " restart "the political discourse in Europe is to counterargument the idea that the new Digital Services Law "has no cost to Europeans". Google wants to show that the regulation will imply new limits "for the potential of the internet", just at the moment when citizens expect from it"the maximum".
Only in the last few days have there been several events in the European Parliament that have pivoted on the idea that Europe needs a law that protects citizens also on the net. The president of the European Commission participated this Wednesday in an event in the euro chamber that was also attended by the father of web pages, Tim Berners-Lee.
At the event, Von der Leyen stressed the need for Europe to defend its digital sovereignty and for European citizens not to rely exclusively on technology manufactured in third countries.
The same was said by Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton, particularly pointed out in this leaked document from Google. He did so at the Commission on Artificial Intelligence and digitalization, AIDA. In it, he defended the need to act already.
"Now is when things have to be done," he insisted. "We have to organize ourselves so that businesses and citizens have alternatives that are European." Breton recalled that the new regulation does not seek to "exclude" anyone, but to impose legislation on companies from third countries that want to operate in Europe.
Google goes on the attack, according to this leaked information, just a few days after the US Department of Justice filed an antitrust lawsuit that puts the company and its agreement with another multinational, Apple, in the eye of the hurricane.
The Italian authorities also this week launched a monopoly investigation against Google for its weight in the market for the distribution of online advertising.
Secret documents leaked Google reveals European Union fight
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I have tried the Huawei Mate 40 Pro and I am clear that it would be the mobile of the year if it had Google services
A few years ago, the fight in the high end was always settled between two companies: Apple and Samsung. Now, all this has changed and there are many other brands that are able to stand up to them and even surpass them in some respects.
In 2019 the Huawei Mate 30 Pro landed in stores. A device that, if not for the absence of Google services, would be the best of the year thanks to a fantastic design and features worthy of praise.
Now, I have had the opportunity to try about two weeks ago, the evolution of that device, the Huawei Mate 40 Pro which I some first impressions last week and it is certain that those good feelings will not fall on deaf ears, as the terminal is everything I expected and much more.
If you want to know what the Huawei Mate 40 Pro has seemed to me, read on...
Just having it in your hands already gives the feeling that you are facing something premium. The touch of the device is very good and its 212 grams feel very good thanks to a fairly solid grip that does not slip.
It is also quite comfortable to handle even though it has quite large dimensions (162,9x75,5x9,1mm) and certainly has a simply spectacular finish.
What stands out most, of course, is the circular module of the rear camera that makes it clear that you are facing a Mate 40 Pro. It has a lot of personality and also, thanks to the symmetry, it makes sure that when you leave it on any surface it does not wobble, one of the great evils of modern devices.
It also has a really beautiful body that manages to provide very beautiful reflections to the back, although it is a little below the excellence because it leaves quite a few traces.
As for the rest of the elements, this Mate 40 Pro recovers the volume buttons, which I had removed in the Mate 30 Pro and which I sincerely appreciate because they respond better. I am clear that not everything has to be to the touch, so good point for Huawei.
It also maintains the characteristic red power button that gives a more striking touch to the terminal and responds perfectly to presses.
Finally, both at the top and bottom it has the speakers that perform much better compared to the previous generation and leaves a good sound to enjoy music or movies and series as long as it does not exceed 75%, at which point it begins to distort, something very common in any device.
Called attention that no headphone connection, although it is true that it is something which will end up falling into oblivion, and offers a USB-C headphone with that kind of connection —that come in the box as well as the battery cable.
Another of the most attractive points of this Huawei Mate 40 Pro is, without a doubt, its 6.76-inch OLED panel with FHD resolution of 2772X1344 pixels that makes everything look spectacular. In addition, it comes with a refresh rate of 90hz, which makes everything that happens on screen go much smoother and faster.
It also highlights that it leaves behind the notch of the Mate 30 Pro and bets on a double hole in the screen to house the front camera and the 3D sensor for facial unlock located in the upper left corner that manages to give the feeling of having a larger screen in your hands.
This is helped by the 88º curvature of the sides that makes the panel for the screen 94.1%. In addition, this area is well trained to avoid accidental touches that cloud the use experience.
Anyway, that curve has its drawbacks: some imprecision when using the keyboard with the keys taped to the edges and a slight greenish hue on the sides, but is solved by putting the device in dark mode —that is downright elegant, and is very accomplished— or throw out the option of hiding the edges, while it is true that it removes the feeling of this infinite screen that said at the beginning.
Another element that I loved is the Always On mode, the functionality that allows you to show designs and animations with the screen off, as well as the time and some notifications.
This feature was already in the previous model and in other devices of the brand, but here they have taken it a step further by giving the 3D sensor of the front camera the ability to discern whether or not we are looking at the screen to show something or go black.
It may seem silly, but to use this function constantly and be showing something to anyone, it is not very useful and spends battery. Now, it only activates when you fix your gaze on the device and the truth is that it works very well and the savings in autonomy is quite large.
On this occasion, Huawei premieres chip in this generation, the Kirin 9000 with 8GB of RAM as well as 5G and the truth is that it offers outstanding performance.
It doesn't matter what you throw at it with the most basic apps on your device, multitasking, surfing the Internet, taking photos or checking your social networks. It works like a shot and responds perfectly without any pull, delay or inconvenience.
It is clear that when you have it in your hands you realize that Huawei has bet very hard on this chip, the first of 5 nanometers, and that it will never leave you lying.
As for games, you won't have any problems running whatever you want, but I have noticed that in titles with a powerful graphics load or that require an extreme requirement the Mate 40 Pro heats up more than it should, especially in the camera area.
It is also not something worrying, since it only happens at very specific times and can be fixed using a case, but it is important to emphasize it.
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