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On the one hand, these are directed against the national data protection authority, which had rejected several requests to delete links from Google searches. In the second case, Google sued against the French data protection authority’s requirement to delete links worldwide.

The ECJ judges often follow the advocate general’s assessments, and occasionally they decide differently. The judgments in both proceedings are likely to fall in a few weeks.

Washington (dpa) – According to company boss Sundar Pichai, Google is currently not pursuing any plans to start a search engine in China.

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Recently, media reports that Google was working on an Internet search that was censored in accordance with the requirements of the Chinese authorities caused severe criticism of the Internet company. At the same time, Pichai did not deny that Google was making such considerations internally. And he called access to information a human right – which in time could also serve as an argument for an offer in China. Google left China in 2010 instead of censoring searches.

At the hearing, Pichai also had to defend himself against allegations by Republicans that the Internet company was suppressing conservative opinions. "I run the company without any political orientation"he assured me. Texas MP Lamar Smith, among others, claimed that conservative voices would be muted by Google during Donald Trump’s presidency.

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One of his colleagues wanted to know why he was looking for the term "idiot" a picture of Trump pops up frequently. MP Tom Marino warned Google against regulation by authorities: "If the government intervenes, you won’t like it. Some Democrats, however, complained that right-wing news sites were getting too much weight.

Another topic was data collection by Google. The company sucked in a lot of user information that "the NSA would blush"said committee chairman Robert Goodlatte, a Republican. Pichai replied that data is only collected with the consent of the user. Other questions included what Google had done against Russian propaganda in the course of the 2016 US presidential election campaign.

Before Pichai, Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter boss Jack Dorsey were interviewed for hours in Congress. These hearings did not produce any concrete results either, while the two political parties used them in part as a platform for their allegations against the Internet companies.

After the top managers from Facebook and Twitter, Google boss Sundar Pichai also had to face US congressmen. He was mainly attacked by Republicans who accuse Google of suppressing conservative opinions.

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According to company boss Sundar Pichai, Google is currently not pursuing any plans to start a search engine in China. Recently, media reports that Google was working on an Internet search that was censored in accordance with the requirements of the Chinese authorities caused severe criticism of the Internet company. At the same time, Pichai did not deny that Google was making such considerations internally. And he described access to information as a human right – which in time could also serve as an argument for an offer in China. Google left China in 2010 instead of censoring searches.

If you go after "idiot" searches, images of Donald Trump appear

Search Google on the keyword "idiot": US President Donald Trump dominates the results. The US Republicans suspect a search engine conspiracy. (Source: Screenshot / t-online)

At the hearing, Pichai also had to defend himself against allegations by Republicans that the Internet company was suppressing conservative opinions. "I run the company without any political orientation"he assured me. Texas MP Lamar Smith, among others, claimed that conservative voices would be muted by Google during Donald Trump’s presidency. One of his colleagues wanted to know why he was looking for the term "idiot" a picture of Trump pops up frequently. MP Tom Marino warned Google against regulation by authorities: "If the government intervenes, you will not like it. Some Democrats, however, complained that right-wing news sites were getting too much weight.

Another topic was data collection by Google. The company sucked in a lot of user information that "the NSA would blush"said committee chairman Robert Goodlatte, a Republican. Pichai replied that data would only be collected with the consent of the user. Other questions included what Google had done against Russian propaganda in the course of the 2016 US presidential election campaign.

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Before Pichai, Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter boss Jack Dorsey were interviewed for hours in Congress. These hearings did not produce any concrete results either, while the two political parties used them in part as a platform for their allegations against the Internet companies.

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The US Internet giant Google comes under further pressure over allegations of sexism. After there were already employee protests, shareholders are now suing the board of directors of the parent company Alphabet.

The board of directors of Google’s parent company Alphabet has been sued for its handling of sexual harassment in the company and a data leak from shareholders. The online giant becomes one "Culture of concealment" alleged, according to the lawsuit filed on Thursday (local time) in a court in San Mateo, California. Initially, there were no comments from Alphabet or Google.

In October, the "New York Times" the group shaken, according to which Google held a protective hand over executives who were accused of sexual harassment or coercion. The lawsuit that has now been filed accuses the Board of Directors of having played an active role in these cover-ups in 2014 and 2016. In addition, a breakdown in the flooded online network Google Plus had been concealed, which resulted in a user data leak.

Damage to the amount of "Hundreds of millions of dollars"

The plaintiffs are two US pension funds. Your attorneys want to prove in the lawsuit that Google caused damages to the amount of "Hundreds of millions of dollars" has suffered. That happened, for example, through high severance payments for managers who were accused of harassment. The attorneys are demanding compensation for shareholders and a court order that Alphabet and Google improve corporate governance and internal controls to protect employees and investors.

Google had already changed the company policy for dealing with allegations of sexual harassment in November after employee protests. "In the future, we will be more transparent about complaints and concerns", promised CEO Sundar Pichai at the time. "We realize that we have to change a few things." Previously, thousands of employees had temporarily stopped work because of anger against the handling of sexism allegations in their own company.

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The Google boss hired one "comprehensive action plan" suggests that employees should be better supported. The measures include letting employees decide for themselves in future whether cases of sexual harassment should be brought to private arbitration tribunals. In addition, Google is expanding and offering mandatory training "Live support" for complaints and concerns. However, these measures do not go far enough for the plaintiffs – they want more far-reaching changes that also include the management and shareholder structure.

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At the center of the conflict is the departure of Andy Rubin, the head behind the Android operating system for smartphones. Here, Google should do the "New York Times"-Report after hiding a dark chapter. Reportedly, Rubin was accused of forcing her to have oral sex in a hotel room in 2013 by an associate he allegedly had an extramarital relationship with. Google learned of the allegations, but still gave him a farewell package of $ 90 million. Rubin denied the allegations.

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Some online retailers sell keys for Microsoft services such as Office for a few euros. However, users should avoid such keys: There is a risk of account blocking.

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If you want to save money on Windows services such as Microsoft Office, you will find numerous offers on the Internet. However, users should be careful with keys that are too cheap. These have no license and can be blocked by Microsoft. The computer magazine warns of this "c’t".

This has happened a few times in the past. Programs like Office can then no longer be used, even if users could activate them with the cheap keys beforehand.

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Such top offers can be found on eBay, for example. Dealers there usually charge less than 10 euros. For comparison: Microsoft itself sells Office "Home & college student" once for 149 euros. "Home and Business" costs 299 euros. Other providers sell license keys for just under 100 to 230 euros, writes "c’t".

According to "c’t" Such cheap keys mostly come from volume licenses for companies. This is especially the case when dealers have a key for "Office Professional Plus" to offer. Private users cannot purchase this version.

As "c’t" reported, sellers obtain the cheap keys "via special key exchanges that offer product keys from dubious sources in large quantities at bargain prices." Selling such keys is illegal. So far, however, private customers themselves have had nothing to fear legally.

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There are many free alternatives to Microsoft Office on the Internet. For example, LibreOffice or OpenOffice are known. Both tools offer functionality similar to Microsoft Office. They can also open and edit Office files.

You can also use Google Docs to create documents. However, users need a Google account for this.

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For years, a former mayor argued with the internet giant Google in court. Now the plaintiff had to give up the fight – even if that was otherwise not his way. 

A former village mayor from Baden-Württemberg gave up a year-long legal dispute against Google on Wednesday. Previously, the Stuttgart Higher Regional Court had made it clear to the man in an appeal hearing that he could not hold the search engine operator responsible if his name was included in the search terms in conjunction with the word "Balkans" Links to texts appear that contain defamatory statements and insults. As bad as the texts are for him, said the presiding judge Matthias Haag on Wednesday, there is no right to omission and permanent deletion against Google.

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The ex-mayor of the municipality of Hausen ob Verena near Villingen-Schwenningen then withdrew his appeal against a ruling by the Rottweil regional court. "Although giving up doesn’t suit me at all"as he pointed out. With his legal dispute, which has been going on for several years, he wanted to achieve that the Internet giant permanently delete the result links to a total of 14 offensive texts. The Rottweil district court had dismissed his complaint. OLG judge Haag said on Wednesday that the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which only came into force afterwards, does not change the facts.

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The plaintiff was mayor of the community in the Tuttlingen district for 17 years and also managing director of the community works and chairman of the waste water association. That is why the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation commissioned him in 2001 to set up an effective administration and communal infrastructure in Albanian cities. The texts that are offensive to him with words like "Albanian mafia" and "Bribery lobby" came from a blog, the authors cannot be captured, said the plaintiff. He sees his personal rights violated, his activity in Albania has always been legal.

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