US sue Google
The US government and eight states are suing Google with the aim of breaking its market power. The data company has been manipulating the advertising market for years, buying up potential competitors in a targeted manner and taking other measures to prevent competition in all parts of the online advertising chain. With success. Google’s market share is over 90 percent, according to the 150-page competition lawsuit. This market power harms both the advertisers, who have to pay too much, and the operators of the websites and apps on which the advertising is running – they would get too little money for it. In between, Google benefits and takes an average of 35 percent in the form of several fees. The data company replies that the takeovers of Doubleclick and Admeld were examined and approved by supervisory authorities. Reversing this now would lead to less innovation and higher fees.
Potsdam offline again
Potsdam is offline again. The city administration had only started to go online again at the beginning of the week after the systems had been switched off for three weeks for security reasons. The IT didn’t hold out for long: On Tuesday, a new virus scanner found “a high number of automated communication attempts from the internal network of the state capital Potsdam to external servers”. Those responsible therefore informed the Brandenburg State Criminal Police Office, took all computers offline and started a new analysis. When the capital of Brandenburg can dare a new attempt is open.
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5G Smartphone der Telekom
Telekom is now also offering the 5G smartphones of its own brand T Phone, which was launched in the USA last year, in Germany. The two differently sized models “T Phone 6” and “T Phone 6 Pro” come with equipment from the upper middle class and are available in connection with a mobile phone contract for 1 euro. Without a contract, Telekom calls 269 euros for the T Phone Pro 6, the T Phone 6 then costs 219 euros. The “T Phones” are based on the “Revvl” models available from T-Mobile USA. Both smartphones have a system-on-chip from Mediatek running Android 12.
Helmets are compulsory for e-scooters
The police union is pushing for helmets to be compulsory for drivers of e-scooters. That must be examined intensively, said the deputy federal chairman Michael Mertens the editorial network Germany before the beginning of the traffic court day. The meeting in Goslar is also about a blood alcohol limit for e-scooter drivers. In Merten’s estimation, these would carry “characteristics of anarchy in road traffic”.
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