Google falls foul of Russian competition watchdog

first_img Russia accused Google of “abusing market dominance” in its Android activities, following a complaint from domestic search giant Yandex.The Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) case concerned availability of the Google Play app store to vendors only as part of a package including other Google products, with mandatory positioning on device homepages.It said that actions taken by the company also resulted in “prohibiting pre-instalment of applications of vendors”.While Android is essentially open-source, the key apps and services which are built on top are not. And in order to gain access to key apps such as Google Maps or the Google Play store, vendors need to enter into an agreement with the search giant which includes conditions related to app preinstallation and positioning.Yandex has offered its own take on Android, with its apps and services replacing those of Google, and with vendors named as supporters. However, it was subsequently reported that these device makers had come under pressure from Google not to support the alternative offering.Although Yandex still has a 57.3 per cent share of the Russian search market (according to the company’s Q2 2015 figures), this has been on the slide due to the increasing use of mobile search which, on Android devices, has given Google a boost.Google is also subject to an EU investigation into whether its Android activities breached antitrust rules. It was reported that Yandex had been contacted as part of the process.Violations of the clause in question can lead to fines “from one hundredth to fifteen hundredths of the income gained by the violator from selling goods (works, services) on the market where the violation was committed”.FAS has terminated one investigation, related to unfair competition, due to the absence of violations of the antimonopoly law in the actions analysed during the investigation. Related AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 15 SEP 2015 Author Previous ArticleQualcomm pushes LTE/Wi-Fi convergence on Snapdragon 820Next ArticleEE aims to turn around complaint-ridden broadband service AndroidFASGoogleRussiaYandex HomeDevicesNews Google falls foul of Russian competition watchdog Steve works across all of Mobile World Live’s channels and played a lead role in the launch and ongoing success of our apps and devices services. He has been a journalist…More Read more center_img Tags Apple tipped for Russian app first Steve Costello Google refreshes Nest Hub Devices Google taps retail with NYC storelast_img read more

Polson Commission Eyes Resort Tax

first_imgThe Polson City Commission is considering asking residents in November if it should implement a local resort tax to help pay for infrastructure improvements.On March 23, the city commission created an economic development committee to consider the optional sales tax. The tax is usually placed on lodging, food and drink from restaurants and other “luxury” items. Whitefish has had a 2 percent resort tax since 1996 and since then it has brought in more than $25 million to the city for road improvements and property tax relief. In 2014, it brought in an additional $2 million to the community.“We’re open minded about it at this point,” said Polson Mayor Heather Knutson. “The committee will look at it and see what type of positive or negative impacts it could have… (Then) the decision rests in the hands of the citizens and the voters will decide.”West Yellowstone was the first town in Montana to implement a local option sales tax after the Montana Legislature passed House Bill 826 in 1985. The bill allows resort towns of 5,500 people or less to create a tax to help offset the wear and tear on roads and infrastructure brought on by additional visitors. The Montana Department of Commerce determines whether a town is a resort community and if a significant part of its economy relies on tourism. The sales tax rate can’t exceed 3 percent and must be approved by voters within the community.In 1995, Whitefish voters approved a sales tax on lodging and luxury items, according to city manager Chuck Stearns. The tax was originally supposed to end in 2015 but has since been extended another 10 years. Stearns said the tax has grown in popularity with voters and it has helped the city complete much-needed improvements, including the recent road reconstruction project on Second Avenue, just east of town. Sixty-five percent of the funds are used forstreet and road reconstruction and 25 percent goes toward property tax relief. The other 10 percent is split between parks and trails maintenance and vendors who get to keep 5 percent of the tax for administrative costs.Whitefish’s resort tax is currently at 2 percent, but this month voters will consider raising it to 3 percent to help pay for a conservation easement in Haskill Basin to permanently protect the town’s water supply.Knutson said that the economic development committee in Polson would be looking at Whitefish and other communities that have implemented resort taxes. The committee will consist of seven people, mostly from the local business community. Those who are interested in serving on the committee should send an application to the city by April 13 and the members will be selected during the April 20 city commission meeting. The first meeting of the committee is scheduled for April 27 and a public hearing will be held sometime in May. After that the committee will make a recommendation to the city commission on whether to put the issue on the November ballot. Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.last_img read more

Report: Orioles intend to extend Showalter beyond 2013

first_imgIn what doesn’t exactly qualify as news by any stretch, the Orioles intend to negotiate a contract extension with manager Buck Showalter this offseason.A report from CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman Tuesday night said owner Peter Angelos has informed individuals of his plans to extend Showalter, but no timetable appears to be in place for finalizing a new contract. The Baltimore manager recently underwent knee surgery and is recovering at his home in Texas. Showalter’s contract expires after the 2013 season, but it was elementary that the Orioles would want to keep the 56-year-old in Baltimore after he guided the club to a 93-69 record and its first postseason appearance in 15 years.Whenever asked about the possibility of receiving an extension, Showalter has repeatedly downplayed any urgency by reminding media he was already under contract for the 2013 season. Arriving in Baltimore with a reputation of being a control freak who wore out his welcome quickly in previous stops, Showalter has drawn affection from players and has enjoyed his time with the Orioles.Showalter has developed a good working relationship with executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette despite the latter being hired more than a year after the manager took the gig in Baltimore. The two worked in tandem to construct a roster that won the inaugural American League Wild Card Game before taking the New York Yankees the full five games in the AL Division Series.“If [he’s] interested in staying, nobody’s more interested in keeping him than I am,” Angelos said in the Orioles clubhouse following the Game 5 ALDS loss at Yankee Stadium. “And, certainly, I speak for everyone in the organization. They had Buck as the manager, Dan Duquette as the GM and you certainly couldn’t ask for a better, better combination.”Any outcome other than a new contract for Showalter will be met with negative reaction, so the Orioles would be better served to get something done sooner rather than later in the offseason. After completing their first winning season in 15 years, the Orioles can finally sell Baltimore as a viable destination for free agents and Showalter would be a prime selling point in that process.It won’t prompt free agents to offer their services at a discounted price, but a long-term assurance of Showalter being in Baltimore could go a long way in the Orioles being able to sign premium talent at fair-market prices as opposed to the long-held perception of needing to vastly overpay notable free agents.last_img read more

Manchester United star set to sign stunning £400k-a-week new deal

first_img David de Gea is set to commit his long-term future to the club Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade deals REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won David de Gea is set to hand Manchester United a major boost.According to The Sun, the Spain goalkeeper is on the verge of penning a new long-term contract after months of talks between his camp and the club. REVEALED David de Gea has been named Manchester United’s ‘Player of the Season’ four times in the last five years RANKED Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January 2 boost Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? center_img 2 IN DEMAND Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland gameday cracker targets Latest Manchester United News Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder United recently took up an option to extend his current deal by another year, to 2020.But they have been desperate to tie their star man down for longer and it now seems as though they are close to a breakthrough.De Gea, 28, is claimed to have told close pals he is on the verge of signing a new contract which will tie him to the club well into his 30s.The new deal is understood to be worth around £400,000-a-week, including bonuses.It will come as a huge relief to Jose Mourinho and Unoied’s supporters, with Paris Saint-Germain among a host of clubs monitoring De Gea’s situation.The Spain No.1 has been an outstanding success since moving to Old Trafford from Atletico Madrid in 2011.He has kept 95 clean sheets in 253 Premier League appearances and has won United’s player of the year award in four of the last five seasons. Mourinho recently praised the shot-stopper and expressed his confidence he would commit his long-term future to the club.The United manager said: “He is a world-class player.“He is the best goalkeeper in the world and, if our ambitions are to be a big club, to be a winning club, you need the best goalkeeper in the world – and you need also some other players the best in the world.“In this case, we have the best goalkeeper in the world and I know that he wants to stay.“I know that his agent is happy to do what the player wants and I also know that the board wants him to stay and they’re working on that, so hopefully sooner or later they arrive into good conclusions.”last_img read more

McInnes: We’ve only scratched the surface with Sam Cosgrove

first_img“I’m never ever going to be able to sign a perfect player, so you’re looking at players with loads of development to come. Sam has come from way back.“Sam is starting where he finished off last season. We’ve had enquiries and we know people are looking at him, but he’ll be with us this season and it’s important he uses that time to develop even further.“We think we’ve only scratched the surface and there’s a lot more to come.”Aberdeen had gone into the game with a job to do, having drawn 1-1 in Georgia last week. But a strong performance blew away the opposition, leaving McInnes more than satisfied. Derek McInnes praised Sam Cosgrove for his clinical display against Chikhura Sachkhere and vowed the striker would be staying at Aberdeen this season.Cosgrove netted a hat-trick in the 5-0 win at Pittodrie that put his side in the Europa League third qualifying round, equalling Drew Jarvie’s record of scoring in four consecutive European games for the Dons.McInnes revealed that his form had drawn the attention of other clubs but said that the 22-year-old would be remaining at Pittodrie and was gong to improve further.“He’s in good company with Drew, equalling that record,” McInnes said. “It’s 25 goals in 32 games for him now, and that’s an incredible record. “I’m very pleased,” he said. “People who weren’t at the game will maybe look at the scoreline and think that maybe our opponent wasn’t any good, but I thought they were a capable side.“We chose our moments tonight and we not only looked a good side – and scored some quality goals – but I thought we played with a lot of intelligence.“We started the game full of speed and the two home games have given our fans a flavour of what is to come.“It’s credit to my players that they are able to deliver that type of performance so early in the season.“We showed our strength, speed and quality and I couldn’t be more pleased.”last_img read more

Ex-NBA player Ben Gordon arrested on suspicion of robbery

first_imgGordon played 11 years with the Bulls, Pistons, Hornets and Magic, averaging 14.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. He won the Sixth Man of the Year award in 2005 as a Chicago rookie.He hasn’t played in the NBA since 2015 and his recent headlines have mostly involved running afoul of the law.He was arrested last week in New York and ticketed for allegedly driving with a forged license.In October, Gordon was hospitalized for psychiatric evaluation after reportedly arguing with a woman and locking himself into a bathroom of a sports rehabilitation center that he owns in Mount Vernon, New York.Gordon, who was a standout at the University of Connecticut before going pro, told the Hartford Courant in March that he hoped to return to the NBA.ADVERTISEMENT Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH View comments “It is tough, man,” Gordon said. “When you’ve been doing it for so long and have so much structure, without facilities, trainers, it’s a little bit harder.”Basketball Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun, who coached Gordon at Connecticut, said he spoke with Gordon about a week ago and with his mother Tuesday night.“He’s always been a great kid, but he’s going through a difficult time in his life,” Calhoun said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. “I know his mom and the rest of his family is supportive of him getting back in the direction we all know Ben Gordon can go.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sumo wrestler Harumafuji retires over assault allegations Malditas save PH from shutout The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Ben Gordon #8 of the Charlotte Bobcats reacts during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on December 19, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated the Bobcats 121-104. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPLOS ANGELES — Former NBA player Ben Gordon has been arrested on suspicion of robbery in Los Angeles after police said he punched an apartment manager and pulled a knife.Gordon, 34, went to a building Saturday where he had rented two apartments and demanded his security deposit from the manager, police spokesman Tony Im said Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breadscenter_img Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ When the manager said he didn’t have access to the deposit money, Gordon “punched him in the face,” Im said.The manager was able to give part of the deposit back and Gordon left but came back with a knife and demanded the rest, Im said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSomeone intervened and Gordon left but returned a third time and was arrested, Im said. He was jailed and released on $50,000 bail.His agent, Raymond Brothers, declined to comment. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claimslast_img read more

Unhappy with Gabba food, Ishant, Raina eat lunch outside on footpath

first_imgIshant SharmaIndian pacer Ishant Sharma and allrounder Suresh Raina stormed out of the Gabba ground in Brisbane on Saturday after they were dissatisfied with the lack of vegetarian food offered in lunch.According to reports, Sharma and Raina went outside and bought vegetarian food at India Mehfil restaurant. However, as a protocol, they were stopped by the authorities from taking the food inside the stadium. Both the cricketers had their lunch on the footpath outside the ground.The Indian team management tried to put the case of these players forward with the authorities, however, the negotiation yielded no results.Apparently the players have been unhappy with the food provided to the visitors ever since they landed here.The team was very unhappy about the food provided at Glenelg Oval for the two practice matches and the same was notified to the concerned authorities. However they did not make their grievance public as it was the time that the nation was in mourning after Hughes’ tragedy.The team was happy with the arrangements made for the first Test in Adelaide where South Australia Cricket Association arranged for an Indian chef to prepare food for the Indian team during the match.last_img read more

UPDATE 2014 Copa del Café champ Catherine CiCi Bellis falls in US

first_imgRelated posts:15-year-old Catherine Bellis pulls off biggest upset of U.S. Open, seven months after winning Costa Rica tournament Marin Cilic, 2014 U.S. Open champion, played in Costa Rica’s junior tournament 10 years ago Costa Rica’s Copa del Café tennis tournament opens in Escazú Copa del Café gives tennis a rare spotlight in Costa Rica UPDATE: CiCi Bellis made a valiant effort. But the Copa del Café title holder couldn’t pull off a second upset at the U.S. Open. Kazakhstan’s  Zarina Diyas defeated the 15-year-old U.S. player 6-3, 0-6, 6-2.The original preview story for Thursday’s match continues below:Catherine “CiCi” Bellis won the 2014 edition of Costa Rica’s junior circuit tournament known as the Copa del Café. After her victory, the 14-year-old admitted to feeling nervous at the start because of all the spectators watching.Tonight, Bellis, who turned 15 in April, could have an audience in the millions. She’s the breakout star of the U.S. Open after winning her first round match against No. 12 seed and 2014 Australian Open finalist Dominika Cibulkova (6-1, 4-6, 6-4) on Tuesday.Bellis, ranked 1,208th in the world, is the youngest winner at the tournament since Anna Kournikova in 1996. Her reward: A match against No. 48 seed Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan on a bigger court (Court 17 – Capacity: 2,500 fans) and in front of TV cameras. Bellis and Diyas will take the court around 5 p.m.Despite the mounting pressure, the New York Daily News writes that the California-native has relished her moment in the spotlight.But Bellis said on Thursday that she was ready for this next match, and that she was reveling in the occasion. She practiced in the morning, before the gates opened at the center, and would hit again later off the grounds. Two practice sessions, after a three-set match the evening before.“I’m not tired at all,” she said. “And I love playing in the heat.”Since Belis’ win over Dominika Cibulkova in that crazy, three-setter on Tuesday, life has become a bit hectic. She was interviewed again Wednesday at the outdoor ESPN studio on site, then immediately asked by parents to pose for photos next to children even younger than herself.Also rising for Bellis is the amount of prize money she’s turning down. The teen would’ve received $60,420 for her first round victory, but she’s remaining an amateur to keep open the option of playing in college. Of course, the temptation will grow with another win Thursday. Players who reach the third round receive a purse of $105,090. The men’s and women’s U.S. Open champions both take home $3 million. If she gets that far, or even close to the final, perhaps she’ll change her mind about going pro.Other former Copa del Café players include retired stars Ivan Lendl and Bjorn Borg and current top U.S. Open competitors Roger Federer, Victoria Azarenka and John Isner.Belarsus’ Azarenka, the 16th-ranked woman and former world No. 1, and Isner, the top-ranked U.S. player (No. 13 seed in the world), both won second round matches Thursday. Swiss legend Federer plays his second round match Friday. Catherine “CiCi” Bellis of the United States celebrates during the championship match of the Copa del Café in Escazú, Costa Rica. Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Times Facebook Commentslast_img read more