Big Tech, between Microsoft and Google is now open war between hacking and competition- time.news

Between Microsoft and Google now open war, after months of tensions remained under the track, with a public exchange of mutual accusations with unusually vehement tones. Probably a reflection of the pressure of legislators and regulators on the excessive power that the two Big of technology have over people’s lives.

happened that Microsoft president Brad Smith during a US congressional hearing on the impact of online platforms on the news industry held on Friday, heavily attacked the Californian group, led by Sundar Pichai, claiming that media organizations are forced to use Google tools, operate on Google advertising platforms, provide data to the operations of Google and to pay Google, according to some excerpts of his testimony published by the US news site Axios, taken from the Reuters. As if to say: the information dominated by the overwhelming power of Google, instead the search engine, which thrives thanks to the contents of the publishing groups, should support the industry more.

Smith harshly criticized Google’s attitude in Australia, who threatened to leave the country in order not to bow to the new law that requires the payment of content published on digital platforms to be negotiated with publishers. When companies start threatening countries and saying that if their lawmakers pass laws they don’t like, they pull out and leave, then something is wrong, Smith said. Adding: Nobody should be above the law. No person, no government, no company, no technology.

The reaction from Mountain View was not long in coming. Microsoft’s newfound interest in attacking us comes on after the SolarWinds hacker assault and at a time when they have allowed tens of thousands of their clients to be hacked – including U.S. government agencies, NATO, banks, non-profit organizations, telecommunications providers, utilities, police, firefighters, and military units. relief organizations, hospitals and, presumably, news organizations – through Microsoft’s vulnerabilities, he replied in a Google post. Already in the crosshairs of the US Antitrust, which last fall opened an investigation into the Californian company, accused of having illegally maintained its dominant position as the pre-eminent search engine on the web, entering into commercial agreements to exclude competitors.

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