FROM THE VERB GOOGLING

FROM THE VERB GOOGLING

It is now part of the common language: as the Accademia della Crusca indicates to us, Googling means doing an online search using the Google search engine.

How often do you use Google? For you is it just a tool like any other or do you find it indispensable?

According to Attorney General William Barr “Today, millions of Americans rely on the Internet and online platforms for their daily lives. Competition in this industry is vitally important, which is why today’s challenge against Google — the gatekeeper of the Internet — for violating antitrust laws is a monumental case both for the Department of Justice and for the American people.”

For this reason Justice Department Sues Monopolist Google For Violating Antitrust Laws

In particular, the subject of the dispute are the various exclusive or long-term agreements as in the case of Apple, which prohibit the pre-installation of any competing search service and at the same time impose applications in prime locations on mobile devices, making them also undeletable.

These anticompetitive practices are equated with the conditions under which the Department filed a lawsuit against Microsoft in the 1990s.

In March 1998, Bill Gates testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capital Hill, then in May the Department of Justice and 20 U.S. states filed a lawsuit against Microsoft, claiming that the company had violated Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890. The court ruled in April 2000 that Microsoft was split into two separate companies: one for the operating system, ie Windows, and one for the other software programs.

Just on the same day, that is, Tuesday, October 20, faced with antitrust charges, and in response to the Department Files Complaint Against Google to Restore Competition in Search and Search Advertising Markets, Google released the following statement

Google Search has put the world’s information at the fingertips of over a billion people. Our engineers work to offer the best search engine possible, constantly improving and fine-tuning it. We think that’s why a wide cross-section of Americans value and often love our free products.
Today’s lawsuit by the Department of Justice is deeply flawed. People use Google because they choose to, not because they’re forced to, or because they can’t find alternatives.
This lawsuit would do nothing to help consumers. To the contrary, it would artificially prop up lower-quality search alternatives, raise phone prices, and make it harder for people to get the search services they want to use.

What do you think about it? Do you feel compelled to use Google?

I have already expressed my opinion on the websoft giants, and in this case I personally cannot understand one thing: why should they possibly raise the phone prices?

RADIO FREE EUROPE

RADIO FREE EUROPE

If I say Radio Free Europe what do you think about?
Personally I immediately “hear” Michael Stipe’s voice on the notes of the song taken from what is their turning point with Murmur, recently worth sixth place in the ranking of the 100 biggest debut singles of all time, despite the fans’ diatribe to determine whether the original version is better in respect of the one remixed two years later will probably never end, but that’s another story.
This is the third time I quote R.E.M. after What time is the end of the world?  and Shiny happy people,  apart from fact that I’m keen on them, why?
Because Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) established at the beginning of the Cold War to transmit uncensored news and information to audiences behind the Iron Curtain, played a significant role in the collapse of communism and the rise of democracies in post-communist Europe.
Today, RFE/RL is one of the most comprehensive media organizations in the world, producing radio, Internet and television programs in countries where a free press is either banned by the government or nut fully established.
It was founded in 1950 with the aim of offering at least an alternative, a possibility to evaluate a different vision.
Yet 70 years later we seem to have forgotten the importance of plurality of expression since episodes of censorship are increasingly occurring.
The latest has been against a radio: or rather the Radio Radio YouTube channel, which was closed with a decidedly strange dynamic, as explained in detail by the author Fabio Duranti.
Why do we consider people unable to face alternative thoughts? Why the censorship instead of arguing and possibly refuting with well-founded explanations?
The famous phrase I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it wrongly attributed to Voltaire and actually written by Evelyn Beatrice Hall, remains essential in its concept in my opinion.

RICH OR POOR?

RICH OR POOR?

By now they are commonly called “the websoft giants”, more precisely: Software & Web Companies operating in internet retailing, software development and internet services (social, search engine, web portal, payment system).
As you can see in the Area ratio of Mediobanca they move absolutely significant figures, especially in the context of the general economic crisis in which we are currently.
Big companies therefore.
The adjective big, however, has several meanings: indicates higher than normal in terms of size and quantity, gives a superlative value, but also expresses admiration and is responsible for the name of one who excels in intelligence, capacity and moral qualities.
Here, compared to these moral qualities, these societies become poor, given that moral ethics is completely irrelevant in economics.
Earnings are the only commandment.
So any opportunity is worth for them, including that of not paying taxes even in the face of huge profits.
Corporate holding companies are valid instruments capable of offering advantages linked to both the management of financial flows and tax savings. One of these tools is cash pooling i.e. the centralization, virtual or effective, of all the financial resources (incoming and outgoing flows) of a group within a single company. The goal is to achieve better management of the company’s treasury, but this also leads to better financial solidity when interfacing with the banking system. All this, transferred to the Dutch territory, where the tax regime is facilitated, thanks also to the tax ruling: a practice that clarifies the tax treatment in advance, allowing multinationals to choose the most advantageous destination of the taxable amount, and where there is a real system of companies without employees, used only to pass on cash flows.
It is clear how much the loss for the state coffers is huge, some estimates have been made and, in particular, it is possible to get an idea from this study: The Missing Profits.
In this regard, I would quote a statement by Giulio Tremonti: “I find Prodi’s phrase romantic that speaks of Holland as a country that exports tulips. Holland is a country that imports holding companies. This is a non-marginal fact in terms of influence and power. “

The CGIA of Mestre has raised an alarm.
Waiting for the WEB TAX, we keep our fingers crossed so that at least the artists’ appeal is heard and that the copyright directive is implemented,
Then it would not be bad if they also implement that paying taxes is in fact a form of social sharing towards people, since it is thanks to these people if they can achieve such considerable profits.

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