The year is 2049, one hundred years after the founding of the People’s Republic of China. The Belt and Road Initiative is complete. That does not mean it will stop or disappear. It is concluded in the same way a bridge or a road is built. Its development is finished, and it is ready to start working or operating at full power. Some of the infrastructure projects are truly stunning and now stand as the highest example of what human ingenuity can achieve in its drive to master natural forces. A bridge crossing the Caspian Sea—125 miles, from Azerbaijan to Turkmenistan—has made road transport between Europe and China fast and easy, changing old mental maps that separated continents. The Kra Isthmus Canal in Thailand has done the same for the Indian and Pacific oceans. No longer d
Businesses aren’t happy with competitors using their trademarks in Google search ads, even though these cases aren’t deemed by Google as an infringement of the rules, with some exceptions. We reached out to Google to understand their stance on such occurrences and what businesses on the receiving end can do to protect themselves. From the outset, advertising on Google’s search platform is a pretty straightforward process. You set an amount as a bid for a keyword, and whenever someone searches said keyword or a combination of keywords, your listing appears somewhere near the top of the pile—dependent on how relevant and how good your formatting is, and then you get charged whenever someone clicks through on it. As of 2017, Google owns at least a whopping 86% share of the world’s searc
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.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........SAN FRANCISCO — Google has revised an erroneous description on its website of how its “Location History” setting works, clarifying that it continues to track users even if they’ve disabled the setting.The change came three days after an Associated Press investigation revealed that several Google apps and websites store user location even if users have turned off Location History. Google has not changed its location-tracking practice in that regard.But its help page for the Location History setting now states: “This setting does not affect other location services on your device.” It also acknow
A policy paper from the office of Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., contains 20 options for government to regulate technology companies. The proposals, which were sent to CNBC by Warner's office, are designed to protect consumers and stop the spread of disinformation. Although Warner, who serves as the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, is in the minority, it is possible he could possibly find an ally in President Donald Trump's administration. David Redl, a senior U.S. Commerce Department official who oversees the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, said in a speech on Friday that the administration is determining its own data privacy doctrine. Axio...
• Former Wilson Sonsini lawyer Pablo Chavez, a veteran Washington lobbyist recently at Microsoft Corp., is said to be headed back to Google to lead its global public policy for cloud services. The move by Chavez, ex-chief counsel to Senator John McCain, comes as big tech companies, also including Amazon.com Inc, International Business Machines Corp. and Oracle Corp, vie for a share of the Pentagon’s multiyear cloud services contract, and face intensifying federal scrutiny, (Bloomberg) (Linkedin) • Rudy Giuliani said he’s quitting as a Greenberg Traurig partner to focus on working for President Donald Trump, in particular special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Trump’s 2016 campaign. The announcement comes as some partners at the law firm are reported to be miffed over Giuli