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Google is prepared to ruthlessly shut down its news service if it is stung by sweeping new European internet laws

Google's top news executive Richard Gingras told The Guardian that Google won't rule out shutting down Google News in EU countries if the European Parliament enforces a so-called "link tax." The "link tax" refers to Article 11, a piece of legislation backed by the European Parliament in September, which would require companies like Google to hold licences for linking to publishers. Gingras said that while it is "not desirable" to shut down services, Google is concerned by the legislation in its current form.

Google's top news executive has hinted that the company is prepared to shut down Google News in Europe if it is stung by new EU legislation.

Richard Gingras, Google's vice president of news,


Tim Cook defends Apple taking billions from Google after his blistering attack on data hoarding tech firms

Apple CEO Tim Cook has defended taking billions of dollars from Google to make it the default search engine on the iPhone. Cook was asked by Axios if the deal compromises Apple's no-nonsense approach to privacy. Google has been blighted by a number of privacy concerns in recent months, including a Google+ data breach. Cook launched a blistering attack last month on firms that he said hoarded "industrial" amounts of personal data.

Tim Cook defended taking billions of dollars from Google amid concerns that the partnership undermines Apple's no-nonsense approach to privacy.

Google pays Apple more than $9 billion a year to be the default search engine on the iPhone, according to a Goldman Sachs estimate seen by Business Insider.


10 things in tech you need to know today
Posted November 19, 2018 0:5 AM
10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Monday.

Mark Zuckerberg reportedly told Facebook execs that the company is at "war," and called recent media coverage "bulls---". Zuckerberg told Facebook executives at a meeting in June that he was going to be a more aggressive CEO in light of a sequence of scandals, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday night. Apple CEO Tim Cook said in an interview "we have to admit when the free market is not working" on the issue of privacy. In an interview with Axios, Cook added that regulation was "inevitable."

Facebook comms staffers are reportedly fuming at COO Sheryl Sandberg after they were thrown under the bus over a smear campaign

Communications employees at Facebook are fuming at COO Sheryl Sandberg after they were thrown under the bus over a smear campaign targeting the company's critics, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday night. Last week, a bombshell New York Times report detailed Facebook’s involvement with a public-relations firm called Definers Public Affairs, which reportedly disseminated research to journalists linking the billionaire George Soros to anti-Facebook movements. Both Sandberg and CEO Mark Zuckerberg have

Mark Zuckerberg reportedly blamed Sheryl Sandberg for the Cambridge Analytica fallout, making her worry for her job

Mark Zuckerberg allegedly met with his COO, Sheryl Sandberg, in the spring and said he blamed her for the fallout over the Cambridge Analytica scandal, according to a new Wall Street Journal report.  The reports says that Sandberg told friends after the meeting that she wondered if she should be worried about her job.

Sheryl Sandberg wondered whether she should fear for her job after the Cambridge Analytica scandal, according to a new Wall Street Journal report. 


If you hate the new Gmail version that Google is forcing on users, here's a trick to make your Gmail look old again (GOOGL)

 

Change can be hard, especially when it comes to your inbox. 

Over the last few months, Google has been rolling out its new Gmail design, and some users aren't so keen on its look and feel. 

The biggest shock seems to be coming from Gmail's new default view, which is much more bubbly and shows icons on the inbox home screen if there are any attachments within an email -- like images, slides, documents or spreadsheets. 

. I realise this is a first-world problem, but #newgmail makes me incandescent with rage. pic.twitter.com/yHc7XwYUFd

— Miranda Jewess (@mirandajewess) October 15, 2018

Apple CEO Tim Cook on privacy: 'we have to admit when the free market is not working'

In an interview with Axios, Tim Cook said that regulation was "inevitable." On the issue of user privacy, Cook said, "we have to admit when the free market is not working. And it hasn't worked here." Previously, Cook urged other tech companies to self-regulate, saying Facebook had failed in that regard.

Apple CEO Tim Cook says regulation is coming but plans to roll with the punches.

In an interview with Axios, previewed on their site early Sunday, Cook told Mike Allen that despite his general dislike of government regulation on business, "we have to admit when the free market is not working." In regards to user privacy, Cook said, "it hasn't worked here."


The top 5 TV shows on Netflix and other streaming services this week

Spooky titles are still ruling Netflix, with "Stranger Things" in high demand and its "Sabrina" reboot gaining steam.

Every week, Parrot Analytics provides Business Insider with a list of the five most "in-demand" TV shows on streaming services. (The data is based on "


Trump tells 'Fox News Sunday' he is considering changes in '3 or 4 or 5' Cabinet positions

President Donald Trump hit back against reports his mood has soured after Democrats took control of the House in the midterms. Speaking in a wide-ranging interview with "Fox News Sunday," Trump told host Chris Wallace that his mood was very "light," despite a report that said he had retreated into a "cocoon of bitterness and resentment." Trump also dismissed reports there were staff changes coming before saying he was considering up to five Cabinet positions. 

President Donald Trump hit back against recent reports that his mood was soured and his administration in chaos after the midterm elections. 


I hired a TaskRabbit to help me assemble my IKEA furniture — and it solved the most annoying problem with shopping from the furniture giant

IKEA is known for its inexpensive furniture, but assembling it can be a daunting task. In 2017, IKEA acquired TaskRabbit, which lets users hire temporary workers through the TaskRabbit app to do things like assemble IKEA furniture.  I recently used TaskRabbit to have my IKEA furniture built. Here's how it worked. 

IKEA is known for carrying inexpensive furniture

But there is a downside to shopping there — IKEA furniture is famously difficult to assemble. 

To make the furniture assembly process easier,