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A senior German official has warned that Google may have such a dominant market position that a breakup of the company "must be seriously considered."
Such a move—which would be difficult to enforce because Google is based in the United States—could be a last resort for countries seeking to prevent the Internet search giant from systematically crowding out competitors, said Sigmar Gabriel, who is Germany's economy minister and vice chancellor."" Link to Original Source top
The Play Store is not mandatory; a simple checkbox in Security allows Android users to install APK files from any location and never use the Play Store.
Using Firefox for Android and being careful to never log into a Google service with it keeps your web browsing separate from Google cookies.
If you root your phone, you can reach into the directory and pull out all the APK files, then install them manually. This only works, of course, if you already paid for the Apps, but it makes it possible for your phone to be disconnected from Google and the Play Store and still have your apps. Could a community of file sharers that are trusted peers build up a collection of APK files to make it possible for there to be a Google-free Android phone experience?
Just some food for thought. At a minimum, getting off Chrome and onto Firefox is something every Android user should consider." top
Bing Tsher E (943915) writes "A New York Times article reports: "The federal government is investigating the takeover last year of a leading American manufacturer of electronic voting systems by a small software company that has been linked to the leftist Venezuelan government of President Hugo Chávez."
Is Chavez muscling in to help assure a Castro-style US Election?"
I always post my comments with 'no karma bonus' checked off. Even though I can post at default of +2 I do not do so often. This is because posting at +1 gives a safety margin. You can say more controversial and challenging things in a +1 comment and not have it modded down. But it gets saved in the permanent archive. When I do have something of note to add to the discussion, it gets marked up to +2 or higher fairly quickly anyway.