Thursday’s Media and Technology Roundup
“Google Inc could face further pressure for its other products in China as Beijing is due to decide whether or not to renew a license for the firm’s flagship search engine in the world’s largest Internet market,” writes Melanie Lee.
“Patriotic, anti-American messages adorn the pages of two alleged Russian spies on Russia’s answer to Facebook, a reminder of historic suspicions and resentments that have survived the end of the Cold War,” reports Amie Ferris-Rotman.
“France’s antitrust regulator accused Google Inc of a lack of transparency over its keyword advertising service and ordered it to clarify conditions for the product within four months,” writes Foo Yun Chee.
“When two young State Department officials took a delegation of Silicon Valley executives to Syria recently, they billed it as a chance to use the promise of technology to reach out to a country with which the United States has long had icy relations. Instead, the visit will be remembered for a series of breezy Twitter messages that the two colleagues sent home,” reports Mark Landler.
“Independent bookstores were battered first by discount chains like Barnes & Noble, then by superefficient Web retailers like Amazon.com. Now the electronic book age is dawning. With this latest challenge, these stores will soon have a new ally: the search giant Google,” writes Brad Stone.