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Google Exiting China? Not Just Yet

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Google#news#politics#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Last month, Google received high praise from human rights supporters after threatening to exit the Chinese search market, claiming it was no longer comfortable with censoring search results per government demands. But here it is a month later and Google has made no move to withdrawal its Chinese search operations, with censored results still appearing on Google’s Chinese portal, Google.cn. In addition, the company may now be investing in a Chinese digital media company, as well. According to unconfirmed reports, the Internet giant is said to be a member of a Disney-led consortium looking to invest in a Chinese media and advertising company called Bus Online. Google’s decision to exit the Chinese search business was alluded to in their January blog post detailing what appeared to be state-led cyber attacks which hit the Internet giant and other Silicon Valley companies in mid-December. As a result, Google announced it would review the feasibility of its business operations in China. The company claimed it would engage in discussions with the Chinese government to see if there was any way for it to remain in China, but few expected positive results from those discussions. Because the attacks were focused on gaining access to the email accounts of human rights activists, Google received a lot of praise for taking a stand against the Chinese government, the alleged perpetrators of the hacking attempts. However, only nine days later, Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt took a softer tone during the company’s fourth quarter earnings call. “We wish to remain in China,” he said. “We like the Chinese people, we like our Chinese employees, we like the business opportunities there.” Google to Invest in Chinese Media CompanyGoogle does like the businesses there, apparently. It’s a month later and the company seems to be no closer to shutting down their Chinese search operations business than they were back in January. In addition, anonymous sources say Google is planning to invest in China’s largest in-bus digital media and advertising company, an outfit called Bus Online whose revenue was about 314.5 million yuan ($46.07 million) last year. A consortium led by Walt Disney Co. is reportedly in advanced talks with the Chinese company and has plans to buy a 30%-40% stake for more than $100 million in shares, both public and private. Google is said to be among the investors. This move, if it happens, would lead credence to the argument put forth in January which had cynics claiming that Google’s withdrawal from China had less to do with their so-called “moral high grounds” propped up by the company motto “don’t be evil,” and had more to do with the fact that Google’s Chinese search business simply couldn’t compete with the more popular Chinese engine baidu.com. Hacker Crack Down Could HelpThe reality of the situation may be a bit more murky than a simple case of “good” versus “evil,” though. Of course Google couldn’t sit idly by as the Chinese government directed attacks on its infrastructure, but it also would be bad business to ignore the massive potential of the Chinese Internet market. Yesterday, new reports from Chinaview.cn stated that the Chinese government had shut down the nation’s largest website responsible for training hackers. The implication of this news – and especially its timing, given the actual shut down occurred in November – is that the Chinese government wants to appear as if they’re “playing nice” with regards to Western interests. That move may be precisely the sort of thing Google needs in order to maintain an appearance of concern regarding the cyber attack situation while also not making a regrettable, revenue-impacting business decision by ceasing Chinese operations altogether. The only question now is whether or not the public will forgive Google for doing so.center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting sarah perezlast_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo ‘ready for police interrogation’ as sex scandal refuses to go away

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo Is Going To Face Police Interrogation Over The Rape Accusation Case.AdvertisementCristiano Ronaldo will be interrogated by the police of Las Vegas as the American girl Kathryn Mayorga has accused the former Real Madrid star footballer for sexual assault upon her in 2009.Cristiano Ronaldo Is Going To Face Police Interrogation Over The Rape Accusation Case.According to ‘Tuttosport’, Cristiano Ronaldo is now ready to face the interrogation over the rape accusation case which will take place within next few weeks. Mostly the Portuguese footballer will talk about it in a video conference call. Cristiano Ronaldo is very much confident that the interrogation process will go in his way. Cristiano Ronaldo has claimed that he is not guilty in this case and after the interrogation process it will be clear to the whole World. Ronaldo has joined Juventus in this summer transfer window from Real Madrid. The time is not going in the favour of Cristiano Ronaldo after joining Juventus in this season. He was not getting goals in first few matches for the Italian side. But, he is slowly  trying to adapt himself in the new League. At this point of time, this accusation of rape will surely affect his mental peace and he will surely wish to get over it very soon. Cristiano Ronaldo was having sexual relationship with this American girl Kathryn Mayorga in 2009 and the star Portuguese footballer never denied the relationship. According to Cristiano Ronaldo, the American model has given her consent in this sexual relationship. The star Portuguese footballer has also paid the girl € 400.000 after their relationship. But now, Kathryn Mayorga is accusing the star Portuguese footballer for sexual assault on her. center_img Advertisementlast_img read more

Kamal Haasan unveils first look poster of Vishwaroopam-2

first_imgChennai, May 2 (PTI) Actor Kamal Haasan today released the first look poster of his sequel Vishwaroopam 2, on his Twitter handle. “With love my country and its people 7:04 PM – 2 May 2017,” he said, releasing the poster. Haasan appears in a bright blue suit against the backdrop of India Gate in the poster. Sporting bandages on his chin and near the left eye, he stands with the national flag fluttering over him and his right hand placed over his heart as if taking a pledge. The poster has kindled curiosity among fans on how racy and action packed the movie will be if the first-look appearance of the actor was any indication. While the release date has been speculated for quite some time by the fans, the actor in the poster just said “tarteting release 2017.” The movie is written and directed by Kamal Haasan and it is being produced by the actors production house Raajkamal Films International. The Tamil letters indicating Vishwaroopam has been written in the style of Urdu. “Happy to announce: Today 7pm Vishwaroop 2 Hindi first look poster & Vishwaroopam Tamizh Telugu 1st look posters release Exclusively for you,” he had tweeted earlier in the day. Vishwaroopams earlier part had witnessed trouble during release in view of objections by some sections of people. PTI VGN BNlast_img read more

World Cup 2018: Sweden reach World Cup quarter-finals after 24 years

first_imgSweden defeated Switzerland 1-0 in their round of 16 match at FIFA World Cup 2018 at St Petersburg on Tuesday to reach the quarter-finals for the first time since 1994. The Swedes managed to find the target after the two sides went goalless in the first half after a scrappy opening 45 minutes.Emil Forsberg, who was the most talked-about player in the Sweden side before the World Cup got underway, showed the world why he is regarded so highly. In the 66 th minute, he found space on the edge of the box and his splendid effort deflected off Manuel Akanji as Switzerland goalkeeper Yann Sommer looked on helplessly.In the final minute, Olsson was tripped up by Lang and the Swiss defender got a red card while Sweden were awarded a free-kick. Toivonen took the free-kick but failed to score and the final whistle was blown as Sweden’s astonishing run continued.#SWE #SWE #SWE #SWE #SWE#SWESUI 1-0 pic.twitter.com/fRSS6XA8R1FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) July 3, 2018Sweden reached the quarter-finals after 22 years following a terrific performance in the group stages. They topped Group F which also had Mexico, South Korea and defending champions Germany.HIGHLIGHTSSweden did not qualify for the World Cup finals in 1998 and exited in the round of 16 in 2002 and 2006. They then failed to qualify in 2010 and 2014.The Swedes won against Mexico and South Korea but lost a thriller to Germany. Against Switzerland in the pre-quarterfinals, Sweden had to work really hard but held their own as they came out victors, triggering massive celebrations among their fans.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEadvertisementSweden could have taken the lead in the first half.They had the best chance when Marcus Berg’s shot forced a fine one-handed save from Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer, while Albin Ekdal squandered another opportunity with a wild effort at the far post. Blerim Dzemaili wasted Switzerlands best chance when he fired over from 12 metres.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Gold medallist Amit’s ancestral village erupts in joy

first_imgRohtak, Sep 1 (PTI) As Amit Panghal (49kg) on Saturday hit the golden punch at the ongoing Asian Games, back home in his village, Mayana the anxious villagers erupted in spontaneous joy and celebration. The villagers, who had waited with bated breath, turned joyous after a stunning tactical win by Amit over reigning Olympic and Asian champion Hasanboy Dusmatov in the summit clash at Jakarta. Residents of nearby villages too descended to Mayana, some 8 km from Rohtak, to congratulate his father Vijender Singh, a farmer and his elder brother Ajay, a JCO in the Army. “I am elated,” said Vijender after watching his younger son winning the gold. He, however, at the same time felt dejected as his elder son who too is a boxer was not part of the event. “Had our financial position would have been better not only Amit even Ajay too would have today brought a medal for the country,” he said. He hailed the Manohar Lal Khattar government’s sports policy which honours medal winners by giving cash award and government job. “I could not afford to train my both sons as I was financially poor,” he said. Reacting over his younger brother’s feat, Ajay, a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) in Army, said due to poor financial situation, their father could not afford the expenses on costly boxing equipments and diet. “I wanted Amit to carry on with his passion and bring a medal for the country,” he said. Amit (49kg) on Saturday became only the eighth Indian boxer ever to claim a gold medal at the Asian Games.advertisement The 22-year-old, the only Indian to make the finals, prevailed 3-2 against the more fancied Dusmatov, who had beaten him in a split verdict in last year’s worldchampionships. India signed off its boxing campaign at the Games with a gold and a bronze, won by Vikas Krishan in the middle-weight category. PTI VSD SSCSSClast_img read more

Mbappe: Neymar like a big brother to me

first_imgKylian Mbappé Mbappe: Neymar like a big brother to me at PSG Goal Last updated 2 years ago 18:13 10/26/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Kylian Mbappe Neymar PSG Getty Kylian Mbappé Neymar PSG Ligue 1 UEFA Champions League The France international is happy to be playing alongside the former Barcelona star and is targeting the Champions League title this season Kylian Mbappe is enjoying playing alongside Neymar at Paris Saint-Germain as the Brazil star is “like a big brother” with the teenage striker.Mbappe joined the Parc des Princes side from Monaco in a deal that will cost around €160 million shortly after Neymar made the switch to the French capital for a world record €222m.PSG 17/4 favs to win CL with dabblebet Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The duo have had bright starts to life with Unai Emery’s side, with Mbappe scoring four goals in all competitions and Neymar getting 10 in 11.Mbappe expects Neymar to be pivotal in PSG’s future as they look to secure their place among Europe’s elite, but the 18-year-old is benefiting from his presence off the field too.”He’s really behaved like a big brother with me,” he told This is Paris. “For me it’s great to have a player like him with you every day.”He’s really a great player who is going to help PSG move up another level. We’re thrilled to have him. We hope that he feels good here, because then he’ll be capable of doing great things.”While Mbappe and Neymar are doing well in their first season, attacking partner Edinson Cavani is leading the club’s goal chart again with 13 from as many games, after scoring 49 in 50 in all competitions last season.Kylian Mbappe Neymar PSGAnd the France international hailed the 30-year-old striker as one of the game’s elite No.9s.”Edinson is the perfect team-mate for players like myself and Neymar,” said the France international. “He is always available, he’s very mobile, and he has an amazing shot on him. He’s a natural goal-scorer, a true professional and a very good person as well. He’s one of the best strikers in the world.”The Ligue 1 giants are targeting a first ever Champions League title, having made it as far as the semi-finals in 1994-95, but 18-year-old Mbappe is obsessed with the prospect of winning the competition. “Our aim is to go as far as possible and to win the competition, so I don’t pay much attention to the records,” the attacker said after he became the first teenager to score eight goals in the competition. “I think I’ve broken quite a few records now, but I’m so focused on winning I don’t worry about all these different records.”I don’t know if that’s a good thing or not, but my one real obsession is to win that trophy. That’s all that matters to me.”Kylian Mbappe PSGThe sensational season he enjoyed at Monaco last season before his move to PSG saw Mbappe win the European Golden Boy award this week, a prize that only encourages him to keep going to reach his full potential.”You work hard all year for this kind of award,” he said. “I see it as a source of motivation to keep on working and to try to achieve more.””I felt at home here straight away. It’s been really ideal for me to settle in to a new team. Everyone has talked to me, we joke about as if we’ve known each other for years already.”The guys have also looked to protect me, they’ve really tried to do everything possible to enable me to focus on giving my best on the pitch.”It’s a very demanding environment here. You have to raise your game to the level of those around you. Then you have to maintain that high level, and by doing this I think I am improving naturally. I really think I’ve progressed since I’ve been here. This is just the beginning, so hopefully I can keep going now and keep getting better.”last_img read more

Colombia put trust in Juan Quintero against England and fret over Rodríguez

first_img Colombia’s Davinson Sánchez ready for battle with Spurs clubmate Harry Kane Colombia scouting report: assessing England’s last-16 opponents World Cup José Pekerman has put increasing trust in Juan Quintero for Colombia. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters The calf strain that had already sidelined the on-loan Bayern Munich midfielder from starting Colombia’s opening match against Japan again seems to be the issue. He did not train on Saturday but the Colombian Football Federation later said in a statement that a scan had shown swelling but no muscle tear. After Rodríguez missed training in the run-up to the tournament, at Colombia’s isolated base on the banks of the River Volga some 25 miles from Kazan, one coach commented that the player was feeling pain every time he started jogging. Not wanting to risk doing lasting damage and potentially missing the whole tournament, he had requested to take it easy.This was not the first time he had suffered a problem with the same troublesome left calf. Against Besiktas in Bayern Munich’s Champions League game in February he was clutching the calf when substituted just before half-time. He ended up missing three weeks.Pekerman claims that Rodríguez had trained normally before the Senegal match and was thus left confused by what the real issue was. Even in a best-case scenario Rodríguez will not be 100% fit for Colombia’s date with England in the last 16 in Moscow on Tuesday. For Colombia and their Argentinian coach, that is desperately concerning.Colombia have come so far since the guileful coach dropped the No 10 jersey in the lap of Rodríguez upon taking over as Los Cafeteros coach in January 2012. Back then, Rodríguez had only three caps for his country and was just 21 years old. This was an extraordinary statement and a resounding show of support in somebody so young. Topics The Observer features Pekerman had inherited a team that had spent 16 years trundling in world football’s wilderness. In the perennial search for an heir to Carlos “El Pibe” Valderrama, three World Cup qualifying campaigns had slid from view. For all its romance and mystique, many a precocious star had buckled under the weight and responsibility of the No 10.Yet with Rodríguez, Pekerman knew what he was doing. In his first managerial role in the 1990s, he led Argentina Under-20s to three world youth titles. When later promoted to the senior team, Pekerman would give an 18-year-old Lionel Messi his international debut. Rodríguez was clearly in good hands.Six years on and the coach’s faith in his prodigy has been more than justified. Already joint-third top scorer for his country and still only 26, Rodríguez’s achievements in yellow are remarkable. Of Colombia’s last 15 goals at the World Cup, the playmaker has scored six and provided four assists. In his astonishing World Cup debut four years ago he scored the best goal, won the Golden Boot and was arguably the tournament’s best player as Colombia reached the last eight for the first time. No player has been so important in Colombia’s football history. Not Valderrama, nor Faustino Asprilla, nor even Radamel Falcao.Pekerman signed a new four-year contract with Los Cafeteros in July 2014 and immediately began building a new side around his star. But qualification for Russia 2018 was a slog. Opponents routinely frustrated Colombia by sitting deep and stifling their attacking play.As a wandering No 10, Rodríguez floated between the lines seeking to influence a game starved of space. Gone was the swashbuckling and fast-transition football tied to neat geometrical patterns that Colombia served up in Brazil. Now Pekerman’s side were often dependent on some Rodríguez magic to swing games. Indeed, of 21 goals Colombia clocked up in qualifying, Rodríguez was involved in 48% of them (again six goals and four assists).That creative reliance may now pose a problem as Colombia plot victory against England without their mercurial star. Curiously, Pekerman’s long-term backup to Rodríguez had been Edwin Cardona, a bulky but technically gifted midfielder who was chopped from Colombia’s 23-man squad without formal explanation. Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Facebook Read more Reuse this contentcenter_img The look in José Pekerman’s baffled pinched eyes said it all. Colombia had just made history by qualifying for consecutive World Cup knockout stages for their first time, but the worry creased across the coach’s furrowed brow when asked about the extent of James Rodríguez’s latest injury was plain to see.“I’m very concerned, it’s very worrying,” the 68-year-old Argentinian confessed after Colombia’s 1-0 win over Senegal in which Rodríguez had to depart the field with a frustrated thumping of the turf just 31 minutes in. “It’s a very difficult situation for us. I don’t know where he stands right now. I can’t say any more because I just don’t know.”Arms folded and fingers twitching on the desk in front of him, Pekerman’s subtle mannerisms are usually telling. For Colombian journalists, every flicker of emotion shown by the highly hermetic coach is carefully interpreted. And this wasn’t good. “You could see it in Pekerman’s face, he fears the worst,” observed one reporter on the shuttle bus back to town. “I think we’re probably going to have to do this without him [Rodríguez].” World Cup 2018 Unofficially though, Cardona’s fate was sealed when he received a five-match ban from Fifa after making a racist gesture against a South Korea player in a November friendly, before then being implicated in a scandal at Boca Juniors that involved “girls, alcohol and knives”.Pekerman was unimpressed and instead turned to the tortured genius of Juan Quintero, who will now assume responsibility for picking apart England’s defence.Four years ago, Colombia’s World Cup plans were also dealt a crushing blow when their talisman striker Falcao suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury. Pekerman found a way of juggling his side to thrive without a player who had finished as his country’s top scorer in qualifying. But Colombia without Rodríguez is a very different prospect. And it may prove to be Pekerman’s biggest challenge yet. Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Read more Colombia Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Twitter Share via Emaillast_img read more

Chris Maguire gives Sunderland narrow lead over Portsmouth in play-offs

first_imgSunderland claimed a 1-0 win in their League One play-off semi-final first leg against Portsmouth.Chris Maguire scored the only goal at the Stadium of Light with a 62nd-minute volley, and Sunderland then had to hold on to their lead for the last quarter of the match a man down.Alim Ozturk was sent off in the 67th minute for bringing down Gareth Evans just outside the penalty area, the defender being deemed the last man. Evans hit the bar from the resulting free-kick but Sunderland held on.Sunderland said later they would appeal against Ozturk’s red card.Maguire went close with 10 minutes remaining when his low strike hit the post. The second leg at Fratton Park is on Thursday.The Sunderland manager, Jack Ross, said he thought his side were “a little bit passive” in the first half. “We tweaked a couple of things at half-time and in the second half I thought we were a lot better, a lot more like us. The sending-off obviously had an impact for the last 25 minutes of the game.”Kenny Jackett, the Portsmouth manager, said: “We’re 1-0 down at half-time but, with the second leg to come [at home], I don’t think that’s too much of a disaster on the balance of it. We have to make sure the chances we do create, we’re more clinical with.“I thought we were pretty solid up to half-time and in that pretty impressive period they had for 15 minutes in the second half they scored a great goal which our goalkeeper had no chance with.” 20 Thompson Possession Sunderland 7 Maguire 33 Close Fouls (s 58′) Portsmouth (s 70′) 9 Wyke 2 Matthews 10 Honeyman 13 O’Nien Share on WhatsApp Match stats 49 51 12 Flanagan League One 30 Dunne 6 Cattermole 24 Morris Sunderland Substitutes 19 Solomon-Otabor Substitutes 27 Power 3 5 Corners 5 Ozturk match reports 15 MacGillivray Share on LinkedIn Lineups (s 69′) 5 Clarke The Observer (s 69′) 2 Walkes POR49SUN51% Share on Facebook 15 15 7 Naylor POR SUN 22 Bogle 11 Curtis 26 Evans 35 Bass 9 Hawkins 18 Dennis 17 Morgan 8 Sunderland Off target 7 Portsmouth 3 Sunderland On target 2 Portsmouth 11 Gooch 1 McLaughlin 23 Leadbitter 30 May 6 Burgess Topics 3 Oviedo Goal attempts 10 Lowe 33 Hume Reuse this content 22 Grigg Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest 25 Ruiter Portsmouth 14 Cannonlast_img read more

10 months agoArsenal centre-back Rob Holding happy with surgery

first_imgArsenal centre-back Rob Holding happy with surgeryby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal centre-back Rob Holding has undergone successful knee surgery.The 23-year-old was ruled out for between six and nine months earlier in December after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.Holding finally underwent an operation on Sunday and he said on Instagram: “Happy that the surgery went well. Road to recovery starts now.”His absence has been part of a defensive crisis for boss Unai Emery – who has been forced to play Granit Xhaka and Stephan Lichtsteiner at centre-back due to injuries to Holding, Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img