US justice department seeks Google records in antitrust probe of Big Tech

Lawmakers and activists have raised concerns about the growing dominance of online giants such as Google, Facebook and Amazon. (AP)
Updated 07 September 2019

US justice department seeks Google records in antitrust probe of Big Tech

  • Washington has not named the companies it has targeted in its probe — which began in July — but it appears directed at dominant tech players

SAN FRANCISCO: The US Department of Justice has asked Google to provide records on past investigations, as part of its extensive probe of tech giants over possible anti-competitive practices, the Internet titan said Friday.
Washington has not named the companies it has targeted in its probe — which began in July — but it appears directed at the likes of dominant tech players such as Google, Facebook, Twitter and Amazon.
“We have answered many questions on these issues over many years, in the United States as well as overseas, across many aspects of our business, so this is not new for us,” Kent Walker, Google’s senior vice president of global affairs, said in a blog post.
“The DOJ (Department of Justice) has asked us to provide information about these past investigations, and we expect state attorneys general will ask similar questions,” Walker said, confirming rumors in the US media that a coalition of US states would soon launch an antitrust investigation of the group.
“We have always worked constructively with regulators and we will continue to do so,” he said.
Google was “one of America’s top spenders on research and development, making investments that spur innovation: Things that were science fiction a few years ago are now free for everyone,” he stressed.
Lawmakers and activists have raised concerns about the growing dominance of online giants such as Google, Facebook and Amazon in key segments of the digital economy.
A coalition of US states, including New York, on Friday launched an antitrust investigation of Facebook, the first of what is expected to be a wave of action against dominant technology firms.


Legendary Japanese Mangaka Go Nagai adds master strokes to Arab News Japan

Updated 18 October 2019

Legendary Japanese Mangaka Go Nagai adds master strokes to Arab News Japan

  • Creator of world-famous anime series Grendizer and Mazinger Z looks forward to visiting Saudi Arabia in the near future
  • In honor of Arab fans, Nagai has personally hand-drawn masthead of upcoming Arab News Japan edition

TOKYO: Go Nagai, the internationally-renowned Japanese artist known for legendary anime creations such as “Grendizer” and “Mazinger Z” is looking forward to visiting Saudi Arabia and meeting Arab fans.

In an exclusive interview for the upcoming Japanese edition of Arab News, Nagai thanked his Saudi fans for their appreciation of his works, such as the “UFO Robot Grendizer” animated TV series.

“I really appreciate that people in Saudi Arabia love Grendizer I created. I hope you will continue enjoying my work in the future,” he told Arab News.

Nagai also expressed a desire to visit Saudi Arabia in the near future.

“I’m sure I will be surprised by many things when I visit Saudi Arabia," he said. “Each country has a long history and a rich culture, so when I go to Saudi Arabia I would like to enjoy the culture and history and absorb something new as well.”

Go Nagai is also a prolific author of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. The full Go Nagai interview will run in Arab News Japan in both English and Japanese next week. In honor of his Arab fans, Nagai has also personally hand-drawn the masthead of the upcoming Arab News Japan edition.

Arab News Japan will launch in Tokyo at a special event held at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan (FCCJ) on Oct. 21, a day before the highly anticipated enthronement ceremony of Emperor Naruhito.

The launch of a dual Japanese-language online edition is a part of the ongoing global expansion plan of Arab News, the Middle East’s leading English language daily.

Arab News Japan is the second international edition under the Arab News brand, following the highly successful launch of its Pakistani edition in February 2018.

Faisal J. Abbas, Arab News Editor-in-Chief, announced the Arab News Japan project at the G1 Global conference in Tokyo on Sept. 16.

“We hope that our new service arabnews.jp helps bring a better mutual understanding of both our rich cultures and become a trusted communication channel where our friends in Japan can rely on us for credible information and insightful analysis,” Abbas said on the occasion.

Arab News is part of the regional publishing group Saudi Research and Marketing Group (SRMG). It has been the English language newspaper of record for Saudi Arabia and the region for more than 40 years.