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Google makes improvements: Federal Cartel Office obtains changes to “News Showcase”

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The Bundeskartellamt has concluded the proceedings initiated against Google and Alphabet in June 2021 in connection with the online news service “Google News Showcase”, after Google made a number of adjustments that the Bundeskartellamt believes are important to the benefit of publishers.

Benefits and compensation for selected partners only

Google News Showcase is a news service from Google that gives publishers the opportunity to display publisher content within the framework set by Google, which means that this content is placed more prominently in certain Google services. The publishers decide for themselves which content they select for this purpose. In Germany, Google’s offer is still not available to all publishers, but Google has only approved selected publishers – ComputerBase itself has repeatedly asked Google for approval for Google News Showcase, which has always been rejected. In the past, this has raised the question of equal treatment of publishers by Google, since only selected publishers are granted access to the individual presentation of their own offerings and only these are paid by Google.

Because even if figures are not made public, publishers participating in the Google News Showcase should receive a five- to six-digit amount every month, depending on their size – sales in which non-licensed publishers cannot even participate due to the unequal treatment and the imbalance between large and small Publications tightened.

News Showcase without influence on ancillary copyright

In the concluded contracts, Google is said to have granted itself the right to stop payments from the program if a publisher asserts claims from the ancillary copyright. This topic also played a role in the Bundeskartellamt’s proceedings, because the dispute over appropriate remuneration for publishers is ongoing and the collecting society Corint Media and three publishers’ associations had made further allegations against Google in connection with the antitrust proceedings relating to Google News Showcase. These allegations related mainly to the issue of appropriate remuneration for the published products used by Google (press ancillary copyright). For the time being, the Bundeskartellamt has refrained from carrying out a detailed examination and from intervening in this regard for reasons of discretion. Referring to the prohibition of discrimination, the Bundeskartellamt persuaded Google to offer Corint Media remuneration for the press ancillary copyright that was at least at the level of the license agreements concluded individually between Google and individual publishers. In the meantime, arbitration proceedings have been sought at the German Patent and Trademark Office for the question of the appropriate amount of remuneration for the ancillary copyright.

Adjustments for Google News Showcase

With regard to Google News Showcase, the Federal Cartel Office had expressed concerns that comparable offers from other providers could be crowded out by Google News Showcase. As part of the proceedings with the Federal Cartel Office, Google has therefore signaled that it will refrain from plans to integrate Showcase into the general Google search. In addition, the participation or non-participation of a publisher in Showcase will not be relevant for the ranking of the search results in the future either. In addition, participation should not make it more difficult for publishers to assert their general press ancillary copyright. Google has made it clear that it is also possible for showcase partners to have the ancillary copyright administered collectively by a collecting society or to exercise it themselves.

In addition, Google News Showcase is to be opened to other publishers in the future – it is not yet known when this will happen and which publishers will then be able to participate. Other actions Google will take over the next few weeks include a more detailed explanation of how it works and the requirements for publishers to participate in Showcase. The aim is to work towards non-discriminatory access to the platform, the details of which are then subject to media supervision under the Interstate Media Treaty.

The Bundeskartellamt declares that it will continue to follow this development even after the conclusion of the proceedings and that any complaints from publishers who have been rejected will be investigated.

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The best contents of the week in MuyPymes

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As every Sunday we end the week with a new review of the best content that we have published in MuyPymes. This compilation will allow you to find the most important information of the last seven days just one click away. Have a good Monday.

  • How Digital Transformation enables the four-day work week.
  • Production with robots would be paralyzed for weeks, in the event of a cyber attack.
  • These are the main novelties that the self-employed will face in the next two years.
  • Renting Finders joins the Lanzadera program.
  • How do I know if I’m eligible for Windows 11?
  • Cybercriminals are using OneNote to spread malware.
  • 85% of Spanish workers will not ask for a salary increase this year.
  • 70% of Spanish managers avoid the mental health problems of their teams.
  • What future does face-to-face events hold: the opinion of the expert.
  • The Christmas campaign closed with an increase in online purchases of 13%.
  • Four reasons why consumers opt for chatbots.
  • Google for Startups creates a specialized cybersecurity program.
  • Samsung will launch the new Galaxy Book3 on February 1.
  • Canon reinforces its digital services thanks to its Document Services Hub.
  • 86% of users will prefer pay-as-you-go over long-term licenses.
  • Digital workers do not want to return to the office: 80% would leave the job.
  • Four out of 10 self-employed expect a drop in activity due to inflation.
  • NVIDIA launches new Studio Drivers drivers, we review their keys.
  • Sony introduces new Crystal LED BH and CH series monitors.
  • Epson and Yuima Nakazato together for a sustainable future in the world of fashion.
  • AOC launches its new range of P3 monitors for professionals.
  • New NUC with Intel Alder Lake-N CPU, powerful and compact.
  • Acer launches a 16-inch ultraportable with 4K resolution.

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The most frequent problems regarding time control

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As indicated from Woffu, time control managementIn addition to being a legal necessity, it is one of the main headaches for HR managers. The company highlights the main difficulties when it comes to managing the presence and absence of workers and how to solve them.

Waste of time solving incidents

One of the main problems that HR managers encounter is the time invested in solving incidents caused by disconnected tools, which do not have the technology to integrate vacations and absences with the presence in the same tool.

Many companies manage absence requests by email, paper or Excel sheets, for example, which do not allow them to attach supporting documents. In this way, as they point out from Woffu “team leaders waste hours and hours searching for and requesting receipts, reviewing who is working and who is not available. This prevents them from focusing on valuable tasks.”

Non-digitized HR processes

In the same way, one of the obstacles in the management of time control is the lack of digitization. Since the Time Control Law does not specify whether it must be done with a tool designed for it, there are many companies that choose for continuing to register on paper or in Excel sheets. “Companies waste a lot of time by manually recording the hours worked and the reasons for absence, in addition to the fact that the margin of error is greater and the data obtained is not reliable”, They comment from Woffu.

In addition, in many companies, the tools used do not allow managing the signing of a hybrid work model or a work model only remotely. Therefore, by not having this digitization, the company lacks data and information that helps to understand its reality, such as the absenteeism rate, departments that telework the most, etc.

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Lack of visibility of the days of absence and presence

Another of the common problems is that the company usually lacks visibility of the days of absence and presence of employees or between teams. This translates into a waste of time asking or searching emails or notifications for the availability of the rest of the team. Related to that lack of visibility is the fact that employees may believe that their overtime is not being recorded. This leads to disgruntled and distrustful employees.

Tools that do not meet the needs

It may happen that HR software has been hired, but when employees and managers use it to record the workday, or to request medical hours, the tool does not meet usability standards. Or it does not allow a real-time connection with visualization on any device. In this case, it is best to test the tool before entering into a deal. Make sure that it is user friendly and that it responds to the needs of both employees and HR managers. We must try to make the use of the labor registration tool as easy and bearable as possible, so it will be possible to ensure its daily use and full adoption by the workforce.

Time Control Law

Despite the fact that it has been more than four years since the implementation of the Control Law, it is still an aspect of business management that continues to generate controversy and controversy. In fact, according to data published by Grupo SPEC, half of the companies would not pass an inspection by the hourly register three years after the law. In fact, from September 2019 to May 2022, inspectors have detected a total of 3,299 violations in the registration of working hours throughout Spain and have imposed a total of 4.7 million euros in fines.

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Acer launches a 16-inch ultraportable with 4K resolution

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The new Acer Swift Edge is presented as a new high-performance ultraportable, and despite everything it maintains a very contained weight. This computer comes configured with a Ryzen 7 Pro 6850U APU, a chip that can be configured with a Zen 3+ CPU and a Radeon 680M GPU based on RDNA2 architecture. The processor has 8 cores and 16 threads at 2.7 GHz base frequency and 4.7 GHz speed in turbo mode, and the GPU has 768 shaders.

Despite being a low power solution, that APU is capable of delivering an excellent level of performance, and its integrated GPU can outperform dedicated solutions like the NVIDIA MX450so it’s a really interesting APU. The memory configuration that Acer has used in this equipment impresses, since we have a total of 16 GB of LPDDR5 memory at 6,400 MHz in the most powerful version, which translates into high bandwidth.

The screen of the Acer Swift Edge is 16 inches, you can mount a OLED panel with 4K resolution capable of reproducing 100% of the DCI-P3 color space and is TUV RHEINLAND certified, indicating both high quality color reproduction and low blue light emissions. The rest of its specifications are completed with a 1 TB M.2 SSD with PCIe 4.0 x4 interface, Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity and a FullHD webcam.

The range of connectors that the Acer Swift Edge brings is up to the equipment, and we can highlight the presence of two USB 4 connectors, two USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, a 3.5 mm jack and an HDMI output. In its base configuration, this equipment weighs only 1.17 kilograms, its chassis is made of a magnesium aluminum alloy and offers a range of up to 7 and a half hours for each battery charge. Its price will be 1,200 euros in its base configuration.

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