Android smartphones sold in Turkey will no longer come with Google applications pre-installed following an antitrust ruling in the country.
The Turkish regulator has fined Google 93 million lira (£12m) for failing to offer consumers a choice of search engine following a complaint from Russian rival Yandex.
Google was given time to alter its practices but despite offering some concessions, authorities deemed them to be insufficient and imposed the penalty.
The company has 60 days to appeal the ruling but has told Turkish partners it will be unable to issue new licences for its applications in the meantime.
Existing handsets are unaffected, and the company has said it is working to overturn the decision.
“We’ve informed our business partners that we will not be able to work with them on new Android phones to be released for the Turkish market,” a Google spokesperson is quoted as saying.
“Consumers will be able to purchase existing device models and will be able to use their devices and applications normally. Google’s other services will be unaffected.”
Google is no stranger to antitrust action, with its dominance of the search market and its commanding position in the smartphone operating system sector attracting the interest of regulators around the world.
Last year, the EU issued a €4.34 billion fine following allegations Google used its favourable position in the mobile market to block competing search and browser services. Google has also received penalties for its advertising practices.
Nintendo's Switch Online N64 and Sega Genesis games cost $64 for 12 months in Canada – MobileSyrup
After revealing that N64 and Sega Genesis titles were coming to its Switch Online services through an ‘Expansion Pack‘ subscription tier a few weeks ago, Nintendo has confirmed pricing and availability for the service.
An Individual Membership costs $63.99 for 12 months, while a Family Membership costs $99.99 for 12 months. The service officially launches on October 25th. This is a significant jump in subscription pricing from Switch Online’s current $24.99 yearly cost that includes NES/SNES games and cloud saves.
The additional subscription tier gives players access to retro Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis titles. For example, Mario Kart 64, The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time, Mario Tennis, Super Mario 64 and more are coming to the N64 catalogue. Nintendo has confirmed that games like Banjo-Kazooie, Pokémon Snap, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask and Paper Mario are coming in the future.
On the Genesis side, notable titles like Shinobi III, Streets of Rage 2, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Golden Axe, Eco the Dolphin and more are coming to the platform.
While expensive, this moves the cost of Switch Online more in line with Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus.
During its presentation today, Nintendo also confirmed that the Expansion Pack cost includes Animal Crossing: New Horizons‘ upcoming DLC, Happy Home Paradise.
In other Switch-related news, Nintendo’s N64 and Genesis gamepads are now available to order in Canada for $64.99 each.
Image credit: Nintendo
Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp will have a New Horizons update themed event, features Lottie from Happy Home Paradise DLC – Nintendo Wire
It has been a big day for Animal Crossing fans! Today’s Animal Crossing: New Horizons Direct showed off what’s coming to the Nintendo Switch title next month, as well as the announcement of paid DLC, details on the next series of amiibo cards, and more. Not everything made it into the presentation, as noted by the official Japanese Nintendo site. Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, the mobile Animal Crossing game, is joining in with an event to celebrate the new update. Lottie from Paradise Planning is ready to party too!
So far we know that the event login bonus will be your new work uniform from Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Happy Home Paradise (the paid DLC). Nintendo is also teasing that we might see new Villagers roaming around the campgrounds (possibly the “new” Villagers being added to New Horizons)! This lines up with the first New Horizons-focused event that Pocket Camp had way back in March 2020. Lottie’s integration hasn’t been clarified yet – as the monthly event representative at your campsite or as a purchasable NPC via Leaf Tickets. At least, given the render, we know she’ll be included somehow.
Expect more details from the official Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp Twitter account later this month as we quickly approach Thursday, October 28th.
Amazon-owned Twitch says source code exposed in last week's data breach – Reuters
Oct 15 (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc-owned (AMZN.O) Twitch said on Friday that last week’s data breach at the live streaming e-sports platform contained documents from its source code.
Passwords, login credentials, full credit card numbers and bank details of users were not accessed or exposed in the breach, Twitch said in a statement.
The platform, which is used by video gamers for interacting with users while live streaming content, had blamed the breach on an error in the server configuration change.
Server configuration changes are performed during server maintenance. A faulty configuration can expose the data stored in the servers to unauthorized access.
Twitch said it was “confident” the incident affected only a small number of users and that it was contacting those who had been directly impacted. The platform has more than 30 million average daily visitors.
Video Games Chronicle had reported that about 125 gigabytes of data was leaked in the breach, including details on Twitch’s highest-paid video game streamers since 2019.
Reporting by Chavi Mehta and Eva Mathews in Bengaluru; Editing by Aditya Soni
Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Misconceptions about science fuel pandemic debates and controversies, says Neil deGrasse Tyson – CBC.ca
Province Invests in London-Area Businesses to Boost Local Economy | Ontario Newsroom – Government of Ontario News
2.8-pound meteorite from space crashes roof of Canadian woman’s home, falls on bed – The Tribune India
Silver investment demand jumped 12% in 2019
Europe kicks off vaccination programs | All media content | DW | 27.12.2020 – Deutsche Welle
Iran anticipates renewed protests amid social media shutdown
Investment21 hours ago
How to prepare investment portfolios for possible inflation – Finextra
Health18 hours ago
U.S. to lift curbs from Nov. 8 for vaccinated foreign travelers – White House
Health16 hours ago
Transplant programs reviewing policy on recipients being vaccinated against COVID-19 – Squamish Chief
Business19 hours ago
Bitcoin tops $60,000, nears record high, on growing U.S. ETF hopes
News19 hours ago
British lawmaker killed at stabbing in church
Sports23 hours ago
Dodgers beat Giants in Game 5, advance to NLCS – TSN
Politics22 hours ago
Donald Trump’s Hostage Politics – The Wall Street Journal
News22 hours ago
How a failed deal with China to produce a made-in-Canada COVID-19 vaccine wasted months and millions – CBC.ca