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Google CEO Responds to EU Antitrust Probe, iOS 6 Maps

By - Source: Wall Street Journal | B 10 comments

Larry Page makes first public appearance in months due to illness.

Following an absence spanning several months due to an unspecified illness, Google CEO Larry Page made his first public appearance today at the firm's annual Zeitgeist conference, where he commented on the EU antitrust probe, as well as the removal of Google Maps from iOS 6.

In July, Page didn't attend the second-quarter earnings call, with chairman Eric Schmidt saying the illness caused him to lose his voice for several weeks. Speaking about his health at the recent conference, he said he was "still a little hoarse, but I'm here and I'm happy about that."

He commented on the European Union's antitrust probe into Google's decision to join all of its services under one privacy policy, with the company head "hopeful" about working with antitrust regulators. However, he stressed that "over-regulation of the Internet and restriction of what people can do is a big risk for us."

The EU also believe Google's privacy policy negatively affects internet competitors by driving more traffic to their own sites and services. Page responded by explaining how in many cases it doesn't make sense to direct traffic to a competitor. He added that when users are searching for something, they're not particularly looking for "links to other search engines," but for the product they're searching for. "I think you want product information; you want to buy something," he stated.

After the negative reception triggered by Apple's own maps app, Google decided to improve its web app such as the inclusion of Street View. However, it hasn't confirmed whether a native Google Maps app will arrive on iOS down the line, but that is purportedly in the works.

Page said on the removal, "We'd obviously love to serve users on different platforms with maps." He also joked on the topic by saying he's "excited that other people are starting to notice we've worked hard on [maps] for seven years."

 

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    santfu , October 17, 2012 8:54 PM
    nebuni repeat....i will not use google maps...i am so tired of the bloat-ware google brings with it


    You keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means.
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    glasssplinter , October 17, 2012 6:50 PM
    nebuni repeat....i will not use google maps...i am so tired of the bloat-ware google brings with it


    Have fun using Goog...I mean crapple maps. Sorry, forgot that highly innovative company had to hire former Google workers to get maps working. Just so hard to keep track of now, what are they now, Appsungooogle?
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  • 10 Hide
    glasssplinter , October 17, 2012 6:50 PM
    nebuni repeat....i will not use google maps...i am so tired of the bloat-ware google brings with it


    Have fun using Goog...I mean crapple maps. Sorry, forgot that highly innovative company had to hire former Google workers to get maps working. Just so hard to keep track of now, what are they now, Appsungooogle?
  • 14 Hide
    santfu , October 17, 2012 8:54 PM
    nebuni repeat....i will not use google maps...i am so tired of the bloat-ware google brings with it


    You keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means.
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    sykozis , October 17, 2012 9:28 PM
    I'll stick to my GPS tyvm....
  • 5 Hide
    willard , October 17, 2012 10:07 PM
    santfuYou keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means.

    The fact that this comment had not yet been rated up is depressing.

    I wish you luck in your quest to find the six fingered man.
  • 3 Hide
    house70 , October 17, 2012 11:34 PM
    @nebun
    I repeat... you don't know what you're talking about...
  • -7 Hide
    nebun , October 18, 2012 12:45 AM
    santfuYou keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means.

    ok let me make it easier for you to understand.....CRAPWARE....is that better, i did not know that i had to explain it to you google sheep
  • 3 Hide
    bystander , October 18, 2012 3:19 AM
    nebunok let me make it easier for you to understand.....CRAPWARE....is that better, i did not know that i had to explain it to you google sheep

    What "CRAPWARE" are you referring to?
  • 3 Hide
    glasssplinter , October 18, 2012 4:41 AM
    nebunok let me make it easier for you to understand.....CRAPWARE....is that better, i did not know that i had to explain it to you google sheep


    bystanderWhat "CRAPWARE" are you referring to?



    I believe they are confusing the term "crapware" with "usable and correct mapping information." No biggie, happens all the time.
  • 0 Hide
    WyomingKnott , May 8, 2013 1:51 PM
    Gentlefolk

    No more name calling or opinion-bashing, please.
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