Google CEO Responds to EU Antitrust Probe, iOS 6 Maps

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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  • 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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  • 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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  • i repeat....i will not use google maps...i am so tired of the bloat-ware google brings with it
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  • 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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  • 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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