Saudi Research & Marketing Group renews cooperation with Kilana

Updated 19 March 2017

Saudi Research & Marketing Group renews cooperation with Kilana

RIYADH: The Saudi Research & Marketing Group (SRMG) has renewed its cooperation agreement with the Prince Fahd Bin Salman Charity Association for Renal Failure Patients Care (Kilana).
The agreement aims to maintain the fruitful cooperation between both parties, which includes the group’s support for Kilana’s media goals.
Kilana aims to provide the best health and social services to patients with renal failure in Saudi Arabia. The media message serves as an important tool to spread awareness of the association’s goals and services, as well as the issue of renal failure, its causes, prevention and adapting to it.
As a part of the agreement, SRMG aims to promote the association’s news and programs, helping raise the income of the charity.
Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, supervisor of Kilana, said the renewal of the cooperation agreement would help promote the objectives of the association. He explained that the media support provided by SRMG would contribute to stressing its mission to the patients who benefit from its humanitarian services.
Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan Al-Saud, chairman of SRMG, said that the group has been a big supporter of Kilana since its establishment. He noted that SRMG will continue to support the association’s message, and deliver it to the public to raise awareness of the risks of this disease.

Google fined $1.7bn for search ad blocks

Updated 20 March 2019

Google fined $1.7bn for search ad blocks

  • Google received three fines in the past two years
  • EU Commission says Google has been blocking competitors for the past ten years

BRUSSELS: Google was fined $1.7 billion on Wednesday for blocking rival online search advertisers, the third large European Union antitrust penalty for the Alphabet business in two only years.

The European Commission, which said the fine accounted for 1.29 percent of Google’s turnover in 2018, said in a statement that the anti-competitive practices had lasted a decade.

“Google has cemented its dominance in online search adverts and shielded itself from competitive pressure by imposing anti-competitive contractual restrictions on third-party websites,” European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said.

The case concerned websites, such as of newspaper or travel sites, with a search function that produces search results and search adverts. Google’s AdSense for Search provided such search adverts.

The misconduct included stopping publishers from placing any search adverts from competitors on their search results pages, forcing them to reserve the most profitable space on their search results pages for Google’s adverts and a requirement to seek written approval from Google before making changes to the way in which any rival adverts were displayed.

The AdSense advertising case was triggered by a complaint from Microsoft in 2010. Both companies subsequently dropped complaints against each other in 2016.

Last year, Vestager imposed a record $4.92 billion fine on Google for using its popular Android mobile operating system to block rivals. This followed a $2.74 billion fine in June 2017 for hindering rivals of shopping comparison websites.

Google is now trying to comply with the order to ensure a level playing field with proposals to boost price comparison rivals and prompt Android users to choose their preferred browsers and search apps. Critics however are still not happy.