Arab News owner SRMG inaugurates office in Washington’s National Press Building

Prince Badr (center left) met with SRMG executives and editors including Faisal J. Abbas, editor in chief of Arab News (center right) and Ghassan Charbel, editor in chief of Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper (second from left).
Updated 23 March 2018
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Arab News owner SRMG inaugurates office in Washington’s National Press Building

WASHINGTON: The chairman of the Saudi Research and Marketing Group (SRMG), the publisher of Arab News, on Wednesday inaugurated the media group’s new Washington headquarters at the historic National Press Building.
Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan Al-Saud was given a tour of the facilities, which will provide support for the editorial and administrative activities across the group’s various businesses.
He was accompanied by Dr. Ghassan Al-Shibl, CEO and managing director of SRMG; Ghassan Charbel, editor in chief of Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper; Faisal J. Abbas, editor in chief of Arab News; and Yasser Al-Ghaslan, SRMG’s Washington office director.
Prince Badr met with a team of journalists and was briefed about the plans of the group and its publications. The office is set to become home to Arab News’ planned Washington bureau, which will complement its existing operations in Saudi Arabia, the wider Middle East, London and Asia.
The launch of the SRMG office was held during the visit by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to Washington, as part of a multi-city tour of the US.


Google to charge Android partners up to $40 per device for apps

Updated 20 October 2018
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Google to charge Android partners up to $40 per device for apps

  • The new system should give Google’s rivals such as Microsoft Corp. more room to partner with hardware makers
  • The fee can be as low as $2.50 and rises depending on the country and device size

BRUSSELS/SAN FRANCISCO: Alphabet Inc’s Google will charge hardware firms up to $40 per device to use its apps under a new licensing system to replace one that the European Union this year deemed anti-competitive, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday.
The new fee goes into effect on Oct. 29 for any new smartphone or tablet models launched in the European Economic Area and running Google’s Android operating system, the company announced on Tuesday.
The fee can be as low as $2.50 and rises depending on the country and device size, the person said. It is standard across manufacturers, with the majority likely to pay around $20, the person added.
Companies can offset the charge, which applies to a suite of apps including the Google Play app store, Gmail and Google Maps, by placing Google’s search and Chrome Internet browser in a prominent position. Under that arrangement, Google would give the device maker a portion of ad revenue it generates through search and Chrome.
Tech news outlet the Verge reported the pricing earlier on Friday, citing confidential documents.
The European Commission in July found Google abused its market dominance in mobile software to essentially force Android partners to pre-install search and Chrome on their gadgets. It levied a record $5-billion fine, which Google has appealed, and threatened additional penalties unless the company ended its illegal practices.
The new system should give Google’s rivals such as Microsoft Corp. more room to partner with hardware makers to become the default apps for search and browsing, analysts said.
Qwant, a small French search company that has been critical of Google, said in a statement on Friday that it was “satisfied that the European Commission’s action pushed Google to finally give manufacturers the possibility to offer such choices to consumers.”