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A roundup of the latest high-tech news from The Associated Press:
• Google’s business practices under fire in Europe
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Google has been notified by European regulators that three rivals have filed complaints targeting the Internet search leader’s business practices.
In a blog posting Tuesday, Google indicated that the grievances revolve around how it ranks Web sites in its search results and the online advertising system that generates virtually all its revenue. Google didn’t say whether the European Commission has opened a formal investigation.
The complaints were filed by: Foundem, a price comparison service in England; ejustice, a legal search engine in France; and Ciao, a European shopping search engine owned by Google rival Microsoft.
• Experts: U.S. must do more to secure Internet
WASHINGTON — Cyber industry experts say the time has come for the government to take a more active role in securing the Internet.
Analysts said at a congressional hearing Tuesday that more government regulations may be the only way to force the public and private sectors to adequately counter cyber threats. They liken the need for government intervention on the Internet to regulations on seat belts and safety equipment that made U.S. highways safer.
The new calls for more government authority over the Internet’s free enterprise are countered by privacy advocates and others who prefer private solutions. That is forcing Congress to find ways to encourage rather than mandate better online security.
• Intel faced hacker attack same time as Google
SAN FRANCISCO — Intel Corp. has revealed that it was targeted by a "sophisticated" hacker attack this year at about the same time as a spying probe that hit Google Inc.
Intel disclosed the attack in a regulatory filing late Monday. It doesn’t necessarily mean that Intel was infiltrated or that the attackers were the same ones that targeted Google Inc.
Intel spokesman Chuck Mulloy said Tuesday that the attack on Intel wasn’t broad-based like the one that hit Google. He said Intel isn’t aware of any intellectual property being stolen.
Intel, like other major corporations, faces constant computer attacks. Mulloy said the company was only pointing out there was a connection in terms of the timing of the Google attacks as part of a disclosure to investors about the company’s risks.
The disclosure comes amid heightened fears of state-sponsored espionage targeting corporate computer networks. Google revealed last month that its network was attacked from inside China and that the intruders stole intellectual property — an attack that Google says could cause it to leave China.
Google said at least 20 other companies were targeted as part of the attack, but those companies weren’t identified. Software maker Adobe Systems Inc. and Rackspace Inc., a Web hosting service, have acknowledged being targets.
Intel is the world’s largest maker of microprocessors, the "brains" of personal computers and servers, with about 80 percent of the worldwide market for those chips.
• Wireless carriers tell FCC they disclose fees
WASHINGTON — The nation’s biggest wireless carriers are telling federal regulators that they give consumers adequate notice about early termination fees that apply when a service contract is broken before it expires.
AT&T Inc., Verizon Communications Inc., Sprint Nextel Corp., T-Mobile USA Inc. and Google Inc. made their comments in letters filed with the Federal Communications Commission late Tuesday in response to an FCC inquiry into early termination fees.
The companies told the agency that such fees allow them to subsidize handset purchases — including purchases of cutting-edge smart phones — for customers. Wireless carriers normally recover those subsidies over the life of a contract, but cannot do that when a customer breaks a contract early.
In addition, the companies said the U.S. wireless industry is highly competitive — with four national carriers and a number of smaller providers all offering many choices of plans, including prepaid and month-to-month plans with no contract and no early termination fees.
• Dow Chemical CEO Liveris elected to IBM board
ARMONK, N.Y. — IBM Corp. said Tuesday its board elected Andrew Liveris, the chief executive of Dow Chemical Co., as its 14th director.
Liveris, 55, spent the majority of his career in Asia and rose to head all of Dow’s Asia-Pacific operations before becoming its CEO in 2004.
Liveris is also a director of Citigroup Inc.