The main problem that the EU has with Google is that it promotes its own services above everyone else's, making it very hard to compete with them. They proposed fairer search results but Google hasn't implemented them, so now they are talking about forcing the issue.
Also China is dominated by domestic companies who provide search, cloud services, email, chat and pretty much most of what Google does. It would have been very hard for them to complete, and with the political environment and the US's increasingly hostile position it just didn't make sense to continue.
From his point of view it seems suspicious that he was told that he could leave Sweden, but then for some reason the prosecutor changed her mind and decided he must come back for questioning. A video link or trip to the UK was not enough, he had to actually go to Sweden.
As far as I know there has never been an adequate explanation for that. While I'm sure Sweden would kick up a fuss if the US interfered, that might not be enough to keep Assange out of Guantanamo or some other place where they torture people. Given that the US wants him I can see why he is not willing to risk his life on the promise that he won't fall into their hands if he returns to Sweden.
Amazon and eBay both limit shipping costs on things like games consoles, so you can't have them that high. It's a particular problem on eBay because they seem to have set the price at the absolute minimum it is possible to post things for with no tracking on the slow boat.
Other search and map engines must be worried by this kind of thing though. One of the reasons Google Maps is so good is that they do image recognition with Street View photos. Google's search engine is better than Bing's because it understands the web more like a human does.
Why do you think Google is rolling out its own unlimited use fibre networks? The realized that ISPs are a threat and decided to either force them to offer a decent service simply drive them out of business.
It can certainly make life difficult for them. The recent revelations that GCHQ spied on the privileged conversations between suspects and their lawyers only came out because they were dragged in to court. It's not perfect but it's a useful weapon.
This is still useful as a defence against the FBI and other corrupt law enforcement agencies who might attack you. They don't have the resources that the NSA does, and have to be careful about what they reveal in court as evidence against you.
Even the NSA is powerful, but not magical. They watch everyone, but if you take some steps to block them you can opt out of much of the mass surveillance. If they target you more specifically, you can still block most if not all their spying until it gets to the point where they bother to bug your computer or building.
No-one is pushing girls into STEM, they are simply trying to remove the barriers in place for girls who have a natural interest in those subjects.
Can you point out some of the special treatment that feminists are asking for, with a citation of them asking for it? I think you are making this shit up because every mainstream feminist I have read or listened to is just interested in equality.
Quality of opportunity is exactly what we all want. Try to help more women into IT not by favouring them, but by simply removing barriers to them even applying and letting the best candidate win.
You are just trying to pain men as victims of feminazis, which is bullshit. The only people who are offended are the ones being called out for defending the indefensible, everyone else understands that equality is a worthy goal and attacks on anyone are not acceptable.
In the EU systematically paying women less because they are less aggressive negotiators is illegal. Companies are required to have policies in place that make sure salary is not just what each individual can get, but a fair amount for the job based on what others at the same company doing the same work are making.
There are plenty of studies showing that childless women find it harder to get jobs because employers fear that they might want maternity leave or quit altogether. Such discrimination is illegal in the EU, not sure about the US.
They are not upset that they can't contact you instantly, they are upset that contacting you is quite a bit harder. I'm guessing you don't have a Facebook account either... So basically they can call your land line and hope you are there. No calling your mobile, no text messages. It's an extra burden for them, and they don't understand your objection to being tracked.
I agree, but it's still worth pestering corporations to get what we want. They have a lot of power, and a lot of money for lobbying. If we can align Google's or Apple's interests with our own we can take advantage of that.
It's a dangerous game but democracy is so broken in the US it's what you are left with.
Companies want to leech off society, benefiting from the supply of children and quality education/upbringing to get the staff they need, without contributing anything towards it. It's a US things, in Europe and Japan companies are expected to support parents and most do quite happily. In the end it tends to benefit them anyway.