US Justice Department Files Criminal Charges Against Chinas Huawei Huawei 5G TVHuaweiChina has warned against further retaliation after telecom giant Huawei was barred by the Trump administration from the US market. Taking strong note of the decision taken by the US President Donald Trump to bar American companies from installing the foreign-made telecom equipment posing a national security threat, Beijing has vowed to safeguard the rights and interest of its business firms.On Wednesday Donald Trump signed an executive order to bar US firms from installing the foreign-made telecom equipment which poses a national security threat. China has accused the US of taking the decision to purposely ban Huawei from US networks. Reacting sharply to Trump’s decision, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said: “China will defend its business’ rights and interests. As for China’s view on the executive order (of Trump), we can say that nobody says this as a constructive and friendly gesture.” The US has raised apprehensions on Huawei-the world’s largest provider of telecommunications equipment for a possible spying risk to Western infrastructure networks. China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Lu Kang speaks during a briefing in BeijingGREG BAKER/AFP/Getty ImagesThe decision to restrict Huawei comes amid a fresh round of trade war between two of the world’s largest economies. The effect of the trade war can also be felt in the Indian markets, as the overseas investors offloaded over Rs. 1142 crore local shares on Wednesday trade. Lu said: “We have noted the US Department of Commerce decision. China always asks its business to comply with laws and regulations in export control and fulfill its international obligations. We always ask them to abide by other country’s laws regulations in their overseas business.”He further went on to add: “But we are against other countries’ unilateral sanctions based on domestic law and practices that abuse export control measures. We urge the US to stop such practice and create favorable conditions for business cooperation. China will take necessary measures to safeguard Chinese business’ legitimate rights and interests.” Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:20Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:19?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Apparently, Huawei is fighting a major legal battle against the US to restrict the extradition of its CFO Meng Wanzhou, who was arrested in Canada for violating American sanctions against Iran. Meng, the daughter to Huawei owner Ren Zhengfei, has been put behind the bars for her role in misleading banks about the company’s business dealings. However, Huawei has argued that the Trump administration is purposely targeting the company as it has emerged as a major challenge for the next generation 5G telecom technology.
Although Shubman Gill is not part of the Indian team, the youngster has been scoring runs for fun against the West Indies ‘A’, which seems to be the best way to make selectors give one a nod.Gill made history when he became the youngest Indian cricketer to score a first-class double ton, after he smashed a double century against West Indies A. He broke the long-standing record of former Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir.India A was in trouble when they lost 3 quick wickets but Gill, along with his captain Hanuma Vihari, brought their side back on track with a superb partnership. The young right-hander scored an unbeaten 204 off 250 deliveries and zoomed past Gambhir’s record, which was set against Zimbabwe in a tour match back in 2002. Gill-Vihari partnership resurrected India’s innings Shubman GillMARTY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty ImagesIndia A resumed at the overnight score of 23 for three. Gill lost his partner Shahbaz Nadeem for 13 when Hanuma Vihari joined him in the middle. The two resurrected the Indian innings and Vihari too brought up his century as they shared an unbeaten partnership of 315 runs for the fifth wicket.As soon as Gill went past his double ton, Vihari declared the innings. West Indies were 37 for no loss at the end of the day’s play as they looked to chase down 373 to clinch the match on the final day. Young Gill was one of the strongest contenders to find a spot in the Indian team as the selectors were looking to blood in young names for the ODI unit after India’s ouster from the semi-finals of the World Cup. However, he did not find a spot and the right-hander expressed his disappointment at missing out on selection despite a string of good scores. Hanuma VihariGetty”I was waiting for the Indian senior team to be announced on Sunday and I expected to be selected for at least one of the squads,” Gill told CricketNext. “It was disappointing not to get picked but I am not going to spend time thinking over it. I’ll keep scoring runs and performing to the best of my ability to impress the selectors.”Prior to the Test series, he had finished the one-day series as the top run-getter with 218 runs in four matches, averaging 54.50 with a strike rate of 98.19. He hit three half-centuries and was also adjudged the Man of the Series.
Finance minister AMA Muhith on Thursday proposed in the 2018-19 budget surcharge on individuals who own two motor cars or house property with an aggregate area of 8,000 square feet in any city corporation.The existing rates of surcharge will remain unchanged, according to the minister’s proposal.He proposed a minimum surcharge of Tk 3,000, where net wealth of an individual exceeds Tk 22.5 million and a minimum surcharge of Tk 5,000 for individuals who have a net wealth exceeding Tk 100 million.He also said 2.5 per cent surcharge on the manufacturers of cigarette, bidi, zarda, gul and other tobacco products will remain unchanged.
Miscreants snatch a ballot box from the voting centre at Shohagpur Dakhin Government Primary School at Ashuganj in Brahmanbaria-2 constituency. Later two youths recovered the ballot box and brought it back to the polling station. Photo: Shahadat HossainVoting in the 11th national election concluded at 4pm on Sunday amid allegations of irregularities, including overnight stuffing of ballot boxes and capturing of polling stations, and violence in different parts of the country, leaving 13 people dead, reports UNB.In Noakhali, Nurun Nabi, an Ansar member, was shot dead by some miscreants at Tulachara Primary School polling station of Noakhali-3 constituency, said presiding officer professor Suchon Chowdhury.In Chattogram, Ahmed Kabir, 45, an activist of Jatiya Party, was killed in a clash between Awami League and Jatiya Party activists in Banskhali upazila early in the morning.In Rangamati, Bashir Uddin, general secretary of Kashkhali union Jubo League unit, was killed in an attack allegedly by some BNP activists at Kashkhali union in Kaukhali upazila in the morning.In Cumilla, Bachchu Mia, 35, a resident of Sundial village in Nangalkot upazila, was killed in a clash between the supporters of AL and BNP in the morning, said district police special branch sub-inspector Mahbub Morshed.Besides, a rickshaw-puller, Muzibur Rahman, 35, son of Sujat Ali of Muradnagar village of the upazila, was killed in a clash between ruling Awami League and BNP men at Paschim Belashwar village in Chandian upazila.In Rajshahi, Merajul Islam, 30, son of late Abdus Sattar and an Awami League supporter, was killed in a clash between BNP and AL men in Pakuria Government High School centre in Jahanabad union of Mohanpur upazila around 11am over capturing a polling centre of Rajshahi-3 constituency, said Rajshahi district police superintendent Shahidullah.Besides, Modasser Ali, 40, organising secretary of Awami League No-8 ward in Panchandar union of Tanore upazila, was killed in a clash between BNP and Awami League men over capturing Mohammadpur High School polling station of Rajshahi-1 constituency, said officer-in-charge Rezaul Islam of Tanore police station.In Tangail, police recovered the body of BNP ward unit president Abdul Aziz, 65, who remained missing since Saturday from Nagda Shimla area in Gopalpur upazila.In Natore, Hussain Ali, an Awami League supporter, was stabbed to death by his nephew Ratan Fakir following an altercation over casting vote at Samskholsi village in Naldanga upazila.In Narsingdi, Milon Miah, 35, an Awami League polling agent, was hacked and slaughtered allegedly by supporters of opposition (independent) candidate at Kundarpara Primary School centre of Shibpur of Narsingdi-3 constituency around 12:30am, said Abul Kalam Azad, officer-in-charge of Shibpur police station.In Bogura, Awami League activist Azizul Islam, 30, was killed and five others injured in a clash between AL and BNP activists at Bagil polling station in Kahalu upazila around 11:3am over capturing polling station, said Paikor union parishad chairman Mitu Chowdhury.In Brahmanbaria, Israil, 19, son of Sayedul Islam of Rajghar village in Sadar upazila, was shot dead and three others suffered bullet wounds ‘in police firing’ during a clash between supporters of AL and BNP at Rajghar Government Primary School polling centre of Brahmanbaria-3 constituency.In Cox’s Bazar, Abdullah Al Faruque, 25, son of Abul Kalam of Rajakhali union in Pekua upazila, was killed in a clash between BNP and AL men in Rajakhali Government Primary School polling station of Cox’s Bazar-1 constituency around 10am, said Tanzir Hossain, officer-in-charge Pekua police station.Voting was suspended at Sharifpur Primary School centre of Begumganj upazila under Noakhali-3 constituency and Nawabpur Government Primary School centre under Noakhali-1 in the early morning as miscreants snatched ballots and election materials from there.In Satkhira, four people were injured in a clash between BNP and Awami League supporters in Dhalbaria polling station in Satkhira-2 constituency in Sadar upazila around 10am.In the capital, BNP candidate for Dhaka-4 constituency Md Salahuddin Ahmed was hacked allegedly by ruling party activists when he went to cast his vote at Shyampur Model High School voting centre in the morning.Meanwhile, 22 Jatiya Oikya Front candidates and one independent contestant have announced to boycott the election, citing various irregularities, including vote rigging and capturing of polling stations by ruling party men.They made the announcement halfway through as they alleged that ruling party men captured polling stations, rigged votes and barred voters from casting votes in their constituencies.Situation in capitalGrand Alliance candidate Rashed Khan Menon, BNP candidate Mirza Abbas and Md Eunus Ali Akando of Jatiya Party are contesting the election from the Dhaka-8 parliamentary seat.However, no Jatiya Oikya Front supporters were seen around these polling centres though few supporters of the JaPa candidate were seen. Female voters’ presence was remarkable until 9:30am.”I’m so happy to cast my vote without any fear. I hope this peaceful environment will prevail till the end,” Nishat Tasnuva, a first-time voter, told UNB after casting her vote at Shantinagar Ideal School centre.The presence of voters at Mirza Abbas Mohila Degree College in the city’s Shahjahanpur area was huge. Some voters said they faced difficulties in finding out their exact polling booths to cast their votes due to the absence of representatives of candidates who were supposed to guide the voters.Presiding officer at Mahbub Ali Institute in Shahjahanpur Ashiqul Islam told UNB that some 35 per cent votes were cast by 12pm. “Law enforcement agencies are very active. I hope this peaceful environment will remain until the end of voting.”Ainul Kabir, presiding officer at Siddheswari Boys’ Higher Secondary School centre in the city, told UNB that they did not receive any complaint from anybody and voters cast their votes with much enthusiasm.Visiting MDC Model Institute in Mirpur, the UNB correspondent found that there was no agent of BNP in the polling centre.When a BNP agent tried to enter the polling station, Awami League supporters chased him. As the BNP agent took shelter in a club of Agrani Kalyan Samiti, the AL supporters beat him up.The AL men also snatched a mobile phone of a reporter as he took photo of the incident, said witnesses.At Ekramunnesa Degree College centre which is an all-female one, voter presence was satisfactory, said Ahsan Ullah, presiding officer of the centre.”Around 300-400 votes have been cast here since morning,” he said.Iqra Bangladesh School and College, another nearby centre, saw voter turnout of above 20 per cent in the morning.Anisur Rahman, presiding officer of the centre, said, “Overall voting has been peaceful so far, I pray for remaining till the end.”South Point School and College had an impressive turnout since morning similar to previous centres.A UNB correspondent found no agent of BNP in any of the centres while visiting those.The turnout of voters was good in the polling centres but no representative from BNP or Jatiya Oikya Front was seen.During the visit of Nakhalpara Primary School polling centre (female) at 9:15am, it was found that about 250 votes were cast out of 2,521.Presiding officer of the centre Mamun Rashid said the agents of AL, Jatiya Party and Islami Andolon Bangladesh were present in his centre. But no agent from BNP came to his centre.Presiding officer of a male centre at the same school Alimur Rahman said about 350 votes were cast till 9:20 am.He also said the agents of different parties, including AL, except BNP were present in his centre.The same scenario was found in Tejgaon Civil Aviation Centre in Shahinbagh area. The school housed a total of 10 booths with 9,888 voters.Where top leaders cast voteAwami League president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina cast vote at Dhaka City College centre in the capital at 8am, while Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader cast his vote at Udayan Kindergarten centre in Basurhat municipality under Noakhali-5 constituency at 8:50am.Jatiya Oikya Front chief Kamal Hossain cast vote at Viqarunnisa Noon School and College centre in the capital around 8:56am and BNP general secretary Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir cast his vote at the Thakurgaon Government Girls’ School around 8:30 am.
A man carries a wounded child out of a building following a car bomb explosion in the northern Syrian city of Idlib on May 26, 2018. Photo : AFP Russia forces among dozens dead in IS east Syria attacksRussian fighters were among dozens of pro-government forces killed in eastern Syria this week in a deadly wave of attacks by Islamic State group jihadists, Moscow and a monitor said Sunday.After the collapse of its so-called “caliphate” last year, IS now only holds tiny pockets of Syria, mainly in the vast desert stretching to its eastern border.This week, the jihadists ramped up their hit-and-run attacks on regime positions there, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor.The deadliest was on Wednesday, when IS targeted a group of Syrian and allied Russian fighters near the town of Mayadeen in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor.”There were 35 pro-government forces killed, including at least nine Russians. Some of those Russian nationals were government troops, but not all of them,” said Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman.The remaining 26 were all Syrian forces, he told AFP. A steadfast ally of President Bashar al-Assad, Moscow has helped his army recapture swathes of territory since 2015 by providing air strikes and ground troops.There are also widespread reports of private Russian mercenaries on the ground.Moscow’s defence ministry said Sunday four of its servicemen were killed in clashes in Deir Ezzor.Two were military advisers supporting Syrian artillery operations and died immediately, and another two died of their wounds in a Russian-operated military hospital in Syria.Three others were wounded.IS claims attackRussia did not specify when, where, or whether IS was involved, but it appeared to be the same incident as the IS attack reported near Mayadeen.The jihadist group itself claimed it attacked regime forces in eastern Syria on Wednesday.The assault was the largest in series of IS guerilla raids on regime positions this week.On Tuesday, 26 regime forces were killed in a surprise IS attack in desert areas of the neighbouring province of Homs, according to the Observatory.And a pair of IS assaults between Saturday night and Sunday morning killed at least 11 pro-regime forces in Deir Ezzor.”The latest attack brings to 76 the number of Syrian troops and allied Iranian and Russian forces killed since the escalation,” Abdel Rahman said Sunday.He said the uptick came the day after the last IS fighters were bussed out of southern parts of Syria’s capital Damascus, including the ravaged Palestinian camp of Yarmuk, in a negotiated withdrawal.Many headed towards the Badiya, the stretch of Syrian desert extending from Homs province through Deir Ezzor to the eastern border with Iraq.The Observatory said the evacuated fighters were actively involved in the recent attacks.”IS is trying to take the initiative and show it can still threaten the regime and its allies despite the losses it suffered in other areas,” said Abdel Rahman.Government positions in the Badiya make for an easy target: they are few and far between, so reinforcements take a long time to arrive.’Hinder’ armyRussian-backed Syrian troops hold the western half of Deir Ezzor province, which is divided diagonally by the Euphrates River. US-backed fighters hold the east bank.The river is meant to serve as a de-confliction line to prevent the two sides from clashing as they pursue separate assaults against IS.A Syrian military source based in the east told AFP that Assad’s troops had cleared large parts of territory from IS, which was now lashing out.”Daesh wants to hinder the army’s combing operations in the Badiya by waging these intermittent attacks,” said the source, using the Arabic acronym for IS.It confirmed Russian military advisers were present during Wednesday’s attack and were among those killed.Russia’s government officially acknowledges that 92 soldiers have been killed in Syria, although some estimate the number is even higher.The highest casualties were in March, when a transport plane crashed at Hmeimim airbase where Moscow’s airforce is based, killing all 39 people on board.On Sunday, a local Russian newspaper in the Siberian city of Chita reported on the funerals of four soldiers it said were killed in Syria on May 23.The international group Conflict Intelligence Team said up to six Russian soldiers could have been killed in the attack, quoting social media reports of a funeral for a Russian soldier that took place in the Western Russian city of Smolensk this week.
Here’s to things of the past that deserve to be brought back with all there culture, heritage and splendor. Designer Niki Mahajan is presently working to revive the almost extinct craft of Lucknow – Badla. Badla is an old Lucknow embroidery where the metal is first stretched for long to get very thin, paper kind density. The strip of metal is then passed through flames to get different colours and then cut into very fine wires. These metal wires are then inserted in the fabric and beaten with a tinny hammers for hours and then embroidered. Considering the amount of time that goes into it, there are just a handful of Badla craftsmen left. To revive the glory of this beautiful metal embroidery, Mahajan has set up a unit in Lucknow where she has employed people associated with this craft and has been successful in revival of this art.
To unify the art, craft, and culture of Panjab (Punjab) in its true essence and spirit, 2019 brings with it the sixth edition of Mela Phulkari – which revolves around ‘Awakening of Panjab’ (Jaago Panjab). The festival will go on until February 17, 10 am – 8 pm, at India Habitat Centre.Mela Phulkari is an organic extension of 1469, the conceptual brand which showcases Panjab through its eclectic range of products that reflect Punjab and Punjabiyat in every piece. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSpeaking about the 6th edition, Harinder Singh and Kirandeep Kaur, co-founders of 1469 said, “Time has come for Panjab to wake up and face 2019 head-on, and show the world what it is capable of.” The word ‘Jaago’ is also synonymous with a wedding tradition of waking up the community of a new bride as she readies to enter a new phase of life.” The curator of the Mela, Dr Alka Pande, highlighted how women have held an important position within the social and cultural life of Panjab since time immemorial. “Along with the tradition of musical performance of Jaago, phulkari is synonymous with the new bride, who not just inherits her mother’s phulkari, but also learns the craft from her,” added Pande. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive “2019 is also the year when we celebrate 550 years of Guru Nanak Dev ji’s coming,” Harinder further said in a statement. “Guru Nanak was a revolutionary of his times as he brought about an awakening in the society with his concept of no rituals, no superstitions, no caste, no aayo, woman remarriage, hard work, sharing, and langar. And we, at Mela Phulkari want to highlight the beauty and importance of our first Guru’s teachings,” she stated. These strong topics are being converted into a series of art installations brought together by various designers along with the team of 1469. Each work of art has a story to narrate through the theme of #JaagoPanjab. Like the previous years, we intend to release edition of our Mela Phulkari Journal highlighting these themes through short stories, articles, and poems, informed Harinder. “In this journey of Mela Phulkari, we have been able to not only sensitise the audience to the story of Phulkari but in the process mobilise the rural women of Panjab towards progress and self-reliance,” mentioned the 1469 team. Mela Phulkari 6 has its own unique vocabulary. The overarching idea is Jaago of Panjab, which is manifested in the first-morning cry of the cock. The twelve installations are symbolic of the ‘baramasas’ or twelve months, which have been eulogized by the poets and painters over the aeons. Five beautiful and antique pieces of jewelry have been painstakingly painted in great detail on “Taat” (jute) showcasing the opulence and fertility for a new bride, beautiful “Dolus” encrusted in gold representing the prized tradition of milkmen going to every single house of the neighborhood and delivering fresh milk each day, the Kukkad as the symbolic representation of ‘Jaago Panjab’, the Pakhi (fan) covered in antique Phulkari bagh, in a way stirring movement (Jaago Panjab) – the installation in this edition open doors to the real Punjab. On February 10, don’t forget be a part of cultural programme with celebrities like Imtiaz Ali, Harshdeep Kaur, and Jassi Jasbir who will be singing and dancing to the beats of Bhangra. The cultural extravaganza will begin 3 pm onward.
April 7, 2015 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. On February 26, Google dropped a major bomb in a seemingly-casual blog post on mobile-friendly search results. While the engine has always made mobile-readiness and the easy access of information a priority, it has now spelled out that it will use mobile-friendliness as a stronger ranking signal than ever before. It will also increase the presence of relevant app content in the search results.So what does that mean for you? Basically, if you’ve been holding out on implementing a mobile strategy for your business website, it’s time to make this a top priority. Here’s how to do it.Check your site’s mobile-friendlinessGoogle has made it easy to take the first step toward determining whether your site is set to take advantage of these new changes with its Mobile-Friendly Test. Simply open the page, enter your URL and click “Analyze.”Google will then check your site and report whether or not it’s mobile-friendly. If your site qualifies, the tool will also return a screenshot of how your site currently appears on mobile devices.If your site ranks as mobile-friendly, you’re in good shape, though you’ll still want to read through the following recommendations. Just because your current design passes Google’s test doesn’t mean that there aren’t still ways for you to improve or things you’ll want to watch out for if you go through a website redesign in the future.Related: Proceed With Caution: Should Smartphones Come With a Warning?Fixing mobile-friendliness issuesIf your site fails Google’s mobile-friendliness test, the program will report the specific issues that led to this determination.These recommendations will give you a starting place for the changes you’ll want to make to bring your site into compliance. Google also offers a helpful guide to getting started with mobile-friendly websites you can reference to help resolve these issues.However, be aware that the issues Google reports may not be the only factors influencing your website’s mobile usability. For that reason, it’s a good idea to explore all of the following steps to ensure your mobile visitors are as comfortable on your site as your desktop users.1. Is my site responsive?In the past, website developers had several options to create a mobile site version, including custom coding a separate mobile site, deploying device-specific HTML sites based on the vary HTTP header tag, or using a responsive design that automatically adjusted to account for various device sizes.Today, though, there are simply too many different device shapes and sizes for a single static mobile site to fit comfortably on all potential screens. Google’s official recommendation is now to use a responsive website design. Your developer or designer can tell you if your site uses this protocol. Or, if your mobile-friendliness test reports that your mobile viewport is not set (as above) or uses a fixed-width, there’s a good chance your site is not responsive and should be fixed ASAP.2. Are scripts or other services interfering with my site’s usability?If your desktop site makes use of pop-up lightbox scripts, exit intent banners or other similar types of technology, it’s critical that you ensure these programs are able to accommodate mobile users. There’s simply nothing more frustrating than having a banner pop up across your mobile web browser and being unable to close it.At the same time, be sure that your site avoids the use of file types like Flash that either don’t display at all or display incorrectly on some mobile sites. Google’s priority is to get people the information they want, as quickly as possible — and they can’t do that if your files are too difficult to load.Related: April 21 Is Your Last Chance for Mobile Optimization Before ‘Mobilegeddon’3. How easy is it to navigate my mobile site?In addition, remember that what looks good on your desktop website may not work as well on a mobile device. Keep all of the following considerations in mind as you evaluate your site’s mobile-friendliness.Make sure any tap targets are at least 48 CSS pixels tall/wide, and that you have at least 32 CSS pixels of both vertical and horizontal spacing between each tap target. Doing so will prevent inadvertent wrong-page clicks that can frustrate users.Use a base font with a size of at least 16 CSS pixels. Keep the number of fonts used to a minimum and maintain appropriate vertical spacing between rows of text.Adjust any graphic elements on your site that are currently using a fixed width formatting, as this will prevent your content — even when part of a responsive site design — from sizing appropriately for the viewport.Finally, even if you think you’ve set up everything perfectly, test, test and test some more. Use mobile site emulators to view your website in different sizes and layouts. Ask friends and family members to navigate from their digital devices, or invest in paid user testing that’ll record the actions and reactions of anonymous visitors to your mobile site.It may sound like a lot of work to guarantee mobile-friendliness, but it’s a vital part of keeping your visitors happy and maintaining your site’s search visibility.Related: How Microsoft Is Taking on Google on Its Home Turf