Rupert Murdoch slams Google for invading privacy
The media tycoon Rupert Murdoch has criticised Google for "privacy invasion" and labelled the search giant as being worse than the US National Security Agency.
The media mogul declined to elaborate on his criticism, made on the Twitter social media platform.
The comments mark an escalation in Mr Murdoch's hostility toward Google but are likely to be seen as ironic given accusations of hacking made against some former staff at one of his UK newspapers.
Mr Murdoch also used Twitter to praise the Irish founders of online payments firm Stripe as "brilliant". He described Patrick and John Collison's start-up as "outstanding".
"In San Francisco, just looking many [sic] start-ups," Mr Murdoch tweeted on Sunday. "Mixed successes ahead, but Stripe, by brilliant Collison brothers outstanding."
The praise comes after Stripe invested €2.2m in a rival virtual currency to bitcoin. Called Stellar, the open source initiative is an attempt at "figuring out how to efficiently move money", according to Stripe's chief technical officer, Greg Brockman.
"Stellar is, like bitcoin, a decentralised payment network," he said. "Unlike bitcoin, it supports transactions in arbitrary currencies. You can use dollars, euros, bitcoins, or anything else."
Over 500,000 people have signed up to receive the new currency in its first two weeks.