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Google broke Australian law over location data collection: court

Sydney - Google violated Australian law by misleading users of Android mobile devices about the use of their location data, a court ruled Friday in a landmark decision against the global digital giant.

Google prevails over Oracle in US copyright case

Washington - The US Supreme Court on Monday handed Google a major win in a long-running copyright battle with Oracle, ruling that the use of the Java programming language for the Android mobile operating system was "fair use.

US lawmakers, tech CEOs clash over disinformation

Washington - US lawmakers unleashed a torrent of criticism against social media top executives Thursday, blaming the companies for amplifying false content and calls to violence, while promising new regulations to stem rampant online disinformation.

Consumer frustration: Google glitch sends multiple apps offline Special

Android System WebView has stopped a number of apps from working properly on Android devices. Google has identified the error, although not in time to prevent frustration among users. An analyst looks into the issue.

Congress to grill US internet giants over disinformation

San Francisco - The heads of Facebook, Google and Twitter will testify before Congress Thursday on disinformation, following a tense US election, Capitol attack and rise of a new administration seemingly intent on doing battle with Big Tech.

New Zealand eyes Australia-style media deals with tech firms

Wellington - New Zealand called on Google and Facebook Wednesday to strike deals with Kiwi media similar to those reached in Australia, which require the tech giants to pay for using news.

Google strikes deal with News Corp amid pressure on regulation

Washington - Google has agreed to make "significant payments" to Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. for content, the companies said Wednesday as tech firms face growing pressure to pay for news from an Australian-led initiative.

Why the world is watching Australia's tussle with Big Tech

Sydney - Facebook's decision to pull news from its platform in Australia comes in response to legislation that would force tech giants to pay for sharing news content.

Microsoft backs search engines paying for news worldwide

San Francisco - Microsoft on Thursday lobbied for other countries to follow Australia's lead in calling for news outlets to be paid for stories published online, a move opposed by Facebook and Google.

Pandemic lifestyle delivers earnings boon for Amazon, Google

San Francisco - Pandemic-driven lifestyle changes that have put the internet at the center of seemingly everything proved a financial boon for Amazon and Google in the final three months of last year.

Google bombards Australian search users as PR campaign intensifies

Sydney - US tech giant Google stepped up its public relations campaign against Australian regulation Friday, presenting all search users Down Under with a "proposal" to water down planned rules.

Snapchat permanently bans Donald Trump from site

San Francisco - Image-centric social network Snapchat on Wednesday said it has permanently banned US President Donald Trump from the platform, as voices are raised against keeping him off the internet stage.

How businesses can protect themselves from future Google downtime Special

This week Google has suffered an outage taking its services offline. How did this happen and what were the implications? More importantly, what can businesses do in terms of mitigating future risks?

Google hit with third antitrust lawsuit, by new state coalition

San Francisco - Dozens of US states on Thursday hit Google with its third antitrust suit in as many months, accusing the internet giant of abusing its internet search dominance to eliminate competition.

Texas leads US states suing Google for anti-competitive practices

New York - Several US states led by Texas filed a suit against Google Wednesday over alleged anti-competitive practices, branding it an "internet Goliath" that had eliminated competition in online advertising and was harming consumers.

Gmail service disrupted in new Google mishap

San Francisco - Google's cloud-hosted email service suffered a "significant" disruption Tuesday, just a day after it went down during a massive outage of the internet giant's platform.

Grassed up: hapless drug suspect's phone reveals stash to cops

London - A suspected drug dealer stopped by British police caught a lucky break when they found nothing in his car -- until he pulled out his phone to access a translation app and inadvertently showed officers a video of his cannabis farm.

Massive outage hits Google services worldwide

New York - A massive blackout on Monday temporarily disrupted popular Google services such as Gmail and YouTube, derailing the remote learning, work and entertainment that people have come to rely on during the pandemic.

Facebook, Google becoming 'human rights-free zones' in Vietnam: Amnesty

Hanoi - Facebook and Google are fast becoming "human rights-free zones" in Vietnam, Amnesty International warned Tuesday, accusing the tech titans of helping censor peaceful dissent and political expression in the country.

Massive Nitro data breach impacts Microsoft, Google, and Apple Special

A large data breach has been suffered by the Nitro PDF service. The data loss has impacted many large technology organizations, including Google, Apple, Microsoft, Chase, and Citibank.

Google vs French media: Paris court to rule on talks

Paris - A Paris appeals court is to rule Thursday on whether France's competition authority overstepped its jurisdiction in ordering Google to negotiate with media groups in a dispute about digital copyright.

Google nears copyright deal with French newspapers

Paris - Google said on Wednesday it was close to a digital copyright deal with French newspapers, which would be the first under EU rules aimed at ensuring news publishers are paid for content displayed in search results.

Google removes street view virtual tour of Australia's Uluru

Sydney - Google has removed images from its Street View that allowed users to virtually walk on Australia's Uluru, a sacred Aboriginal site closed to tourists since last year, the company said Friday.

Why did Gmail, Google Drive and Meet go down? Special

To the frustration of millions of users, Google's primary services, aside from its search engine, Gmail, Google Drive and Meet went off-line during August. What was the reason for this?

Google rallies YouTubers against Australian news payment plan

Sydney - Google has urged YouTubers around the world to complain to Australian authorities as it ratchets up its campaign against a plan to force digital giants to pay for news content.

Australia unveils law forcing tech giants to pay for news

Sydney - Australia unveiled a draft law Friday to force Google and Facebook to pay news media for their content in a "world-leading" initiative sure to prompt a confrontation with the US digital giants.

Google stops 18 million coronavirus related scam emails a day Special

A time of crisis is unfortunately also a time when rogue actors seek to exploit the vulnerable and the distracted. Google has revealed it has been stopping a reported 18 million coronavirus related phishing emails every day.

Google announces new privacy functions with new browser update

Google has announced new privacy improvements and data retention practices across their core products. The intention is to keep all user information safe and to put the user back in control.

Google adds fact-check to images

San Francisco - Google said Monday it was adding fact-check labels to images as part of its efforts to stem visually misleading information.

Facebook rejects call to share revenue with Australian media

Sydney - Facebook on Monday rejected calls from the Australian government and news companies that it share advertising revenue with the media, suggesting it would rather cut news content from its platform.
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