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Google in smartphone push with motion-sensing Pixel 4

New York - Google stepped up its smartphone ambitions Tuesday with updated Pixel handsets, touting a move toward computing with a simple hand wave or spoken command.

Google to reveal new Pixel 4 smartphone, new Chromebook

Google is holding its annual developer conference on October 15, where it's expected to reveal its new Pixel 4 smartphone, a new Chromebook, and other gadgets.

Google yanks Hong Kong protester role-playing app

San Francisco - Google on Thursday removed from its online marketplace a mobile game that let people play as a Hong Kong protester, saying it violated a policy against cashing in on conflicts.

Google’s major plans for the .new TLD Commissioned

Search engine giant Google plans to launch the “.new” top-level domain (TLD) next year. This TLD’s introduction comes with a unique proposition that would affect how domain names are used moving forward.

Google agrees 945-mn-euro tax settlement with France

Paris - US internet giant Google has agreed a settlement totalling 945 million euros ($1.0 billion) to end a tax dispute in France under an agreement announced in court on Thursday.

Google to expand its bug bounty program to counter hackers Special

Google has announced it’s making changes to its Google Play Security Reward Program (GPSRP) by expanding its bug bounty program to include popular third-party apps that have 100 million or more installs. This reflects new concerns.

Apple says sorry, but Amazon dominates voice assistant market

There are several news items relating to voice assistants, from the dominance of Baidu and Amazon being confirmed; with the BBC launching its own voice assistant; and Apple apologizing over Siri's covert spying.

Google to pay out $150-200m over YouTube privacy claims: reports

Washington - Google will pay $150-200 million to settle allegations YouTube violated a children's privacy law while gathering data to better target its adverts, US media reports said Friday.

Google reveals years-long 'indiscriminate' iPhone hack

Washington - Google security experts uncovered an "indiscriminate" hacking operation that targeted iPhones over a period of at least two years and used websites to implant malicious software to access photos, user locations and other data.

Op-Ed: Taxes, giant multinationals, and problems which can be fixed

Sydney - Governments are revenue junkies. The way they use revenue is often absurd, but how they collect it, or don’t collect it, is a huge problem. Major companies like Amazon, Google, etc. have a workaround for taxes which is creating big tax problems.

Employees urge Google not to work with US immigration officials

San Francisco - Hundreds of Google employees on Wednesday called on the internet titan to avoid working for US immigration officials until they stop "engaging in human rights abuses.

Google aims to use recycled materials for all hardware by 2022

Google has joined the list of technology companies pledging to increase their use of recycled and sustainable materials. The technology company has committed to using recycled materials in all of its 'Made by Google' products by 2022.

Google confirmed two new features in its upcoming Pixel 4 phone

Google teased some new features coming to the upcoming Pixel 4 smartphone that's expected to be announced in October. In a blog post, the company said the phone will use the Soli radar technology that Google has been working on for the last five years.

Australian watchdog calls for controls on Facebook, Google

Sydney - Australia's competition watchdog on Friday recommended tighter controls on the use of personal data and measures to ease Facebook and Google's dominance of online advertising among a slew of measures to better police the internet giants.

Google are redesigning the News tab for improved readability

Google News, one of the foremost places to obtain news from the world's media outlets, is to receive a redesign centered on making the news cluster more readable and to provide greater transparency about news sources.

Google launches review after leak of audio conversations

San Francisco - Google said it was conducting an internal review after it discovered confidential audio had been leaked by a contractor of private conversations with its digital assistant.

Essential science: Google is running cold fusion experiments

Researchers working at Google (together with academic institutions) are investigating the so-called “cold case” of cold fusion. This is for an energy source and for other areas, which could also benefit other areas of science and technology.

New Zealand slams Google over murder case gaffe

Wellington - Google was accused of "giving the middle finger" by New Zealand's Justice Minister Thursday, after the US tech giant refused to tighten publication standards after breaching court suppression orders in a high-profile murder case.

Is it time to start regulating the technology giants?

Given the various data privacy issues and other matters like tipping the balance during elections, the big technology companies are increasingly coming under the spotlight. Is it now time for regulation?

Hong Kongers alarmed by Google translation gaffe

Fpo - Hong Kong social media lit up on Friday when protesters noticed Google's translation software was briefly churning out a rather odd suggestion during a week that has seen the worst political violence to hit the city in decades.

Google claims U.S. Huawei ban makes security issues worse

Instead of helping with U.S. national security, the ban by the U.S. government of Huawei is actually opening up a cybersecurity issue according to Google. This relates to Huawei needing to develop its own operating system.

Google purchases Looker and opens up cloud wars

Google has announced it will be making it biggest acquisition in the public cloud market through the purchase of business intelligence firm Looker Data Sciences Inc. The deal is set to go through for $2.6 billion (an all-cash transaction).

Google maps to provide earthquake tracking service

Live in an area here there is an earthquake risk? Not sure when to travel? No need to be concerned, Google has an app for that - or at least an adaptation of Google Maps.

Google server trouble snarls YouTube, Snapchat

Washington - Congested Google servers in the eastern United States caused problems for users of Snapchat and YouTube on Sunday, with complaints on social media that the popular apps weren't accessible.

US preparing antitrust probe of Google: report

San Francisco - The US Department of Justice is preparing an antitrust investigation of Internet titan Google, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.

Google bans on marijuana apps from Play Store

Those Android device users wishing to trade in marijuana, or find suppliers, learn about new products, or event to seek general advice are going to be disappointed: Google has banned apps relating to marijuana and associated services.

Google has stored some user passwords in plain text since 2005

Google's latest data breach concerns the revelation that G Suite user passwords have been stored in plaintext since 2005, opening up cybersecurity concerns. This impacts upon a small number of enterprise customers.

Op-Ed: Google cuts off Huawei's Android licence adding to its troubles

Following the US government's crackdown on Chinese technology companies particularly Huawei, Google (Alphabet) has cut off Huawei's Android licence. This will deal one more blow to the besieged company.

Q&A: Is Apple's cloud service now threatened by Google? Special

Google's new cloud service Anthos is aimed directly at Apple's, signalling a new round of 'cloud war's, according to Todd Matters of RackWare. Google has also premiered its new cloud-reliant video game platform, Stadia.

Q&A: How the cloud is becoming important to business Special

Businesses a turning more towards cloud computing, as Google's recent launch of Anthos, its new connected multi-cloud platform shows. This puts the company in direct competition with Amazon’s AWS and Microsoft’s Azure.
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