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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.

TikTok rival Zynn blames Google Play removal on 'isolated incident'

Bejing - Video app Zynn on Friday blamed its removal from Google Play Store on an "isolated incident" that should soon be resolved following accusations that stolen content appeared on the Chinese-made TikTok rival.

Google Maps to display virus-related transit alerts

San Francisco - A new version of Google's mapping service being rolled out will display pandemic-related transit alerts and let people know when buses or trains might be crowded.

Google rejects call for huge Australian media payout

Sydney - Google has rejected demands it pay hundreds of millions of dollars per year in compensation to Australian news media under a government-imposed revenue sharing deal.The company's top executive in Australia said Google made barely Aus$10 million (US$6.

Google cautions EU on AI rule-making

Apo - Google warned on Thursday that the EU's definition of artificial intelligence was too broad and that Brussels must refrain from over-regulating a crucial technology.

Australia watchdog suggests news boycott of Google, Facebook

Sydney - Australia's competition watchdog suggested Tuesday that local media could organise a "collective boycott" of Google and Facebook to force the tech giants to pay for news they put on their platforms.

YouTube expands fact-check panels in move against misinformation

San Francisco - YouTube on Tuesday began adding fact-check panels to search results in the US for videos on hot-topic claims shown to be bogus.

Nation-backed hackers tune attacks to COVID-19 fears: Google

San Francisco - Google on Wednesday warned that nation-backed hackers are exploiting the coronavirus pandemic to target health care organizations and those working to fight the pandemic.

Australia to force Google, Facebook to pay for news content

Brisbane - Australia will force Google and Facebook to pay media outlets for their content, the government announced Monday, vowing to lead the world in making the tech giants share lucrative advertising revenues with traditional media.

Google offers free Stadia game access during pandemic

San Francisco - Google on Wednesday made its Stadia online video game service free to provide an escape for those hunkered down at home because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Google boosts support for checking coronavirus facts

San Francisco - Google on Thursday said it is pumping $6.5 million into fact-checkers and nonprofits as it ramps up its the battle against coronavirus misinformation.

Google offers $800 mn to pandemic-impacted businesses, health agencies

San Francisco - Google on Friday pledged $800 million worth of support in response to the coronavirus pandemic for health organizations, researchers and businesses impacted by the crisis.
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