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Google 'must scrap censored Chinese search plans': NGOs

Fpo - Google must abandon its development of a censored search engine for China, dozens of NGOs demanded Tuesday, warning personal data would not be safe from Beijing authorities.

Google moves to curb gender bias in translation

Washington - Google said Thursday it was tweaking its translation application with the goal of reducing gender bias.The move comes amid criticism that Google Translate often defaulted to masculine names when it converted text to another language.

Google employees ready to strike over China censorship deal

A number of Google employees are building up a strike fund in preparation for industrial action should Google continue to push ahead with a search engine for China that will be equipped with censorship features requested by the Chinese government.

Google agrees to tighten up on political adverts

To address criticism and suspicion in relation to online advertising, Google is to tighten its political advertising policies ahead of 2019 European Union elections.

EU turns eye to 'fake' Google shopping rivals

Apo - The EU's top competition enforcer said Brussels was taking a closer look at allegations that Google had helped introduce false price comparison sites to answer a historic ruling against the search engine giant.

Fresh concerns with Google’s health app

London - A health app called Streams, that was built by artificial intelligence company DeepMind, is to be operated by Google. This has sparked new data privacy concerns.

Google workers walk out in global protest over harassment

San Francisco - Thousands of Google employees joined a coordinated worldwide walkout Thursday to protest the US tech giant's handling of sexual harassment as the chief vowed "concrete steps are coming" in response to the concern.

Another exec out amid sex harassment tension at Google

San Francisco - Google parent Alphabet on Wednesday confirmed that an executive accused of sexual harassment left the company without an exit package as tension over its handling of such matters heightened.

Google abandons plans for Berlin campus after protests

Berlin - Internet giant Google confirmed Thursday morning it is abandoning plans to establish a campus for tech startups in Berlin after protests from residents worried about gentrification.

Google makes it easier to delete search history

When you delete your search history on Google you don't delete the searches from Google's servers. Moreover, when you sign into your Google account your deleted searches are still there. Google has now introduced a change.

Sundar Pichai spoke about Google's China plans for the first time

Google chief executive Sundar Pichai commented publicly for the first time on the company's efforts to launch a censored search engine in China.

Op-Ed: Google the censor? The internet vs free speech?

Sydney - Google’s role as top dog comes with a few lead weights. One of the big issues is growing disquiet about the power of big platforms. A strange tale has unfolded after a leak of Google internal documents defining the big problems.

Google's new phone software aims to end telemarketer calls

The feature lets you use Google Assistant to answer phone calls — it instantly transcribes the phone call and lets you choose if you want to pick up.

Google+ to be shut down after data breach

Google+, Google's attempt to create a social media network to rival Facebook, is shutting down. This comes after users' data has been reported to have been exposed, an incident that dates back to March to 2018.

Google, Facebook agree EU 'fake news' code of conduct

Apo - Major tech companies including Facebook and Google agreed Wednesday on a code of conduct to combat online disinformation in the European Union, although critics said the commitments were too weak.

Google to use AI to predict natural disasters

Google has announced plans to work with the Central Water Commission of India. For this Google will use artificial intelligence to alert people in India about impending floods.

Google started logging people into Chrome without their consent

A security expert has discovered that Google had quietly made important changes to Chrome's login requirements. Matthew Green spotted that Google was logging users into Chrome without their knowledge.

Google ex-CEO Eric Schmidt says Internet to split in two by 2028

Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt said that he believes the internet will split in two within a decade. He told an audience at a private event in San Francisco that he foresees a break between the Chinese-led internet and the non-Chinese led internet.

Google staff discussed ways to fight Trump travel ban: WSJ

Washington - Google employees discussed how to counter President Donald Trump's 2017 travel ban by modifying search functions to help people contribute to immigration advocacy groups and contact lawmakers, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

IKEA and Accenture are following in Google's footsteps

Home Depot, IKEA, and Accenture are examples of major companies with innovation labs. Alphabet, Google's parent company, has a famous innovation lab called X.

Firefox's new tools seek to prevent Facebook tracking

Apple and Firefox have both announced plans to thwart the tracking of an individual's data by social media firms like Facebook. This is to prevent targeted adverts.

Leaked video shows Google execs troubled by Trump election

San Francisco - Far-right news website Breitbart on Wednesday posted a leaked video showing Google executives sharing with employees how troubled they were by the election of US President Donald Trump.

Rights groups urge Google not to bend to China censors

San Francisco - Human rights groups and other advocacy organizations Tuesday urged Google to abandon any plans to craft a censored version of its search engine that could pass muster with regulators in China.

Google defends its practices against Trump's charge of bias

Washington - The U.S. President is fond of attacking the media and using the phrase 'fake news'. This week he has turned his attentions to Google's Internet search engine. Google has refuted the charges.

Google blocks accounts in 'influence operation' linked to Iran

San Francisco - Google said Thursday it blocked YouTube channels and other accounts over a misinformation campaign linked to Iran, on the heels of similar moves by Facebook and Twitter.

Google blocks accounts in 'influence operation' linked to Iran

San Francisco - Google said Thursday it blocked YouTube channels and other accounts over a misinformation campaign linked to Iran, on the heels of similar moves by Facebook and Twitter.

Google sued for unwanted tracking of phone locations

San Francisco - A lawsuit filed in federal court here accuses Google of invading people's privacy by tracking the whereabouts of smartphones users despite "location history" settings being turned off.

Google updates site to clarify location tracking policy

In light of a recent investigation outing the fact that Google doesn't actually stop tracking users and storing their location data when they ask it to, the company has updated their website.

Twitter sees user levels dip among mixed social media news

Twitter has lost 1 million monthly users in the second quarter of 2018, primarily as a result of cleaning out 'fake accounts'. The social media company's revenue, however, has grown to $711 million.

Alphabet’s booming stock growth: Interview Special

Alphabet has reported a drop in profits as the company prepares to absorb the $5 billion fine from European regulators. However, the parent company of Google has seen a share rise. This signals further growth ahead, according to analyst Haris Anwar.
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