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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.

Google building its own subsea cable from Virginia to France

On Tuesday, Google announced its newest private subsea cable project: Dunant. The cable will cross the Atlantic Ocean from Virginia Beach in the U.S. to the French Atlantic coast and will support the growth of Google Cloud.

The EU's 'tax lady' strikes again

Apo - Her tough stance towards US firms has earned her the ire of President Donald Trump, but the EU's anti-trust chief Margrethe Vestager is showing no signs of backing down.The Danish former minister on Wednesday unveiled a record 4.

Google hit with record 4.3-bn-euro EU fine over Android

Apo - The European Union slapped Google with a huge 4.34-billion-euro fine for abusing the dominance of its Android operating system on Wednesday in the biggest antitrust penalty in the bloc's history.

Google India launches new program for India-based ML/AI startups

Today Google India announced a new mentorship program, Launchpad Accelerator India, for startups using machine learning/ artificial intelligence "to build solutions for India’s local needs."

Google and Facebook accused of using 'dark patterns'

Facebook, Google and Microsoft direct users away from selecting privacy-friendly options, according to a new report. Recommendations are made to make selecting stronger privacy setting easier.

Bing app gets image search function

Microsoft has now outfitted their Bing app with a new feature that allows users to "search the web using (their) camera." This tool is being likened to the Google Lens and other third-party apps that utilize AI for object recognition.

Inside Google's Digital Garage in Manchester Special

Manchester - Google has opened a 'Digital Garage' in Manchester's city center, which is a space on the high street for people to learn digital skills and access technology – for free.

Google introduces new way to limit adverts

Following in Facebook's footsteps, Google is offering users a new way to restrict being hit with targeted adverts. This signals a new approach to data privacy.

Australia court paves way for Google 'underworld' defamation case

Melbourne - A court cleared the way for a rare defamation action against Google on Wednesday after a man claimed the global internet giant published material linking him to Australia's criminal underworld.

Google stops running some political ads in Washington state

Mountain View - Google has stopped running any ads in Washington state that are related to ballot measures or state and local elections. The company said it will notify any advertisers affected and update its political content policy to reflect this change.

Small military contract started an internal war at Google

A Google scientist warned in an internal email that the company's involvement in the US Department of Defense's Project Maven would be "red meat" for critics.

Mixed reactions to Toronto's waterfront becoming a 'digital city'

Toronto - Sidewalk Labs, the company owned by Google's parent Alphabet, is to develop Toronto's Eastern waterfront into the first 'digital city'. However, not all residents are happy with the plans and have flagged data privacy concerns.

Op-Ed: Google to allow payment by PayPal in Google Pay and elsewhere

Google Pay users who add their PayPal details to their Google Pay accounts will now be able to pay their bills and purchases using PayPal. The integration will cover any app such such as Gmail, YouTube, or Google Store.

Google's human sounding bot will identify itself in conversations

Mountain View - Employees finally got some answers this week on how Google's new Duplex human sounding robot will work. It will identify itself at the beginning of the conversation as a Google assistant robot.

Axios: Google may have faked the Duplex hairdresser call

News media company Axios asked some tough questions to Google about their recent demo calls where Google Duplex called a hair salon and a restaurant; claiming that Google may have altered something.

Op-Ed: Break up the tech giants to protect privacy? Maybe not

Sydney - An NYU professor called Scott Galloway has called for the big tech monsters to be broken up to deal with privacy issues. The problem is that this whole environment is a moving target, and the big companies are targets themselves.

Oracle accuses Google of spying on Australians

Oracle has released research claiming that Google is using Australian Android users' data to "spy on them." Given the history between the two companies, many are questioning the validity of this accusation.

New Google Duplex AI sounds exactly like a human voice

Mountain View - After widespread criticisms about the issues raised by Google's new Duplex system that uses AI to imitate the human voice to make appointments, the company notes that the system will have disclosure built into it.

Google microscope uses AI and AR for cancer detection

Google has launched a new product from its health arm. This is a microscope that uses artificial intelligence and augmented reality to assist with the detection of certain types of cancer in real-time.

Google to issue chatbot warning

Next time you make a phone call to a company, will you be listening to a human or a chatbot? It's becoming harder to tell. As part of a review of ethics, Google will warn people using its own services.

Following backlash, Google Duplex will ID itself to responder

After a demo at this year's I/O conference, in which Google's AI voice calling system conversed with someone on the other end of the line, the tech giant has announced that the AI has been re-worked so it will identify itself as such.

New Google News app uses AI in real-time

The Google I/O conference this year had some pretty big announcements, one of the biggest having to do with Google News.

Google to halt all ads on Irish abortion referendum

London - Google said on Wednesday it will pause all adverts related to the Irish referendum on abortion to be held later this month -- the day after Facebook announced a similar move.

YouTube will start bugging you if you binge too much

Google wants to help users spend less time on YouTube. This week, users will be able to set up reminders telling them to take a break, and the app will get options to reduce the number of notifications they get during the day.

Op-Ed: Major deal —Google rewriting the rules for political ads, forever

Mountain View - If GOP Washington is still in denial about Russian political interference, the commercial market isn’t. Google has just added its very considerable weight in to disclosure of buyers of political ads, and this new approach will work.

News Corp leads charge against tech giants in Australia probe

Sydney - Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation accused Facebook and Google of "anti-competitive practices" in one of dozens of submissions to a probe of the tech giants released Thursday by Australia's competition watchdog.
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