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Google bans political ads in Singapore as elections loom

Fpo - Google has banned political ads in Singapore ahead of elections, an opposition party said Wednesday, sparking accusations the tech giant was "kowtowing" to the tightly-controlled city's government.

EU to check how Facebook, Google use data: spokeswoman

Apo - The European Commission said Monday it had begun a "preliminary investigation" into how Facebook and Google collect personal data and what they do with it.

Google tensions deepen over firings of 'Thanksgiving Four'

San Francisco - Google on Monday fired four employees on the grounds they had violated data security policies, but the tech titan was accused of persecuting them for trying to unionize staff.

Google shifts rules for political ads, pressuring Facebook

Washington - Google's tightening of its political ad policy could help reduce the spread of misinformation on election campaigns, but at a cost for lesser-known candidates.

Google plans major Hangouts refresh Special

Google announced plans to retire the classic version of Hangouts in 2020 as they work to give it an updated look and feel. Will these updates really make a difference and greater position Google as a major player in the enterprise office suite market?

Google tightens political ads policy to thwart abuse

San Francisco - Google on Wednesday updated how it handles political ads as online platforms remain under pressure to avoid being used to spread misleading information intended to influence voters.

Taiwan presidential candidates welcome Google campaign advert ban

Taipei - Taiwan's presidential candidates on Thursday welcomed a temporary ban imposed by Google on campaign ads, intended to combat disinformation in the run-up to next year's elections.

Google parent Alphabet quarterly profit misses mark

San Francisco - Google parent Alphabet on Monday reported a sharp drop in profit over the past quarter as it ramped up spending for a wide array of new gadgets and services.Profit dipped 23 percent from a year ago to $7.1 billion as revenue grew 20 percent to $40.

Google parent Alphabet profits slip amid bigger investments

San Francisco - Google parent Alphabet on Monday reported a sharp drop in profits over the past quarter as it ramped up spending for the launch of a wide array of new gadgets and services.Profit dipped 23 percent from a year ago to $7.

Google parent Alphabet quarterly profit misses mark

San Francisco - Google parent Alphabet on Monday reported a sharp drop in profits over the past quarter as it ramped up spending for a wide array of new gadgets and services.Profit dipped 23 percent from a year ago to $7.1 billion as revenue that 20 percent to $40.

Google search gets smarter so queries don't have to

San Francisco - Google on Friday announced its "biggest leap forward" in years in its search algorithm, offering an unusually detailed public explanation of its secret formula.

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?
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