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Google poised to emerge unscathed from European antitrust crackdown

BRUSSELS/SAN FRANCISCO – The European Union’s top antitrust regulator, Margrethe Vestager, has made it her mission to stem alleged anti-competitive abuses by big American tech companies, threatening as recently as last month to break up Alphabet Inc’s Google. But a decision in the most important of three antitrust cases against Google – this one aimed…

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It’s Nazia Hassan’s 53rd birth anniversary. And Google remembers

Google honoured pop queen Nazia Hassan on her 53rd birth anniversary, dedicating a doodle to the late singer Nazia was born on April 3, 1965, in Karachi. She began her singing career on PTV’s Kaliyon ki Mala in 1975. Six years later, she produced the best-selling Pakistani pop/disco album, Disco Deewane, with her brother Zoheb…

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‘Ecomm Fest’ aims to spur online giants in Pakistan

KARACHI: Group-m, a media investment company, organized its ecommerce festival 2018 at Karachi’s DHA Golf City on Tuesday, extending a valuable opportunity to clients for investment in IT and other sectors. The event offered an optimally effective platform to online enterprise and media giants to help them explore more avenues for investment and create valuable…

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Google launches Slack competitor Hangouts Chat

SAN FRANCISCO: Google released an update to its internet chat tool Hangouts on Wednesday, aiming to make it suitable in workplaces so the Alphabet Inc unit can compete with business software makers including Microsoft Corp and Slack Technologies Inc, reported Reuters. Hangouts Chat supports instant messaging across devices between workers, including group conversations. It also…

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Alibaba sets up AI research centre

SINGAPORE: Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba on Wednesday opened an artificial intelligence research institute in Singapore in partnership with a local university, as the battle to develop AI technology heats up. The institute, a tie-up with Nanyang Technological University (NTU), is Alibaba’s first joint research centre outside mainland China. It aims to develop cutting-edge AI technologies…

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Priya Prakash beats Sunny Leone on Google with a wink

Indian actress Priya Prakash Varrier became an overnight internet sensation after the teaser song from her debut film Oru Adaar Love broke the internet. The actress melted a million hearts in India and Pakistan with a wink. Priya has reached another level of fame as she dethroned Sunny Leone to become the most-searched celebrity on…

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Google fined in India for abusing dominant position

NEW DELHI: Google has been fined more than $21 million in India for “search bias” and abuse of its dominant position, competition regulators said Thursday. The US internet giant was deemed to have favoured its own services when customers ran searches according to a report from the Competition Commission of India (CCI) six years after…

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Ex-Google engineer fired over gender memo sues for discrimination

FILE PHOTO – The Google logo is pictured atop an office building in Irvine, California, U.S. August 7, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo SAN FRANCISCO: A former Google engineer fired after he asserted in a memo that biological causes were behind tech industry gender inequality sued his former employer on Monday, saying he was discriminated against…

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Here’s what you need to know about newly discovered computer chip flaws

NEWS DESK: Researchers from Google, academia and cybersecurity firms discovered two flaws in computer chips that affect nearly all modern computers, reported Reuters. * “Meltdown” is a flaw that affects laptops, desktop computers and internet servers with Intel chips and could let hackers steal data, such as passwords saved in Web browsers. Microsoft Corp, Apple…

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Google VP vows ‘vigilance’ after US net neutrality rollback

Google’s vice president Vint Cerf voiced concern Thursday about a US move to roll back “net neutrality” rules for internet access, and vowed to be on the lookout for any “serious side effects”. Cerf, considered one of the fathers of the internet, also said he believed that the decision to overturn the rules requiring internet…

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EU urges internet companies to do more to remove extremist content

FILE PHOTO – A picture illustration shows a Facebook logo reflected in a person’s eye, in Zenica, March 13, 2015. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic NEWS DESK: Internet groups such as Facebook (FB.O), Google’s YouTube (GOOGL.O) and Twitter (TWTR.N) need to do more to stem the proliferation of extremist content on their platforms, the European Commission said after…

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Google pulls YouTube from Amazon devices, escalating spat

A rare public spat in the technology industry escalated on Tuesday when Google said it would block its video streaming application YouTube from two Amazon.com Inc devices and criticized the online retailer for not selling Google hardware. The feud is the latest in Silicon Valley to put customers in the crossfire of major competitors. Amazon…

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Google Chrome will crash less frequently after ‘injection’-blocking updates

NEWS DESK: Good news, everyone! Chrome is going to start crashing less often. Google is making changes to the Windows version of its web browser, which will make it much more stable, reported The Independent. It plans to roll these out in three phases, starting next April. According to the company, around two thirds of…

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Does Europe have what it takes to create the next Google?

LONDON: Europe is making major strides to eliminate barriers that have held back the region from developing tech firms that can compete on the scale of global giants Alphabet Inc’s Google, Amazon.com Inc or Tencent Holdings Inc, a report published on Thursday shows. The region has thriving tech hubs in major cities, with record new…

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Google ‘spying’ on Android users’ location

NEW YORK: A new report shows that Google has been accessing data about Android users’ locations, even when the user believes that the data is being kept private. According to a report, Google has been able to access users’ data about their locations due to Android phones collecting addresses of mobile towers. That data is…

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Google reveals how hackers break into people’s Gmail accounts

NEWS DESK: Google says that phishing attacks pose the “greatest threat” to users of its services. The company has studied the ways in which hackers steal people’s passwords and break into their accounts, reported The Independent. In the space of 12 months, it found 788,000 login credentials stolen via keyloggers (tools that secretly record every…

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‘We need to do more’ about misinformation, Google says

DUBLIN: A top Google executive has said the US internet giant has to do more to crack down on illegal content and misinformation, after American firms were grilled in Congress over Russian meddling in the 2016 US election. “We’ve made some progress and we obviously need to do more,” Matt Brittin, president of Google’s Europe,…

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Tech companies join hands to support immigrants

SAN FRANCISCO: Alphabet Inc’s Google and Facebook Inc on Wednesday joined a legal challenge by more than 100 tech companies against a decision to end protection for so-called ‘Dreamer’ immigrants, the companies told Reuters. A legal briefing was filed Wednesday afternoon on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which protects immigrants brought into…

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Google ditched autopilot driving feature after test user napped behind wheel

Alphabet Inc’s self-driving car unit stopped developing features that required drivers to take control in dangerous situations, its chief executive said Monday, as autopilot reliance left users prone to distractions and ill-prepared to maneuver. The decision followed experiments of the technology in Silicon Valley that showed test users napping, putting on makeup and fiddling with their…

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A little girl wrote to Google, asking for a day off for her dad. And Google responded

NEWS DESK: Here’s some advice on how to get some time off from work: Have your daughter send a really cute letter to your employer, asking them to give you a day off. Bonus points if the letter is written in crayon. One little girl decided to give her dad a hand. She wrote his employer,…

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G7, tech giants agree on plan to block jihadist content online

NEWS DESK: G7 countries and tech giants including Google, Facebook and Twitter on Friday agreed to work together to block the dissemination of Islamist extremism over the internet, reported AFP. “These are the first steps towards a great alliance in the name of freedom,” Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti said after a two-day meeting with his…

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