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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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US senators target Facebook, Twitter and Google in new bill

NEWS DESK: Senator John McCain and two Democratic senators have unveiled a bill that would force Facebook, Google and others to disclose who is purchasing online political advertising – a measure that could bring sweeping change in an industry that has fought against having to comply with rigorous regulations, reported The Independent. When releasing the…

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Facebook joins effort to boost newspaper subscriptions

Facebook announced Thursday initiatives to help struggling news organizations gain paid subscribers, following a similar move unveiled earlier this month by Google. The social network giant said it will test “premium news models” for organizations that deliver their content on Facebook, to enable the publishers to have more control over pricing, subscriber relationships and revenue….

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Did you know that Google’s creepy camera monitors, identifies and records you and your loved ones?

NEWS DESK: Google’s new Pixel phones dominated its launch event this week, but it was a completely different product that raised the most eyebrows. Google Clips is a miniature camera that’s constantly on the lookout for interesting things to film, reported The Independent. Using machine-learning, it can also recognise the people – and pets –…

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Google launches new phones, speakers in hardware push

SAN FRANCISCO: Alphabet Inc’s Google on Wednesday unveiled the second generation of its Pixel smartphone along with new voice-enabled home speakers, redoubling its commitment to the hardware business as it competes with a surge of devices from Apple Inc and Amazon.com Inc, reported Reuters. Google’s new products, including a Pixelbook laptop, wireless earbuds and a…

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Google relaxes rules on free news stories, plans subscription tools

SAN FRANCISCO: Google announced on Sunday that subscription news websites would no longer have to provide users three free articles per day or face less prominence in search results, relaxing its rules following complaints from media giants like News Corp that their sales were suffering, reported Reuters. For the last decade, Google’s “first click free”…

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Google, Facebook, Twitter asked to testify in Russia probe

The Senate Intelligence Committee has asked top tech companies Google, Facebook and Twitter to testify about Russian interference in US politics, a Senate aide confirmed Wednesday. The three internet and online social media giants are expected to appear on November 1 in an open hearing on the rising evidence that they were covertly manipulated in…

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Google celebrates 19th birthday with surprise spinner doodle

Giant search engine, Google, has turned 19 years old on September 26. To celebrate the day in its own style, Google has launched a special doodle spinner. The doodle offers to take you to all the other doodle games Google has come up with in the past, including a new snake game and access to several…

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Google looking to help news outlets win subscribers

Google is seeking ways to help publishers win paying subscribers for news stories, a person close to the matter told AFP. To this end, the US internet giant is collaborating with NewsCorp, the Financial Times, and the New York Times, according to the source. Google was said to be ramping up its support for subscription…

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Google looking to help news outlets win subscribers

Google is seeking ways to help publishers win paying subscribers for news stories, a person close to the matter told AFP. To this end, the US internet giant is collaborating with NewsCorp, the Financial Times, and the New York Times, according to the source. Google was said to be ramping up its support for subscription…

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Google to acquire HTC’s Pixel smartphone division in $1.1 billion deal

TAIPEI: Alphabet Inc’s Google said it would pay $1.1 billion in cash to acquire the division at Taiwan’s HTC Corp that develops the U.S. firm’s Pixel smartphones, its latest push into hardware manufacturing, reported Reuters. Google has sought to beef up its hardware capability with deals and product launches, and last year hired Rick Osterloh, a…

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