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Facebook, Google, Twitter pause user info requests from Hong Kong govt

Jul 07, 2020 - 11:54 AM

'With the stakes so high, and the punishments so severe, it is great news to see big tech companies like WhatsApp pushing back in favor of democracy and freedom of expression,' says digital rights group ProPrivacy

HONG KONG. In this file photo, demonstrators in Hong Kong on June 9, 2020 mark the one year anniversary of the start of the pro-democracy protests. Shutterstock photo


Tech titan chiefs to testify at US antitrust committee

Jul 07, 2020 - 11:07 AM

The hearing takes place on July 27, US time, amid calls by some activists and politicians to break up the Silicon Valley giants

GAFA. This combination of pictures shows the logos of the GAFA's, named after US multinational technology and Internet-related services company Google, US online retail giant Amazon, US social media Facebook and US multinational technology company Apple, displayed on a tablet in Paris, on February 18, 2019. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP


Being trans in tech: Championing equality with Google’s Melai Lopez

Jun 29, 2020 - 10:00 AM

'Never let anyone tell them that they do not belong in a certain space'

Under pressure, Google to pay some outlets for news content

Jun 26, 2020 - 10:19 AM

The move may represent a significant shift by the internet giant, and follows initiatives by Facebook and Apple to create news products in partnership with media outlets

GOOGLE. A sign of Google is seen at Google's stand during the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, on January 21, 2020. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP


Google tightens privacy settings for new users

Jun 25, 2020 - 4:33 PM

'We believe that products should keep your information for only as long as it's useful and helpful to you,' Google CEO Sundar Pichai says in a blog post

Google ad revenues to dip as market becomes 'triopoly' – tracker

Jun 24, 2020 - 9:28 AM

New research by eMarketer indicates Google will still be the leading digital advertising but with a smaller share as the market evolves into a 'triopoly' with Facebook and Amazon

Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP


Google adds fact-check to images

Jun 23, 2020 - 10:41 AM

The power of visual media 'has its pitfalls – especially when there are questions surrounding the origin, authenticity or context of an image,' says Google product manager Harris Cohen.

GOOGLE. Photo by Drew Angerer/AFP


Google loses appeal against 50-million-euro French fine

Jun 20, 2020 - 8:58 AM

The Council of State, a French government body that is also the court of last resort for matters of administrative justice, confirms a 2019 ruling by the CNIL, the French data watchdog

Google giving $1B in ads to non-profits this year

Jun 19, 2020 - 10:09 AM

The initiative will focus on groups combatting racism and damage done by the coronavirus pandemic

How to transfer your photos from Facebook to Google Photos

Jun 18, 2020 - 6:40 PM

There’s actually a neat tool that’s now available for everyone to make the process faster and easier

Screenshot from Facebook newsroom


U.S. senators unveil bill to limit Big Tech legal protections

Jun 18, 2020 - 10:43 AM

Four Republican senators introduce a bill that would revise 'Section 230' legal protection mechanism that shields online services from liabilities arising from content posted by users

SOCIAL MEDIA. This photo illustration taken on March 22, 2018 shows apps for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social networks on a smartphone in New Delhi. Photo by Chandan Khanna/AFP


Google boosts racial equity program pledge to $275M

Jun 18, 2020 - 10:28 AM

Google also sets a goal of increasing 'underrepresented' groups in leadership positions by 30% during the coming 5 years

GOOGLE. A sign of Google is seen at Google's stand during the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, on January 21, 2020. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP


Google Maps to display virus-related transit alerts

Jun 10, 2020 - 12:46 PM

The transit alerts are rolling out in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Britain, Colombia, France, India, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, Thailand, and the US where information from local transit agencies is available

Biden, Trump campaigns targeted by hacking efforts from China, Iran – Google

Jun 05, 2020 - 10:56 AM

Google's threat analysis chief Shane Huntley warns the Biden campaign about 'phishing' efforts from China and the Trump campaign from Iran

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Indian 'Remove China Apps' software taken down by Google

Jun 04, 2020 - 4:28 PM

A Google spokesperson says the removal of the app was 'due to policy violations'

Google rejects call for huge Australian media payout

Jun 01, 2020 - 1:59 PM

Google's top executive in Australia says Google made barely Aus$10 million per year from news-linked advertising, a fraction of a government watchdog's estimates for the sector

GOOGLE. A sign of Google is seen at Google's stand during the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, on January 21, 2020. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Google cautions EU on AI rule-making

May 29, 2020 - 9:21 AM

Google says that the EU's current definition of AI is so broad that it 'effectively puts all contemporary software potentially in scope'


Arizona takes Google to court over location tracking

May 28, 2020 - 12:04 PM

'While Google users are led to believe they can opt-out of location tracking, the company exploits other avenues to invade personal privacy,' Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich says

Apple, Google launch contact tracing platform

May 21, 2020 - 10:11 AM

The two US firms say 22 countries have asked so far to use their platform, and they expect more to come on board in the coming weeks


France looks past Google, Apple for virus contact tracing

May 20, 2020 - 1:00 PM

The move, which leaves France relatively isolated in Europe alongside Britain and Norway, reflects differences on how such apps should be structured, who has access to sensitive data, and their effectiveness

CORONAVIRUS. Nurses wearing protective equipment prior to entering a room with a patient infected with the novel coronavirus, at the intensive care service of the Nantes CHU hospital, on May 19, 2020 in Nantes, western France. Photo by Loic Venance/AFP

Australia watchdog suggests news boycott of Google, Facebook

May 20, 2020 - 10:59 AM

The idea is among a series of bargaining tools put forward by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to encourage Google and Facebook to pay news media businesses for the use of their content


6 new features of Android 11 we're excited for

May 17, 2020 - 12:19 PM

The latest version of Google's mobile OS will be here soon. Here are some key features

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Google, Facebook extend work-from-home plans

May 09, 2020 - 2:49 PM

Chief executive Sundar Pichai tells Google staff its remote work policy will be extended until 2021. Facebook's updated plan is to re-open offices in early July, but let people work from home if they prefer until 2021.

Google affiliate abandons futuristic neighborhood project

May 08, 2020 - 9:20 AM

Sidewalk Labs, a subsidiary of Google's parent Alphabet, abandons plans to build a futuristic neighborhood in Toronto, citing economic uncertainty

SIDEWALK LABS. This undated photo received on October 31, 2019 shows Sidewalk Labs in Toronto, Ontario. STR/AFP


Google, Gates Foundation join digital payments initiative

May 07, 2020 - 9:17 AM

The initiative aims to serve an estimated 1.7 billion people – from disadvantaged communities and the unbanked – who lack access to digital financial services


New Apple-Google coronavirus tool rules say no location data, 1 app per country

May 05, 2020 - 3:13 PM

The app using the new Apple-Google API must also be made by and for the use of the country's government public health authority


How the Apple-Google exposure notification system plans to keep users anonymous

May 02, 2020 - 12:11 PM

Using constantly changing tracing keys and long, random numbers to track contact between phones, Apple and Google hope to keep users of the system from being personally identifiable


How to share your books on Google Play Books

May 01, 2020 - 2:57 PM

You can create a network of up to 6 total members that can read purchased books

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Google Meet videoconferencing service now free

Apr 29, 2020 - 7:08 PM

Google Meet, previously reserved for subscribers to the premium G Suite software tools for businesses, becomes free

Illustration from Google


Google parent Alphabet sees growth despite pandemic; shares jump

Apr 29, 2020 - 10:43 AM

Alphabet reports a profit of $6.8 billion in the first 3 months of the year, up nearly 3% from last year

GOOGLE. A sign of Google is seen at Google's stand during the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, on January 21, 2020. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP


PH startup Senti AI partners with Google, DOH for 'knowledge management' tool

Apr 24, 2020 - 7:08 PM

Expect more accurate, more natural responses from DOH chatbots with a new AI system in place


Loon internet balloons take flight in Kenya

Apr 23, 2020 - 3:34 PM

Alphabet subsidiary Loon marks its first commercial service, about 7 years since it became an official project at the company

LOON. A Loon internet ballon in flight. Photo from Loon blog/Medium


Nation-backed hackers tune attacks to coronavirus fears – Google

Apr 23, 2020 - 8:53 AM

Examples of ploys include bogus solicitations for charities; messages crafted to appear as though sent from remote workers, and websites impersonating pages of governments or public health agencies


Google to make online shopping service free to merchants in the U.S.

Apr 22, 2020 - 9:33 AM

Google's Amazon-like shopping service will initially be free for sellers in the U.S. but the company says the goal will be to do the same globally before the end of the year

GOOGLE. Google is opening its online shopping service to merchants free of charge as it competes with Amazon in precious e-commerce and digital ads. Photo by Drew Angerer/GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/ AFP


TikTok, vitamins, workout: Search topics that have spiked during the PH lockdown

Apr 20, 2020 - 4:14 PM

The things that got Filipinos furiously typing on Google Search


Australia to force Google, Facebook to pay for news content

Apr 20, 2020 - 10:44 AM

'What we want to see is a level playing field. What we want to see here is a fair go for the companies, and for the journalistic content that is prepared,' says Josh Frydenberg, Treasurer of Australia


Quick reviews: 4 Zoom alternatives for work meetings

Apr 17, 2020 - 3:32 PM

If Zoom’s shortcomings in security and privacy concern you, here are other video conferencing services you can try


Google launches 'journalism relief fund,' following Facebook

Apr 16, 2020 - 12:47 PM

Google says its would give 'low thousands of dollars' for the smallest operations to 'low tens of thousands for larger newsrooms'


LOOK: Google Doodle series thanking coronavirus frontliners

Apr 13, 2020 - 9:47 AM

Check out these 6 Google Doodles thanking health professionals, grocery workers, researchers, emergency personnel, farmers, and sanitation workers

Apple and Google team up on virus 'contact tracing' by smartphone

Apr 11, 2020 - 9:52 AM

'Privacy, transparency, and consent' are top priorities in the joint initiative, say Apple and Google

Google gets approval to use U.S.-Taiwan portion of PLCN cable network

Apr 09, 2020 - 1:45 PM

Facebook seeks a similar ruling for its 2 landing stations in the Philippines, which are also part of the Pacific Light Cable Network

GOOGLE. In this file photo taken on January 8, 2020 the Google logo is seen at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP


Google Maps now shows info on DOTr's free hospital shuttle services

Apr 06, 2020 - 4:13 PM

There are 19 existing routes within Metro Manila, and with lines from San Jose del Monte, Bulacan all the way to Cabuyao, Laguna

GOOGLE MAPS. The Google app now shows information on free shuttle services for health professionals. Image from Google


Google to publish user location data to help governments tackle virus

Apr 03, 2020 - 3:23 PM

Like the detection of traffic jams or the measurement of traffic on Google Maps, the new reports will use 'aggregated, anonymized' data from users who have activated their location history

Boom in video chat apps brings out cybercriminals with fake sites, malware

Apr 01, 2020 - 4:01 PM

Phishing websites are targeting unsuspecting consumers who want to use a video chat app to connect for work, or to talk to friends and family

Google offers $800 million to pandemic-impacted businesses, health agencies

Mar 28, 2020 - 12:52 PM

Google's aid will come in the form of cash, ad credits, and cloud services, according to chief executive Sundar Pichai

Google offers free access to paid G Suite for Education features in the Philippines

Mar 21, 2020 - 1:51 PM

Google is making some paid features of G Suite for Education free, with Javier Soltero, Vice President for G Suite saying these addons will be available 'at no additional cost to all consumers until July 1, 2020'

GOOGLE. In this file photo taken on January 8, 2020 the Google logo is seen at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP


Facebook and Google in talks with Washington to track infections – U.S. media

Mar 18, 2020 - 6:15 PM

The project would involve collecting location information from Americans' smartphones and using it anonymously to map the spread of the disease and predict urgent medical needs, for example

TRACKING INFECTIONS. Mirian Fuentes, a medical assistant, talks to someone who showed up at an appointment-only drive-up clinic set up by the University of Washington Medical Center Northwest Outpatient Medical Center on March 17, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. Photo by Karen Ducey/Getty Images/AFP

Tech platforms in joint effort to stem virus misinformation

Mar 18, 2020 - 2:56 PM

The joint statement is issued late on Monday by Facebook, Google, Twitter, Microsoft and Reddit along with Google-owned YouTube and Microsoft-owned LinkedIn.

Google building self-check website for coronavirus

Mar 14, 2020 - 9:52 AM

Verily Life Sciences is testing a 'tool to help triage individuals for COVID-19 testing,' Google confirms on Twitter

Google restricts visits to curb coronavirus risk

Mar 10, 2020 - 12:12 PM

To reduce novel coronavirus risk, 'external/social visits' to some Google offices have been restricted, and all job interviews will be 'virtual' instead of face-to-face for the foreseeable future, a spokesperson says