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Google streaming game service Stadia debuts on November 19

Oct 15, 2019 - 11:32 PM

It will be priced at $9.99 per month and compete against Apple Arcade

STADIA. Google vice president and general manager Phil Harrison shows the new Stadia controller as he speaks during the GDC Game Developers Conference on March 19, 2019 in San Francisco, California. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP


Google in smartphone push with motion-sensing Pixel 4

Oct 15, 2019 - 11:25 PM

The Pixel 4's radar-based, motion-sensing technology allows basic controls such as silencing alarms or skipping to the next song by holding up or waving hands

MOTION SENSE. Google's Pixel 4 smartphone uses radar technology for its gesture-based controls. Photo from Google website.


DOT is Google's first GMB Trusted Verifier in the Philippines

Oct 13, 2019 - 5:15 PM

The Department of Tourism will work closely with Google in digitizing the tourism establishments in the Philippines, says Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat

Google deals blow to EU copyright law in France

Sep 26, 2019 - 12:42 PM

Google says it will not pay European media outlets for displaying their articles, pictures and videos in search results in France, in defiance of a new EU copyright law

GOOGLE. In this file photo taken on September 3, 2019 the US multinational technology and internet-related services company Google logo, is displayed on a tablet screen, in Lille, northern France. Photo by Denis Charlet/AFP


Google steps up battle on 'deepfakes' with data release

Sep 26, 2019 - 12:24 PM

Google says its dataset can be used as benchmarks to determine if a video has been altered

DEEPFAKE. Google generated these deepfake videos by using actors selected randomly and having deep neural networks swapping the Image from Google


Google says it won't pay media firms to display content

Sep 25, 2019 - 8:19 PM

A Europe-based news publisher will now have to decide if it will allow Google to show 'snippets' of content or thumbnail images alongside search results in France

Google wins EU fight against worldwide 'right to be forgotten'

Sep 24, 2019 - 4:57 PM

(4th UPDATE) The European Court of Justice hands victory to Google in the case, seen as crucial in determining whether EU online regulation should apply beyond Europe's borders

Highest EU court to rule on Google 'right to be forgotten' case

Sep 24, 2019 - 12:21 PM

The case waged by France to impose a 'right to be forgotten' on the web will potentially give the EU unprecedented powers to regulate the internet beyond its borders

Google takes on Apple Arcade with mobile game service

Sep 24, 2019 - 12:04 PM

Google Play Pass promises access to hundreds of games free of ads or hawked virtual wares at the same $4.99 monthly subscription price as that of Apple Arcade

GOOGLE PLAY PASS. The new gaming subscription service from Google costs $4.99. Screenshot from Play.Google.com

Huawei Mate 30 series: Impressive new tricks, no Google apps

Sep 19, 2019 - 10:32 PM

The new Huawei flagships have great new hardware and features, but the event officially confirms that they won't come with Google apps

MATE 30 PRO. Screenshot from Huawei/YouTube


Washington Post ad tech platform targets Google-Facebook duopoly

Sep 18, 2019 - 12:15 PM

The new tech aims to provide newspapers better monetization and ad targeting to free them from dependence on the large platforms

WASHINGTON POST. The Washington Post was founded in 1877 with its first publication on December 6, 1877. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP


The YouTubers Union: Advocating for YouTube transparency

Sep 17, 2019 - 6:30 PM

Youtubers Union protests the changes to the platform’s advertising rules made in 2017, demanding transparency in the decisions behind video monetization

Google expected to unveil new Pixel phone on Oct. 15

Sep 17, 2019 - 9:58 AM

Google looks to challenge the latest generation of iPhones recently unveiled by Apple

PIXEL 3. The Google Pixel 3 phone is on display during the official launch of the new Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL phone at a press conference in New York on October 9,2018. Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP


Google moves to make original reporting rank higher in search

Sep 13, 2019 - 2:35 PM

Google is updating its guidelines to gather feedback that would prioritize original reporting


Google agrees to 945M-euro tax settlement with France

Sep 13, 2019 - 7:04 AM

The company will pay a 500-million-euro fine for tax evasion, as well as a further 465 million euros to settle claims with French tax authorities.

GOOGLE. A man walks past the logo of the US multinational technology company Google during the VivaTech trade fair ( Viva Technology), on May 24, 2018 in Paris. Photo by Alain Jocard/AFP


Google employees free to express views under settlement with U.S.

Sep 13, 2019 - 6:52 AM

Google will post digital notices on its internal employee computer network and physical copies at its headquarters reminding employees of their rights


Big Tech backlash kicks into gear with antitrust moves

Sep 10, 2019 - 11:11 AM

The antitrust actions come against a backdrop of declining public trust in big online firms, and fines levied against Facebook and Google over privacy violations

BIG TECH. The presidential campaign for U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren posted a billboard in the South of Market Area of San Francisco that calls for breaking up big tech. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP


Tech firms, U.S. officials talk election protection at Facebook

Sep 05, 2019 - 1:24 PM

'Improving election security and countering information operations are complex challenges that no organization can solve alone,' says Facebook's Nathaniel Gleicher

FIGHTING DISINFORMATION. A picture taken on September 4, 2019 shows logos of US social networking websites Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, displayed on smart-phone screen, in Lille, northern France. Photo by Denis Charlet/AFP

Google to pay $170-million fine for sharing YouTube kids data

Sep 04, 2019 - 9:25 PM

The settlement with the Federal Trade Commission and the New York state Attorney General is the largest amount in a case involving the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, a 1998 federal law

You can now translate Cebuano on Google's Word Lens, and use Baybayin on Gboard

Sep 03, 2019 - 12:53 PM

Google expands support for native languages in the Philippines


Google to pay out $150-200 million over YouTube privacy claims – reports

Aug 31, 2019 - 1:56 PM

The US Federal Trade Commission is expected to announce its decision on this settlement in September

Huawei Mate 30 may not launch with Google apps – report

Aug 29, 2019 - 5:40 PM

Google says the trade exemption doesn't apply to new products including the Mate 30

Photo from Shutterstock


Ex-Google engineer charged with theft of autonomous car secrets

Aug 28, 2019 - 10:30 AM

'All of us have the right to change jobs, none of us has the right to fill our pockets on the way out the door,' says US Attorney David Anderson

WaYMO. A Waymo self-driving car pulls into a parking lot at the Google-owned company's headquarters in Mountain View, California, on May 8, 2019. Photo by Glenn Chapman/AFP


U.S. tech industry cool on Trump deal on France digital tax

Aug 28, 2019 - 9:47 AM

France's levy has been criticized in Washington for departing from precedent on taxing revenue instead of profits and for targeting a narrow group of companies

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


De Lima urges Google Philippines to take down fake content on YouTube

Aug 26, 2019 - 9:39 AM

Senator Leila de Lima asks Google Philippines and parent company Alphabet to be more aggressive in taking down fake videos on YouTube which serve political agendas


Google could be your twin moron if you do not make it your slave

Aug 25, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Heavy multitasking really disrupts attention, and attention is essential to sustain a path towards a goal

Google says YouTube campaign targeted Hong Kong protests

Aug 23, 2019 - 7:58 AM

A Google online post says we 'disabled 210 channels on YouTube when we discovered channels in this network behaved in a coordinated manner while uploading videos related to the ongoing protests in Hong Kong'

GOOGLE. A man walks past the logo of the US multinational technology company Google during the VivaTech trade fair ( Viva Technology), on May 24, 2018 in Paris. Photo by Alain Jocard / AFP

Gmail update improves spelling and grammar correction

Aug 21, 2019 - 6:07 PM

Gmail says it will 'use artificial intelligence to make smarter spell-check suggestions while also detecting potential grammar issues'

GMAIL. Test out these new features on G Suite. Images from Google.

Employees urge Google not to work with U.S. immigration officials

Aug 15, 2019 - 9:40 AM

More than 600 'Googlers' sign a petition prompted by word that US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) was preparing to request bids on a massive cloud computing contract

[2016-12-26] "Googleplex", Google Headquarters, Mountain View, California. Google logo on the office building is in this photo  A By achinthamb

4 Samsung Galaxy Note 10 alternatives for savvy phone fans

Aug 05, 2019 - 3:51 PM

Don't feel like breaking the bank for the new Galaxy Note 10? Here are some alternatives.

Google builds gesture controls into new Pixel phone

Jul 30, 2019 - 2:02 PM

Gesture controls and face recognition are coming to the Pixel 4, set to debut in October

PIXEL FACE RECOGNITION. Screenshot from Google/YouTube

Australian watchdog calls for controls on Facebook, Google

Jul 26, 2019 - 3:29 PM

'There is no option other than to put in place the right regulatory and legislative regime to protect the public's privacy,' Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says

FRYDENBERG. Josh Frydenberg, Treasurer of Australia, in April 2019 at a candidates' forum prior to the 2019 federal election. Wikipedia photo


Google/Alphabet sees fresh growth amid antitrust woes

Jul 26, 2019 - 2:38 PM

Profits triples in the 2nd quarter from a year earlier to $9.9 billion while revenues increase 19% to $38.9 billion.


Google Station public WiFi now available in more than 400 locations nationwide

Jul 25, 2019 - 1:10 PM

The service, previously only available in 50 locations during its February launch, expands

GOOGLE STATION. Mahesh Bhalerao discusses their public WiFi service at Google For Philippines 2019. Screenshot from Google livestream

The struggle to regulate online giants like Facebook, Google, Amazon

Jul 24, 2019 - 3:42 PM

Governments are having trouble regulating the giants as they often have to work with rules that haven't adapted quickly enough to the rise of these digital companies


U.S. announces antitrust review of Big Tech firms

Jul 24, 2019 - 10:36 AM

The Justice Department does not name specific companies but appears to signal targeting Google, Facebook and Amazon, which dominate key sectors of the digital economy

BIG TECH. This illustration picture taken on April 20, 2018 in Paris shows apps for Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple (GAFA) and the reflection of a binary code displayed on a tablet screen. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

3 myths to bust about breaking up 'big tech'

Jul 21, 2019 - 11:12 AM

Here are 3 myths worth discussing and busting when it comes to the idea of breaking up large tech conglomerates

Google says partner leaked classified Dutch data

Jul 12, 2019 - 10:45 PM

Google also acknowledges its Google Assistant device was liable to 'false accept' pickups, allowing it to record by mistake without having been activated by users

Google hails Puerto Princesa Underground River with a Doodle

Jun 30, 2019 - 9:48 AM

Google users can see an illustration of the Puerto Princesa Underground River by artist David Lu on the search engine's homepage

French consumer group launches class action lawsuit against Google

Jun 26, 2019 - 5:58 PM

The UFC-Que Choisir group says the goal of its class action suit is to 'end the insidious exploitation of users' personal data, particularly those using Android devices with a Google account, and compensate them for up to 1,000 euros'

Pressure mounts on YouTube to better protect young users

Jun 21, 2019 - 2:22 PM

Consumer and child protection groups are worried YouTube is collecting data on young users and failing to shield them from inappropriate content

LOOK: Jose Rizal as Google Doodle for 158th birth anniversary

Jun 19, 2019 - 12:05 AM

The national hero celebrates his 158th birth anniversary this year


Sanofi turns to Google in search for better treatments

Jun 18, 2019 - 3:50 PM

Google 'will apply technology and analytics on Sanofi’s large real world database to better understand what treatments work for patients,' the pharmaceutical firm says in a statement

Google releases free Game Builder program on Steam

Jun 14, 2019 - 6:36 PM

Game Builder makes the process of creating your own games a fun game in and of itself

GAME BUILDER. Make your own fun. Screenshot from Google blogpost

Hong Kongers alarmed by Google translation gaffe

Jun 14, 2019 - 2:04 PM

(UPDATED) Google users find that when people enter the phrase 'I am sad to see Hong Kong become part of China' the suggested translation in both Simplified and Traditional Chinese converts the word 'sad' to 'happy'

LOOK: Google Doodle for Philippine Independence Day

Jun 12, 2019 - 12:35 PM

Check out the Doodle for the 121st Philippine Independence Day!

Screenshot from Google


Media group study finds Google makes billions from news

Jun 11, 2019 - 1:38 PM

The study by the News Media Alliance underscores industry arguments about Google and other online giants harming traditional news organizations by dominating the internet news ecosystem and the ad revenues from it

Google appeals against EU fine for anti-trust breach

Jun 06, 2019 - 1:47 PM

Google appeals a Brussels sanction on Google's AdSense advertising service, which says it illegally restricted client websites from displaying ads from ad service rivals


U.S. antitrust hammer for Big Tech: What happens next?

Jun 05, 2019 - 1:05 PM

Each firm has different issues, but any probes could center on whether they abused their dominant position and stifled competition

Google server trouble snarls YouTube, Snapchat

Jun 03, 2019 - 7:38 AM

In a statement on its Cloud Platform status page, Google acknowledges the issue, saying it was dealing with 'high levels of network congestion in the eastern USA, affecting multiple services in Google Cloud, G Suite and YouTube'