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Google warns against sideloading apps on 'uncertified' devices

Feb 24, 2020 - 4:58 PM

'Sideloading Google’s apps also carries a high risk of installing an app that has been altered or tampered with in ways that can compromise user security,' says the search giant

Google to shut down free WiFi program

Feb 18, 2020 - 7:25 AM

(UPDATED) The search giant cites cheapening mobile data costs and difficulties in scaling and sustainability as reasons for shutting down

GOOGLE STATION. The Philippines is among the 8 countries where the program was rolled out. Screenshot from Google Station website

Big Tech acquisitions over past decade to face fresh U.S. scrutiny

Feb 12, 2020 - 4:33 PM

The bombshell announcement by the US Federal Trade Commission opens the door to fresh scrutiny of deals made by Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and Google parent Alphabet since 2010

FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION. The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) building is seen 19 September 2006 in Washington, DC. File photo by Paul J. Richards/AFP

Google vs EU: a decade-long saga goes to court

Feb 12, 2020 - 1:45 PM

Google is appealing a 2.4 billion euro fine from 2017 that was the first in a series of major penalties from the European Commission, the EU's powerful anti-trust regulator

Google Chrome to block insecure downloads starting April

Feb 11, 2020 - 3:22 PM

Google is working to ensure 'secure (HTTPS) pages only download secure files' through a gradual upgrading process on the Chrome browser

Google HR chief stepping aside as worker activism rises

Feb 11, 2020 - 11:57 AM

Eileen Naughton steps away from her job as 'vice president of people relations' at Google

GOOGLE. The new Google logo is displayed at the Google headquarters on September 2, 2015 in Mountain View, California. File photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Google Maps marks 15-year milestone with new features

Feb 07, 2020 - 12:03 PM

Google Maps now has more than one billion monthly active users for its app, and has mapped more than 220 countries and territories

Photo from Google

Google and Tinder probed over use of data in EU

Feb 05, 2020 - 11:07 AM

Regulators check if the companies have a 'valid legal basis for processing' user data

Disappointing growth hits Google parent Alphabet shares

Feb 04, 2020 - 11:08 AM

Alphabet highlights growth in YouTube and cloud services as it works to reduce its dependence on the digital advertising which delivers most of its cash.

ALPHABET. Background image from Wikipedia by author Jijithecat

Google says it will phase out web-tracking 'cookies'

Jan 15, 2020 - 11:13 AM

The company's 'Sandbox' program intends to find a system that would still allow advertisers to deliver their messages while protecting people from being tracked

Google honors Genoveva Matute with Doodle on 105th birthday

Jan 03, 2020 - 11:51 AM

Filipino author and academic Genoveva Matute is known for 'Ang Kuwento ni Mabuti,' the first short story in Filipino to win a Palanca award

Ex-Googler seeking office urges tech firm regulation

Jan 03, 2020 - 11:24 AM

Ross LaJeunesse, former global head of international relations, accuses his former company of straying from its 'don't be evil' path

OPPOSITION. Ross Lajeunesse is the former global head of international relations at Google, and is currently running for senator in the US. Ross Lajeunesse photo from personal Twitter page

French regulator fines Google 150 million euros over search engine ads

Dec 20, 2019 - 7:05 PM

The move is the 3rd biggest penalty ever handed out for abuse of market dominance by the French authority

Facebook working on own operating system to run AR glasses

Dec 20, 2019 - 11:27 AM

Having their own software for augmented reality allows Facebook to avoid dependency on Google for Android software updates

Google settles $327 million tax bill in Australia

Dec 18, 2019 - 6:29 PM

'This settlement is another great outcome for the Australian tax system,' says Australian Tax Office Deputy Commissioner Mark Konza

GOOGLE. In this file photo taken on May 16, 2019 a woman takes a picture with two smartphones in front of the logo of the US multinational technology and Internet-related services company Google. File photo by Alain Jocard/AFP

'Avengers: Endgame,' 'Idol Philippines' top Google PH's lists of most searched movies and TV shows in 2019

Dec 14, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Kathryn Bernardo and Alden Richards' 'Hello, Love, Goodbye' was also highly searched in 2019

'AVENGERS: ENDGAME.' The highly-anticipated conclusion to the third phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe unsurprisingly topped Google's movie searches in the Philippines in 2019. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios

SB19, Jane de Leon are Google Philippines' most searched personalities in 2019

Dec 14, 2019 - 6:57 PM

Vico Sotto, the Barretto sisters, and Gazini Ganados also make the list

MOST SEARCHED. Fiipino idol group SB19 and actress Jane de Leon topped Google Philippines' list of most searched personalities in 2019. Photos from and Rob Reyes/Rappler

Australia stops short of major clampdown on Facebook, Google

Dec 12, 2019 - 4:59 PM

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission calls for new regulations to rein in the power of digital behemoths amid global concerns ranging from anti-trust issues to privacy abuse, among other issues

MONITORING TECH GIANTS. A picture taken on October 1, 2019 in Lille shows the logos of mobile apps Facebook and Google displayed on a tablet. Photo by Denis Charlet/AFP

Singapore defends misinformation law after criticism

Dec 12, 2019 - 4:45 PM

Singapore's communications ministry and law ministry insists the legislation, which came into force last month, would not curb free speech

Google bans political ads in Singapore as elections loom

Dec 04, 2019 - 8:12 PM

The ban is imposed under controversial new rules aimed at fighting disinformation in the city-state, which critics fear could be used to stifle dissent

Fired Google engineers seek U.S. federal probe

Dec 04, 2019 - 9:43 AM

Four employees claim they were fired in retaliation for their labor organization efforts

Google's Sundar Pichai named CEO at parent firm Alphabet

Dec 04, 2019 - 9:34 AM

Pichai takes over from Larry Page, a co-founder of the internet giant, at Google's parent company

NEW CEO. Sundar Pichai (R) will take over from Larry Page (L), a co-founder of the internet firm, at the parent company which includes Google as well as units focusing on 'other bets' in areas including self-driving cars and life sciences. Photo by Josh Edelson, Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

EU to check how Facebook, Google use data – spokeswoman

Dec 03, 2019 - 1:10 PM

(UPDATED) 'These investigations concern the way data is gathered, processed, used and monetized including for advertising purposes,' says the spokeswoman for the European Commission

BIG TECH. A picture taken on October 1, 2019 in Lille shows the logos of mobile apps Facebook and Google displayed on a tablet. Photo by Denis Charlet/AFP

Google Philippines announces new country director

Nov 27, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Bernadette Nacario follows interim head Ben King, and long-time country head Ken Lingan who left in May 2019

Photo from Google Philippines

Google tensions deepen over firings of 'Thanksgiving Four'

Nov 26, 2019 - 4:46 PM

(UPDATED) The dismissals of the 4 deepen staff-management tensions at a company once seen as a paradigm of Silicon Valley freedoms but now embroiled in numerous controversies

GOOGLE. People walk in Google's main campus as a sit-in to protest against Google's retaliation against workers takes place within Google's main cafeteria in Mountain View, California on May 1, 2019. File photo by Amy Osborne/AFP

Google shifts rules for political ads, pressuring Facebook

Nov 22, 2019 - 12:04 PM

Google limits ad targeting to general categories such as age, gender or postal code location

Google, Facebook business models threat to rights – Amnesty report

Nov 21, 2019 - 6:53 PM

The London-based organization argues that the current model of monetizing personal information imperils a gamut of rights including freedom of opinion and expression

Google tightens political ads policy to thwart abuse

Nov 21, 2019 - 11:01 AM

Though its rules already ban any advertiser, from lying in ads, Google is making its policy more clear and adding examples of how that prohibits content such as doctored or manipulated images or video

Showtime for Stadia cloud gaming service

Nov 19, 2019 - 2:25 PM

Google is aiming for a piece of a global video game industry expected to top $150 billion this year by using its cloud computing technology offering rich features without the need for consoles

STADIA. Visitors play the cloud-gaming based 'Doom' at the stand of Google Stadia during the video games trade fair Gamescom in Cologne, western Germany, on August 21, 2019. Photo by Ina Fassbender/AFP

A hands-on look at Google's Stadia cloud game service

Nov 17, 2019 - 6:01 PM

Is its bang as big as its much-advertised buck?

GOOGLE STADIA. A visitor plays the cloud-gaming based 'Doom' at the stand of Google Stadia during the Video games trade fair Gamescom in Cologne, western Germany, on August 21, 2019. Photo by Ina Fassbender/AFP

Google enters battle for cloud gaming market

Nov 17, 2019 - 2:44 PM

However, analysts say Stadia's outlook is uncertain as its faces rivals such as PlayStation Now in an emerging and highly-competitive market

GOOGLE STADIA. A visitor plays a cloud-game at the stand of Google Stadia during the Video games trade fair Gamescom in Cologne, western Germany, on August 21, 2019. File photo by Ina Fassbender/AFP

Health websites in UK share data with advertisers – Financial Times

Nov 13, 2019 - 8:36 PM

The Financial Times says Google's advertising arm DoubleClick is by far the most common destination for the data, while a health website caught up in the process is the British Heart Foundation

Google healthcare data move makes some queasy

Nov 13, 2019 - 11:45 AM

Google says their healthcare project aims to help medical professionals collaborate and that 'patient data cannot and will not be combined with any Google consumer data'

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

Alphabet scrutinizing handling of misconduct claims

Nov 07, 2019 - 12:40 PM

Google would provide 'more granularity' regarding sexual harassment investigations and their outcomes, according to CEO Sundar Pichai.

Google buying Fitbit in move into wearables, digital health

Nov 02, 2019 - 12:00 PM

The deal for one of the top makers of fitness trackers comes with Google seeking to expand further into hardware.

Google going for Fitbit acquisition – report

Oct 29, 2019 - 8:05 PM

Google’s acquiring Fitbit would point towards plans to build a smartwatch to complement their Pixel line of phones

Google parent Alphabet quarterly profit misses mark

Oct 29, 2019 - 5:25 PM

Digital advertising on Google continues to be the primary money-maker for Alphabet – accounting for some $34 billion in revenue

ALPHABET. Background image from Wikipedia by author Jijithecat.

Aussie consumer watchdog sues Google over location data use

Oct 29, 2019 - 12:46 PM

Google is accused of making misleading on-screen representations about the location data it was collecting and when certain Google Account settings were enabled or disabled

Google launches 'Digital Wellbeing' apps to help manage life with technology

Oct 24, 2019 - 7:48 PM

Google shares a set of new apps that are meant to help users find balance and order in using mobile phones and technologies in their lives

Image from Google

French media take Google to competition regulator over copyright

Oct 24, 2019 - 4:52 PM

French Media say they will report Google to the French competition regulator over the company's refusal to pay news companies for displaying their content, defying a EU copyright law

Quantum leap in computing as scientists claim 'supremacy'

Oct 23, 2019 - 8:12 PM

Experts working on Google's Sycamore machine say their quantum system had executed a calculation in 200 seconds that would have taken a classic computer 10,000 years to complete

GOOGLE SYCAMORE. Photograph of the Sycamore processor. Image by Erik Lucero, Research Scientist and Lead Production Quantum Hardware at

Journalists urge action against Google over EU copyright dispute

Oct 23, 2019 - 9:19 AM

Journalists, photographers, filmmakers, and media CEOs sign an open letter published in papers across Europe urging governments to ensure tech companies compensate media for displaying their content online

Google completes first drone delivery in the U.S.

Oct 19, 2019 - 11:39 PM

Google subsidiary Wing says that a family used the Wing app to order Tylenol, cough drops, Vitamin C tablets, bottled water and tissues

DRONE DELIVERY. This handout image obtained on September 19, 2019 courtesy of Wing Aviation LLC, shows a first-of-its-kind drone delivery service. Photo from Wing Aviation LLC/AFP

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