Singapore launches public hearings on 'fake news'

Mar 15, 2018 - 12:24 PM

'In fact, one of the purposes of dealing with deliberate online falsehoods is to protect free speech and enhance free speech,' says Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam

Canada considering tax on internet giants

Mar 15, 2018 - 10:44 AM

'The government of Canada recognizes that large internet companies are acting outside regulatory frameworks and may be a threat to our culture,' says a spokesman for Canada's Heritage Minister Melanie Joly

France to take legal action against Google, Apple for 'abusive' practices

Mar 14, 2018 - 4:58 PM

The action against Google and Apple comes as US President Donald Trump moves towards imposing a 25% tariff on imported steel and 10% tariff on imports of aluminium

LEGAL ACTION. France will take legal action against Google and Apple for 'abusive business practices. Background from Shutterstock.

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 12, 2018

Mar 12, 2018 - 9:40 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Monday

RED MONDAY. SC Justices present during the flag-raising are Antonio Carpio, Presbitero Velasco, Teresita de Castro, Diosdado Peralta, Lucas Bersamin, Mariano del Castillo, Francis Jardeleza, Samuel Martires, and Noel Tijam. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler  Photo by Lian Buan

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 5, 2018

Mar 05, 2018 - 10:06 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Monday

ACADEMY AWARD WINNER. Sam Rockwell accepts the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor during the 90th Annual Academy Awards show in Hollywood, California. Photo by Mark Ralston/ AFP PHOTO

EU aims to tax internet giants at '2-6%' – France

Mar 04, 2018 - 8:22 PM

Critics say the tax-avoidance strategies used by the tech titans like Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple – deprive EU governments of billions of euros while giving them an unfair advantage over smaller rivals

TAXED. The European plans to tax giant technology companies like Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Apple.

Google's Slack competitor, Hangouts Chat, rolling out over the week

Mar 01, 2018 - 8:33 AM

Google is touting Hangouts Chat as a prime Slack competitor by virtue of artificial intelligence, including the use of bots for scheduling meetings, and creating advanced search queries simply

HANGOUTS CHAT. Will Google's new communications platform for businesses take flight? Screen shot from Google.

Want to be a chef for a day? Translate!

Feb 28, 2018 - 8:23 PM

No recipe on the internet is going to stump you again!

Why the media is a key dimension of global inequality

Feb 17, 2018 - 3:00 PM

The story of expanding global media networks is often told as if they spread freedom everywhere, liberally and evenly. But when we ask freedom for whom, the tale gets more complex.

Global media systems cannot effectively contribute to social progress until opportunities are more widely shared. by Facebook/Facebook

Google launches lightweight Gmail Go for Android

Feb 16, 2018 - 12:23 PM

The Go version of Gmail is half the filesize of the original mobile version. Unfortunately, it is only available to Android O Go users

Google launches its own Snapchat-like 'stories'

Feb 14, 2018 - 1:34 PM

The newly launched format called AMP Stories is Google's answer to delivering easy-to-read interactive stories

AMP. A video shows off the visuals of Google's new content delivery app. Screenshot from Google/YouTube

Unilever threatens to pull ads from 'divisive platforms'

Feb 13, 2018 - 7:55 AM

Denouncing what it calls 'toxic online content,' Unilever weighs in on growing concerns about fake news and extremist posts on such networks as Facebook and Google

UNILEVER HQ. A picture taken on June 5, 2015 shows employees walking pass the logo of Unilever at the headquarters in Rotterdam. John Thys/AFP/File

Google fined $21M in India for abusing dominant position

Feb 09, 2018 - 1:11 PM

Google has been found to have favored its own services when customers ran searches according to the Competition Commission of India

GOOGLE. The search giant faces fines in India. Photo by Leon Neal/AFP

Google working on 'Yeti,' a streaming game platform – report

Feb 08, 2018 - 3:18 PM

Sources familiar with the matter say the project, codenamed "Yeti," will allow users to play games as they're being streamed, as opposed to requiring a download or physical disk

GOOGLE BUILDING A YETI? People pass by the Google logo at the Web Summit in Lisbon on November 8, 2017. File photo by Patricia de Melo Moreira/AFP

Google parent hit by higher costs, names new chairman

Feb 02, 2018 - 12:03 PM

Alphabet reports a loss of $3 billion for the fourth quarter as it set aside $11 billion for taxes

GOOGLE. A woman sits in a Las Vegas Monorail car with a Google ad prior to the CES 2018 on January 7, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. File photo by Alex Wong/AFP

What's it like using smart speakers in the PH?

Jan 29, 2018 - 2:24 PM

'When our service provider had connection problems in our area, Google Assistant would repeat to me every 30 minutes that it 'couldn’t find the internet''

GOOGLE HOME. The search giant steps into the smart speaker arena with the 2016 release of this device. Screenshot from Google.

Latest Alphabet 'moonshot' aims to thwart cyber attacks

Jan 25, 2018 - 1:23 PM

Google parent company Alphabet unveils Chronicle, a new unit dedicated to 'helping companies find and stop cyber attacks before they cause harm'

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube pressed over terror content

Jan 18, 2018 - 10:22 AM

'Social media companies continue to get beat in part because they rely too heavily on technologists and technical detection to catch bad actors,' says an expert at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in the use of the internet by terror groups.

TERROR HEARING. Monika Bickert, Facebook's Head of Global Policy Management, Juniper Downs, YouTube's Global Head of Public Policy and Government Relations, and Carlos Monje, Director of Twitter's North America Public Policy and Philanthropy, listen during a hearing of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation committee on Capitol Hill January 17, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Google patches for Meltdown, Spectre not slowing down systems

Jan 12, 2018 - 10:23 AM

The search giant says that the security patches it has issued do not slow down its cloud services

SAFE ZONE. Google says their new security patches for the processor vulnerabilities have no negative effects to performance. File photo by Patricia de Melo Moreira

Digital assistants duel for dominance at CES 2018

Jan 09, 2018 - 5:17 PM

Google, Amazon, LG, Panasonic, Samsung, Microsoft, Apple – all these brands are pushing virtual assistant technologies, potentially the new way people will be interacting with computers and appliances

GOOGLE HOME. Pictured is Google's stylish smart speaker, the Home. Screenshot from Google/YouTube

Fakta di balik bunga Rafflesia Arnoldii

Jan 09, 2018 - 12:18 PM

Hari ini tepat 25 tahun sejak Rafflesia Arnoldii ditetapkan sebagai Bunga Nasional Indonesia

BUNGA NASIONAL. Hari ini tepat 25 tahun Rafflesia Arnoldii ditetapkan sebagai Bunga Nasional Indonesia. Foto oleh Diva Marha/AFP

Tech firms battle to resolve major security flaw

Jan 06, 2018 - 10:17 AM

Apple, for its part, advises only getting apps from its online App Store which vets programs for safety

AMD, ARM processors also vulnerable to newly found exploits – researchers

Jan 04, 2018 - 12:06 PM

Like Intel, the chips from the said brands are vulnerable to the 'Meltdown' and 'Spectre' chip flaws, which let programs steal data being processed on a computer

5 tokoh terpopuler di Indonesia tahun 2017

Dec 29, 2017 - 11:48 AM

Mulai dari Setya Novanto, Rizieq Shihab, hingga Raisa

Google VP vows 'vigilance' after US net neutrality rollback

Dec 22, 2017 - 12:35 PM

Vint Cerf warns that with net neutrality, the internet may start to resemble 'cable television' where 'services vary depending upon ability to pay'

PIONEER. Vinton Cerf, pictured here at a 2014 US Senate hearing, has warned of possible negative effects of rolling back net neutrality. Photo by Alex Wong/AFP

Chairman of Google parent company Alphabet stepping down

Dec 22, 2017 - 11:16 AM

Eric Schmidt, Alphabet's soon-to-be former executive chairman, is set to remain in the company as technical advisor

SCHMIDT. Executive Chairman Alphabet Inc. Eric Schmidt gestures as he speaks during a session at The Viva Technology Event in Paris on June 15, 2017. Photo by Bertrand Guay/AFP

2017 top science stories: Space 'visitors', smartphone addiction, and your pet dog

Dec 19, 2017 - 11:45 AM

What are the biggest stories, discoveries and ideas in science this 2017? The Mind Movers of the Mind Museum list down some of the most important ones from the past 12 months.

Net giants 'must pay for news' from which they make billions

Dec 14, 2017 - 2:59 PM

European news agencies demand that Google, Facebook, and Twitter must share a significant part of the advertising revenue with the news outfits who produce the information

Google opens AI center in China as competition heats up

Dec 14, 2017 - 1:50 PM

Google's move to open a Beijing office focused on fundamental research is an indication of China's AI talent, widely seen as being neck-and-neck with the United States in research capability

This photo taken on April 11, 2016 shows visitors gathering at Google booth during the 2016 China International Electronic Commerce Expo in Yiwu, east China's Zhejiang province. File photo by AFP

'Surat Cinta untuk Starla' jadi pencarian terpopuler di Google Indonesia tahun 2017

Dec 13, 2017 - 7:45 PM

Film 'Pengabdi Setan' jadi topik kedua yang paling banyak dicari

YEAR IN SEARCH. Tony Keusgen, Managing Director Google Indonesia, bersama Virgoun yang masuk kategori penelusuran terpopuler #YearinSearch Indonesia 2017 untuk keyword 'Surat Cinta untuk Starla', Joko Anwar #2 yang masuk penelusuran terpopuler untuk keyword 'Pengabdi Setan' dan Ayu Laksmi yang masuk penelusuran terpopuler kategori Selebriti di acara #YearinSearch 2017, Rabu, 13 Desember di The Warehouse, Jakarta. Foto dari Google Indonesia

'Despacito,' Miss Universe among top Google searches for 2017

Dec 13, 2017 - 4:00 PM

It turns out you're not the only one looking up 'Despacito' lyrics in the middle of the night

MISS UNIVERSE 2017. The big event is one of the top most searched topics on google in the Philippines in 2017. File photo shows Miss South Africa 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters as she is crowned new Miss Universe 2017 by Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere. Photo by Patrick Gray/AP

YouTube taking on Spotify with own streaming music service – report

Dec 08, 2017 - 7:15 PM

The service, internally called Remix, is slated to come out in March, according to people familiar with the matter

Android Oreo Go Edition is an Oreo update for low-end devices

Dec 05, 2017 - 6:20 PM

Android Oreo (Go Edition), a version of Android Oreo for low-end devices, will be launching as part of the Android 8.1 rollout on December 6

ANDROID OREO TO GO. Android Oreo gets a version for lower-end smartphones. Image from Google

10,000 Google staff set to hunt down extremist YouTube content – CEO

Dec 05, 2017 - 2:44 PM

Political pressure pushes Google to deploy manpower dedicated to rooting out radical material online

Dengvaxia issue, Sereno acquittal, Cotto retirement | Evening wRap

Dec 04, 2017 - 9:38 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Acor Arceo

Australia competition inquiry targets Facebook, Google

Dec 04, 2017 - 10:05 AM

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission inquiry will look at the effect that search engines, social media operators and other digital content aggregation platforms are having on media and advertising markets

TECH GIANT. In this May 10, 2012 file photo, a view of an Apple iPhone displaying the Facebook app's splash screen in front of the login page on a computer are shown in Washington, DC. File Photo by Karen Bleier/AFP

Google banning non-lock screen apps with lock screen ads

Dec 01, 2017 - 6:28 PM

Google says, 'Unless the exclusive purpose of the app is that of a lock screen, apps may not introduce ads or features that monetize the locked display of a device'

Google launches Datally, an app that helps save up to 30% on data

Nov 30, 2017 - 3:27 PM

Datally lets users track the apps that use up data, and determine where they can save data usage

LeBron James making YouTube series on young basketball hopefuls

Nov 21, 2017 - 1:19 PM

Cleveland Cavaliers star Lebron James is among the executive producers of the eight-episode series 'Best Shot' about the lives of high school students with dreams of becoming basketball stars

DOUBLE-TEAMED. Sindarius Thornwell #0 and Wesley Johnson #33 of the LA Clippers double team LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during their game at Quicken Loans Arena on November 17, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Amnesty International report, PH population, Google, FB join Trust Project | Midday wRap

Nov 17, 2017 - 12:49 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Google, Facebook join news organizations in 'Trust Project'

Nov 17, 2017 - 8:51 AM

Microsoft and Twitter also agree to participate in the "Trust Project," with some 75 news organizations to tag news stories which meet standards for ethics and transparency

US state launches probe on how Google handles user data

Nov 14, 2017 - 10:33 AM

The investigation seeks to determine whether the tech giant violated antitrust and consumer protection laws

GOOGLE. People pass by the Google logo at the Web Summit in Lisbon on November 8, 2017.  Europe's largest tech event Web Summit will be held at Parque das Nacoes in Lisbon from November 6 to November 9. Photo by Patricia de Melo Moreira/AFP

Deretan Youtuber yang memeriahkan acara Youtube Fanfest 2017

Nov 10, 2017 - 11:09 PM

Acara Youtube Fanfest akan digelar hingga 12 November

YOUTUBER. Deretan pengisi acara Youtube Fanfest 2017 yang akan berlangsung hingga 12 November. Foto oleh Brian Arga Wana/Rappler

Be wary of fake Whatsapp apps on the Google Play Store

Nov 07, 2017 - 5:55 PM

Fake WhatsApp messenger apps are popping up, and users should be careful which version they're picking up

'We need to do more' about misinformation, Google says

Nov 04, 2017 - 8:53 AM

A Google official reveals that 'there had been a very limited use' of their advertising by Russian interests during the 2016 US election

Indonesian terrorist, Roque on Duterte, NY terror suspect | Evening wRap

Nov 02, 2017 - 9:16 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Mara Cepeda

Facebook, Twitter, Google take aim at 'troll armies' that helped Trump win

Nov 01, 2017 - 10:20 AM

The companies seek to assure lawmakers that Russia's alleged online and social media interference to influence U.S. elections doesn't happen again

ONLINE PROOF. With examples of Russian-created Facebook pages behind him, Senator Patrick Leahy questions witnesses during a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism hearing titled 'Extremist Content and Russian Disinformation Online' on Capitol Hill, October 31, 2017 in Washington, DC. The committee questioned the tech company representatives about attempts by Russian operatives to spread disinformation and purchase political ads on their platforms, and what efforts the companies plan to use to prevent similar incidents in future elections. Photo by Drew Angerer/AFP

Microsoft rep installs Chrome after Edge kept crashing during pitch

Oct 31, 2017 - 4:47 PM

When Microsoft's Edge browser crashes, apparently it's Google Chrome to the rescue!

126 million U.S. users affected by Facebook content from Russian sources – reports

Oct 31, 2017 - 11:39 AM

(UPDATED) Facebook, Google and Twitter are expected to share their findings regarding their own investigations into possible connections between Russian entities and posts, ads, and even videos shared on YouTube

Google, Cisco join forces in the cloud

Oct 27, 2017 - 8:30 AM

Cisco and Google say they will collaborate to offer ways for applications or services to be deployed, managed, and secured for businesses with a mix of on-premise and cloud capabilities