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Google marks Josefa Llanes Escoda's 120th birth anniversary with doodle

Sep 20, 2018 - 1:49 PM

Google pays tribute to the founder of the Girl Scouts of the Philippines through its trademark homepage doodle


Google Mini captures top spot in connected speaker market

Sep 20, 2018 - 9:28 AM

A report by Strategy Analytics shows that for the second quarter of 2018 the smallest device from Google captured 20 percent of the market with sales of 2.3 million

MINI. File photo shows Isabelle Olsson, lead designer for home hardware for Google, Inc., introducing the new Google Home Mini at a product launch event, October 4, 2017, at the SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco, California. Photo by Elijah Nouvelage/AFP

The Information and Democracy Commission: Defending free flow of truthful info

Sep 18, 2018 - 7:19 PM

The Information and Democracy Commission is a global initiative launched by Reporters Without Borders to build a formal multi-sectoral approach to combating misinformation and disinformation in the digital age


Leaked video shows Google execs troubled by Trump election

Sep 13, 2018 - 1:09 PM

Google CEO Sundar Pichai says that while the election was rife with rhetoric and division, people should have faith in the democratic process

PICHAI. Google CEO Sundar Pichai is among the executives seen talking about Donald Trump's presidential victory in one of the company's town hall meetings. Screenshot from Breitbart video


Many conservatives fret over Trump's war on tech giants

Sep 11, 2018 - 1:55 PM

Some view the looming anti-trust investigations on the big tech companies as punishment based on political reasons

TECH TITANS. Jeff Bezos, chief executive officer of Amazon, Larry Page, chief executive officer of Alphabet Inc. (parent company of Google), Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, Vice President-elect Mike Pence listen as President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a meeting of technology executives at Trump Tower, December 14, 2016 in New York City. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP


Google's 'no-show' in Congress adds to its political headache

Sep 11, 2018 - 11:48 AM

'You have to feed the beast. At the end of the day, it's better to be there and engage than it is to not be there and hope you avoid some tough questions,' says president of US think tank, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

GOOGLE. The seat for Alphabet (Google) CEO Larry Page sits empty as Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on September 5, 2018. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP


How Google’s innovation will continue beyond its 20th year

Sep 09, 2018 - 7:17 PM

One day, a personal fitness tracker might note that a user’s resting heart rate is 15% higher this week than the average over the past six months. From there, Google might offer up research or doctors’ advice about cardiovascular health

ALPHABET. Larry Page, Google co-founder and CEO speaks during the opening keynote at the Google I/O developers conference at the Moscone Center on May 15, 2013 in San Francisco, California. File photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP


EU ministers 'battle' over French-backed digital tax

Sep 08, 2018 - 7:51 PM

Paris says the proposed tax will ensure that global tech platforms pay their fair share. However, some EU members argue the tax would also punish European companies and stifle innovation.

Google event on October 9 expected to star new Pixel phone

Sep 07, 2018 - 11:37 AM

An Android-powered smartwatch may be unveiled as well

GOOGLE. Google's New York office is shown in lower Manhattan on March 5, 2018 in New York City. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP


Google researchers say tech industry has fueled 'attention crisis'

Sep 06, 2018 - 6:18 PM

A paper by Google's own user-experience researchers provides an overall picture of the reasons people feel the need to be in constant contact with their phones

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


Tech shares fall after congress grilling

Sep 06, 2018 - 2:30 PM

'When major companies testify in front of the Congress it's never a good thing' for their stock price, says a financial analyst

Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP


Google lambasted for absence in congress hearing

Sep 06, 2018 - 3:22 AM

'There's an empty chair next to you for Google, they're not here today – maybe it's because they're arrogant,' says one Republican senator

EMPTY SEAT. The seat for Alphabet (Google) CEO Larry Page is unoccupied as Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on September 5, 2018. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP


U.S. to probe tech firms on competition, 'stifling' free speech

Sep 06, 2018 - 1:31 AM

(UPDATED) 'Social media platforms have the right to determine what types of legal speech they will permit on their platforms,' says IT expert Daniel Castro

SHOULDER TAP. Google, along with other tech giants, gets a tap on the shoulder from the US government about current practices on content moderation. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP


Top U.S. regulator calls for 'transparency' from tech giants

Sep 05, 2018 - 10:17 AM

'We need to seriously think about whether the time has come for these companies to abide by new transparency obligations,' says US Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai

AJIT PAI. In this file photo, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai testifies before the Senate Appropriations Committee May 17, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP


Russia warns Google against election meddling

Sep 04, 2018 - 10:05 PM

Russian Central Election Commission member Alexander Klyukin says the commission sent an official letter to Larry Page, the CEO of Google's parent company Alphabet, regarding Alexei Navalny's use of YouTube.

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

Europe's news agencies blast Google, Facebook for 'plundering' content

Sep 04, 2018 - 4:34 PM

Critics, however, say that the new proposed copyright law in Europe may restrict the usage of memes and remixes by everyday internet users who often use content without securing the rights


Expert opinions: the September 5 Facebook-Twitter-Google hearing

Sep 04, 2018 - 2:35 PM

'The Democrats are upset about the spread of misinformation in the 2016 election, and the Republicans over the perception of bias,' says Roslyn Layton, a scholar specializing in telecom and internet issues

SANDBERG. The chief operating officer of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg, will join top representatives from Twitter and possibly, Google, in another high-profile congressional grilling on September 5. Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for MAKERS/AFP


UK demands action from tech giants over online child abuse

Sep 03, 2018 - 11:49 PM

'I've been impressed by the progress the likes of Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and Apple have made on counter-terrorism. Now I want to see the same level of commitment from these companies and others for child sexual exploitation,' British interior minister Sajid Javid says

Facebook, Twitter, Google are in the U.S. congress hot seat again. Here's why.

Sep 03, 2018 - 6:10 PM

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, and a yet-to-be-confirmed Google executive face US lawmakers on September 5 regarding Russian election interference

NEXT ROUND. The online giants, represented here by Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter's Jack Dorsey, face off with US lawmakers again as issues of foreign interference persist. Sheryl Sandberg photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for MAKERS/AFP; Jack Dorsey photo by Teresa Kroeger/Getty Images for Thurgood Marshall College Fund/AFP


Here's how Google's Pixel 3 phones are shaping up

Sep 01, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Like many 2018 phones, the XL version of the Pixel 3 is expected to carry a notch

PIXEL 2. Photo from Google.


Trump idea on regulating Google 'unfathomable'

Aug 31, 2018 - 2:10 PM

Legal and media experts say Google and other internet firms enjoy the same constitutional protections on free speech as news outlets


Senior Republican calls for reopening of Google probe

Aug 31, 2018 - 11:24 AM

Google's 2013 anti-trust case in the US may be reopened as new 'important developments' rise

SUNDAR PICHAI. Google's anti-trust issues may be reopened as per the demands of a US senator. Screenshot from Google livestream.


Facebook, Twitter executives to testify to U.S. Congress next week

Aug 30, 2018 - 2:50 PM

The US Senate Intelligence Committee's hearing will focus on 'social media companies' responses to foreign influence operations'


YouTube's viewing stats track how long you spend watching videos

Aug 29, 2018 - 7:02 PM

You will now see how much time you spent viewing content today, yesterday, and over the past week.

YOUTUBE VIEWING HABITS. Fabled video repository YouTube will now give you stats on your viewing habits. Images from YouTube blog.

Here's what we really know about Google's mysterious search engine

Aug 29, 2018 - 11:47 AM

Algorithms, AI, crawlers – here's a look at some of the underpinnings of Google's search engine


Trump warns tech giants, stepping up attacks claiming 'bias'

Aug 29, 2018 - 10:47 AM

A top White House aide suggests some type of regulation may be coming in response to the president's complaints

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump speaks to the press aboard Air Force One in flight as he travels from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, to Bedminster, New Jersey, June 29, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP


Google deletes accounts with ties to Iran on YouTube, other sites

Aug 24, 2018 - 2:07 PM

Thirty-nine YouTube channels, 13 Google Plus accounts, and 6 accounts on their blogging platform Blogger have been removed

GOOGLE. AFP Photo/STR


It's almost impossible to escape Google's tracking, new study shows

Aug 23, 2018 - 3:34 PM

An idle Android smartphone with its Chrome browser open sends data communications to Google's servers as often as 14 times an hour, according to the study

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


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Aug 21, 2018 - 8:16 PM

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IN NUMBERS: The fake YouTube views market

Aug 21, 2018 - 5:23 PM

For about $14, a client can buy 1,000 'views' for a YouTube video


Google sued for unwanted tracking of phone locations

Aug 21, 2018 - 10:22 AM

The suit accuses Google of violating privacy law, and cites a news report last week confirmed by university researchers

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 sign protest letter over China search engine – New York Times

Aug 17, 2018 - 2:19 PM

'We urgently need more transparency, a seat at the table, and a commitment to clear and open processes: Google employees need to know what we're building,' they say in the letter, according to the Times


Google collects location data even if you turn off location setting

Aug 15, 2018 - 12:58 PM

Location data may still be collected via Google Maps and search even if a user has turned off a setting labeled 'Location History'

LOCATION HISTORY. With location history on, users can see a map of where they have been. Screenshot from Google timeline page


Millions of Android devices have preloaded vulnerabilities – report

Aug 13, 2018 - 1:06 PM

The vulnerabilities are a byproduct of Android’s open operating system that allows third-party companies such as device manufacturers and carriers to tweak code, says the report by cybersecurity firm, Kryptowire


How Android Pie could change the way you use your phone

Aug 12, 2018 - 8:00 AM

The 3 on-screen navigation buttons have been replaced with just one button

ANDROID PIE. The new version of Android makes several steps towards becoming less intrusive to the user. Screenshot from Google


Googlers bristle at censoring search for China – report

Aug 04, 2018 - 10:48 AM

Google withdrew its search engine from China 8 years ago due to censorship and hacking but it is now working on a project for the country codenamed 'Dragonfly,' according to Google employees

Google developing censor-friendly search engine for China – source

Aug 02, 2018 - 2:38 PM

'It will be a dark day for internet freedom if Google has acquiesced to China's extreme censorship rules to gain market access,' says an Amnesty International researcher

GOOGLE CHINA. 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. AFP Photo/STR


Google sets limit to number of notches on Android P devices

Aug 02, 2018 - 2:22 PM

Notch cutouts can only be placed on the top or bottom side

NOTCH RULES. Google, anticipating possible notch design variations, places stricter rules. Pictured is a Huawei Nova 3i. Photo by Kyle Chua/Rappler


U.S. tech stocks continue to slide on weak day for global equities

Jul 31, 2018 - 1:07 PM

Shares of Facebook, Netflix, Amazon and Google-parent Alphabet all continue to decline since Facebook signaled slower growth last week

TECH STOCKS. People are reflected in the window of the Nasdaq MarketSite in Times Square on July 30, 2018 in New York City. As technology stocks continued their slide on Monday, the Nasdaq Composite dropped 1.1 percent in afternoon trading with shares of Facebook, Netflix, Amazon and Google-parent Alphabet all declining. Photo by Spencer Platt/AFP


U.S in talks with Facebook and Google about online privacy rules

Jul 28, 2018 - 6:30 AM

In a post-GDPR, post-Cambridge Analytica world, the US may finally have a chance at regulating data use by tech giants – a scenario long forestalled by well-funded lobbying efforts by Silicon Valley

TECH REFOCUS. The White House is said to be turning its attention on tech titans again as it attempts to follow the data regulatory framework laid out by Europe's General Data Protection Regulation. In this file photo, appearing from left to right are Jeff Bezos, chief executive officer of Amazon, Larry Page, chief executive officer of Alphabet Inc. (parent company of Google), Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, Vice President-elect Mike Pence, and then President-elect Donald Trump speaking during a meeting of technology executives at Trump Tower, December 14, 2016 in New York City. It was the first major meeting between President-elect Trump and technology industry leaders. File photo by Drew Angerer/AFP


Time to break up Google and Facebook – U.S. attorney general candidate

Jul 26, 2018 - 7:26 AM

Facebook and Google account for a majority of the US digital ad market – an estimated 56.8%


Google parent Alphabet sees record highs despite EU fine

Jul 24, 2018 - 2:26 PM

Revenues jump 26% from a year ago to $32.7 billion, surpassing analyst expectations

FINE RECOVERY. Google CEO Sundar Pichai says the company would take a 'constructive approach' to the EU ruling that slapped the search giant with a multibillion dollar fine. In this photo, Pichai appears at the their annual I/O conference held back in May 2018. File photo by Justin Sullivan/AFP


Tech giants working on universal data portability project

Jul 23, 2018 - 3:54 PM

The open-source initiative will let users transfer their data from one service to another conveniently

What Android users should know about Google’s fight with the EU

Jul 20, 2018 - 3:04 PM

The European Union's $5 billion anti-trust fine challenges the core of Google's Android licensing model, possibly leading to more expensive Android devices

Image from Samsung


Trump slams record EU fine against Google

Jul 19, 2018 - 11:24 PM

'I told you so! The European Union just slapped a Five Billion Dollar fine on one of our great companies, Google,' Trump tweets in reaction to the 4.34 billion euro penalty imposed on Google for abusing dominance of the Android operating system

TRUMP ON GOOGLE. US President Donald Trump speaks to the press aboard Air Force One in flight as he travels from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, to Bedminster, New Jersey, June 29, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Google hit with record 4.3-billion euro fine in EU over Android

Jul 18, 2018 - 7:07 PM

(UPDATED) The new sanction nearly doubles the previous record EU anti-trust fine of 2.4 billion euros, which also targeted Google, in that case for the Silicon Valley titan's shopping comparison service in 2017. Google says it will appeal the fine

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. File photo by Alain Jocard/AFP

Google parent 'graduates' moonshot projects Loon, Wing

Jul 12, 2018 - 10:51 AM

Loon is Alphabet's radical project for global internet connectivity with balloons while Wing focuses on auto drone delivery technology to reduce fossil fuel use and urban congestion

LOON. The radical project from Google involves the use of balloons to deliver connectivity. Screenshot from Google.


Google parent 'graduates' moonshot projects Loon, Wing

Jul 11, 2018 - 11:41 PM

'Now that the foundational technology for these projects is built, Loon and Wing are ready to take their products into the world,' Astro Teller says in a blog post

PROJECT LOON. The Loon team chase a very early prototype across California’s Central Valley. Image from blog.x.company

The Google tech that may threaten call center jobs

Jul 06, 2018 - 4:11 PM

Google Duplex, the voice assistant that speaks like a human, is reportedly already in testing at a large, unnamed insurance company


What you need to know: The people peeking into your Gmail

Jul 05, 2018 - 6:22 PM

Employees of 3rd-party app developers may have read your Gmail. Here's why you should care and what you can do.