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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

From canceled conferences to supply woes: The coronavirus’ impact on the tech sector

Mar 08, 2020 - 11:00 AM

How has the coronavirus changed the technology sector in recent weeks? Here's a rundown of just what's happened.

KEEPING WATCH. A security guard keeps watch as an AI-powered system developed by Chinese tech firm Megvii screens commuters for fevers as they enter the Mudanyuan metro station in Beijing on February 6, 2020. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Coronavirus triggers work-from-home trend in Seattle

Mar 06, 2020 - 4:03 PM

Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook, and Google recommend remote work for their employees as 10 of the 12 US fatalities have been in the northwest state

MICROSOFT. Pictured is one of the buildings in the technology giant's main campus in Redmond, Washington on May 12, 2017. File photo by Glenn Chapman/AFP


Google cancels developers gathering due to coronavirus

Mar 04, 2020 - 10:44 AM

Google adds it is exploring other ways for its developer community to connect and collaborate

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 asks for U.S. license to let it resume work with Huawei – report

Feb 27, 2020 - 2:50 PM

Google follows in Microsoft's footsteps

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Internet giants fight spread of coronavirus untruths

Feb 26, 2020 - 1:14 PM

Google, Facebook and other platforms are struggling to keep ahead of scammers, trolls, and others with ill intent who routinely use major tragedies or disasters as opportunities to swindle or manipulate people

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

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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.

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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

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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 Facebook.com/SB19official 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

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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

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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

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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

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