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UK unveils plans to hold social media bosses liable for harmful content

Apr 08, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Under the proposals, a new regulator will have the power to force platforms and others to publish annual transparency reports

MAY. British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks at an EU summit focused on Brexit, in Brussels. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP


Singapore's 'fake news' laws upset tech giants

Apr 07, 2019 - 2:47 PM

The Asia Internet Coalition, whose members include Facebook, Google, and Twitter, says there may be 'significant risks to freedom of expression and speech'

Google pulls news grant to Hungary propaganda outlet

Apr 04, 2019 - 12:59 PM

Google pulls its news grant to New Wave Media Group, described by an independent journalist group as 'one of the staunchest supporters of the corrupt regime led by the far-right Prime Minister Viktor Orban'

GOOGLE. A picture taken on February 5, 2019 shows the Google logo displayed on a tablet in Paris. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP


Australia threatens social media execs with jail over terror images

Mar 26, 2019 - 6:54 PM

Australia considers new laws in the wake of the New Zealand massacre

TERROR ATTACK. Police secure the area with tape across the road from the Dean Avenue mosque on March 17, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand. File photo by Marty Melville/AFP


EU fines Google for antitrust breach

Mar 20, 2019 - 7:22 PM

(UPDATED) The fine brings Google's total tab with the EU to 8.2 billion euros in less than two years. This is far less than the maximum fine of 10% of Google's annual turnover.

Google unveils search changes to placate EU

Mar 20, 2019 - 9:01 AM

Google wants to avoid a repeat of 2017 when they were fined 2.4 billion euros for favoring its 'Google Shopping' price comparison service in search results

GOOGLE. A picture taken on February 5, 2019 shows the Google logo displayed on a tablet in Paris.  Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP


Google moves to disrupt video games with streaming service Stadia, studio

Mar 20, 2019 - 7:15 AM

Google says its Stadia platform will open to gamers later this year in the United States, Canada, Britain, and other parts of Europe

GOOGLE'S 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

New Google Chrome extension lets users filter out toxic comments

Mar 14, 2019 - 10:05 AM

Tune users can lower the number of toxic comments seen on some 'popular platforms, including YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, and Disqus'

Google teases alleged game-streaming service as dev conference looms

Mar 13, 2019 - 7:36 PM

A recent patent for a game controller hints that Google is also expected to unveil a device to go with the service

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Google resolves Gmail, Drive service outages

Mar 13, 2019 - 1:22 PM

(UPDATED) Google says the issues with attaching or accessing Gmail attachments and sending emails and uploading and downloading files on Drive have been resolved

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

Google marks Francisca Reyes-Aquino's 120th birth anniversary with doodle

Mar 09, 2019 - 4:58 PM

Francisca Reyes-Aquino is widely considered as the mother of Philippine folk dance

France unveils new tax for global internet giants

Mar 06, 2019 - 6:17 PM

Having failed to persuade his European partners to introduce an EU-wide tax, France will go it alone with its own new mechanism

Google fights European copyright overhaul

Mar 05, 2019 - 2:08 PM

European Parliament may vote as soon as the week of March 10

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 moves to fix YouTube glitch exploited for child porn

Feb 22, 2019 - 12:06 PM

The closing of the loophole comes after a YouTube creator this week revealed what he called a 'wormhole' that allowed comments and connections on child porn alongside innocuous videos

Google to announce gaming project at GDC 2019

Feb 20, 2019 - 7:13 PM

Google will be holding its Game Developers Conference keynote address on March 19

Google investing billions in U.S. operations

Feb 14, 2019 - 12:11 PM

Spending goes up from $9 billion last year to $13 billion this year in US investments

PICHAI. Google CEO Sundar Pichai delivers the keynote address at the Google I/O 2018 Conference at Shoreline Amphitheater on May 8, 2018 in Mountain View, California. File photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP


Google Maps rolling out update to help Manila cars on coding day

Feb 13, 2019 - 5:49 PM

The number coding option on Google Maps will let users attempt to plot routes that bypass coding-restricted areas in Metro Manila

NUMBER CODING OPTION. Google Maps will have a number coding option available in partnership with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority. Screenshot from livetsream

500,000 openings to be listed on Job Search on Google

Feb 13, 2019 - 3:34 PM

Google's launching a job search service in the Philippines this February

LOOKING FOR JOBS? Stacie Chan, Google's search product partnerships lead in Asia Pacific, announces Job Search on Google. Screenshot from Google livestream

Google Go joins Google’s roster of 'light' apps in the Philippines

Feb 13, 2019 - 2:33 PM

Google Go is designed to work smoothly even on phones with 1GB or less RAM

TOKUMINE. Simon Tokumine, the group product manager of Google Search, presents the benefits of Google Go. Screenshot from Google livestream


LOOK: Google event takes on political hue as leaders do the Duterte fist

Feb 13, 2019 - 1:56 PM

The administration's symbol shows up at a photo opportunity during Google's event

DUTERTE FIST. PLDT's Manny Pangilinan (2nd from left), DICT's Eliseo Rio (3nd from right) and Google's Ken Lingan (2nd from right) do Duterte's pose, which for some has come to symbolize Duterte's bloody drug war


Public WiFi service Google Station to launch this month

Feb 13, 2019 - 1:14 PM

Google Station will initially be available in 50 locations across Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao

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


Australia watchdog tips tough rules to curb power of Google, Facebook

Feb 11, 2019 - 2:17 PM

'We cannot simply leave the production of news and journalism to market forces,' says the head of Australia's competition watchdog, in light of Google and Facebook's dominance in digital ad spend

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Google parent Alphabet hit by rising costs

Feb 05, 2019 - 7:25 AM

Alphabet reports a profit of $8.9 billion in the fourth quarter on revenue that was up 22% to $39.3 billion from the same period a year earlier

ALPHABET. Background image from Wikipedia by author Jijithecat.

Are you good at spotting phishing scams? Take this Google test

Jan 28, 2019 - 1:55 PM

We've checked the URL of the test too. It's legitimate.

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Jan 22, 2019 - 9:41 PM

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France hits Google with 50 million euro data consent fine

Jan 22, 2019 - 9:17 AM

France's data watchdog says Google made it too difficult for users to understand and manage preferences on how their personal information is used


Google acquires Fossil smartwatch tech for $40 million

Jan 18, 2019 - 10:17 AM

As part of the deal, Fossil Group's research and development team working on the smartwatch will join Google, which will acquire the intellectual property for Fossil smartwatches

GOOGLE ACQUIRES FOSSIL. The acquisition gives Google the potential to create its own branded smartwatches. Image from Fossil.com

Google, Smart Wifi jointly pledge to power the nation with free, fast, and reliable internet

Jan 07, 2019 - 2:17 PM

More Filipinos will be given access to connectivity

8 of the biggest tech headlines of 2018

Dec 28, 2018 - 5:57 PM

We’ve rounded up everything from Elon Musk’s Twitter antics to disinformation campaign in social media

New Zealand warns Google over naming murder accused

Dec 19, 2018 - 11:56 AM

The internet giant breaks a court order suppressing the name of a man charged with murdering a British backpacker

GOOGLE. Photo by Patricia de Melo Moreira/AFP


Trump accuses Facebook, Twitter, Google of Democrat bias

Dec 18, 2018 - 11:38 PM

Twitter says in a statement it has been working to weed out accounts that hide a user's true identity or seek to manipulate the platform

MAD. File photo of US President Donald Trump speaking to the press at the White House in Washington, DC. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Top Google searches in PH for 2018: Lotto results, Ex Battalion, Meteor Garden

Dec 17, 2018 - 4:02 PM

The top 2 terms overall are 'MemoryHackers' and 'Hot Shot Gamers,' which are a cheating or an in-game hacking mechanism for the battle royale videogame 'Rules of Survival'


Google chief trusts AI makers to regulate the technology

Dec 13, 2018 - 12:21 PM

Tech companies building AI should factor in ethics early in the process to make certain artificial intelligence with 'agency of its own' doesn't hurt people, Google chief Sundar Pichai says

SUNDAR PICHAI TALKS AI. Google CEO Sundar Pichai delivers the keynote address at the Google I/O 2018 Conference at Shoreline Amphitheater on May 8, 2018 in Mountain View, California. File photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

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Dec 12, 2018 - 3:43 PM

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Google CEO spars with U.S. lawmakers on bias, privacy

Dec 12, 2018 - 2:31 AM

(UPDATED) The hearing on Google's 'data collection, use and filtering practices' offers an opportunity for lawmakers to confront the CEO over claims that the internet giant skews its search results for political reasons

GOOGLE'S SUNDAR PICHAI. Google CEO Sundar Pichai testifies before the House Judiciary Committee at the Rayburn House Office Building on December 11, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Journalists urge EU to resist lobbying by tech giants

Dec 11, 2018 - 3:31 PM

'Let's not allow 'bots' and 'troll farms' to take over from reporters, or leave online fiction to replace verified fact,' AFP Middle East correspondent Sammy Ketz says in an open letter to the EU supported by leading reporters worldwide

CEO Sundar Pichai says Google has 'checks and balances' against bias

Dec 11, 2018 - 2:43 PM

The remarks, released December 10, a day ahead of Pichai's appearance at the House Judiciary Committee, come with Google under fire on several fronts: on issues around political bias, data security and its domination of internet search

SUNDAR PICHAI. Google CEO Sundar Pichai delivers the keynote address at the Google I/O 2018 Conference at Shoreline Amphitheater on May 8, 2018 in California. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Google+ to close 4 months earlier than planned after new data leak

Dec 11, 2018 - 12:25 PM

52.5 million users are potentially affected, but Google says the bug was not exploited


Android file management app now works with USB drives

Dec 10, 2018 - 2:16 PM

Users can now plug in USB flash drives and memory cards, or other USB devices onto their phone, and Files by Google will let them check the contents of those connected devices

Google moves to curb gender bias in translation

Dec 07, 2018 - 2:43 PM

In certain languages, the translate program provided only one translation for a query, often choosing the masculine word for terms like "doctor," and the feminine word for 'nurse,' for example

Screenshot from Google Translate


Google launches AI-driven audio news feed

Dec 07, 2018 - 9:47 AM

The technology giant says it has partnerships with more than a dozen news organizations to deliver an audio feed in the same manner as its smartphone news feed

GOOGLE. A woman and her child play on a Google sign at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC) in Shanghai on September 26, 2018. Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP


Tech giants warn Australia against law to break encryption

Nov 29, 2018 - 5:37 PM

The bill would give security agencies wide powers to force telecommunications and technology companies to give them access to encrypted devices and messaging apps

Google extends telecom service Fi to iPhones

Nov 29, 2018 - 12:59 PM

The freshly renamed 'Google Fi' service aims to take on traditional carriers by letting people pay based on how much data they use and roam internationally

Google CEO U.S. House appearance postponed to December 11

Nov 29, 2018 - 10:37 AM

(UPDATED) The hearing will look at how internet firms may 'suppress particular viewpoints and manipulate public opinion,' says US lawmaker Bob Goodlatte

SUNDAR PICHAI. Google CEO Sundar Pichai at Google I/O 2018. Screenshot from Youtube livestream.


Google workers want plug pulled on plan for China search

Nov 28, 2018 - 12:54 PM

A search application designed to filter out censored content from results could damage all internet users' trust in Google, Amnesty International says in a post on its website

Google accused of manipulation to track users

Nov 27, 2018 - 7:31 PM

The complaints cite a study by the Norwegian Consumer Council which concluded Google used 'deceptive design and misleading information, which results in users accepting to be constantly tracked'

TRACKING. This photo taken on August 23, 2018 shows the Google logo on display at the Smart China Expo at Chongqing International Expo Center in southwest China's Chongqing. File photo by AFP.

Google honors National Scientist Fe del Mundo with a doodle

Nov 27, 2018 - 12:01 AM

The doodle goes live on Tuesday, November 27, the 107th birth anniversary of ‘The Angel of Santo Tomas’

PH internet economy to grow from $5B to $21B by 2025 – Google

Nov 20, 2018 - 3:58 PM

Collectively, Southeast Asia's internet economy will grow from $72B to $240B by 2025, according to Google's report


Nigerian ISP admits error which caused misrouting of Google traffic through China

Nov 14, 2018 - 6:07 PM

Nigerian internet provider MainOne says a misconfiguration in its Border Gateway Protocol filters caused traffic to Google to be misrouted through China and Russia

Facebook stops requiring arbitration of sexual harassment claims

Nov 10, 2018 - 12:28 PM

Facebook, like Google, allows complaints of sexual harassment to be aired openly in court