Tag: Google

EU planning yet another Google antitrust fine, this time targeting AdSense

Google just can’t catch a break in Europe. The US company has been fined $7.6 billion in the last few years over Android and Search practices, and now the EU is preparing a new penalty regarding what it views as anticompetitive AdSense contracts. It’s not yet clear when the new action will be formally announced, […]

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Files by Google hits 100 million installs on the Play Store

Google introduced its smart file manager back in November 2017 as “Files Go,” though the Go moniker has since been dropped in favor of a more simple “Files by Google.” In a little over 14 months, Files by Google has managed to get over 100 million downloads on the Play Store, which is pretty impressive […]

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Google Maps speed limit feature goes live for some across the United States

If you’ve never heard of speed limits popping up in Google Maps, we can’t blame you. As of July 2017, Maps’ speed limit feature was only confirmed to work in two areas: San Francisco, California and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. There’s been little news since then, but tonight we received three tips from different parts […]

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YouTube Admits It Meddled with Abortion Search Results – But Calls Downranked Videos ‘Misinformation’

In a comment to the Daily Mail for a story about Breitbart News’ publication of internal discussions revealing search manipulation by the Google-owned video platform, YouTube admitted that it meddled with search results for “abortion.” However, YouTube seems to be standing by its decision, claiming that the videos that were pushed out of the top search results […]

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Google app v9.0 beta is working on account detection with third parties, adds bits for CES announcements, and says hello from the lab [APK Teardown]

Article Contents If you’ve been living on the beta distributions of the Google app, you probably spent the weekend (and a couple days into the week) with a broken At A Glance widget that couldn’t display the weather. The issue has been resolved with yesterday’s update, and it seems like things are running smoothly again. Bugs […]

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Google buys undisclosed smartwatch technology from Fossil for $40 million, includes some personnel

Google’s wearables platform hasn’t been as successful as Android itself, but that isn’t stopping Google from investing in it further. Today Fossil has announced that Google is acquiring undetermined “smartwatch technology” it is currently developing for a cool $40 million. Together with the IP acquisition, Google is also picking up part of Fossil’s research and […]

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Google is buying smartwatch tech from Fossil for $40 million

Google is finally getting serious about Wear OS. On Thursday, Fossil Group, the company that’s perhaps the most focused on bringing new Wear OS watches to market, is selling $40 million worth of smartwatch-related intellectual property to Google. The IP is related to a smartwatch technology currently under development by Fossil. As part of the […]

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[Update: Now 17 more] Google Pay extends its US reach with support for 15 new banks

Google Pay works with a jaw-dropping number of financial institutions, with more coming online all the time. Recently we’ve been seeing a dozen or two new banks join the Pay club nearly every week, and just because it’s the holiday season doesn’t mean that Google’s in the mood to slow things down. Today’s update continues […]

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Google is testing stripped-down news results that comply with imminent new EU copyright law

In September 2018, the European Parliament approved new copyright legislation that could change the way the internet works forever. One aspect of the new directive would force websites to pay for snippets they use from an external source, and Google is wisely already testing a stripped-down version of its news search results in anticipation of the […]

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[Update: Video] Leaked Android Q builds reveals system-wide dark mode, new permissions UI, possible desktop interface

XDA has managed to get its hands on an early build of Android Q, confirming that Google’s next version of our favorite operating system will include a dark mode, as expected. But plenty of more secrets were hiding inside the image XDA found, including a much-needed app permissions revamp, what may end up being a […]

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Google ordered to filter search results in Russia, but will it do so?

Shutterstock Russia’s communications authority has reportedly demanded that Google route its citizens’ searches through a government-approved filtering system. According to Sky News and Russia’s Interfax agency, the authority has issued repeated requests to filter Google searches in the country. The demands come after Russia passed a new law last year, which requires search engines to […]

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YouTube cracks down on dangerous video challenges, policy-violating links and thumbnails

… Total Shares2 Watch YouTube’s Rewind 2018 video and you’d think the platform was a wholesome community inhabited by only talented, well-meaning creators. In reality, there’s a massive amount of cringe-worthy and downright unethical videos that went up this past year, many of which became hugely popular. In an effort to curb one of YouTube’s […]

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