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Google is an American multinational technology company. Founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin on September 4, 1998, Google has its headquarters in Mountain View, California, USA. Google.com has been listed as the most visited website globally and the second most valuable brand in the world. Sundar Pichai, an Indian American is the current CEO of this multi-billion dollar company.

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Chrome Incognito case: Judge disturbed by Google's data collection practices

27 Feb 2021

Chrome Incognito case: Judge disturbed by Google's data collection practices

In June 2020, we reported that a class-action lawsuit had been filed against Google. It was caught tracking Chrome users' browsing history and web activity even in the Incognito mode.

NewsBytes Briefing: Twitter will soon have paywalls, and more

27 Feb 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Twitter will soon have paywalls, and more

Even as Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey bloviates about making Twitter free, the microblogging site announced plans to introduce monetization and paywalled content. Dubbed as Super Follow, the upcoming feature allows Twitter to make money off paywalled content.

Google integrates lightweight HTML5 games into Chrome browser on Android

25 Feb 2021

Google integrates lightweight HTML5 games into Chrome browser on Android

Google has integrated lightweight HTML5 games into its Chrome browser for Android. These games can be played online on mid-range and budget smartphones. The project is aimed at developing countries such as India and Indonesia.

YouTube launches supervised accounts with parental controls tailored for teenagers

25 Feb 2021

YouTube launches supervised accounts with parental controls tailored for teenagers

YouTube has rolled out Supervised accounts to help parents control the content their children can access on the platform. The feature is targeted at teenagers and fills the gap between YouTube Kids and unrestricted access.

NewsBytes Briefing: Facebook shows Australia its merciful side, and more

23 Feb 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Facebook shows Australia its merciful side, and more

After successfully getting Google to capitulate and pay for news, Australia learned the hard way that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is made of sterner stuff. Facebook's Aussie news ban also wiped out critical resources involving suicide helplines and COVID-19 information channels.

This is how Google Pixel 5a will look like

23 Feb 2021

This is how Google Pixel 5a will look like

Google is likely to expand its Pixel range of smartphones with a new Pixel 5a model. In the latest development, tipster Steve Hemmerstoffer has shared renders of the handset, revealing its design features.

One-handed mode spotted in Android 12's Developer Preview

21 Feb 2021

One-handed mode spotted in Android 12's Developer Preview

Google unveiled the first Developer Preview build of Android 12 on February 18. As speculated, one of the highlights of the new OS is its one-handed mode.

NewsBytes Briefing: Google keeps firing its ethics researchers

20 Feb 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Google keeps firing its ethics researchers

Google's former pride and joy, its Ethical AI research team, is turning out to be a PR campaign gone awry. The search giant had hired scientists promising them freedom, but the honeymoon period ended when they began publishing papers critical of Google's own products.

Google fires second AI ethics researcher amid diversity dispute

20 Feb 2021

Google fires second AI ethics researcher amid diversity dispute

Google has fired Margaret Mitchell who is the founder and former co-lead of the company's Ethical AI group. Google claimed she was fired for violating its code of conduct and security policies.

Android 12's Developer Preview released: What's new?

19 Feb 2021

Android 12's Developer Preview released: What's new?

Google has released the Developer Preview of the Android 12 operating system. The preview builds are intended to give developers the tools to optimize their apps for the updated OS and its new features.

What should you expect from Android 12?

16 Feb 2021

What should you expect from Android 12?

Android 12 (codenamed Snow Cone) will reportedly pack features previously exclusive to third-party Android skins such as MIUI and OxygenOS. The update will bring an improved one-handed mode, revamped auto-rotation, a quick setting for reduced brightness, and a gaming mode.

Google strikes news pay deal with major Australian media company

15 Feb 2021

Google strikes news pay deal with major Australian media company

Australian media firm Seven West Media has struck a deal with tech giant Google to pay for journalism, according to an announcement made by the two companies on Monday.

NewsBytes Briefing: After Apple, Microsoft goes after Google, and more

12 Feb 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: After Apple, Microsoft goes after Google, and more

If you can't beat someone fair and square, get the government involved. After almost snatching away Australia from under Google's nose, Microsoft is lobbying the US government to adopt the same Australian media rules that Google and Facebook hate.

Google Chat will be available as beta in Gmail, Hangouts

12 Feb 2021

Google Chat will be available as beta in Gmail, Hangouts

Since 2019, news indicating the end of Google Hangouts app has been circulating. Google plans to replace it with the Google Chat app, which is currently available to Google Workspace (formerly G Suite) customers only.

NewsBytes Briefing: Google learns blackmailing Australia doesn't work, and more

05 Feb 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Google learns blackmailing Australia doesn't work, and more

They say it doesn't hurt to try, but Google will beg to differ; especially, if that involves blackmailing entire countries.

Google reportedly developing Android feature mimicking Apple's App Tracking Transparency

05 Feb 2021

Google reportedly developing Android feature mimicking Apple's App Tracking Transparency

Google is reportedly working on an anti-tracking feature for Android. The solution could be similar to the one coming with iOS 14.5, but less strict.

Google launches News Showcase in Australia. Signs of compromise?

05 Feb 2021

Google launches News Showcase in Australia. Signs of compromise?

Google has announced the launch of its News Showcase in Australia. The program will feature news snippets from partner media outlets in the country.

Google Shopping search results introduce racial profiling of black-owned businesses

04 Feb 2021

Google Shopping search results introduce racial profiling of black-owned businesses

Google has updated shopping search results to make it easier for consumers to identify products sold by black-owned businesses.

NewsBytes Briefing: Jeff Bezos steps down as CEO, and more

04 Feb 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Jeff Bezos steps down as CEO, and more

After heading Amazon for more than two decades, Jeff Bezos has stepped down as the CEO to take over as the Executive Chairman.

Google kills off Stadia's in-house game development studios

02 Feb 2021

Google kills off Stadia's in-house game development studios

In a news that will surprise no one, Google won't be making any first-party Stadia games. The company's blog post announced the shuttering of the cloud gaming service's North American development studios at Montreal and Los Angeles.

NewsBytes Briefing: Google pays for systemic racism, misogyny, and more

02 Feb 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Google pays for systemic racism, misogyny, and more

It looks like we've figured out why Google removed the "don't be evil" clause from its motto in 2018.

Ford cars will get comprehensive Android integration from 2023

02 Feb 2021

Ford cars will get comprehensive Android integration from 2023

On Monday, Ford announced a partnership with Google. The Android Automotive operating system (OS) will be comprehensively integrated into infotainment systems on Ford and Lincoln branded cars.

Google will pay $3.8 million in hiring, pay discrimination settlement

02 Feb 2021

Google will pay $3.8 million in hiring, pay discrimination settlement

Google will settle hiring and pay discrimination investigation by paying $3.8 million, including $2.6 million in back pay.

NewsBytes Briefing: Musk's army of gamer cyborg monkeys, and more

01 Feb 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: Musk's army of gamer cyborg monkeys, and more

There is never a dull moment with Elon Musk. At a recent Clubhouse interaction, the world's richest man revealed that his Neuralink start-up has monkeys with brain implants that allow them to play video games with one another.

Australia calls Google's bluff; Microsoft offers Bing as replacement

01 Feb 2021

Australia calls Google's bluff; Microsoft offers Bing as replacement

Last month, Google had threatened to disable its flagship search engine in Australia to coerce the government from passing a controversial new law forcing Google to pay local media outlets for sharing their news content.

Robinhood reportedly sells GameStop shares without permission from traders

29 Jan 2021

Robinhood reportedly sells GameStop shares without permission from traders

Trading app Robinhood on Thursday prevented investors from buying several stocks in order to facilitate short-selling hedge funds in their battle against the working class investors from the WallStreetBets subreddit.

NewsBytes Briefing: GameStop controversy attracts government scrutiny, and more

29 Jan 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: GameStop controversy attracts government scrutiny, and more

The battle between working class Americans and Wall Street billionaires has garnered bipartisan support from both sides of the US Senate.

AOC urges US Congress to investigate Robinhood's GameStop freeze

29 Jan 2021

AOC urges US Congress to investigate Robinhood's GameStop freeze

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called on the US Congress to investigate trading app Robinhood over its GameStop freeze.

Apple goes after Facebook, Google with its pro-privacy PR move

29 Jan 2021

Apple goes after Facebook, Google with its pro-privacy PR move

Apple CEO Tim Cook made a commitment to privacy while speaking at the Computers, Privacy, and Data Protection conference.

Vivo S7t spotted on Google Play Console, key specifications revealed

28 Jan 2021

Vivo S7t spotted on Google Play Console, key specifications revealed

An unannounced Vivo handset with model number V2048A, believed to be the S7t, has been spotted on the Google Play Console (via Tamilan Techinical), revealing its key specifications.

Google's US office facilities will serve as COVID-19 vaccination clinics

25 Jan 2021

Google's US office facilities will serve as COVID-19 vaccination clinics

Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced via a tweet on Monday that his organization will open its facilities in the US to serve as mass COVID-19 vaccination sites. Further, the tech giant has committed more than $150 million in free ads to promote vaccine education.

US Defense Intelligence Agency admits buying location data off brokers

24 Jan 2021

US Defense Intelligence Agency admits buying location data off brokers

In a memo to Senator Ron Wyden, the US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) admitted to buying location data of the public (and not just US residents) from data brokers.

Waymo CEO dismisses Tesla's Autopilot; doesn't consider it competition

23 Jan 2021

Waymo CEO dismisses Tesla's Autopilot; doesn't consider it competition

Tesla is widely considered the leader in self-driving car technology, but rival Waymo's CEO John Krafcik begs to differ. In an interview with the Manager magazine, the head of Google's autonomous vehicle endeavor rubbished the idea of Tesla being a competitor.

Musk puts out $100 million bounty for carbon capture tech

22 Jan 2021

Musk puts out $100 million bounty for carbon capture tech

Elon Musk has put out a $100 million bounty for the best carbon capture technology. The billionaire entrepreneur took to Twitter on Thursday to announce the prize meant to encourage solutions to address carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

LG K42, with quad rear cameras, launched at Rs. 11,000

22 Jan 2021

LG K42, with quad rear cameras, launched at Rs. 11,000

LG's K42 has finally made its way to the Indian market after its debut in Central America and Caribbean last September.

Apple quietly headhunts top cloud computing talent; Hints at self-reliance

22 Jan 2021

Apple quietly headhunts top cloud computing talent; Hints at self-reliance

Apple has reportedly been headhunting high-profile cloud computing engineers, while focusing on engineers specializing in container and Kubernetes technologies. These form the building blocks of cloud computing infrastructure underpinning Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft's Azure.

Will Android 12 change your gaming experience? Perhaps yes!

22 Jan 2021

Will Android 12 change your gaming experience? Perhaps yes!

Folks using game controllers on their Android devices would agree that haptic feedback on wired and wireless controllers is a long way off from their console counterparts. Android games either have no rumble, or rather basic rumble support. XDA-Developers reports that will soon change.

Alphabet shelves internet balloon project; Doesn't consider it a failure

22 Jan 2021

Alphabet shelves internet balloon project; Doesn't consider it a failure

Loon was a project under X, a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc., dedicated to exploring possibilities deemed too risky or unviable. The project became a separate company in 2018.

Google threatens to disable Search in Australia; Facebook follows suit

22 Jan 2021

Google threatens to disable Search in Australia; Facebook follows suit

Google has threatened to disable its search engine in Australia in an attempt to stop the government from passing a law that will force it to pay local media outlets for sharing their news content.

WhatsApp responds to Indian government's letter regarding privacy policy update

21 Jan 2021

WhatsApp responds to Indian government's letter regarding privacy policy update

On Tuesday, the Indian government's Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) sent a strongly worded letter to WhatsApp CEO Will Cathcart, asking him to withdraw the recent update to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for Indian users.