Tag: Google

Google Discloses Data on Political Ad Purchases

Google Discloses Data on Political Ad Purchases

Google said this week that it added a new section to its bi-annual transparency report that shows who buys political ads on its platform and how much money is spent on such ads. The data includes buyers who have spent more than $500 on political ads since May 31, 2018. The report showed that the Trump Make America Great Again Committee, a fundraising organization for President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, spent the most on U.S. political ads at $629,500. Google’s move follows similar efforts by Twitter and Facebook who have recently come under scruitiny for lack of […]

Google to Face Strict Laws, Tough Competition in Return to China

Google to Face Strict Laws, Tough Competition in Return to China

State newspaper, the People’s Daily, wrote this week that Google is welcome to return in China, as long as it complies with the country’s censorship laws. It was reorted last week that Google will be launching a censored version of its search service in China which will blacklist content deemed prohibited by the government. Meanwhile, Baidu CEO Robin Li said that if international companies like Google want to enter the Chinese market, it would have to contend with the strength of local companies that have already undergone earth-shaking changes. Source: CNBC

Google’s Efforts to Push Search in China “Not worth it”, Experts Say

Google’s Efforts to Push Search in China “Not worth it”, Experts Say

A number of experts have recently commented on Google’s plans to introduce a censored version of its search service in China, saying that the effort would not be worth the cost. Shawn Rein of China Market Research Group says that their data showed that 90% of Chinese consumers still prefer to use Baidu for Chinese search, and Google only for English search simply because the former yields better results. Meanwhile, James Lee of Mizuho Securities pointed out that Google may be investing in a business that is becoming less important, since Chinese users are moving more towards social media apps […]

Google to Warn Organizations Against State-Sponsored Hacking

Google to Warn Organizations Against State-Sponsored Hacking

Google announced this week that it has added a new feature to G Suite that will alert organizations if their accounts are being targeted by government-backed hackers. The feature, which is off by default, can warn the user via email if Google believes a government-backed attacker has attempted to gain access to the user’s account or computer via methods like phishing or malware. However, Google adds that it does not necessarily mean that the account has been compromised or that there is a widespread attack. Google also warned that these attackers have been known to send malicious PDF files, Office […]

Google to Launch “Censored” Search in China

Google to Launch “Censored” Search in China

According to documents leaked this week, Google is likely to launch a censored version of its search service in China. The Intercept says that the project, codenamed Dragonfly, may blacklist websites and search terms including human rights, democracy, religion, and peaceful protest. It was revealed that Google programmers and engineers have already developed a custom Android app called “Maotai” and “Longfei” which has already been demoed to the Chinese government. The app, which will adhere to the country’s strict censorship laws, is just waiting for the approval of government officials and may be launched within six to nine months. Source: […]

Top Google Exec Warns Against Biases of Facial Recognition Technology

Top Google Exec Warns Against Biases of Facial Recognition Technology

Google’s director of cloud computing, Diane Greene, recently told in an interview that facial recognition technology still has inherent biases and does not yet have the diversity it needs. The comment came after Amazon’s software wrongly identified 28 members of Congress, disproportionately people of colour, as police suspects. Greene also said that Google is still improving the reliability of its facial recognition technology by gathering vast sums of data. While the firm’s technology is currently being used to help identify friends in pictures, it is still not open for public use. Source: BBC

US Tech Giants Join to Improve Data Mobility

US Tech Giants Join to Improve Data Mobility

It was announced this week that Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Twitter have joined in an open-source initiative that would help consumers transfer data in and out of participating platforms and services. The Data Transfer Project, which is built on Facebook’s tool launched earlier this year, will also reduce the infrastructure burden on both service providers and users. This should improve the data portability ecosystem which in turn will increase the number of services offering portability. According to the project’s website, it will help users choose among services that facilitate competition, empower individuals to try new services, and allow them to […]

EU Pushes for Digital Taxes at G20 Meeting

EU Pushes for Digital Taxes at G20 Meeting

European finance leaders last Sunday expressed their support for global tax rules for the digital economy at the G20 meeting in Argentina. However, this has put the EU at odds with their US counterparts. If the proposal of the European Commission pushes through, US tech giants such as Google, Facebook and Amazon may end up footing a large percentage of any bill. It is estimated that around 200 companies would have to pay because of the new tax rules which would roughly amount to annual revenues of about 5 billion euros ($6 billion). Source: Reuters

Trump Criticizes EU’s $5 Billion Fine Against Google

Trump Criticizes EU’s $5 Billion Fine Against Google

President Donald Trump slammed the European Union on Twitter for imposing a $5 billion fine on Google, saying that the move was merely meant to take advantage of the US. In a recent CBS interview, Trump also called the bloc an enemy in trade. However, two former antitrust enforcers said while it was unusual, it was not unheard of for officials to comment on decisions by enforcers in other jurisdictions. Meanwhile, Gene Kimmelman, a Justice Department veteran, called Trump’s comments “unproductive” and even if the results are unfavorable, interference with how the law is enforced in the US would likewise […]

EU Hands Google 4.3 Billion Euro Fine in Android Antitrust Case

EU Hands Google 4.3 Billion Euro Fine in Android Antitrust Case

The European Commission this week handed down a record fine of 4.3 billion euros to Google after it had been found that the Alphabet-owned company’s mobile device strategy had unfairly strengthened its dominance of search. It is currently the largest fine ever imposed by a regulator against a firm after competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager previously penalized the company 2.4 billion euros in another investigation, a ruling that is still being appealed by Google. Google’s Android OS had been the target of the Commission’s scrutiny since April 2015 after trade group Fairsearch made a complaint. Android had 64% of the market […]