Tag: Google

Vietnam Moves to Get Social Media Users on Domestic Platforms

Vietnam Moves to Get Social Media Users on Domestic Platforms

Vietnam’s information ministry said this week that it wants to get at least 50 percent of the country’s social media users on domestic platforms by 2020. The ministry has reportedly been drafting a internet code of conduct for to “build a healthy and safe network environment”. The ministry is also conducting research into measures which would prevent the spread of “negative and toxic information” on Facebook and Google. The government also released last week a draft decree on guidelines to implement a cybersecurity law that tech companies and right group fear could undermine development and stifle innovation. Source: Reuters

Facebook, Google Unveil Public Database on Political Online Ads

Facebook, Google Unveil Public Database on Political Online Ads

It was reported that the public databases of online political ads that Facebook and Google unveiled this year were able to provide the public, as well as campaigns, a broad view of how companies conduct their online political marketing. The data was able to show how quickly ad buyers remove ads that break platform rules. According to Reuters, of the 258 removed ads with start and end dates, ads remained an average of eight days on Google and 15 days on Facebook.      It was also revealed that in some cases, banned material such as hateful speech or images of […]

Tim Berners-Lee Suggests to Split Up Tech Giants

Tim Berners-Lee Suggests to Split Up Tech Giants

In a recent interview, Tim Berners-Lee remarked that companies such as Facebook and Google have grown too dominant and may need to be broken up. The father of the World Wide Web said that history dictates that there’s no other alternative but to go in and break things up. However, he cautioned that the speed of innovation in both technology and tastes could ultimately cut some of the biggest technology companies down to size. Berners-Lee added that before breaking such companies up, it should first be ensured that it is being done to adapt to the shifting of the market […]

Four New Security Features Introduced for Google Accounts  

Four New Security Features Introduced for Google Accounts  

Google announced this week four new features the will bolster the security of the login process and aid recovery in the event of a hack on Google accounts. Google’s Jonathan Skelker says that users will no longer be able to sign in if their Javascript is disabled. For Android phones, Google will also use the data from Google Play Protect to first check if any malicious apps are installed on the user’s device. Google will also check and provide the user a notification on the third-party apps and websites that had accessed information from the account in the past. Additionally, […]

US Supreme Court Judges Disagree on Google Privacy Settlement

US Supreme Court Judges Disagree on Google Privacy Settlement

Justices in the US Supreme Court are reportedly divided over Google’s privacy case and could not come to an agreement on whether to rein in a form of settlement in class action lawsuits that will give the money to charity and other third parties instead of to people affected by the alleged wrongdoing. Liberal judges wanted the money to be put into good use since dividing the money among the plaintiffs would result to a negligible per-person payment. However, conservatives argued that the money may go to groups that some of the plaintiffs may not support, and that the settlement […]

Google CEO Supports Employee Walk-Out Over Sexual Misconduct

Google CEO Supports Employee Walk-Out Over Sexual Misconduct

In an internal email last Tuesday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said that he will be supporting a planned employee walk-out in protest of sexual misconduct allegations highlighted in a New York Times report. The email was a followup on Pichai’s previous memo which revealed that the company had taken an increasingly hard line on inappropriate conduct at work, and had fired 48 people, including 13 senior managers, in the last two years, without exit packages. The New York Times report accused Google of shielding high level employees from sexual misconduct claims and revealed that former Android head Andy Rubin received […]

Google’s New reCAPTCHA v3 to Assign Risk Rating to Visitors

Google’s New reCAPTCHA v3 to Assign Risk Rating to Visitors

Google launched this week the newest version of its reCAPTCHA technology used to prevent bot activity on websites. The company says that reCAPTCHA v3 is complete overhaul of the technology and will no longer require user interaction. Instead, users will be assigned “risk scores” based on their source or behavior on the site. Site admins can then decide based on these scores how their website will react.    It is said that admins can enable Google to take automated action by adding action tags on sections of the website they want to protect. Depending on their risk scores, visitors may […]

48 Google Employees Fired for Sexual Misconduct

48 Google Employees Fired for Sexual Misconduct

Google CEO Sundar Pichai revealed in an email to the firm’s employees that 48 individuals had already been fired for sexual misconduct over the last two years. The revelation is said to be Pichai’s response to a New York Times report accusing the search giant of shielding employees from sexual misconduct allegations, including Android creator Andy Rubin who was reportedly offered a massive payout in order to leave the company.   In his email, Pichai also said that 13 out of the 48 employees who got fired were senior managers and higher, and did not receive an exit package from […]

Google Requires Android Phone Makers to Patch for Two Years

Google Requires Android Phone Makers to Patch for Two Years

In its efforts to clean up haphazard Android patching, Google says that it will now contractually oblige Android handset makers to distribute its patches for at least two years. The move is expected to make Google’s Android partners comply with its patching commitments while allowing vendors some room to cater for broad product lines. It is said that the new terms will not affect Samsung much, but other vendors will have to provide “at least four security updates” within the first year of the phone’s launch, with Android security updates to be delivered in year two. Source: ZDNet

France’s LeMaire Calls for Expedited GAFA Tax

France’s LeMaire Calls for Expedited GAFA Tax

French finance minister Bruno LeMaire recently complained about the delay in the approval of taxes for internet giants such as Google, Apple, and Facebook, saying that the imposition of levies on revenues earned on online services in the European Union is being blocked purely for political reasons. In a recent interview, LeMaire said that discussions on the matter is being riddled with excuses. He also pointed out that all technical issues have already been resolved, and small or medium-sized companies in EU member states such as France, Germany or Italy on average pays 14 percentage points more in tax than […]