Tag: Google

Google will bring political ad transparency tools to India ahead of general elections

Google is joining Facebook in bringing greater transparency to its political advertising tools in India as the world’s largest democracy gears up for general elections in the coming months. The search giant today said it will introduce an India-specific Political Advertising Transparency Report and make available a searchable Political Ads Library in the country in March of […]

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TomTom sells telematics unit for $1 billion to better compete with Google in maps and navigation

TomTom has announced that it is selling its telematics division to automotive giant Bridgestone Europe for €910 million ($1,033 billion). Founded in 1991, TomTom is best known for its GPS-powered navigation services and devices, such as satellite navigation units for cars, while it is also one of the major global online mapping platforms, alongside the likes […]

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Google fined $57 million by French data privacy body

Google has been hit by a €50 million ($57 million) fine by French data privacy body CNIL (National Data Protection Commission) for failure to comply with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) regulations. The CNIL said that it was fining Google for “lack of transparency, inadequate information and lack of valid consent regarding the ads […]

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Full moon patents: Apple hints at new ‘smart ring’ and glass-covered iPhone

Credit: PatentYogi (edited) Ugh, the Gregorian calendar is so boring. That’s why we’re disrupting monthly series with a lunar cycle-based series about the best patents of the last synodic month, picked by the PatentYogi team. Get ready when that moon gets gibbous, y’all. This December-ish roundup lands on the awe-inspiring Wolf Moon! Since my last post, […]

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HP launches 2 beefy Intel-based Chromebooks for education market

HP is aiming its latest computers at the education market with the introduction of two new Chromebooks. More than 30 million students and teachers are using Chromebooks for learning today. In fact, HP said that Chromebooks are the number one device for K-12 schools in the U.S., Canada, New Zealand, and Sweden. The new Education Edition […]

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YouTube wins back AT&T, one of the biggest advertisers in the U.S., after extremist content controversy

Nearly two years after pulling its ads from YouTube after they appeared alongside controversial content, AT&T has announced that it is returning to Google’s video-streaming platform. Because YouTube’s ad platform is programmatic, meaning software decides where ads are placed rather than humans, brands haven’t always had as much control as they would like in terms […]

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Authentication Will Soon Be Required To View Chrome OS Saved Passwords

Whether you’re using a third-party password manager like LastPass or 1Password, or using built-in password managers in your operating system, it works the same where you’ll need to enter a master password to view your saved passwords. Oddly enough Chrome OS never had this security where you could easily view saved passwords as long as […]

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Here’s what Google says search results will look like when EU copyright laws kick in

The European Union is inching closer to enacting sweeping copyright legislation that would require platforms like Google, Facebook to pay publishers for the privilege of displaying their content to users, as well as monitoring copyright infringement by users on the sites and services they manage. That’s set to open a Pandora’s Box of problems that […]

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Google is Paying Fossil $40 Million for IP Related to Smartwatch Tech

Fossil uses Google’s Wear OS as a platform for its smartwatches, but there is other technology baked into the smart devices to help them stand out. And now Google wants a piece of that, as it has been confirmed that Google will pay out $40 million towards the IP related to Fossil’s technology, which it […]

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App Annie: China drove 40% of mobile app spending and nearly half of all downloads in 2018

China may be slowing iPhone sales worldwide, but Chinese people are driving Apple’s App Store business. In fact, China accounted for nearly 50 percent of all app downloads in 2018, pushing the global downloads count to reach a record 194 billion, according to research firm App Annie. China, which is the world’s largest smartphone market, also […]

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Google’s Android Enterprise Recommended program now spotlights EMMs such as Microsoft and BlackBerry

Google is expanding its Android Enterprise Recommended program to include Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) service providers. The internet giant announced the Android Enterprise Recommended program last February, serving as an easy way for companies to see at a glance which mobile phones meet Google’s heightened benchmark for hardware specifications, security updates, and general user experience. […]

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Alphabet’s Loon adds industry advisory board to help commercialize internet balloon service

Alphabet subsidiary Loon has assembled a new advisory board of telecom insiders to help turn its stratospheric internet balloons into a commercial service. Google’s parent company launched Project Loon in 2013 to create a balloon network that beams internet to remote areas. After several years of development, the company announced last summer that it believes the technology […]

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