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29-Jul-2019 San Francisco

Did you apply for Google CEO's job on LinkedIn?

To the surprise of millions of LinkedIn users, the high-profile job of Google CEO Sundar Pichai was up for grabs on Microsoft-owned professional networking platform and some wannabes even applied to become what would be a dream job on Earth.Later, LinkedIn...

27-Jul-2019 San Francisco

Google donating 100K Home Minis to paralysed people

Google has joined hands with the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation to give away 100,000 units of its Home Mini smart speakers to people living with paralysis and their caregivers. Eligible residents in the US can apply on the website of the foundation.The...

27-Jul-2019 New York

Facebook ad library failed to serve its purpose: Experts

Researchers and experts have slammed Facebook for making its Ad Library -- meant to bring a new level of transparency to online ad buys -- riddled with errors and technical glitches that make it virtually unusable.In a statement shared with IANS, US-based non-profit...

25-Jul-2019 San Francisco

Facebook removes multiple fake Pages, Groups, accounts

Facebook on Thursday said it removed multiple Pages, Groups and accounts that were involved in coordinated inauthentic behaviour on its platform and Instagram and originated in Thailand, Russia, Ukraine and Honduras.It removed 12 Facebook accounts and 10 Pages...

24-Jul-2019 San Francisco

YouTube faces flak for promoting racism on kids' show

Google-owned content sharing app YouTube has once again come under a cloud, this time for promoting white supremacy by letting a kids' channel show racist content by portraying "beauty" and "ugly" looks in fair and dark skin shades, and failing to remove it despite...

22-Jul-2019 New Delhi

WhatsApp set to empower SMBs go digital in India

After picking 5 Indian startups who would receive nearly Rs 35 lakh ($50,000) each to develop country-first products, Facebook-owned WhatsApp is now set to further empower the 50-million plus small and medium businesses (SMBs) in the country.Will Cathcart,...

20-Jul-2019 San Francisco

Twitter to soon explain why certain tweets are unavailable

You will soon be able to know why certain tweets go unavailable in your conversation thread on Twitter. The micro-blogging platform is working on to "add context" to "this tweet is unavailable" notices."We're fixing the issue where you see so many 'This...

19-Jul-2019 San Francisco

YouTube Music now lets users switch from audio to video

After matching over five million audio tracks with their official videos, YouTube Music is now letting premium users to transit from the audio of a track to watching the music video without any pauses or interruptions."Switching between audio songs to music...

18-Jul-2019 New Delhi

Google removes stalker apps that may have spied on you

Google has removed seven stalker apps that were available on its Play Store as apps for children's safety or finding stolen phones but were being used to stalk employees, romantic partners or kids.The apps were able to track the surveilled person's location,...

12-Jul-2019 San Francisco

YouTube to bring recommendations-free educational playlists

Targeting teenagers, Google-owned content sharing app YouTube is bringing a new education feature called Learning Playlists with dedicated landing pages for educational  videos on topics like math, science, music and language, free from algorithmic recommendations.The...

11-Jul-2019 New Delhi

Google Maps to now give Indian users dining offers

Google Maps on Thursday introduced three new features for Indian users to help them discover local experiences and get recommendations that are personalised for better dining experience, including an "Offers" section to help users find deals and claim them...

10-Jul-2019 San Francisco

Official YouTube app now available on Amazon Fire TV

The official YouTube app is now available on Amazon Fire TV platform and all Fire TV Edition smart TVs."We will expand to additional Fire TV devices in the coming months, with YouTube TV and YouTube Kids launching later this year," Amazon said in a blog...

07-Jul-2019 New Delhi

Facebook down again? Chill as the world has not ended yet

Imagine this: All of your favourite social media apps such as Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Snapchat and Twitter have stopped working for an unspecified time period. Are you anxious, nervous or still a relaxed soul?This year has seen several incidences where...

07-Jul-2019 New Delhi

Google doodle celebrates FIFA Women's WC final

Google on Sunday splashed its home page doodle with colours of the US and the Netherlands ahead of the teams' face off in the FIFA Women's World Cup final in Lyon, France.The eighth edition of the prestigious tournament, which started on June 7, will come to...

05-Jul-2019 San Francisco

YouTube's ban on 'instructional hacking' videos upsets cyber teachers

Computer security teachers are upset over YouTube's decision to ban instructional tutorials on hacking and phishing from its platform, fearing it could interfere with the training of computer science and security students.To prevent its users from learning how...

02-Jul-2019 New Delhi

TikTok refutes Tharoor's claim on sharing data with China

Chinese short video-making app TikTok on Tuesday refuted Congress MP Shashi Tharoor's claim that it was illegally collecting data and sending it to China.Speaking in the Lok Sabha during the Zero Hour on Monday, Tharoor said there were reports that the Chinese...

27-Jun-2019 San Francisco

YouTube adds more controls for home page, Up Next videos

To further streamline videos based on the content that interests users, Google-owned video-sharing app YouTube has decided to give users more control over their Home page and Up Next videos.As part of the changes, YouTube would now let users explore more...

27-Jun-2019 San Francisco

'Deepfakes' videos different from fake news : Mark Zuckerberg

Admitting that Facebook cannot fight fake news on its own, its CEO Mark Zuckerberg is considering to treat "deepfakes" and misinformation separately so that altered "deepfake" videos can be tackled in a better way."Deepfakes" are video forgeries that make people...

19-Jun-2019 San Francisco

Now try virtual makeup while watching YouTube tutorials

With a new "Augmented Reality (AR) Beauty Try-On feature", Google-owned video sharing platform YouTube would now let users try on virtual make-up while watching tutorials in real time."Thanks to machine learning and AR technology, it offers realistic, virtual...

16-Jun-2019 Menlo Park (California)

Towards a happier, less nastier Facebook

Passive use, loneliness and the agony of social comparisons are some of the "ills" being battled on social media and Facebook's answer to these are: easier ways to comment  back, a dating feature and a time tracker to check overuse.During the International...

15-Jun-2019 San Francisco

Facebook to rank comments to make conversations meaningful

In a move to make conversations on public posts more meaningful, Facebook has rolled out an update where it will rank comments to promote those that are most relevant to users.Facebook will now start showing comments on public posts more prominently when...

15-Jun-2019 New York

Don't regulate us for the sake of it : Sundar Pichai

Facing an anti-trust probe from the US government, Google CEO Sundar Pichai has cautioned against those who may want to regulate the tech giants "for the sake of regulating."In an interview with CNN Business, Pichai said his company had gone through similar...

13-Jun-2019 Menlo Park (California)

Facebook COO Sandberg promises to weed out bad content

Grappling with the best and the worst of humanity, a quarterly transparency report from next year and content regulations are some of the steps listed by Facebook's Chief Operating Officer (COO) Sheryl Sandberg to deal with major content concerns and privacy issues.Committed...

11-Jun-2019 San Francisco

YouTube CEO apologises to LGBTQ community

After the LGBTQ community called out to YouTube for not considering homophobic remarks as violation of its platform's policies, company CEO Susan Wojcicki apologised to the  community."I know that the decisions we made were very hurtful to the LGBTQ community...

11-Jun-2019 San Francisco

Google Maps get test 'off-route' alert feature in India

As part of the many new features Google is experimenting with and adding on Maps, the search engine giant is testing an "Off-route" alert feature, exclusively in India for  now.Intended to keep users safe while they are riding in a taxi, the "Off-route"...

11-Jun-2019 San Francisco

Social media content contributes to radicalisation: Twitter executive

Radicalisation in the digital era is not new, but now one of Twitter's key executives has said that there's "no doubt" that social media content, in some cases, contributes to  radicalisation.Vijaya Gadde, Legal, Public Policy & Trust and Safety Lead at Twitter,...

09-Jun-2019 San Francisco

Trojan Triada came pre-installed on Android : Google

Two years after a banking Trojan called Triada was spotted on some budget Android smartphones, Google has confirmed that criminals did actually manage to get an advanced backdoor pre-installed devices before they even left the manufacturing facilities.Triada's...

07-Jun-2019 New York

Tips to create viral YouTube ads

In order to create viral YouTube ads, brands should arouse strong emotion, keep ads to a moderate length of 1-1.5 minutes and use authentic characters, a study has revealed.YouTube is a low-cost and flexible platform for sharing ads with a wide viewership....

07-Jun-2019 San Francisco

Google to buy data analytics firm Looker for $2.6 bn

Google has said that it is going to purchase data analytics startup Looker in a $2.6 billion all-cash deal to better tap into data and Cloud computing business.Google said Looker will join Google Cloud after the acquisition is closed, which will provide customers...

07-Jun-2019 San Francisco

Facebook to re-think on policies around artistic nudity

Facebook has agreed to re-think its stance of artistic nudity after an outcry of people protesting naked in front of the social networking giant's New York headquarters against the company's policies against the same.Facebook has confirmed that it would meet...

06-Jun-2019 San Francisco

Google to share air quality findings with scientists

As part of a larger effort to track pollution, Google is releasing air quality data for scientists that it collected from California's Bay Area and Central Valley with its Street View cars under Project Air View.The data was captured over the last three...

05-Jun-2019 San Francisco

YouTube to expand ties with ticketing providers

After covering more than 90 per cent of the US ticketing market, YouTube now appears set to expand these partnerships globally to help artists engage directly with fans and sell tickets for upcoming tours.To allow fans the option of quickly purchasing tickets...

05-Jun-2019 San Francisco

Homophobic remarks do not violate YouTube policies

Google-owned video sharing app YouTube has decided that homophobic comments do not violate its policies.The decision came formally as a response to an ongoing controversy about YouTuber Steven Crowder making homophobic and racist comments about a Vox publications...

05-Jun-2019 New Delhi

Google Search, Assistant get special World Cup features

Keeping in line with the the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 action, Google on Wednesday introduced special features to its Search, Assistant to help people get all the important match updates.Users can now explore the tournament table, stats and upcoming matches...

05-Jun-2019 New Delhi

Google celebrates 1st woman to receive a doctorate

Google on Wednesday celebrated Italian philosopher and theologian Elena Cornaro Piscopia with a Doodle. She is said to be the first woman to earn a PhD or doctorate degree and that too, at a time when the church did not view women studying theology and phylosohy...

04-Jun-2019 San Francisco

YouTube not to shut 'guidance' despite abuse issues

YouTube does not want to turn off recommendation despite concerns that its algorithm helps videos with young children spread among sexual predators, The New York Times reported.By suggesting what users should watch next, YouTube's automated recommendation system...

04-Jun-2019 New Delhi

YouTube brings back NextUp for content creators

To support upcoming content creators on its platform, Google-owned messaging app YouTube on Tuesday opened entries for NextUp 2019 with three new editions -- NextUp for Artists, Women To Watch and Gamers.YouTube's NextUp, which was launched in India last...

04-Jun-2019 Hyderabad

Google Maps now offers live train status, bus data

Google Maps on Tuesday launched three new public transport features, including live train status, to help commuters in India.Google Maps users in 10 of the largest cities in India will be able to see bus travel times from live traffic, get live train status...

01-Jun-2019 New Delhi

Google says sorry for sending Kohli's message to users

Google has apologised for erroneously sending a video message in bulk to its Google Duo users by the Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli.Video conferencing platform Google Duo accidentally sent a message from Kohli to users around the world.In the video,...

01-Jun-2019 New Delhi

Instagram quietly rolls out new Stories design in India

Facebook-owned photo-messaging app Instagram has quietly rolled out a new design on its Stories option in India.The semi-circular selector wheel design, spotted this week, has reduced and categorised the previous eight camera options to three -- Live, Camera ...

30-May-2019 San Francisco

Twitter now lets up to 3 users join live streams

After Instagram, now micro-blogging site Twitter has decided to allow broadcasters on its app open up their live streams to guests."Go live with guests! It's more fun than talking to yourself. We promise," the company announced on Twitter on Wednesday.The...

30-May-2019 San Francisco

Twitter may ban white supremacists from platform

Micro-blogging site Twitter is conducting an in-house research to decide whether racism-promoting white supremacists should stay on its platform.With 275 million global users, Twitter aims to work specifically on white nationalism and supremacy to understand and tackle...

30-May-2019 San Francisco

Google Map gets speed limits, radar locations

After running tests in the US and elsewhere, Google is rolling out speed limits and mobile radar locations in over 40 countries, including India, EnGadget reported on Thursday.The search engine giant confirmed to TechCrunch that Maps would now let users see...

21-May-2019 San Francisco

Google AI can better predict lung cancer

A team of Google researchers has used a deep-learning algorithm to detect lung cancer accurately from computed scans.The work demonstrates the potential for Artificial Intelligence (AI) to increase both accuracy and consistency, which could help accelerate...

18-May-2019 San Francisco

No benefit in breaking up Facebook: Sheryl Sandberg

As the chorus grows to break up Facebook, the social networking platform's Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg has said that it won't serve any purpose."You could break us up, you could break other tech companies up, but you actually don't address the...

18-May-2019 New Delhi

Google celebrates Persian maths genius Khayyam

Google on Saturday dedicated a creative and special doodle to Persian mathematician Omar Khayyam on his 971st birthday. He was best known for his work on the classification and solution of cubic equations.Apart from his maths skills, he was also a well-known...

10-May-2019 New Delhi

Ready to work with India's anti-trust watchdog : Google

Tech giant Google on Friday said the company is looking forward to working with India's anti-trust regulator the Competition Commission of India (CCI) on issues related to the  Android mobile operating system.Reacting to a Reuters story that the CCI...

10-May-2019 San Francisco

Sundar Pichai sports Fossil smartwatch at Google I/O

While addressing Google's I/O Developers Conference 2019 in California, company CEO Sundar Pichai was spotted wearing a Fossil Sport smartwatch priced at $199, roughly Rs 14,000 in India.Famed technology YouTuber Marques K. Brownlee, known as MKBHD, recently...

10-May-2019 New Delhi

Account information requests jump from India: Twitter

The Indian government made information requests for 422 Twitter accounts in the July-December 2018 period while law enforcement agencies in the country asked the micro-blogging platform to remove 667 accounts for violating the law of the land -- a massive...

09-May-2019 New York

Privacy is no 'luxury good', says Sundar Pichai

Privacy cannot be a "luxury good" that's only available to people who can afford to buy premium products and services, Google CEO Sundar Pichai has said.In an op-ed written for The New York Times, Pichai defended his company's approach to privacy and users'...

08-May-2019 San Francisco

Google looking to make foldable phones: Report

Tech titan Google is looking into foldable technology even as Samsung's first-ever super premium foldable phone flamed out in embarrassing fashion."Google has also experimented with the foldable form, said Mario Queiroz, who leads development of Pixel phones,...

08-May-2019 San Francisco

Google Assistant gets voice-enabled driving mode

Google has rolled out a voice-enabled driving mode on Assistant that would not only personalise suggestions for navigation, messages, calling and media, but also bring all relevant activities front and centre."Coming this summer on android phones, the Google...

07-May-2019 San Francisco

Twitter now lets you re-tweet with GIFS, images

Micro-blogging site Twitter has rolled a new feature that allows its 326 million users to add images, videos and GIFs to their re-tweets.Available for both Android as well as iOS users, the feature was announced on the micro-blogging site itself late on Monday."It's...

03-May-2019 Washington

90,000 YouTube videos violated terror policy : Google

In a bid to crackdown on terror-related content, Google said it has reviewed more than one million suspected terrorist videos on YouTube in the first quarter of 2019 and found 90,000 of such videos violated the company's terrorism policy.In a letter sent...

30-Apr-2019 San Francisco

India is YouTube's fastest growing market: Sundar Pichai

India offers great potential for Google-owned YouTube's growth and the latest in the journey is YouTube Music that has been downloaded more than 15 million times in the country, CEO Sundar Pichai has said.Admitting that recent ad product changes in YouTube...

28-Apr-2019 New Delhi

Poor ecosystem holding back Indian entrepreneurs: Facebook

Four out of every five women from metros as well as smaller towns in India are eager to start their own businesses and become entrepreneurs, but lack of networks and accessible technological infrastructure are holding them back in their tracks, a top Facebook...

27-Apr-2019 New Delhi

India's data storing call comes with risk : Mark Zuckerberg

India's data localisation demands are understandable but allowing it for one nation can trigger a demand from countries which are much more authoritarian and can misuse the citizens' data, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said.In a conversation with historian...

26-Apr-2019 San Francisco

Google workers can report harassment on new website

Facing campus walkouts and widespread criticism over workplace harassment, Google has announced a dedicated website to make it easier for workers to report harassment."We've simplified and clarified the way employees can raise concerns by bringing multiple...

23-Apr-2019 San Francisco

Facebook announces 1st browser API for Chrome

Social networking giant Facebook has announced its first major API contribution to Googles Chrome browser that is focused on making user experience smoother and faster shortening the time between a click or keystroke and the browser reacting to that.In computer...

22-Apr-2019 New Delhi

Google Doodle marks 6 unique inhabitants on Earth Day

From Wandering Albatross to Coastal Redwood, Google on Monday celebrated Earth Day with a series of animations on six unique inhabitants on the Earth.While Wandering Albatross has the widest wingspan in the world, Coastal Redwood is the tallest tree in the...

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