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23-Nov-2020 Sydney

Don't blame us for news businesses revenue decline: Google

As Australia debates the draft News Media Bargaining Code that would govern the relationship between news businesses and digital platforms, Google on Monday said that making it responsible for decline in revenue of news publishers would amount to barking...

19-Nov-2020 San Francisco

Google Pay becomes an all-encompassing money app

Google has introduced several features in its Pay feature for both Android and iOS users which have been first rolled out in the US.The new Google Pay app is designed around relationships with people and businesses."It helps you save money and gives you insights...

18-Nov-2020 New Delhi

Instagram introduces keyword search on its platform

Instagram users in select countries will now be able to search the platform using keywords and no hashtags are required.The Facebook-owned company said the keyword  search feature will initially be available in English in six countries, including the UK,...

18-Nov-2020 San Francisco

YouTube introduces audio ads for brands to expand reach

In a bid to help marketers and creators further grow brand awareness on its platform, YouTube has introduced audio ads -- its first ad format designed to connect brands with  audiences in engaged and ambient listening.Audio ads, currently in beta,...

13-Nov-2020 San Francisco

Facebook CEO says Joe Biden is next US President

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has become the first Big Tech CEO to acknowledge that Joe Biden will be the next president of the US, at a time when Donald Trump has refused to accept his defeat and is fighting a legal battle.The Facebook CEO told employees in a...

13-Nov-2020 New Delhi

YouTube cancels its annual 'Rewind' celebration for 2020

YouTube has announced that it will not organise its annual end-of-year 'Rewind' celebratory recap video this year.The company in a statement acknowledged that "2020 has been different," adding that "it doesn't feel right to carry on as if it weren't.""We know...

13-Nov-2020 New Delhi

Twitter removes Home Minister Amit Shah's DP, reinstates

Micro-blogging site Twitter on Thursday night removed the Display Picture (DP) of Union Home Minister Amit Shah. It, however, reinstated the picture after some time.It turned out that Twitter took the action after someone claimed copyright on the image. However, as...

05-Nov-2020 San Francisco

YouTube refuses to block video that claims Trump won election

Google-owned YouTube has refused to block a video that claims US President Donald Trump has won the election, saying the video does not violate its election misinformation policies.The video, titled "Trump Won. MSM hopes you don't believe your eyes," was published...

31-Oct-2020 New Delhi

New zero-day bug puts Windows OS at threat, reveals Google

A team of Google security researchers has revealed a zero-day vulnerability in the Microsoft Windows operating system that is under active exploitation.According to Google project Zero technical lead Ben Hawkes, the zero-day vulnerability is expected to...

30-Oct-2020 San Francisco

We face a competitive environment : Sundar Pichai

Even as scrutiny of Google's dominance on Internet search intensifies, the CEO of the company, Sundar Pichai, has said that it faces a competitive environment.In an earning call with analysts on Thursday, Pichai said that the company is confident about the...

30-Oct-2020 New Delhi

YouTube generates $5bn in ad revenue for Google in Q3

YouTube brought in $5 billion in advertising revenue in the third quarter of 2020, signaling that there has been a rebound in advertising revenue for both Google and YouTube.YouTube now has over 30 million music and premium paid subscribers, and over 35 million...

30-Oct-2020 New Delhi

Working hard to let people chat across our apps : Mark Zuckerberg

Stressing that the messaging experience in the US is very fragmented compared to India or China, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said the company is working hard to merge Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp so that they can start to function a little bit more like...

20-Oct-2020 San Francisco

Women-led SMBs saw more closures during pandemic globally : Facebook

Stressing that women have been disproportionately impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic globally, Facebook on Tuesday said female-led small and medium businesses (SMBs) were more likely than male-led SMBs to report closures taking into account factors like size of...

17-Oct-2020 San Francisco

Google removes 3,000 China-linked fake YouTube channels

As the US presidential election inches closer, Google said it has terminated more than 3,000 fake YouTube channels in July-September period which were part of a large spam network linked to China that attempted to run an influence operation on YouTube.As...

16-Oct-2020 New Delhi

Google to move Hangouts users to free Chat service next year

Google has announced to move Hangouts users over to Google Chat next year which will be available as a free service -- both in the integrated experience in Gmail and the Chat standalone app.Starting in the first half of 2021, everyone can begin upgrading from...

14-Oct-2020 San Francisco

Google Meet video calling lands on Glass Enterprise Edition 2

Google has announced that its video conferencing app Meet is now available for Glass Enterprise Edition 2 in beta.Google Meet for Glass is aimed at "making it easier for on-site workers to connect face-to-face with others who are working remotely."Glass has...

11-Oct-2020 New Delhi

Google allows up to 100 breakout rooms in Meet for focused chats

Google has introduced breakout rooms in its video conferencing app Meet to divide participants into smaller groups during video calls and have more engaged distance communication.Google will let you make up to 100 breakout rooms during a single call.With the...

09-Oct-2020 New Delhi

Google Pixel 4a in India for Rs 29,999 on Flipkart BBD sale

Google India on Friday announced that 'Pixel 4a' will be available in the country via Flipkart Big Billion Days sale from October 16 at a special discounted price of Rs 29,999.The  company also launches audio smart speaker 'Nest Audio' for Rs 6,999.Google...

08-Oct-2020 New Delhi

Remote work makes Indian workers feel lonely, stressed: LinkedIn

Two in five professionals in India are experiencing increased stress or anxiety due to the pandemic while one in three professionals believe remote working is slowing career progression, making them feel more lonely and harming work-life balance, a new LinkedIn...

07-Oct-2020 San Francisco

Google brings Web Stories carousel to Discover page

Google is now adding a visual element to the Discover page with a feature called Web Stories, which functions very similarly to Instagram Stories and Snapchat.The Stories carousel, now available in the US, India and Brazil at the top of Discover, helps you...

04-Oct-2020 New Delhi

Facebook slams Netflix, says 'The Social Dilemma' is distorted

While most of us loved the new Netflix documentary 'The Social Dilemma' that shows how social media platforms treat users as a product and spreads misinformation, Facebook has come down heavily on the leading content streaming platform, saying it has buried...

02-Oct-2020 New Delhi

Google removes hurdle to sell new Pixel smartphones in India

Google that has been very selective in picking its key markets is likely to add more countries into its list such as India which currently has previous-generation Google Pixel devices and for this, the tech giant has finally removed the hurdle that stopped...

02-Oct-2020 San Francisco

Facebook makes managing groups easier

Facebook has announced new tools and programmes to help users manage their groups on the social networking platform more efficiently. These include the "Admin Assist" tool that allows one to set rules so Facebook can help moderate posts in your group for you....

24-Sep-2020 New Delhi

Fraudsters using 'Facebook profile cloning' to dupe people

The fraudsters have devised a new mechanism to dupe people by using their Facebook profiles to coax their friends for money.The modus operandi of the fraudsters involves cloning of the Facebook profile of an individual and then sending 'friend requests'...

24-Sep-2020 London

YouTube expands fact-check on video searches to Europe

Google-owned YouTube on Thursday said it would expand its fact-checking feature to Europe in a bid to fight misinformation related to polls and the pandemic.According to a CNBC report, the fact-checking feature, already launched in the US, Brazil and India, will...

23-Sep-2020 New Delhi

Google unveils new Web Stories for WordPress for creators

Google has allowed creators to make and publish more compelling and more visually-appealing stories with the new Web Stories for WordPress plugin.The new version offers a drag-and-drop interface to make it easy for creators to get started.Those who want to...

07-Sep-2020 Sydney

Don't blame us for classified ad decline in newspapers : Google

Google reiterated on Monday that it is passing on the vast majority of money advertisers pay the Search engine giant directly to Australian publishers and it should not be blamed for classified ads decline in newspapers.The company said it does not object to...

04-Sep-2020 New Delhi

Facebook rolls out dedicated tab for Instagram Reels in India

As millions of Indians scout for new platforms to unleash their creativity in absence of Chinese TikTok, Facebook on Friday rolled out a dedicated tab for Instagram Reels for most of India.The Reels tab is a new tab in the navigation bar so the feature...

01-Sep-2020 New Delhi

Google to display 'licensable' badge over images

In a bid to better help Search users find images that can be used for their personal or professional work or not, Google has made it easier to find licensable images on its platform.For results where the publisher or image creator provided licensing information,...

31-Aug-2020 New Delhi

Google launches Kids Space on select Android tablets

Google on Monday launched a new kids mode on select Android tablets that features apps, books and videos for your children to explore, learn and have fun as they stay home.Google Kids Space will be available globally on certain Lenovo tablets first, including...

29-Aug-2020 San Francisco

Apple's 'stranglehold' on App Store blocks innovation: Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has slammed Apple for its App Store policy, saying it blocks innovation and allows the tech giant to "charge monopoly rents".Buzzfeed first reported that Zuckerberg told 50,000 employees in a webcast that Apple has a "unique stranglehold...

28-Aug-2020 New Delhi

Facebook invites people to explore Horizon VR project

Facebook has invited people to join its Horizon project which is a social experience where people can explore, play and create with others in virtual reality (VR) at one place.To begin with, the invite-only beta will be available on Oculus Quest and the Rift...

28-Aug-2020 New Delhi

Google runs largest chemistry calculation on quantum computer

Google has successfully performed the largest chemical simulation on a quantum computer to date, a feat that can unlock new frontiers in chemistry, improving a wide variety of industries.The Google AI Quantum team used a noise-robust variational quantum eigensolver...

27-Aug-2020 San Francisco

Google not in race to buy TikTok: Sundar Pichai

Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai has denied his company is in the race to acquire the Chinese short-video making app TikTok.On the latest episode of podcast 'Pivot Schooled Live', the Recode's Kara Swisher and New York University Professor Scott Galloway...

26-Aug-2020 San Francisco

Marvel's Avengers game to get early access on Google Stadia

Marvel's Avengers by Square Enix is one of the exciting new games coming to Google's Cloud gaming service Stadia on September 1 with 72-hour early access.Square Enix is already available on pre-orders for a while on other platforms such as Xbox, Steam and PlayStation...

26-Aug-2020 San Francisco

Google launches faster tabs, cool features in Chrome browser

Google has introduced several features including tabs that load faster and let you organise and find them easily in Chrome browser as you work or study from home.To start with, Google has made tabs 10 per cent faster in Chrome via under-the-hood performance...

19-Aug-2020 San Francisco

Facebook will junk Trump posts for violations: COO Sandberg

In a first direct challenge to US President Donald Trump in the run-up to the November presidential election, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has said the platform would remove Trump posts if they violate company standards.Speaking on MSNBC on Tuesday, Sandberg...

19-Aug-2020 New Delhi

Google introduces AI-powered 'Sounds of India' app

Google on Wednesday said it is offering a new AI-powered web app called Sounds of India that will allow you to sing Jana Gana Mana into your phone, karaoke-style and it transforms your voice into one of three traditional Indian instruments.The Sounds of India...

06-Aug-2020 New Delhi

Twitter allows iOS users to limit replies to their tweets

Twitter has rolled out a new feature for iOS users which will allow them to limit replies to their tweets on the platform.The micro-blogging platform first tested this feature with a limited set of users in May."In May, we tested a new way to have a chat with...

05-Aug-2020 San Francisco

Facebook launches TikTok rival Instagram Reels in US

Amid uncertainties surrounding TikTok's business in the US, Facebook on Wednesday introduced Instagram Reels in the country that will allow people to create and discover short, entertaining videos.With Reels, one can record and edit 15-second multi-clip videos...

03-Aug-2020 New Delhi

Now you can use Google Chrome to quickly create PDF

You can now easily create a free Adobe Acrobat PDF from any Microsoft Office or image file simply by typing PDF.new into Chrome and uploading the desired file, thanks to a collaboration between Google and Adobe.One can also type Sign.new into the browser...

03-Aug-2020 New York

Google launches Pixel 4a, to arrive in India in October

Google on Monday introduced the new affordable smartphone Pixel 4a starting at $349 for the lone 6GB+128GB model in the US that will arrive in India in October.The company said it will reveal the price for the Indian market closer to its launch, which will...

03-Aug-2020 San Francisco

Google helps people identify Black-owned businesses

Google has started adding an icon in Google Maps and Search to help people identify Black-owned businesses.The move, which comes amid a surge in online searches for Black-owned businesses, is part of the company's commitment to support underrepresented entrepreneurs.With...

03-Aug-2020 San Francisco

Twitter plans 'Undo Send' button with paid subscription service (Ld)

Twitter has started working towards its paid subscription service that will provide users options like "Undo Send" button (like an edit button) and ability to tweet longer and high-quality videos, among other features.The micro-blogging platform hinted last...

30-Jul-2020 San Francisco

Mark Zuckerberg bought Instagram as it was a 'threat' to Facebook

The US House antitrust subcommittee has made public the email exchanges between Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and former chief financial officer David Ebersman, revealing that the company (and Zuckerberg, in particular) wanted to buy Instagram to avoid competition...

27-Jul-2020 New Delhi

Google working on smart tattoos that turn skin into living touchpad

Google is working on smart tattoos that, when applied to skin, will transform the human body into a living touchpad via embedded sensors.Part of Google Research, the wearable project is called "SkinMarks" that uses rub-on tattoos.The project is an effort to...

25-Jul-2020 San Francisco

New Google fund to address missing data for key research

Google has launched a new Lacuna Fund which is the worlds first collaborative nonprofit effort to directly address the missing labeled data in the field of languages to health and agriculture and more.There is currently a lack of relevant, labeled data to represent...

25-Jul-2020 San Francisco

Google spying on users' data to learn how rival apps work: Report

Google is reportedly keeping tabs to how its users interact with rival Android apps, selectively monitoring how the users interact with non-Google apps via an internal programme to make its own products better.According to a report in The Information, an internal...

21-Jul-2020 New Delhi

This tool can protect kids from viewing risky videos on YouTube

Global cybersecurity firm Kaspersky has introduced a new monitoring feature in its parental control app to protect children from viewing risky videos while browsing the popular video streaming platform YouTube.When activated, the 'Safe Search in YouTube' feature...

20-Jul-2020 Mumbai

Facebook inks music licensing pact with IPRS

The Indian Performing Rights Society Ltd on Monday announced a pact to license its music repertoire for video and other social experiences across Facebook and Instagram.People will now be able to choose music from the IPRS repertoire with hundreds and thousands...

18-Jul-2020 New Delhi

Facebook to launch new section to debunk corona myths

Facebook has announced that it will launch 'Facts About Covid-19' -- a dedicated section -- on its social media platform next week to limit the spread of misinformation about the  pandemic.It will debunk common myths that have been identified by the World...

17-Jul-2020 San Francisco

Facebook expands Messenger screen sharing to iOS, Android

Facebook has now made screen sharing available globally on the latest versions of Messenger's Android and iOS apps, besides the desktop app and Web.Screen sharing allows people to instantly share their screen with friends and family one-on-one or in a group video...

17-Jul-2020 New Delhi

YouTube brings back 1080p streaming option in India

YouTube has lifted restrictions on 1080p HD video streaming in India after limiting the streaming quality to 480p or Standard Definition (SD).At the end of March this year, YouTube had temporarily restricted its video playback quality for users in India to lessen...

16-Jul-2020 New Delhi

Twitter hack: 367 users lost over Rs 90 lakh in just 2 hours

As Twitter went through the worst-ever cyber attack on any social media platforms on Thursday, at least 367 users transferred around $1,20,000 (over Rs 90 lakh) to hackers in Bitcoins before the Twitter teams swung into action to stop the cryptocurrency...

16-Jul-2020 San Francisco

Google redesigning Gmail to make it a productivity hub

Google has announced a major overhaul for Gmail that will expand the service beyond emails and become a productivity hub for workplace.The new design shows four tabs at the bottom of a user's screen: Mail, Chat, Meet for video calling, and Rooms, CNET reported...

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