Apple, Google launches contact tracing technology

Authorities in 23 countries across five continents have sought access to contact tracing technology from Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google, the companies announced on Wednesday as they released the initial version of their system. The Apple-Google technology enables governments fighting the novel coronavirus to publish mobile apps in the coming days that the companies… Read More Apple, Google launches contact tracing technology

Apple, Google ban use of location tracking in contact tracing apps

Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google on Monday said they would ban the use of location tracking in apps that use a new contact tracing system the two are building to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. Apple and Google, whose operating systems power 99% of smart phones, said last month they would work… Read More Apple, Google ban use of location tracking in contact tracing apps

Google introduces direct calls, Gmail link on its video tool Meet

Google will allow business and education users on Gmail.com to directly take calls on its video conferencing tool Meet starting Thursday, a new feature being offered as the Alphabet Inc unit seeks to capitalize on security and other concerns with rival services. The integration of Meet with e-mail is the first of several features being… Read More Google introduces direct calls, Gmail link on its video tool Meet

France rules Google must pay news agencies for content

France’s competition authority ruled on Thursday that Google must pay French publishing companies and news agencies for re-using their content. The U.S. tech firm said it would comply with the French competition authority verdict, which followed a complaint by unions representing French press publishers. “Google’s practices caused a serious and immediate harm to the press… Read More France rules Google must pay news agencies for content

Alphabet Inc to donate over $800million to aid fight against coronavirus

Alphabet Inc will donate more than $800 million in funds towards producing medical supplies used to fight COVID-19, and in ad credits to government and health organizations and businesses, Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai said on Friday. The company is working with Magid Glove and Safety to produce 2 million to 3 million face masks,… Read More Alphabet Inc to donate over $800million to aid fight against coronavirus

WarnerMedia to expand distribution deal with YouTube TV to include upcoming HBO Max

AT&T Inc’s WarnerMedia has expanded its partnership with Alphabet Inc’s Youtube TV to feature its upcoming streaming service HBOMax, as well as content from HBO and Cinemax, the companies said on Thursday. Youtube TV already had access to Turner Classic Movies and Cartoon Network, among other WarnerMedia channels, under the previous deal. AT&T will launch… Read More WarnerMedia to expand distribution deal with YouTube TV to include upcoming HBO Max

Google introduces subscription service for certain games and apps

Alphabet Inc’s Google said on Monday it is rolling out Google Play Pass, a subscription service that gives Android users access to more than 350 apps and games without ads and in-app purchases. Priced at $4.99 per month, the service is similar to Apple Inc’s Apple Arcade, the iPhone maker’s gaming subscription service for mobile… Read More Google introduces subscription service for certain games and apps

Google wins landmark privacy rights case in Europe

Google will not have to apply Europe’s ‘right to be forgotten’ law globally, the continent’s top court ruled on Tuesday in a landmark case that has pitted personal privacy rights against freedom of speech. The victory for the U.S. tech titan means that, while it must remove links to sensitive personal data from its internet… Read More Google wins landmark privacy rights case in Europe