France issues €500million fine to Google over copyright row

France’s antitrust watchdog slapped a 500 million euro (an equivalent of $593 million) fine on Alphabet’s Google on Tuesday for failing to comply with the regulator’s orders on how to conduct talks with the country’s news publishers in a row over copyright. The fine comes amid increasing international pressure on online platforms such as Google… Read More France issues €500million fine to Google over copyright row

Google AI scientist Samy Bengio resigns over firings of colleagues

Google research manager Samy Bengio is resigning in the wake of the firings of two colleagues who had questioned paper review and diversity practices at the Alphabet Inc unit, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday, citing an internal memo. Though at least two Google engineers had earlier resigned in protest of Gebru’s firing, Bengio is the highest-profile… Read More Google AI scientist Samy Bengio resigns over firings of colleagues

U.S. Supreme Court rules in favour of Google in copyright case with Oracle

The U.S. Supreme Court handed Alphabet Inc’s Google a major victory on Monday, ruling that its use of Oracle Corp’s software code to build the Android operating system that runs most of the world’s smartphones did not violate federal copyright law. In a 6-2 decision, the justices overturned a lower court’s ruling that found Google’s… Read More U.S. Supreme Court rules in favour of Google in copyright case with Oracle

Google, BMW, Volvo and Samsung SDI sign up to WWF call for temporary ban on deep-sea mining

Google, BMW, Volvo and Samsung SDI are the first global companies to have signed up to a World Wildlife Fund (WWF) call for a moratorium on deep-sea mining, the WWF said on Wednesday. In backing the call, the companies commit not to source any minerals from the seabed, to exclude such minerals from their supply… Read More Google, BMW, Volvo and Samsung SDI sign up to WWF call for temporary ban on deep-sea mining

U.S. Congress questions Big Tech chief executives on extremism and misinformation

The chief executives of Facebook, Google and Twitter appeared before Congress on Thursday to answer questions about extremism and misinformation on their services in their first appearances since pro-Trump rioters assaulted the U.S. Capitol on January 6. Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg; Sundar Pichai, chief executive of Google parent Alphabet Inc; and Twitter Inc… Read More U.S. Congress questions Big Tech chief executives on extremism and misinformation

Google signs deal with Italian publishers for news content on News Showcase

Google signed on Monday a license deal with various Italian publishers to offer news content through News Showcase, a new platform which makes news available on Google’s news website, the search giant said on Wednesday. The accord was signed with many national news outlets, including Italy’s RCS Mediagroup, which publishes daily Corriere della Sera as… Read More Google signs deal with Italian publishers for news content on News Showcase

YouTube to roll out short-form video streaming service in U.S.

Alphabet Inc’s YouTube is rolling out a short-form video-streaming service on its platform in the United States as it looks to better compete with rival TikTok in the hugely popular category. The service, Shorts, let users record mobile friendly vertical videos that can be spiced up with special effects and soundtracks pulled from a music… Read More YouTube to roll out short-form video streaming service in U.S.

Google to invest $7billion in U.S. offices and data centers in 2021

Alphabet Inc’s Google will invest $7 billion in offices and data centers across the U.S. this year, down from the $10 billion last year, and create 10,000 new full-time jobs as it takes on a pandemic-driven surge in internet traffic. The latest investment includes expansion plans for data centers in Nebraska, South Carolina and Texas,… Read More Google to invest $7billion in U.S. offices and data centers in 2021