Google set to acquire analytics company Looker in $2.6billion deal

Alphabet Inc’s Google said on Thursday it would buy Looker, a privately held big-data analytics company, for $2.6 billion in cash, in the first major acquisition for new Google Cloud Chief Executive Thomas Kurian. Google’s cloud computing division is a distant third globally to Amazon.com Inc and Microsoft Corp in terms of revenue from renting… Read More Google set to acquire analytics company Looker in $2.6billion deal

Google suspends business with Huawei following U.S. blacklist

Alphabet Inc’s Google has suspended business with Huawei that requires the transfer of hardware, software and technical services except those publicly available via open source licensing, a source familiar with the matter said on Sunday, in a blow to the Chinese technology company that the U.S. government has sought to blacklist around the world. Holders… Read More Google suspends business with Huawei following U.S. blacklist

Google launches program in Israel to aid global growth of startups

Alphabet Inc’s Google said on Tuesday it has launched a four-month program in Israel to help startups grow globally using its experts and tools. The Google Startup Growth Lab Programme has picked eight companies, after a pilot was completed in 2018. “This is a program for startups that are beginning their growth period or have… Read More Google launches program in Israel to aid global growth of startups

Four dead, three injured as giant construction crane collapses in Seattle

A giant construction crane operating at the site of a future Google campus collapsed from the roof of a building and toppled across a Seattle intersection on Saturday, killing four people and injuring three others, authorities and local media said. The crane collapse occurred in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood shortly after 3:30 p.m. local… Read More Four dead, three injured as giant construction crane collapses in Seattle

Google allows Android users in Europe choose rival browsers, search engines

Users of Android devices in Europe will be able to choose rival browsers and search engines from five options starting on Thursday, a senior Google executive said, as the company tries to quell EU antitrust concerns and stave off fresh penalties. Hit with a record 4.34 billion euro fine last year for using the market… Read More Google allows Android users in Europe choose rival browsers, search engines

Canada to regulate social media firms as measure against election meddling

The world’s major social media companies are not doing enough to help Canada combat potential foreign meddling in this October’s elections and the government might have to regulate them, the cabinet minister in charge of ensuring a fair vote said on Monday. Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould spoke shortly after Canada’s electronic signals spy agency… Read More Canada to regulate social media firms as measure against election meddling

Google launches global advisory council for artificial intelligence, technological ethics

Alphabet Inc’s Google said on Tuesday it was launching a global advisory council to consider ethical issues around artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies. The council, which is slated to publish a report at the end of 2019, includes technology experts, digital ethicists, and people with public policy backgrounds, Kent Walker, Google’s senior vice president… Read More Google launches global advisory council for artificial intelligence, technological ethics