Russia threatens to expel Western reporters and media outlets if YouTube keeps blocking foreign ministry briefings

Russia’s foreign ministry said on Thursday that reporters from Western countries will be expelled from Russia if YouTube blocks access to its spokeswoman’s briefings. Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, who holds a weekly briefing on Russian foreign policy, including the country’s military intervention in Ukraine, said the foreign ministry had warned YouTube against blocking her content. “We… Read More Russia threatens to expel Western reporters and media outlets if YouTube keeps blocking foreign ministry briefings

Google’s Russian subsidiary files for bankruptcy

The Russian subsidiary of Alphabet Inc’s Google has filed for insolvency, according to a message posted on Russia’s official registry Fedresurs on Wednesday. The subsidiary was “submitting a notice of the intention to declare itself insolvent (bankrupt)”, the note said. “Since March 22, 2022, it foresees its own bankruptcy and inability to fulfil its monetary… Read More Google’s Russian subsidiary files for bankruptcy

Three U.S. states file lawsuits against Google over location-tracking practices

Texas, Indiana and the District of Columbia sued Alphabet Inc’s Google on Monday over what they called deceptive location-tracking practices that invade users’ privacy. “Google falsely led consumers to believe that changing their account and device settings would allow customers to protect their privacy and control what personal data the company could access,” Washington, D.C.,… Read More Three U.S. states file lawsuits against Google over location-tracking practices

Italy fines Google, Apple €10million over data use

Italy’s antitrust regulator has fined Alphabet’s Google and iPhone maker Apple 10 million euros (an equivalent of $11.2 million) each for “aggressive practices” linked to the commercial use of user data. The authority said in statement the two tech groups did not provide “clear and immediate information” on how they collect and use the data… Read More Italy fines Google, Apple €10million over data use

Russia fines Google 3 million roubles over failure to delete banned content

A Moscow court fined Alphabet Inc.’s Google 3 million roubles (an equivalent of $40,400) on Monday for not deleting content that it deemed illegal, part of a wider dispute between Russia and the U.S. tech giant. Russia in October threatened to fine Google a percentage of its annual Russian turnover for repeatedly failing to delete… Read More Russia fines Google 3 million roubles over failure to delete banned content

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