Google stops direct responses to data request from Hong Kong government

Alphabet Inc’s Google said on Friday it would no longer provide data in response to requests from Hong Kong authorities following the enactment of a new national security law imposed by China. The U.S. tech giant had not produced any data since the sweeping new law took force in June and would not directly respond… Read More Google stops direct responses to data request from Hong Kong government

Epic Games files lawsuit against Apple, Google for removal of Fortnite game from app stores

Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google on Thursday removed popular video game ‘Fortnite’ from their app stores for violating the in-app payment guidelines, prompting developer Epic Games to file federal antitrust lawsuits challenging their rules. Apple and Google cited a direct payment feature rolled out on the Fortnite app earlier in the day as the… Read More Epic Games files lawsuit against Apple, Google for removal of Fortnite game from app stores

Google launches earthquake sensor feature in Android phones

Alphabet Inc’s Google’s Android phones on Tuesday started detecting earthquakes around the world to provide data that could eventually give billions of users precious seconds of warning of a tremor nearby, with an alerting feature first rolling out in California. Japan, Mexico and California already use land-based sensors to generate warnings, aiming to cut injuries… Read More Google launches earthquake sensor feature in Android phones

Australia to force Facebook, Google to pay media companies for news content

Australia will force Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google to pay Australian media outlets for news content, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said on Friday. Frydenberg said the mandatory code of conduct, which will be legislated into law this year, is needed to ensure the viability of Australian media companies. “It’s about a fair go for Australian… Read More Australia to force Facebook, Google to pay media companies for news content

U.S. Congress panel grill ‘Big Tech’ chief executives in virtual hearing

Google and Facebook took the sharpest jabs for alleged abuse of their market power from Democrats and Republicans on Wednesday in a much-anticipated congressional hearing that put four of America’s most prominent tech CEOs in the hot seat. Facebook Inc’s Mark Zuckerberg, Amazon.com Inc’s Jeff Bezos, Google owner Alphabet Inc’s Sundar Pichai and Apple Inc’s… Read More U.S. Congress panel grill ‘Big Tech’ chief executives in virtual hearing

Lawsuit filed against Google over involuntary tracking in apps

Alphabet Inc’s Google records what people are doing on hundreds of thousands of mobile apps even when they follow the company’s recommended settings for stopping such monitoring, a lawsuit seeking class action status alleged on Tuesday. The data privacy lawsuit is the second filed in as many months against Google by the law firm Boies… Read More Lawsuit filed against Google over involuntary tracking in apps