Facebook, Google to effect changes to regulation of political ads

​ Facebook Inc. and Alphabet Inc’s Google have little choice but to rein in internet political ads in the face of growing U.S. government pressure, a panel of advertising consultants and executives said on Monday. Speaking at a trade conference, the marketers seized on allegations that Russian operatives bought U.S. political ads on Facebook as… Read More Facebook, Google to effect changes to regulation of political ads

Google set to purchase HTC’s Pixel smartphone division in $1.1billion deal

Alphabet Inc’s Google said it would pay $1.1 billion in cash to acquire the division at Taiwan’s HTC Corp. that develops the U.S. firm’s Pixel smartphones, its latest push into hardware manufacturing. Google has sought to beef up its hardware capability with deals and product launches, and last year hired Rick Osterloh, a former Motorola… Read More Google set to purchase HTC’s Pixel smartphone division in $1.1billion deal

Former employees file gender inequality lawsuit against Google

Three female former employees of Alphabet Inc’s Google filed a lawsuit on Thursday accusing the tech company of discriminating against women in pay and promotions. The proposed class action lawsuit, filed in California state court in San Francisco, comes as Google faces an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor into sex bias in pay… Read More Former employees file gender inequality lawsuit against Google

Google to launch digital payment service in India

​ Google plans to introduce a localized digital payment service in India as early as next week, technology website TechCrunch reported, citing a report from news site The Ken. The payment service, called Google ‘Tez’, will offer payment options beyond the existing ones like Google Wallet or Android Pay, the report said. Tez, meaning fast… Read More Google to launch digital payment service in India

Google fires employee over gender inequality memo

Alphabet Inc’s Google has fired an employee who wrote an internal memo that ascribed gender inequality in the technology industry to biological differences. James Damore, the engineer who wrote the memo, confirmed his dismissal saying that he had been fired for “perpetuating gender stereotypes”. Damore said he is exploring all possible legal remedies. Google refused… Read More Google fires employee over gender inequality memo

French court dismisses $1.3billion tax lawsuit against Google

A French court ruled on Wednesday that Google was not liable to pay 1.1 billion euros (an equivalent of $1.3 billion) in back taxes demanded by the French authorities. The Paris administrative court ruled that Google Ireland Limited was not subject to corporate and value-added taxes for the period 2005-2010, striking down the tax administration’s… Read More French court dismisses $1.3billion tax lawsuit against Google

Apple, Amazon, Google join bidding for Toshiba’s chip

Apple Inc., Amazon.com Inc. and Google have joined bidding for Toshiba’s NAND flash memory unit, vying with others for the Japanese firm’s prized semiconductor operation. Toshiba shareholders on Thursday agreed to split off its NAND flash memory business, paving the way for a sale to raise at least $9 billion to cover U.S. nuclear unit… Read More Apple, Amazon, Google join bidding for Toshiba’s chip