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Play, Pay, News: Why Google’s services are on CCI radar

The latest investigation is on how Google runs News, an aggregation service deeply embedded within Google Discover and Google Search platforms on phones and PCs.
In many countries, Google has been under the scanner for how it negotiates with news publishers.(AFP)
In many countries, Google has been under the scanner for how it negotiates with news publishers.(AFP)
Updated on Jan 15, 2022 12:13 AM IST
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News updates from HT: Bulli Bai accused Vishal Jha moves Mumbai court for bail

Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Jha said he has handed over his laptop, mobile phone, and SIM cards to the investigating agency and he is in no position to tamper with any evidence.
Jha said he has handed over his laptop, mobile phone, and SIM cards to the investigating agency and he is in no position to tamper with any evidence.
Published on Jan 11, 2022 12:57 PM IST
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Why is Google facing probe in India over abuse of dominant position?

  • The Competition Commission of India noted that the display of news snippets doesn't guarantee users clicking on it to enter the news websites, limiting the ad revenue earning potential of publishers.
This is not the first time questions have been raised on Google’s use of news snippets and the inability of publishers to bargain a fair share in the value chain of news dissemination.(Reuters File)
This is not the first time questions have been raised on Google’s use of news snippets and the inability of publishers to bargain a fair share in the value chain of news dissemination.(Reuters File)
Published on Jan 11, 2022 12:20 PM IST
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Google hit with 150 million euro French fine over cookie breaches 

In its statement, the watchdog said it had found that the facebook.com, google.fr and youtube.com websites didn't allow the refusal of cookies easily, citing Google's video-streaming platform.
The CNIL said that while Google and Facebook provided a virtual button to allow the immediate acceptance of cookies, there was no equivalent to refuse them as easily.
The CNIL said that while Google and Facebook provided a virtual button to allow the immediate acceptance of cookies, there was no equivalent to refuse them as easily.
Published on Jan 06, 2022 04:38 PM IST
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New Year's Eve 2021: Google prepares for year-end with festive doodle

New Year's Eve 2021: Google unveiled a new doodle with a hint of year-end festivities.
Google Doodle 2021 
Google Doodle 2021 
Published on Dec 31, 2021 06:03 AM IST
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Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Meenakshi Ray, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai can be questioned in privacy lawsuit, judge rules

  • In the lawsuit filed in June 2020, users accused Google of illegally invading their privacy by tracking internet use while Google Chrome browsers were set in "private" mode.
According to a court filing in September, Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai was in 2019 warned that describing the company's Incognito browsing mode as
According to a court filing in September, Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai was in 2019 warned that describing the company's Incognito browsing mode as "private" was problematic.(AFP)
Updated on Dec 28, 2021 10:52 PM IST
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Google 2021 trends: 'How to make oxygen at home' among most searched in India

  • Every year, Google releases lists of the top searched trends of the year in various categories.
The topic that topped the list was 'How to register for Covid vaccine'.(Reuters)
The topic that topped the list was 'How to register for Covid vaccine'.(Reuters)
Published on Dec 20, 2021 10:05 AM IST
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'Tiny market share': Apple seeks dismissal of India apps market antitrust case

The filing was made after the Competition Commission of India (CCI) started reviewing allegations that Apple hurts competition by forcing app developers to use its proprietary system which can charge commissions of up to 30% on in-app purchases.
A spokesperson for Alphabet Inc's Google declined to comment when asked about Apple's assertions in the filing.(REUTERS)
A spokesperson for Alphabet Inc's Google declined to comment when asked about Apple's assertions in the filing.(REUTERS)
Published on Dec 19, 2021 11:34 AM IST
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Enoki mushroom is the most searched recipe in India. Know how to make it

As per the Google Trends or Google's ‘Year In Search 2021', enoki mushroom recipes were the most searched ones in India. Check out these off-beat enoki mushrooms recipes from Enoki Mushrooms and Brisket to Stir Fry Enoki Tofu and Enoki Mushroom Waffles
Enoki mushroom is the most searched recipe in India. Know how to make it(Photo by Lisanto 李奕良/Rebeca G. Sendroiu on Unsplash)
Enoki mushroom is the most searched recipe in India. Know how to make it(Photo by Lisanto 李奕良/Rebeca G. Sendroiu on Unsplash)
Updated on Dec 18, 2021 04:23 PM IST
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Indians searched for Palak recipes in 2021. Here are some popular ones

Google's ‘Year In Search 2021’ showed Indians trending palak recipes during the Covid-19 pandemic. As the winter green is a healthy source of vitamins and minerals for both vegetarians and non vegetarians, here are some popular spinach recipes that Popeye would totally approve 
Indians searched for Palak recipes in 2021. Here are some popular ones (File Photo)
Indians searched for Palak recipes in 2021. Here are some popular ones (File Photo)
Updated on Dec 18, 2021 02:44 PM IST
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What is doomscrolling, the term world searched for in 2021 amid Covid pandemic?

Did you Google "doomscrolling" or maybe "doomsurfing" any time this past year? If so, you're far from being alone. Here is some interesting information on what the world's most searched term in 2021 amid Covid-19 pandemic means, it's impact and how to stop it
What is doomscrolling, the term world searched for in 2021 amid Covid pandemic? (Twitter/Vanityscareart)
What is doomscrolling, the term world searched for in 2021 amid Covid pandemic? (Twitter/Vanityscareart)
Updated on Dec 18, 2021 12:37 PM IST
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ByZarafshan Shiraz, Delhi

Google, Meta win US security agency support for undersea fiber optic cable

U.S. security officials recommended approval for Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Facebook Inc. parent Meta Platforms Inc. to build an undersea fiber optic cable linking the U.S. to Taiwan and the Philippines.
The companies agreed to restrict access to equipment and information for Hong Kong-based partner Pacific Light Data Communication Co., which earlier withdrew its application for a link to Hong Kong(REUTERS)
The companies agreed to restrict access to equipment and information for Hong Kong-based partner Pacific Light Data Communication Co., which earlier withdrew its application for a link to Hong Kong(REUTERS)
Updated on Dec 18, 2021 04:52 AM IST
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US state probes Google's treatment of Black female workers

Google said it is focused on "building sustainable equity" for its Black workers and that 2020 was its largest year for hiring what it calls "Black " workers, a designation inclusive of people belonging to multiple races.
Workers identifying as
Workers identifying as "Black female" left Google at the highest rate of any racial-gender group other than "Native "American female" last year, according to company data.(Reuters)
Published on Dec 17, 2021 05:36 PM IST
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Google to eventually fire unvaccinated employees: Report

  • Alphabet Inc's Google told its employees they will lose pay and will eventually be fired if they do not follow its COVID-19 vaccination rules, CNBC reported on Tuesday, citing internal documents.
People walk by a Google sign on the company's campus in Mountain View, California(AP)
People walk by a Google sign on the company's campus in Mountain View, California(AP)
Updated on Dec 15, 2021 05:28 AM IST
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Google Year in Search 2021: Here's what India browsed on the internet this year

Unsurprisingly, the top three search trends in India were – Indian Premier League, CoWIN, and ICC T20 World Cup – all of which were major talking points this year. The movies which were searched for the most in the country included Jai Bhim, Shershaah, and Radhe.
Google Year in Search 2021 (File Photo)
Google Year in Search 2021 (File Photo)
Published on Dec 09, 2021 08:09 AM IST
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Google sues 2 Russians, 15 others for alleged organized crime scheme

Google claims the defendants have created a “botnet” known as Glupteba, to use for illicit purposes, including the theft and unauthorized use of Google users’ login and account information.
Google names two defendants, Dmitry Starovikov and Alexander Filippov, as well as 15 unnamed individuals.(Reuters)
Google names two defendants, Dmitry Starovikov and Alexander Filippov, as well as 15 unnamed individuals.(Reuters)
Published on Dec 07, 2021 09:11 PM IST
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Why is Google Doodle celebrating pizza today? Read all about it here

  • Google Doodle is celebrating Pizza today with an interactive and fun puzzle game that asks users to cut slices based on the toppings and slices ordered. 
Why is Google Doodle celebrating pizza today? Read all about it here(Twitter/@googledownunder)
Why is Google Doodle celebrating pizza today? Read all about it here(Twitter/@googledownunder)
Published on Dec 06, 2021 08:54 AM IST
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What's next for Sundar Pichai? Google CEO lists out plan on HTLS 2021

Sundar Pichai was born in Madurai, Tamil Nadu on June 10, according to news agency Reuters. The Google CEO is an alumnus of Wharton business school, Stanford University and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur.
Sundar Pichai became the CEO of Google in 2015.(Reuters File Photo)
Sundar Pichai became the CEO of Google in 2015.(Reuters File Photo)
Updated on Dec 03, 2021 08:19 PM IST
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By | Written by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Google proposes new commitments on browser cookies: UK competition regulator

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has been investigating Google's plan to cut support for some cookies in Chrome because it is concerned the move could impede competition in digital advertising.
Google proposed making changes to its plan, which is called
Google proposed making changes to its plan, which is called "privacy sandbox", in June, including allowing the CMA an oversight role.(Reuters file photo)
Published on Nov 26, 2021 02:52 PM IST
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Google signs 5-yr deal to pay for news from AFP

  • The Alphabet Inc. division and AFP struck the accord after months of negotiations, the companies said in a statement Wednesday.
The Alphabet Inc. division and AFP struck the accord after months of negotiations, the companies said in a statement Wednesday. (File Photo / REUTERS)
The Alphabet Inc. division and AFP struck the accord after months of negotiations, the companies said in a statement Wednesday. (File Photo / REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 19, 2021 05:46 AM IST
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Soon, book Covid vaccination slots using Google Assistant: All you need to know

For now, Google has launched the project in India on a pilot basis. A full launch is scheduled for early 2022.
Image credit: https://twitter.com/GoogleIndia
Image credit: https://twitter.com/GoogleIndia
Published on Nov 18, 2021 02:52 PM IST
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Facebook says Pak hackers targeted Afghan users amid govt collapse: Report

Major online platforms and email providers including Facebook, Twitter Inc, Alphabet Inc's Google, and Microsoft Corp's LinkedIn have said they took steps to lock down Afghan users' accounts during the Taliban's swift takeover of the country this past summer.
Facebook logo (File Photo / AFP)
Facebook logo (File Photo / AFP)
Published on Nov 16, 2021 07:48 PM IST
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Google account update: Here's what will change from Nov 9

  • Starting November 9, the two-step verification process will be activated on all Google accounts.
Google account update: Here's what will change from Nov 9. (REUTERS File)
Google account update: Here's what will change from Nov 9. (REUTERS File)
Published on Nov 05, 2021 03:55 PM IST
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Written by Shubhangi Gupta | Edited by Sohini Goswami, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Facebook ‘knew what it was doing’: Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt

Facebook, now known as Meta Platforms Inc., “went a little too far on the revenue side and not enough on the judgment side,” Schmidt said.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (File Photo)
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (File Photo)
Published on Nov 05, 2021 08:54 AM IST
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JioPhone Next, Google and Jio's much-awaited budget smartphone, launches today

Google has been trying to expand its outreach in India with budget smartphones for a while, and the JioPhone Next is its latest attempt at establishing its base among the masses - this time with the help of telecom giant Jio, operated by the Reliance group.
A new JioPhone Next handset is pictured during its media preview in Mumbai on November 1, 2021. (Photo by Punit PARANJPE / AFP)
A new JioPhone Next handset is pictured during its media preview in Mumbai on November 1, 2021. (Photo by Punit PARANJPE / AFP)
Published on Nov 04, 2021 07:21 AM IST
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Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

UK lawmakers to grill Facebook, Google, Twitter, and TikTok over online safety

Representatives from Facebook, Google, Twitter, and TikTok will be questioned by members of a parliamentary committee scrutinising the British government's draft online safety legislation.
The UK's online safety bill calls for a regulator to ensure tech companies comply with rules requiring them to remove dangerous or harmful content (File Photo / Reuters)
The UK's online safety bill calls for a regulator to ensure tech companies comply with rules requiring them to remove dangerous or harmful content (File Photo / Reuters)
Published on Oct 28, 2021 01:53 PM IST
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Google Doodle celebrates Judo founder Kano Jigoro's birthday

The Google Doodle on Professor Kano Jigoro's birthday on October 28 has multiple slides and is animated to show the Judo progenitor's life and work in a series of frames where he appears to teach his students the value of humility and hard work when mastering the martial art.
Professor Kano Jigoro is often referred to as Japan's “Father of Judo” (Google Doodle)
Professor Kano Jigoro is often referred to as Japan's “Father of Judo” (Google Doodle)
Published on Oct 28, 2021 07:15 AM IST
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Sundar Pichai fails to unmute his video call. Here's what happened

The Google CEO was interacting with Kermit The Frog as a part of YouTube's ‘Dear Earth’ series.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai (File Photo/Reuters)
Google CEO Sundar Pichai (File Photo/Reuters)
Published on Oct 27, 2021 09:37 PM IST
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Google growth marred by disappointing result in YouTube, cloud computing sectors

Google CEO Sundar Pichai has tried to keep Alphabet’s revenue engine chugging along by prioritising three areas: E-commerce, YouTube, and cloud computing.
The brand logo of Alphabet Inc's Google is seen in this picture taken with a fisheye lens. (File Photo / REUTERS)
The brand logo of Alphabet Inc's Google is seen in this picture taken with a fisheye lens. (File Photo / REUTERS)
Published on Oct 27, 2021 07:31 AM IST
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With a doodle, Google pays tributes to Otto Wichterle, inventor of contact lens

The Google Doodle, with its unique design, shows Otto Wichterle holding up a single piece of contact lens upon his fingertips, while the light is reflected to form the Google logo in the background as representative of eyesight.
Google Doodle celebrating Czech scientist Otto Wichterle's 108th birthday
Google Doodle celebrating Czech scientist Otto Wichterle's 108th birthday
Published on Oct 27, 2021 06:34 AM IST
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