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A Google Project Loon internet balloon is seen at the Google I/O 2016 developers conference in Mountain View, California May 19, 2016.(REUTERS)

Google parent-company shutting Loon, balloon-based alternative to cell towers

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 04:01 PM IST
Loon aimed to bring connectivity to areas of the world where building cell towers are too expensive or treacherous.
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Google has argued that the “baseball arbitration model” incentivises publishers to resort to arbitration rather than good-faith negotiations.(Bloomberg)
Google has argued that the “baseball arbitration model” incentivises publishers to resort to arbitration rather than good-faith negotiations.(Bloomberg)

Explained: Why has Google threatened to pull its search engine from Australia

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kunal Gaurav
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 03:39 PM IST
Google Australia managing director Mel Silva on Friday warned a Senate committee in Canberra that the mandatory code of conduct proposed by the government was “unworkable”.
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Google has been facing a number of controversies pertaining to its AI tech and military deals as well as on diversity and inclusivity fronts.(AFP)
Google has been facing a number of controversies pertaining to its AI tech and military deals as well as on diversity and inclusivity fronts.(AFP)

Google and its ethics AI team row: What we know so far

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Deepali Sharma, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 04:46 PM IST
Google has drawn major criticism on the move of sudden investigation of Mitchell and suspension of her system access.
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Google Australia and New Zealand Managing Director Mel Silva made her first public comments on the details of the proposed legislation since it was introduced to Parliament last week.(Reuters)
Google Australia and New Zealand Managing Director Mel Silva made her first public comments on the details of the proposed legislation since it was introduced to Parliament last week.(Reuters)

Google to pay French publishers for online content under new copyright agreement

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 02:45 PM IST
Google has only signed individual agreements with a few publications so far, including national dailies Le Monde and Le Figaro.
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The spokesperson also said Google "regularly pause ads over unpredictable, 'sensitive' events when ads can be used to exploit the event or amplify misleading information."(Reuters)
The spokesperson also said Google "regularly pause ads over unpredictable, 'sensitive' events when ads can be used to exploit the event or amplify misleading information."(Reuters)

Google pauses all political ads in wake of attack on US Capitol

ANI
UPDATED ON JAN 14, 2021 04:09 PM IST
At least five people, including a policeman on duty and a female air force veteran who supported Trump, died in January 6 attack. Social media companies Twitter, Facebook and Google's YouTube have all suspended Trump from their platforms.
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A Google sign is shown at one of the company's office complexes in Irvine, California, US. (Reuters)
A Google sign is shown at one of the company's office complexes in Irvine, California, US. (Reuters)

Australia calls out Google for 'experiment' blocking some news sites

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 14, 2021 01:29 PM IST
The spat shows the strong resistance by the so-called Big Tech firms to laws which will force them to negotiate with Australian news outlets over payment for the content which appears on their platforms.
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FILE PHOTO: A sign is pictured outs a Google offcie near the company's headquarters in Mountain View, California, U.S., May 8, 2019. REUTERS/Paresh Dave/File Photo(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: A sign is pictured outs a Google offcie near the company's headquarters in Mountain View, California, U.S., May 8, 2019. REUTERS/Paresh Dave/File Photo(REUTERS)

Google backs Biden immigration efforts, covers fees in 'Dreamer' program

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 13, 2021 06:30 PM IST
Biden said last week that he would propose unspecified immigration legislation to Congress "immediately" upon taking office on January 20.
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Under the code, Google and Facebook will be subject to mandatory price arbitration if a commercial agreement on payment for Australian media cannot be reached(AFP)
Under the code, Google and Facebook will be subject to mandatory price arbitration if a commercial agreement on payment for Australian media cannot be reached(AFP)

Australian competition watchdog warns Google, Facebook laws are just the start

Reuters
UPDATED ON JAN 12, 2021 11:17 PM IST
The Australian government announced legislation last month after an investigation it said showed the tech giants held too much market power in the media industry, a situation it said posed a potential threat to a well-functioning democracy.
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Such monopoly-like powers are already under scrutiny by US regulators, with Google and Facebook battling government antitrust lawsuits.(istockphoto)
Such monopoly-like powers are already under scrutiny by US regulators, with Google and Facebook battling government antitrust lawsuits.(istockphoto)

Bans on Parler and Trump show Big Tech’s power over web conversation

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON JAN 11, 2021 02:28 PM IST
The tech companies’ moves were mostly applauded by government officials and critics.
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A supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump holding a sign takes part in a rally at Beverly Hills Gardens Park in Beverly Hills, California, U.S. January 9, 2021. REUTERS/Ringo Chiu(REUTERS)
A supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump holding a sign takes part in a rally at Beverly Hills Gardens Park in Beverly Hills, California, U.S. January 9, 2021. REUTERS/Ringo Chiu(REUTERS)

Social media platform Gab capitalises on Twitter bans, Parler’s suspension

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kunal Gaurav
PUBLISHED ON JAN 10, 2021 03:34 PM IST
On Saturday, the company tweeted that it was gaining more than 10,000 new users every hour.
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Haryana Police personnel helping women download the Durga Shakti app.(HT Photo)
Haryana Police personnel helping women download the Durga Shakti app.(HT Photo)

Haryana Police’s Durga Shakti app spreads wings in Punjab, HP, Delhi, Rajasthan and UP

By Pawan Sharma | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 05:09 PM IST
More than 2 lakh have downloaded app for women safety so far. Of the complaints received in 2020, preventive action was taken in 33 matters and over 1,100 issues were resolved amicably.
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Google employees have long criticised the company’s involvement in projects with the Pentagon and plan to launch a censored search engine in China(REUTERS)
Google employees have long criticised the company’s involvement in projects with the Pentagon and plan to launch a censored search engine in China(REUTERS)

‘We’d had enough’: Why are Google employees unionizing?

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Ayshee Bhaduri | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 07:16 PM IST
The Alphabet Workers Union is seen as a culmination of the 2018 walkout at Google, where some 20,000 employees staged a walkout after it was reported that Google had paid tens of millions of dollars to two executives who had been accused of sexual misconduct by employees.
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Facebook Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies at a House Financial Services Committee hearing in Washington, US, October 23, 2019(REUTERS)
Facebook Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies at a House Financial Services Committee hearing in Washington, US, October 23, 2019(REUTERS)

Silicon Valley is in for a rough ride

By Vivek Wadhwa & Tarun Wadhwa
PUBLISHED ON JAN 04, 2021 08:21 PM IST
The days of regulators prioritising innovation over compliance may be over. The traditionally warm relationship between the Democratic Party and Big Tech is becoming contentious
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The unionizing effort, a rare campaign within a major US internet company, is supported by the Communications Workers of America as part of a recent tech-focused initiative known as CODE-CWA. Googlers who join the Alphabet Workers Union will also be members of CWA Local 1400.(REUTERS)
The unionizing effort, a rare campaign within a major US internet company, is supported by the Communications Workers of America as part of a recent tech-focused initiative known as CODE-CWA. Googlers who join the Alphabet Workers Union will also be members of CWA Local 1400.(REUTERS)

Google workers announce union, escalates years of tensions with management

By Bloomberg | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON JAN 04, 2021 05:20 PM IST
The Alphabet Workers Union said it will be open to all employees and contractors, regardless of their role or classification. It will collect dues, pay organizing staff and have an elected board of directors.
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The chatbot should be able to turn speech into a textual input and turn text into speech.(REUTERS)
The chatbot should be able to turn speech into a textual input and turn text into speech.(REUTERS)

Govt plans chat bot like Alexa, Google Voice to deliver public services

By Press Trust of India| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 01, 2021 08:00 PM IST
The artificial intelligence-based conversational platform is expected to interact with the public in multiple languages, analyse sentiments and intent, collect and analyse data to give personalised experience to users.
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Google celebrates New Year 2021 with adorable doodle(Google.com)
Google celebrates New Year 2021 with adorable doodle(Google.com)

Google Doodle wishes Happy New Year with an adorable animation

By Nishtha Grover | Hindustan Times, Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 01, 2021 08:24 AM IST
Adorned with twinkling lights, Google shared the doodle of an analogue bird house clock that had a cuckoo bird come out and wish everyone on New Year’s Day as the clock struck 12.
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The Cyber Crime Police Station in Hyderabad is probing as many as 27 cases pertaining to issue of loans by alleged unauthorised loan apps and harassment of the borrowers by the companies running the apps through their call centres.(Getty Images/iStockphoto. Representative image)
The Cyber Crime Police Station in Hyderabad is probing as many as 27 cases pertaining to issue of loans by alleged unauthorised loan apps and harassment of the borrowers by the companies running the apps through their call centres.(Getty Images/iStockphoto. Representative image)

News updates from Hindustan Times: Hyderabad police arrest Chinese national in connection with loan apps scam and all the latest news

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 31, 2020 09:06 AM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis, and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
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Google gets ready to ring in New Year with adorable animated doodle(Google.com)
Google gets ready to ring in New Year with adorable animated doodle(Google.com)

Google Doodle: Special New Year’s Eve animation with twinkling lights and confetti poppers wins hearts

By Nishtha Grover | Hindustan Times, Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2020 08:20 AM IST
Google has begun the countdown for the New Year with a special animated New Year’s Eve doodle. The New Year 2021 will first ring in the small Pacific Islands of Samoa, Kiribati and Tonga. After which, it will be celebrated in New Zealand, Australia and then the rest of the world.
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On March 25, India went into what was one of the strictest lockdowns in the world.(Bloomberg)
On March 25, India went into what was one of the strictest lockdowns in the world.(Bloomberg)

Resuming life after Covid-19 lockdown

By Jamie Mullick | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2020 05:33 AM IST
Google publishes Covid-19 Community Mobility Reports for 131 countries to show how the lockdown affected the movement of people.
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Companies have been racing to create drone fleets to speed deliveries. The United States has over 1.7 million drone registrations and 203,000 FAA-certificated remote pilots.(HT file photo for representation)
Companies have been racing to create drone fleets to speed deliveries. The United States has over 1.7 million drone registrations and 203,000 FAA-certificated remote pilots.(HT file photo for representation)

US to allow small drones to fly over people and at night

By Reuters | Posted by Shivani Kumar | Washington
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2020 04:39 AM IST
The FAA said its long-awaited rules for the drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles, will address security concerns by requiring remote identification technology in most cases to enable their identification from the ground.
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Union home secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla wrote a letter to all the state chief secretaries saying, “strict vigil is to be maintained to prevent any fresh surge cases in the wake of new year celebrations.(AP | Representational image)
Union home secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla wrote a letter to all the state chief secretaries saying, “strict vigil is to be maintained to prevent any fresh surge cases in the wake of new year celebrations.(AP | Representational image)

News updates from Hindustan Times: Home ministry asks states to stay alert during new year celebrations and all the latest news

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2020 09:06 PM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis, and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
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Google took to Twitter to share this image.(Twitter/@GoogleIndia)
Google took to Twitter to share this image.(Twitter/@GoogleIndia)

Google tweets #CrackTheCode challenge. Can you solve it?

By Trisha Sengupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 28, 2020 05:49 PM IST
Taking to Twitter, the tech giant shared an image of a code. They informed that there is an error in the code and challenged people to correct it.
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FBI and ATF agents investigate a home in Nashville, Tennessee. An explosion that shook the largely deserted streets of downtown Nashville early Christmas morning shattered windows, damaged buildings, and wounded three people. Authorities said they believed the blast was intentional.(AP)
FBI and ATF agents investigate a home in Nashville, Tennessee. An explosion that shook the largely deserted streets of downtown Nashville early Christmas morning shattered windows, damaged buildings, and wounded three people. Authorities said they believed the blast was intentional.(AP)

Nashville explosion investigation prompts FBI to search home

By Associated Press | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Nashville, Tennessee
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2020 07:14 PM IST
Investigators from multiple federal and local law enforcement agencies were at a home in Antioch, in suburban Nashville, after receiving information relevant to the investigation, said FBI Special Agent Jason Pack.
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CCTV cameras are seen installed above the logo of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) inside its headquarters in Mumbai.(REUTERS)
CCTV cameras are seen installed above the logo of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) inside its headquarters in Mumbai.(REUTERS)

Central bank faces tough task of regulating lending apps

By Prasid Banerjee and Gopika Gopakumar | Livemint, New Delhi/ Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2020 04:50 AM IST
Experts maintained that regulation and supervision has largely failed to catch up because of complex technological challenges and the absence of the correct framework.
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The decline took Alibaba to its lowest level since July, and the stock is now down 30% from an October peak.(Reuters file photo)
The decline took Alibaba to its lowest level since July, and the stock is now down 30% from an October peak.(Reuters file photo)

Alibaba US-listed shares tumble most ever on China monopoly probe

By Bloomberg | Posted by Deepali Sharma
PUBLISHED ON DEC 25, 2020 08:09 AM IST
Draft anti-monopoly rules released November gave the government wide latitude to restrain entrepreneurs who until recently enjoyed unusual freedom to expand their realms.
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Microsoft Corp. joined an investment round of more than $100 million in VerSe Innovation Pvt, maker of India’s Josh short-video app and Dailyhunt news aggregator(REUTERS)
Microsoft Corp. joined an investment round of more than $100 million in VerSe Innovation Pvt, maker of India’s Josh short-video app and Dailyhunt news aggregator(REUTERS)

Google, Microsoft Invest in booming India made TikTok rival

By Bloomberg | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri
PUBLISHED ON DEC 22, 2020 04:32 PM IST
Josh is a TikTok rival tailored to its home nation and variety of local languages, touting it’s “Made in India” at a time when TikTok and dozens of other China-made apps have been banned over privacy and national security concerns.
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NSO’s spyware was also been linked to the slaying of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered and dismembered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in 2018.(REUTERS)
NSO’s spyware was also been linked to the slaying of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered and dismembered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in 2018.(REUTERS)

Hacking company NSO faces legal battle from Microsoft, Google, Cisco, Dell

By Reuters | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2020 05:55 AM IST
The brief, filed before the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, opens up a new front in Facebook’s lawsuit against NSO.
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World’s first AI-based SEO Company Thatware launches cost effective services in India

UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2020 05:04 PM IST
This quick rundown of ThatWare’s services will give you an insight regarding the deliverable and the commitments that they make to you.
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As an increasing number of Indians have started warming up to the benefits of mutual fund investments in the last few years, the industry has been witnessing sharp growth.(File photo)
As an increasing number of Indians have started warming up to the benefits of mutual fund investments in the last few years, the industry has been witnessing sharp growth.(File photo)

Build a career in mutual fund distribution

By Brand Solutions, hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2020 05:35 PM IST
This article is part of the HT Friday Finance series published in association with Aditya Birla Sun Life Mutual Fund
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To mark the special occasion, Google has shared an animated doodle and you may find it adorable.(Google)
To mark the special occasion, Google has shared an animated doodle and you may find it adorable.(Google)

The great conjunction: Jupiter hi-fives Saturn in Google’s special doodle, NASA shares tweet too

By Srimoyee Chowdhury | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 21, 2020 03:08 PM IST
The Google doodle shows the two planets in the place of the letters ‘O, in the Google logo, coming closer to give each other a hi-five.
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