Google’s search engine not as good as its competitors for news, research finds | Google

Australians trying to stay up to date with the news by searching online may be better off ditching Google and using its competitors, research by Monash University has shown. On Australia Day “Grace Tame” was the most popular search term used on Google – reflecting the fact that she had Continue Reading

Google’s threat to withdraw its search engine from Australia is chilling to anyone who cares about democracy | Google

Google’s testimony to an Australian Senate committee on Friday threatening to withdraw its search services from Australia is chilling to anyone who cares about democracy. It marks the latest escalation in the globally significant effort to regulate the way the big tech platforms use news content to drive their advertising Continue Reading

Google’s ‘experiment’ hiding Australian news just shows its inordinate power | Google

In the midst of a global pandemic and an unprecedented misinformation glut, Google has decided to hide some Australian news sites from its search results. It is “experimenting” with the lone supply of fact-checked, accountable information Australians can access right now. Australians have been seeing current news disappearing in recent Continue Reading

The US has a good record on fighting monopolies. Now it’s Google’s turn | Technology

Sundar Pichai, chief executive of Alphabet, Google’s parent company, is a mild-mannered software engineer who is not good at games of verbal fisticuffs with US politicians. He received a drubbing last month during the “big tech” congressional hearing. Pichai can, however, summon lawyers and lobbyists galore as soon as the Continue Reading

Android 11 release: everything you need to know about Google’s update | Android

Google has released its latest big update called Android 11 “R”, which is rolling out now to the firm’s Pixel devices, and to smartphones from a handful of third-party manufacturers. Announced at the end of February, Android 11 brings with it enhanced privacy, new chat-related features and smarter media and Continue Reading

Google’s open letter to Australians about news code contains ‘misinformation’, ACCC says | Technology

Google has started targeting Australians with pop-up ads that link to an open letter that contains “misinformation”, according to the consumer watchdog, as the tech company campaigns against a proposed code that would force it to share advertising money with media companies. The international tech giant is waging a campaign Continue Reading

Pixel Buds review: Google’s competent AirPods alternative | Technology

Google’s AirPods competitor is finally ready. The Pixel Buds are true wireless earbuds that aim to be all things to all people with a hybrid design that’s neither fully open nor isolating. The £179 earphones are Google’s second attempt at Bluetooth earbuds, the first being not great. The new version Continue Reading

EU regulators seek feedback on Google’s Fitbit data pledge – Hardware- Tempemail

EU antitrust enforcers are asking interested parties whether Google’s pledge not to use fitness tracker maker Fitbit’s health data for its advertising, and to separate the dataset from its own, might ease concerns over their tie up. Alphabet’s Google made the pledge to the European Commission late on Monday to Continue Reading

Joker Malware Apps Once Again Bypass Google’s Security to Spread via Play Store – Tempemail

Cybersecurity researchers took the wraps off yet another instance of Android malware hidden under the guise of legitimate applications to stealthily subscribe unsuspecting users for premium services without their knowledge. In a report published by Check Point research today, the malware — infamously called Joker (or Bread) — has found Continue Reading

EU regulators probe Google’s proposed Fitbit acquisition – Hardware- Tempemail

EU regulators are checking whether Google’s purchase of Fitbit might allow it to drive rival makers of wearable devices, app developers and other online service providers out of the market, and boost its dominance in online advertising and search. Healthcare providers are also being asked whether they would see Google Continue Reading