Australia framing regulatory code of conduct between media outlets and digital platforms, sees revenue sharings from Facebook and Google

On Monday, Australia’s Treasurer Josh Frydenberg disclosed, Canberra will force online giants including Alphabet Inc’s Google and Facebook Inc to share advertising revenue with local media firms. Australia is set to become one of the firts countries to require digital platforms to pay for content that they use. The development comes in the wake of…

Google release location data for 131 countries to assess effectiveness of lockdowns

In a statement, Alphabet Inc said, Google has published reports for 131 countries which show whether stay-at-home measures, to stem the footprint of the Wuhan Coronavirus, adopted by government are working. Google analyzed location data of billions of phone users to create a dataset which health authorities can use to assess if people are abiding…

Google partnering with Carnegie Mellon University to forecast Wuhan coronavirus spread

In a statement, Alphabet Inc’s Google disclosed, over the last three days, it had surveyed a few users on their health at the request of Carnegie Mellon University researchers who are aiming to forecast the spread of Wuhan coronavirus infections. Google’s Opinion Rewards app, which exchanges responses to surveys from Google and its clients for…

Alphabet Inc cancels Google I/O midst global coronavirus outbreak

Alphabet Inc has canceled its annual developer event, Google I/O, midst growing concerns on China’s coronavirus which has started spreading outside China. “Over the coming weeks, we will explore other ways to evolve Google I/O to best connect with and continue to build our developer community,” said Alphabet Inc. On Monday, Alphabet had said it…

AI firm SambaNova Systems raises $250M in Series C funding round

In a statement, SambaNova Systems, an artificial intelligence computing firm stated, it has raised $250 million in its latest funding round which was led by BlackRock Inc. Investors at SambaNova’s Series C funding round included the venture capital arms of both Intel Corp and Alphabet Inc, Walden International, WRVI Capital and Redline Capital. Palo Alto,…

State Attorney Generals to meet and coordinate with Justice Department over Google probe

According to two sources familiar with the matter at hand, U.S. state attorneys general are scheduled to meet Justice Department attorneys later this week to share information on their investigations into Alphabet Inc’s Google. Their probe revolve around Google’s monopolistic behavior that could harm consumers through its control of search traffic and online advertising markets.…

Unpatched Apple’s Safari web browser allows tracking of users browsing behavior

Researchers from Google have discovered multiple security vulnerabilities in Apple Inc’s Safari web browser. These vulnerabilities allow the tracking of users’ browsing behavior, reported the Financial Times. These coding flaws were found in a tool specifically designed to protect privacy and could have allowed third parties to obtain sensitive information about browsing habits of users,…

Facebook, Google has up to Nov. 2020 to comply to Australian competition rules

On Thursday, Australia made it lucidly clear to technology giants Facebook Inc and Google Inc that will have to agree and comply to Australia’s new rules, designed to ensure that they do not abuse their market power and damage competition, failing which the government will impose new controls on them. In a statement, Australian Prime…

Amazon’s cloud business facing antitrust scrutiny from FTC

As per a Bloomberg report citing sources familiar with the matter at hand the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has broadened its scrutiny of Amazon.com Inc beyond its retail operations and now includes its cloud-computing business as well. As per the report, U.S. antitrust enforcers have been asking software companies questions pertaining to Amazon Web…