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Google fails to disclose microphone in Nest Secure

(Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s Google said on Wednesday it had made an “error” in not disclosing that its Nest Secure home security system had a built-in microphone in its devices. Earlier this month, Google said here Nest Secure would be getting an update and users could now enable its virtual assistant technology Google Assistant on Nest Guard. The device’s published specifications did not mention a microphone, however the updated product page here now mentions one. “The on-device microphone was never intended to be a secret and should have been listed…

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Samsung announces Galaxy Fold phone with apps from Facebook, Google

FILE PHOTO : The logo of Samsung Electronics is seen at its office building in Seoul, South Korea January 7, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji/File Photo SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Wednesday said it will release a pricey folding smart phone in April, with specially adapted applications from Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc designed for the new device. The Galaxy Fold will cost $1,980 and go on sale on April 26, Samsung officials said at an event in San Francisco. The device will have a 4.6-inch display while…

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Google to buy data migration company Alooma in cloud push

FILE PHOTO: The outside of the Google offices in Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S., January 18, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s Google said on Tuesday it will buy data migration company Alooma, as part of efforts to catch up with bigger cloud service rivals Amazon.com Inc and Microsoft Corp. Google trails Amazon and Microsoft in the fast-growing business of helping companies move to the cloud, with Google Cloud holding 8.5 percent of worldwide cloud market share at the end of 2018, according to Canalys. Amazon…

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Alesha MacPhail murder trial: Jury told of DNA Google search

An internet search for “How do police find DNA” was allegedly made on a phone said to belong to the 16-year-old accused of murdering Alesha MacPhail. A cybercrime expert told jurors the request was made on Google at 00:32 on 3 July last year, the day after the child’s body was discovered. He said the phone was then used to access a How Stuff Works article entitled: “Collecting DNA evidence”. The accused denies abducting, raping and murdering six-year-old Alesha. The evidence came from cybercrime team leader Peter Benson. It was…

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Google searches ‘hijacked’ to link Pakistan flag to toilet paper

Image caption An image search for “best toilet paper” still returns a page filled with images of Pakistan’s flag Google searches for “best toilet paper in the world” appear to have been manipulated to return images of the Pakistan national flag. The results are believed to be the work of Indian protesters acting in response to the 14 February attack in Kashmir that left at least 40 soldiers dead. It is the deadliest militant attack on Indian forces in Kashmir since the insurgency against Indian rule began. Pakistan-based Islamist group…

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Google, Amazon among those targeted in EU unfair practices digital rules

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Google, Amazon and other tech firms will have to tell companies how they rank their own or rival products on their platforms under new rules agreed by EU negotiators aimed at stopping unfair practices by online platforms and app stores. Children play around a sign of Alphabet Inc’s Google outside its office in Beijing, China August 7, 2018. Picture taken August 7, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer REUTERS/Stringer Proposed by the European Commission in April last year, the platform-to-business (P2B) law is targeted at Google Play, Apple App Store, Microsoft…

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Exclusive: India watchdog probes accusations that Google abused Android – sources

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s antitrust commission is looking into accusations that Alphabet Inc’s unit Google abuses its popular Android mobile operating system to block its rivals, four sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters. Android One based mobiles are on display during its launch in New Delhi September 15, 2014. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has for the past six months been reviewing a case similar to one Google faced in Europe that led to a fine of 4.34 billion euro ($5 billion) by…

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Google extends chip-making efforts to design hub Bengaluru

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s Google has hired more than a dozen microchip engineers in Bengaluru, India, in recent months and plans to rapidly add more, according to LinkedIn profiles, job postings and two industry executives, as the search firm expands its program to design the guts of its devices internally. A woman walks past the logo of Google during an event in New Delhi, India, August 28, 2018. Picture taken August 28, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi The Bengaluru site, which has not been previously reported, makes Google the first…

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Facebook and Google news should be regulated, report says

Image copyright Getty Images A regulator should oversee tech giants like Google and Facebook to ensure their news content is trustworthy, a government-backed report has suggested. The Cairncross Review into the future of the UK news industry said such sites should help users identify fake news and “nudge people towards reading news of high quality”. It also backed tax reliefs to encourage the provision of local journalism. In addition, the report called for a new Institute for Public Interest News. Such a body, it said, could work in a similar…

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School labelled ‘Hell on Earth’ on Google Maps

Image copyright Google Image caption The name on Google Maps has since been changed A school was labelled on Google Maps as “Hell on Earth” in what is thought to have been a joke by one of its pupils. Hornsea School and Language College in East Yorkshire appeared on the website labelled as “Hornsea Prison & Hell on Earth”. It is believed a pupil submitted the name change to the search engine and it was accepted. The school issued a statement saying the unauthorised listing had since been removed. Place…

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