Google's doodle for International Women's Day.

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Women's Day: Google Doodle Honours Historical "Firsts" In Women's History

Marking the International Women's Day on March 8, Google has updated its doodle that highlights women's "firsts" in history. The animated video showing hands of women depicts pioneering female scientists, writers, athletes and artists from around the world. The doodle also commemorated the year 1908 when a group of women, demanding better pay, shorter working hours and voting rights, marched through New York City. First Women's Day was… read-more

Mon, 08 Mar 2021 - 09:15 AM / by Harsh Vardhan

Tags: Google, International women's day, New York City, Google Doodle

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More Companies To Apply For Setting Up New UPI-like Payments System

According to reports, more companies could join hands to apply for the setting up of a new UPI-like digital payments system. Facebook, Amazon and Google, along with Visa and Mastercard, have already applied for licenses in India to operate the digital payments arena. Another consortium, led by Mukesh Ambani's Reliance with having Facebook and Alphabet Inc as members, has also applied. However, the RBI, in its notification, has indicated of … read-more

Sun, 07 Mar 2021 - 02:00 PM / by Neha S

Tags: Google, Amazon, Reliance, Digital Payment

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Beware! Internet Offenders Exploiting TikTok's #Silhouette Challenge

TikTok's latest #silhouettechallenge that involves dancing provocatively against a red filter is not safe anymore. Started to promote body positivity, the trend involves participants filming themselves fully clothed or varyingly undressed, assuming the filter guards their privacy. However, internet offenders have started employing editing techniques to eliminate the filter and display the uploader's body in a sexualised manner. Reportedly,… read-more

Sat, 27 Feb 2021 - 07:55 PM / by Ashly Ann Varghese

Tags: TikTok, Silhouette Challenge, red filter, internet sexual offenders, Google, Reddit

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Reliance Plans To Make Digital Payment Network; Pacts With Google, FB

Reliance on participation with Google, Facebook, and Infibeam is working to create a national digital payment network. While the current digital payment sphere is monopolistically enjoyed by the National Payments Council of India, the development was invited by RBI to minimise concentration risk in digital payments. The RBI also furthered the deadline for NDPN parties from February 26 to March 31. Reportedly, NPCI deals with bank, ATM and… read-more

Sat, 27 Feb 2021 - 07:20 PM / by Nikita Thakur

Tags: Mukesh Ambani, Reliance Industries, Google, Facebook, Digital Payment network

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INS Demands Google To Pay At Least 85% Ad Revenue

The Indian Newspaper Society (INS), which represents around 800 publishers, has urged Google to contribute at least 85% of Ad revenue for publishing their ‘proprietary’ content. Interestingly, the move came after Australia passed a law that mandated Google and Facebook to pay for using local news. Moreover, INS accused Google of picking implausible content leading to the propagation of fake news. Recently, Google and Facebook have announced… read-more

Thu, 25 Feb 2021 - 08:32 PM / by Ronit John

Tags: Indian Newspaper Association, Indian newspapers, Google, Australia new law, Facebook

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Australia Asks Facebook, Google To Pay For Local News; Law Passed

The Australian government on February 25, by passing a law, mandated tech giants like Google and Facebook to pay for local news content. The law named 'News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code' aims to "sustain public interest journalism in Australia". Earlier, several regulators had argued that the tech companies were leveraging their market position and using the content of local news publishers without paying any… read-more

Thu, 25 Feb 2021 - 12:45 PM / by Nikita Thakur

Tags: Australia, Facebook, Google, Local News

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Google Announces Over 50 New Features For Meet, Classroom

Google's educational products - Meet and Classroom - will get over 50 novel features to facilitate productive teaching-learning experience. Notable student-friendly features include offline access to Classroom, Docs and Google Drive attachments. Additionally, both the platforms would house numerous teacher-specific features as well. While Classroom will incorporate updated mobile grading and integrate third-party EdTech tools and content, G-… read-more

Thu, 18 Feb 2021 - 02:23 PM / by Ashly Ann Varghese

Tags: Google, google meet, Google Classroom

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Google To Pay News Corp For Service; Inks Deal For Three Years

Google has signed a three-year deal with mass media corporation News Corp., where the former will be paying for the news. The deal includes a subscription-based plan as well as a revenue-sharing model. Interestingly, the decision comes after a long pitched battle where the tech giant restricted Ad revenue thrived news portals. Moreover, Australia proposed a law that requires search engines and social media sites to pay for news outlets.

Thu, 18 Feb 2021 - 01:13 PM / by Ronit John

Tags: Google, google news, news corp, ad revenue, australia newly proposed law

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Google Scraps User-Tracking Cookies Amidst Data Privacy Concerns

Amidst rising privacy concerns, tech-giant Google has started phasing out the traditional method of user-tracking cookies. Citing privacy issues, the web giant has unveiled an alternative method called the Federated Learning of Cohorts (FLoC) to deliver personalized ads. Reportedly, FLoC ensures online anonymity and employs on-device processing to keep a person’s web history private. Moreover, Google is planning to test the FLoC approach with… read-more

Sun, 07 Feb 2021 - 08:08 PM / by Ashly Ann Varghese

Tags: Google, Data Privacy, personalised ads, cookies, FLoC

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Google To Soon Track Heart Rate, Respiratory Rate Through Cameras

Google is set to unveil additional features in its Google Fit app next month for tracking heart rate and respiratory rate through smartphone cameras. The camera lens will detect colour variations in the fingertip to analyse pulse while a computer vision technique, 'optical flow', will examine chest movements to illustrate respiratory rate. Initially, the feature will be available exclusively for Pixel phones, though Google plans on extending… read-more

Fri, 05 Feb 2021 - 12:55 PM / by Ashly Ann Varghese

Tags: Google, Google Fit, Pixel, Smartphones, Camera, Android

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