Technology giant Google has been accused of privacy breaches, misleading account holders over how much of their personal data was being collected and how it would be used.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission started legal proceedings against Google on Monday. A claim filed in Australia's Federal Court alleges Google misled millions of Australians to obtain their consent to gather additional personal data.
The ACCC claims that Google wanted the extra data concerning users' internet activity to target advertising but neglected to obtain the consent necessary to collect it.
"We allege that Google did not obtain explicit consent from customers to take this step,” said Rod Sims, the commission’s chair, in a statement.
“The ACCC considers that consumers effectively pay
You might have considered getting a Gmail address for a while now but the hassle of switching from your Yahoo! or Outlook makes you reconsider. Now, Google has fixed that. They have launched Gmailify that allows you to experience Gmail features from your Yahoo! or Outlook email addresses.
From their official blog, Gmail said:
"For the last year, you’ve been able to access your email from other providers, like Yahoo! Mail or Outlook.com, in the Gmail app on Android. And we’ve been getting lots of great feedback from those of you that do. Many of you would like more of Gmail’s powerful features, like spam protection and inbox organization, on these accounts—but don’t want to go through the hassle of changing your email address.
We agree. So starting today, if you use Yahoo! Mail o
From March 16, 2016, Google's photo editing and sharing app, Picasa will no longer be there. Google has said that it is retiring the desktop app but in May, it would archive users' Picasa Web Albums.
Through a blog post, the head of Google Photos Anil Sabharwal said that they were abandoning the app so that they could focus on developing an app with better functionality across desktop and mobile platforms rather than divide their efforts across different products. The second app in question here being Google Photos which was launched in 2015.
So what happens to everything that you had stored in Picasa? Google says that that will be available on Google photos. They also say that the photo app will still be available for download but no updates will be offered.
"[Y]ou will still be able...
It is a great week for technology as two tech giants reach the I Billion users mark. Google announced that Gmail, its email service had 1 billion monthly active users. Gmail joined the list of other Google platforms that have also gathered 1 billion users namely, Google Search, Android, Chrome, YouTube et.al. Gmail had hit the 900,000 user mark sometime before May 2015.
This was followed by Facebook’s announcement that WhatsApp had reached the 1 billion mark. This meant that the WhatsApp figures had more than doubled since Facebook acquired it two years ago. The announcement came after WhatsApp announced that it would be made completely free and remain ad free. An overjoyed Mark Zuckerberg took to Facebook to share his joy in a post that read:
“One billion people now use WhatsApp. Congr
Urs Hölze, the senior vice president of technical infrastructure at Google, predicts that within the next five years, Google’s Cloud Platform revenues could surpass its advertising revenue.
Speaking at the Structure Conference, he acknowledged that the company is coming from behind in a market where Amazon GOOG 2.03% Web Services and Microsoft MSFT 1.66% Azure have greater mind share in corporate accounts. But he also said Google has 13 years of experience in big accounts thanks to its Google Search Appliance business and Google Apps.
“Our reputation lags reality, but will catch up,” he noted, alluding to product announcements “coming soon.” He did not elaborate.
He also held that Google’s cloud growth rate is probably leading the industry in terms of growth, noting that Microsoft
Google has disclosed the geometric progressions in the number of internet users in Nigeria, as about 10milion visited the internet for the first time in 2014. Reports theGuardian
Caesar Sengupta, vice president, Product Management at Google, made the disclosure during AndroidOne launch in Nigeria, adding that, globally, there are 3billion people connected online and the number is expected to surpass 4billion by 2017.
According to him, "Nigerians are not left out in the internet revolution as finding by Google showed that 10million Nigerians came online, for the first time, in 2014".
He added that Google sees Nigeria's internet economy as real with enticing, data-friendly and life-impacting applications such as Trupper, Okada Books, Gidimo, Afrinolly, among others changing the way face soc...
Facebook and Google apps claim more of U.S. mobile users' time than any other downloads, and they account for more than three times the total number of minutes spent with all enterprise apps, according to a new report. By Matt Kapko CIO
The battle for mobile social supremacy is largely a two-horse race these days as Facebook and Google combine to claim one of every four minutes U.S. users spend on mobile devices, according to a report released this week by Forrester Research. Forrester tracked the app use of 1,721 adult smartphone users in the U.S. during the three-month period ending in December 2014.
Facebook's collection of mobile apps, including Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp, account for 13 percent of the total people spend using smartphones, according to Forrester. The social
Airtel wants piece of Google, Facebook revenues, Network operators globally say that Google’s search engine and YouTube video service generate huge amounts of traffic but do not compensate them for using their networks. Reports Business
Airtel has revived the debate calling for big Internet companies such as Google and Facebook to share revenue with Internet service providers.
The call by Airtel rekindles the debate sparked by Telkom’s Kenya former CEO Mickael Ghossein two years ago when he reckoned that Google should help to pay for the billions of shillings invested in networks for services that consume huge bandwidth like videos.
Network operators globally say that Google’s search engine and YouTube video service generate huge amounts of traffic but do not compensate them for usi
There’s no “mobilegeddon” taking place on Bing, but Microsoft did announce today that it’s taking steps to improve the search rankings for mobile-friendly websites. The changes follow a similar move by Google which last month rolled out a change to its ranking algorithm which penalized sites that aren’t easily usable from mobile devices. The update was significant enough that some began referring to the shift as the “mobilepocalyse” or “mobilegeddon,” given the impact it would have on mobile search results.
The mobile-friendly update also comes at a time when the web search business finds itself at a crossroads. More users are accessing content in native mobile apps, something that Facebook in particular has capitalized on. Google also confirmed this month something that many have suspe
Google is shutting down PageSpeed Service, its hosted solution for optimizing websites for faster delivery, on August 3. Developers have until then to change their DNS settings or their sites won’t be available anymore. New sign-ups have already been disabled. Reports Tech Crunch
Because Google also offers most of the features of PageSpeed through a module
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