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Move Over WhatsApp, Google Set to Launch Chat, an Android Messenger App

Move Over WhatsApp, Google Set to Launch Chat, an Android Messenger App

Business, Mobile, Startups
Google is rolling out a new chat service to replace standard texting, a move that analysts say will offer Android users advanced features already found in popular chat services such as Apple's iMessage and Facebook's WhatsApp. But the unveiling also represents a strategic retreat for the tech giant, experts say, which has struggled to prop up a dedicated chat app of its own. The service, dubbed Chat, is not a Google messaging app but will run on Android phones through partnerships with dozens of mobile carriers around the world. Chat offers several upgrades for Android users whose messaging relies on SMS, or short message service, a text-based system that has been widely adopted but surpassed by more feature-rich messaging apps. Using a new standard called Rich Communications Ser
Google launches new job search experience in Africa

Google launches new job search experience in Africa

Startups
Google, at a press conference held on 1 March 2018, has announced a new job Search experience that aims to help job seekers find employment opportunities. For the first time, when someone uses their phone or computer to search on Google for a job, they will see a streamlined experience letting them explore, research and find relevant, local job postings. This launch builds on Google’s existing commitment in Sub Saharan Africa to improve economic opportunities for job seekers and employers, demonstrated through its Grow with Google initiatives. The Digital Skills for Africa program, Google’s commitment to train 1 million African youth between April 2016 and March 2017, was achieved and surpassed. In July 2017, this program was extended to see 10 million youth trained by 2022 as well
Facebook, Google, Amazon: New challengers in classifieds

Facebook, Google, Amazon: New challengers in classifieds

Business
Facebook and its fast-growing Marketplace initiative poses a serious threat to the classified advertising services offered by the world’s “Big Six” multinational classified companies, a new report from the AIM Group shows. Craigslist, Schibsted, Naspers, EBay and other classified advertising companies are running into increased competition from Facebook, Google and even Amazon, which is experimenting with a consumer-to-consumer sales site called Local Finds in India that it has talked about rolling out worldwide. The competition is covered in the 2017-18 Global Classified Advertising Annual published by the AIM Group. “Classifieds and marketplaces online are more competitive than ever,” said Peter M. Zollman, founding principal of the AIM Group, which publishes Classified
Researchers discover AdultSwine Malware hiding on 60 Gaming Apps on Google Play

Researchers discover AdultSwine Malware hiding on 60 Gaming Apps on Google Play

Cyber Security, Mobile
Check Point Researchers have revealed a new and nasty malicious code on Google Play Store that hides itself inside roughly 60 game apps, several of which are intended used by children. According to Google Play’s data, the apps have been downloaded between 3 million and 7 million times. Dubbed ‘AdultSwine’, these malicious apps wreak havoc in three possible ways: 1. Displaying ads from the web that are often highly inappropriate and pornographic. 2. Attempting to trick users into installing fake ‘security apps’. 3. Inducing users to register to premium services at the user’s expense. In addition, the malicious code can move laterally within the infrastructure of the phone, opening the door for other attacks such as user credential theft. How It Works Once the infected app is
Forrester Says Amazon is ‘Exploiting’ Google’s Weaknesses

Forrester Says Amazon is ‘Exploiting’ Google’s Weaknesses

Business, Mobile, Technology
Google's 78% share of U.S search ad revenue in 2016 shows the company continues to dominate the market, but the share represents a decline from 88% in 2011. It seems the move to mobile by consumers has created competition for Google. Amazon has become a more preferred destination for online shopping searches, according to a research report released this week from Forrester Research titled Forrester Data: Search Marketing Forecast, 2017 to 2022 (U.S.) written by analyst Brandon Verblow. It is becoming a preferred destination for online shopping and search because of the way "Amazon is exploiting Google’s weakness in online shopping," according to the report. U.S. consumers are now more than 2.5 times likely to find out about the brand of a recent purchase from Amazon than from online