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India could launch its own app store to bypass Google’s 30% commission on payments

India could launch its own mobile app store or expanding an existing one if it receives enough demand from domestic firms for an alternative to Apple and Google platforms. The nation has some 500 million smartphone users, most of whom use Google’s Android platform, but Indian start-ups have criticised the company for policies they say […]

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Australian government unveils draft bill that’ll force Google and Facebook to pay news outlets

The Australian government unveiled a plan to force tech giants such as Google and Facebook to pay news outlets for their content. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission draft allows news companies to negotiate as a bloc with tech giants for content which appears in their news feeds and search results. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the “world-leading” […]

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“Why Google steals content from honest businesses?”: Congressman asks Sundar Pichai in antitrust hearing

During US Congress’ tech antitrust hearing four of the world’s largest tech companies had some explaining and defending to do. Amazon, Facebook, Apple and Alphabet’s Google answered some tough questions. Congressman David Cicilline asked Pichai “Why Does Google Steal Content From Honest Businesses?” Immediately, Pichai responded saying he didn’t agree with the “characterizations” being made […]

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Business

Alphabet’s Google purchases 7.7% in Reliance’s Jio Platforms for $4.5 billion

Google’s parent firm Alphabet will purchase 7.7% stake in Reliance Industries Ltd digital arm Jio Platforms for US$ 4.5 billion. Reliance Industries, , India’s most highly-valued company run by billionaire Mukesh Ambani has raised $20.22 billion by selling nearly 33% of Jio Platforms which houses music, movie apps and telecoms venture Jio Infocomm. In recent months  […]

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Images of Winston Churchill briefly disappear from Google search

Images of Winston Churchill failed to appear Sunday during Google searches for the former British prime minister—but the tech giant says it was not on purpose. Google blamed a glitch and said it was only temporary. Users noticed something was wrong when Churchill’s Google Search Knowledge Graph card appeared without an accompanying image. Then a […]

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European Union want monthly audits from Facebook, Google and Twitter on coronavirus misinformation

The European Union wants social media platforms to submit monthly reports on how they’re handling misinformation around the coronavirus pandemic. The new guidelines were unveiled by the European Commission on Wednesday and apply to companies including Facebook, Google and Twitter that have signed up to an existing EU code of conduct on disinformation. World health […]

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Mitron App returns to Google Play Store with updated policy and design

Mitron, claimed to be India’s answer to TikTok, recently became one of the most popular apps on the Google Play Store. However earlier this week, the app was suspended and removed for violating the Spam and Minimum Functionality developer policies. Since then, it seems that the developers have made some changes as the app has […]

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Play Store removes Indian App that identified and deletes Chinese Apps

Google has pulled down an app from its Google Play store that helped users identify and remove apps of Chinese origin. Before the application was removed the app clocked over 50 lakh downloads in just over two weeks of its launch. It is the second viral app from India to be pulled from Google Play […]

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Google Play Store removes India owned TikTok alternative Mitron app

Mitron app, which recently went viral by claiming to be India’s answer to the China-based TikTok, has been suspended from the Google Play Store. According to CNBC the Mitron app has been suspended for violating the Spam and Minimum Functionality developer policies under the Google Play Store, although the developers behind the app can challenge […]

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Google exploring investment opportunities in struggling Vodafone Idea

Alphabet’s Google is exploring an investment in Vodafone Group’s struggling India business, the Financial Times reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter. Google is considering buying a stake of about 5 percent in Vodafone Idea, the FT reported, citing one of the people. The process is at an early stage, according to the […]

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Google deletes thousands of negative TikTok reviews

Google has deleted millions of negative TikTok reviews from its Play store after the app’s rating fell from 4.5 to 1.2 stars overnight. The video-sharing platform was inundated with one-star reviews after an Indian creator posted a spoof video of an acid attack. Faizal Siddiqui has apologised, and TikTok has deleted copies of his clip. […]

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Man files complaint against Google Maps, accuses of causing trouble in his marital life

Google Maps has a good rating on the play store and it is considered to be one of the best navigational platforms available online. But a man in Tamil Nadu does not agree with it and was furious with the application. So angry that he has filed a complaint against the platform. R Chandrasekhar, who […]