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Tag: Alphabet

Apple, Google pause reviewing audio recordings from voice assistants

Increased public and political scrutiny of data privacy practices have forced greater transparency from Silicon Valley companies.

European startups navigate long, winding road to self-driving future

European startups say the old continent is a unique proposition with quirks and challenges for developing driverless vehicles that other tech giants have yet to crack.

Google takes new policy approach amid growing global threats

The reorganisation is a reaction towards policymakers who are increasingly empowered to regulate the company’s core businesses.

India watchdog probes accusations that Google abused Android

Android, used by device makers for free, features on about 85% of the world's smartphones.

Google parent Alphabet earnings shine but market wary

Alphabet reports a profit of US$8.9 billion in the fourth quarter on revenue that was up 22% to US$39.3 billion from the same period a year earlier.

Alphabet’s Wing drone delivery business to take flight in Finland

Wing spent the last 18 months testing drone delivery in south-eastern Australia to deliver a range of food and drinks, medicine and household items.

The empire strikes back: Microsoft returns to the top of the...

Microsoft regained its title as the world's most valuable company when it closed Friday at a higher market value than Apple for the first time since 2010.

Another exec out amid sex harassment tension at Google

Alphabet declined to give details about Rich DeVaul's departure from the company.

Alphabet misses Wall Street revenue estimates; shares fall

Priming Alphabet's newer ventures has been costly in terms of marketing and hiring, with about 5,300 employees added in the third quarter.

Alphabet to shut Google+ social site after user data exposed

Google+ will remain an internal networking option for organisations that buy Google's G Suite, a bundle of apps for creating documents, spreadsheets and presentations.

Mass action against Google over iPhone data blocked by London court

Google remains under pressure from lawmakers and regulators over its privacy practices in the United States, where it has acknowledged making mistakes in the past.

Waymo sets up subsidiary in Shanghai as Google plans China push

Waymo established Huimo Business Consulting (Shanghai) in Shanghai's FTZ - Its scope includes business and logistics consultancy as well as the design and testing of self-driving car parts.

Google sued for unwanted tracking of phone locations

The Electronic Privacy Information Centre has written to the US Federal Trade Commission to look into whether Google has violated a 2011 consent order.

Trump: “Dangerous” for Twitter, Facebook to ban accounts

Trump's comments in an interview with Reuters come as the social media industry faces mounting scrutiny from Congress to police foreign propaganda.

Toddler’s milestone popsicle-by-air drone delivery

6 minutes after a technician confirmed the order on a smartphone app, a drone flew from more than a mile away and delivered the popsicle in about one minute.

Apple tells lawmakers iPhones are not listening in on consumers

Apple said iPhones do not record audio while listening for Siri wakeup commands and do not share spoken words - it requires explicit approval of microphone access and clearly display they are listening.

Uber doubles down on freight business

Uber said it will double its investment over the next year in Freight, a brokerage service set up in May 2017 for truck drivers and fleet managers looking for cargo to haul across the US.

Apple, Alphabet get privacy questions from top house Republicans

The lawmakers asked Apple CEO Tim Cook, who has touted his company’s commitment to user privacy, about the safety of device data, particularly through its app store.

Chile’s Piñera to meet CEOs of Amazon, Alphabet next week

Chilean President Sebastián Piñera will meet Jeff Bezos and Larry Page at the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference.

US trade groups urge Trump to stop planned China tariffs

The trade groups represent companies such as Apple, Alphabet - the parent company of Google - Walmart and Nike.

In court clash, Waymo says Uber decided ‘to cheat’ to get...

Waymo accuses Uber's founder Travis Kalanick of using stolen trade secrets to enable the global ridesharing giant to move into autonomous driving.

Google tightens measures to remove extremist content on YouTube

The company will also employ more engineering resources and increase its use of technology to help identify extremist videos, in addition to training new content classifiers to quickly identify and remove such content.