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US competition authority demands details on acquisitions by Google, Facebook, and other tech giants

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has ordered five major tech companies to provide details on acquisitions of smaller companies over the past ten years, according to The Guardian. Information on the purpose and scope of the acquisitions will help inform antitrust investigations into the five companies, which include Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft. While the […]

Google acquires Pointy, an Irish startup with tools to help local retailers list products online

Google acquires Pointy, an Irish startup with tools to help local retailers list products online

Google has announced plans to acquire the Dublin-based startup Pointy, which offers digital solutions to help local, brick-and-mortar retailers list their products online to compete with Amazon, according to Venture Beat. The two companies did not disclose the sale price, but Yahoo Finance reported that it’s a $163 million deal. The acquisition is expected to go […]

Google says it will seek explicit permission to store and review voice recordings

Google says it will seek explicit permission to store and review voice recordings

Google has said it will ask for clear permission to allow staff to hear audio recordings from users, according to BBC News, after it and other tech giants came under fire for the practice following revelations earlier this year. Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Apple have all used human reviewers to help identify words and phrases and […]

Google invests €3 billion to expand data centers in Europe, with a focus on clean energy

Google has announced plans to invest €3 billion to expand its data centers in Europe over the next two years, with a focus on sustainability and clean energy, according to Tech Crunch.  The company’s data centers are hubs for digital storage, networking, and cloud computing for its services, allowing data to be stored online instead of […]

The ugly side of the Google+ demise

It’s not really a surprise. Google has announced the end of Google+ for consumers. It seems logical since you probably can’t recall the last time someone told you “please join my Google+ circle so we can stay in touch”. But there is a back story to it. A story of flaws, cover up and a […]

You can’t tell human from AI with Google Duplex

Google’s annual I/O conference was dominated by the announcement of Google Duplex. Duplex is an artificial intelligence that is able to make phone calls to businesses for a consumer. The purpose of Duplex is to make appointments, place orders or even cancel reservations.   Google’s Duplex mimics the way a real person would speak, marking […]

France leads the world on wifi hotspots…for now

France currently leads the world in terms of number of public wifi hotspots with 13 million (commercial and community hotspots) according to a far-reaching study by global wi-fi provider iPass. The US comes in second in terms of number of hotspots at 9.8 million and the UK third at 5.6 million.  Europe overall has the world’s largest […]

Orange working on their own HDMI key to rival Google’s Chromecast

The success of Google’s Chromecast HDMI has sparked the interest of Orange. So much so that, according to l’Opinion, they’re currently working on a ‘similar but different’ model of heir own. No word yet as to what the key differences will be. Chromecast was launched in France in mid-March. While Google hasn’t announced sales figures […]

Algolia gets backed by Y Combinator

Unless you’re living in the digital dark ages you certainly rely on search everyday. Surprisingly enough searching for what we’re looking for is somewhat difficult. Sure there is Google and Bing to crawl through the world’s data, but try searching for a keyword inside a website or an app and you are likely to find […]

France fines Google 150K€ for unclear practices around user data

The CNIL, France’s data privacy regulatory board, released a statement this week following a meeting in which they determined that an update made to Google’s privacy policy, which violate European Union laws around data privacy. The 150,000€ fine comes with a requirement for the search giant to post a notice on its homepage (google.fr) within 8 […]