Category Archives: Google

These are the autonomous trucks that Google’s Waymo is testing

 Alphabet/Google’s self-driving car division Waymo disclosed earlier this month that it is working on (semi-)autonomous trucks, and now we have our first look at the vehicles in question. Jalopnik published a number of photos of a Waymo branded truck kitted out with a radar, lidar and ultrasonic radars. Waymo is, of course, not alone in exploring autonomous trucking. The company took Uber… Read More

Google must stop demoting competitors in search results, EU rules

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Google has been gut-punched by the European Commission for abusing its search monopoly to squeeze out other players on the Web. Europe's competition commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, had been expected to hit Google with a fine of around €1 billion, but the actual number is far larger: €2.42 billion, the largest anti-monopoly fine ever issued.

In addition to the fine, Google will be required to change its search algorithm so that every competing service is fairly crawled, indexed, ranked, and displayed. If Google fails to remedy its anti-competitive conduct within 90 days it will face daily penalty payments of up to 5 percent of the daily worldwide turnover of Google's parent company Alphabet. The commission's full statement on the decision makes for quite damning reading.

Google, as reported by the AFP news agency, "respectfully disagrees" with the EU's fine and is considering an appeal. We have asked Google for comment and will update this story when it responds.

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Google fined €2.42BN for EU antitrust violations over shopping searches

 The European Commission has fined Google a record-breaking €2.42 billion for antitrust violations pertaining to its Google’s Shopping search comparison service — in what is widely considered the most significant antitrust ruling in Europe since the 2004 Microsoft decision. Its finding states that: Google has systematically given prominent placement to its own comparison… Read More

Crunch Report | Caldbeck and Mazzeo leave Binary Capital

Today’s Stories Binary Capital co-founder Justin Caldbeck quits as Matt Mazzeo steps away from the firm Pandora co-founder and CEO Tim Westergren will step down according to reports  Houzz raises a huge $400M round at a $4B valuation  Avis signs on to manage Waymo’s self-driving vehicle fleet in Phoenix  MIT’s new drones switch between flying and driving for… Read More

Google Earth comes to the classroom with new educational tours and lesson plans

 In April, Google introduced a revamped, reimagined version of Google Earth, which included a number of new features that go beyond visualizing the planet through the use of maps and satellite imagery, to also allow users to explore the world through tours, and learn about its many wonders. Today, Google announced it’s bringing Google Earth to the classroom. The new version of Google… Read More

Google Home arrives in Canada

 Google Home is now available to buy in Canada, making it the first of the major virtual assistant speaker devices to land in the country. The expansion follows pre-orders kicking off at Google and other retailers earlier this month, and beats Amazon’s Echo to the punch in America’s northern neighbor. Home’s launch in Canada comes with some caveats: Unlike in the U.S., only… Read More

Crunch Report | Google To Stop Scanning Inboxes

Crunch Report June 23 Today’s Stories  Google now has all the data it needs, will stop scanning Gmail inboxes for ad personalization Samsung’s Galaxy Note8 will reportedly be the company’s most expensive smartphone yet YouTube TV expands to 10 more U.S. markets, adds more YouTube Red series Tesla said to be in talks to create its own streaming music service Credits Written and Hosted by:… Read More

Google now has all the data it needs, will stop scanning Gmail inboxes for ad personalization

 Here’s a surprise announcement from Google: It will stop scanning the inboxes of Gmail’s free users for ad personalization at some point later this year. Google already doesn’t do this for business users who subscribe to its G Suite services, but until now, it routinely scanned the inboxes of its free users to better target ads for them. It then combined that information… Read More

Local businesses can now post on Google with Posts on Google

 Until now, Posts on Google only allowed a small number of celebrities, sports teams, sports leagues, movie studios and museums to post social network-style updates about their activities right to Google’s search result pages. Using this, these organizations and individuals could post images, videos, GIFs and text and use that to drive traffic to their sites. Starting now, local… Read More