Google, Naver, Daum Kakao face probe

The Korea Communications Commission (KCC) plans to inspect Google Korea and other leading location-based services (LBS) providers over data and privacy protection. It will look into the Korean offices of Google, Apple, Microsoft, Qualcomm and BMW to check their latest updates for addressing privacy concerns. The nation’s dominant web portals Naver, Daum Kakao, along with the country’s three carriers ― SK Telecom, KT and LG Uplus ― Samsung and LG Electronics, SK Energy and Hyundai Motor will all be subject to questioning about their privacy policies, said a senior official at the KCC.

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/tech/2015/01/133_171990.html

Megaport Offers Interconnection Services to Google Cloud Platform as a Google Cloud Platform Authorized Technology Partner

BRISBANE, Australia, Jan. 19, 2015 (Antara/PRNewswire) — Megaport, a leading software-based communications provider, announced today that it has become a Google Cloud Platform Authorized Technology Partner to offer interconnection services to Google Cloud Platform. With GCI enabled, Megaport users and affiliates will be able to reach the Google Cloud Platform via Enterprise-grade connections to Google’s network edge, from wherever their data or their consumers reside.

http://www.antaranews.com/en/news/97418/megaport-offers-interconnection-services-to-google-cloud-platform-as-a-google-cloud-platform-authorized-technology-partner

CyanogenMod Now Available for Android One Smartphones

CyanogenMod, a free, community built distribution of Android, will now be available for all Android One smartphone owners, in a new update to the ROM. It is another move by CyanogenMod appealing to the Indian audience, after Micromax announced an exclusive contract with CyanogenMod in India. The Micromax Yureka is the first device capable of running CyanogenMod inside India.

http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/32332/20150113/cyanogenmod-now-available-android-one-smartphones.htm

Google Korea ad platform empowers small business

Google Korea said Tuesday that it will seek collaboration with small and medium-sized enterprises by helping them expand into overseas markets. “Google wants to empower small businesses here in Korea, and enable them to succeed by taking them global,” said John Lee, country director of Google Korea, during a press event in Seoul.

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/tech/2015/01/133_171608.html

Google introduces Flight Search in India

NEW DELHI: Google has finally introduced flight search in India. Users can search directly for flights on Google or access google.co.in/flights to find, compare and book flights. The service works on mobile devices, tablets and PCs.  The flight search gives users options to search for round trip, one way and multi-city flights. When users click on the departure date field, the service also offers a calendar with the lowest fares for the route highlighted for each day.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Google-introduces-Flight-Search-in-India/articleshow/45873052.cms

MediaTek to power Google audio streaming

TAIPEI–Taiwan’s MediaTek Inc. (聯發科), the leading chip supplier for Chinese smartphones, said Tuesday it is collaborating with Google Inc. on a home audio streaming technology that enables users to access music quickly and easily. MediaTek’s audio system-on-chip (SoC), MT8507, will allow consumers to connect with Google Cast Ready speakers and sound bars from personal devices such as iPhones, iPads, Android smartphones and tablets, MacBook laptops and Windows PCs using Google Cast Ready apps, the company said in a press release.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/asia-taiwan/2015/01/11/426221/MediaTek-to.htm

CommonFloor joins Freshdesk in Google Capital portfolio. Here’s what it means to the Indian startups

Google Capital today announced its second investment in India – real estate portal CommonFloor, a tech-based disruptor in this space which is poised for take-off. Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee graduates Sumit Jain and Lalit Mangal started CommonFloor in December 2007 with another techie friend Vikas Malpani. Initially, it was meant to be an online space where people living in apartment complexes could collaborate to solve problems.

https://www.techinasia.com/google-capital-bets-on-india-real-estate-portal-commonfloor/

Report: Google Plans $66M Taiwan Data Center Investment

Google is planning to invest an additional $66.4 million into its data center in Taiwan’s Changhua County, one of two Google data centers in Asia. A government investment commission announced it approved the Mountain View, California-based Internet giant’s investment proposal in late December, Focus Taiwan reported. Local press reported that the company was planning a major data center expansion at the site in October.

http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2015/01/05/google-data-center-in-taiwan-to-get-66m-in-additional-investment/

Google ready to help India implement PM Modi’s “Digital India” initiative

NEW DELHI: Google is ready to help India implement Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Digital India” initiative, and the government has a well laid out plan to realise it, said Google’s Chief Internet Evangelist Vinton G. Cerf. Cerf was speaking at a seminar organised by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry ( FICCI) here on Tuesday. “It is very clear that the private sector is going to have to play a major role, but it won’t work unless basic infrastructure that government proposes to bring in is put into place,” he said, adding that Google was in “early stage of discussion” to discuss ways to increase Internet penetration in the country.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/google-ready-to-help-india-implement-pm-modis-digital-india-initiative/articleshow/45783156.cms

Chromebooks get larger, faster with Acer’s Chromebook 15

Acer is supersizing chromebooks, offering the world’s first Chrome OS laptop with a 15.6-inch screen. The Chromebook 15 is also the first device in the category with a processor based on Intel’s latest Broadwell circuit design. Starting at US$249.99, the laptop will offer eight hours of battery life and be among the fastest chromebooks available.

http://www.arnnet.com.au/article/563152/chromebooks-get-larger-faster-acer-chromebook-15/

China’s state-run media tells citizens to ‘accept’ Gmail block

The Chinese state-run publication Global Times today told citizens to “accept the reality of Gmail being suspended in China” while simultaneously lashing out at Western media for concluding that the Communist government was behind the outage. Traffic to Gmail servers from Chinese IP addresses dropped sharply four days ago, the block apparently put in place by the Chinese government, according to Internet performance vendor Dyn Research, as communications reached Hong Kong. All Gmail traffic to and from China goes through Hong Kong.

http://mis-asia.com/tech/industries/chinas-state-run-media-tells-citizens-to-accept-gmail-block/

Chinese paper blames Google over Gmail blocking

BEIJING: Internet giant Google’s unwillingness to obey Chinese law is to blame for the shutdown of its hugely popular email service, state-run media said Tuesday (Dec 30) after the last easy way to access Gmail was apparently blocked. “China welcomes the company to do business on the prerequisite that it obeys Chinese law; however Google values more its reluctance to be restricted by Chinese law, resulting in conflict,” the Global Times said in an editorial.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/technology/chinese-paper-blames/1557860.html

Android One makes its debut in Bangladesh with Symphony Roar

Bangladeshi phone maker Symphony Mobile, in partnership with Banglalink and Google, unveiled the Symphony Roar A50, a budget smartphone which runs on Android One. Priced at BDT 8,700 (US$111), the Symphony Roar is the first ever Android One phone made in Bangladesh. The phone is available for pre-registration on the Banglalink website and sales are expected to start sometime in mid-January.

https://www.techinasia.com/bangladesh-symphony-roar-android-one/

Google’s Gmail appears to have been blocked by China at IP level

China is apparently blocking Google’s Gmail service in the latest move by the country to curb foreign Internet services. Internet performance monitoring company, Dyn Research, said Sunday that China was blocking Gmail at the IP level when served from Hong Kong. All Gmail traffic to China is through Hong Kong and affected by the block, unless users deploy evasion techniques, wrote Earl Zmijewski, Dyn’s vice president of analytics, in an email.

http://www.arnnet.com.au/article/563073/google-gmail-appears-been-blocked-by-china-ip-level/

Digitimes Research: Sub-US$300 15.6-inch Chromebooks to fuel notebook competition in 1Q15, from TW

In addition to Acer, which is set to launch a Broadwell-U-based 15.6-inch Chromebook in March 2015, Dell is planning to launch a 15.6-inch Chromebook with similar specifications in the first half of 2015 and both devices may be priced under US$300, according to Digitimes Research’s latest findings from the upstream supply chain. Digitimes Research believes if the two vendors have adopted the Broadwell-U processor that has performance comparable to Intel’s Core i3 CPU, the two Chromebooks will be very competitive in terms of price/performance ratio.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141225VL200.html

Yangon developer group hosts intro to new language

The Lambda Talks “Seminar on Functional Programming” educated attendants in Myanmar’s most populous city on the fresh tech tack. GDG community manager Ko Ye Lin Aung said the event sought to spur participants to take on functional programming and retrain their brains to include the paradigm when considering possible ways of approaching a coding problem.

http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/business/technology/12634-yangon-developer-group-hosts-intro-to-new-language.html

All Greek no more – Google adds Myanmar

Google Translate upped its number of supported languages to 90 on December 12 by incorporating 10 new languages, four of which were Asian: Myanmar, Malayalam, Sinhala, and Sudanese, said a Google Asia Pacific blog post. The initiative has been simmering for some time, and comes more than a year after Google executive chair Eric Schmidt visited Myanmar and promised the company would develop services for the country that included translation.

http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/business/technology/12564-all-greek-no-more-google-adds-myanmar.html

Google’s Android One for Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka

NEW YORK, Dec 23 — Google’s affordable smartphone initiative is expanding to three more countries. The idea behind Android One is to get the world’s remaining smartphone-less five billion inhabitants connected to the mobile web via a handset that is cheap yet good quality, promises the features that everyone expects from a handset and which will carry on being supported with software updates for some time to come. The first Android One handsets launched in India in September and now they’re officially coming to neighboring Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, too.

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/tech-gadgets/article/googles-android-one-for-bangladesh-nepal-and-sri-lanka

Google plans to open own campus in Hyderabad

HYDERABAD: Internet giant Google plans to open its own “permanent and big” campus in Hyderabad and is set to sign an MoU with Telangana government shortly to take up the venture. “We are likely to sign MoU with Google. They are likely to open their campus here in Hyderabad. It will be the third campus they will have after the US and the UK,” Telangana IT, Electronics and Communications Secretary Harpreet Singh told PTI here.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/google-plans-to-open-own-campus-in-hyderabad/articleshow/45592166.cms

Google launches Play Newsstand in Indonesia, tailors content to local market

Today, Google Play unveiled a banner ad on the Play Store announcing its Newsstand now includes Indonesian content. Google has had a hand in the news aggregating game for quite a while now, making improvements with each iteration. In America it started with the simple news and weather app, then moved on to develop Google Currents, which was then replaced with Google Play Newsstand, an app that allows users to subscribe to both free and paid news sources and magazines, in a similar fashion to Apple’s Newsstand.

https://www.techinasia.com/google-launches-play-newsstand-indonesia-tailors-content-local-market/