Google to help Taiwan banks nurture digital marketing talent

TaiwanGoogle has partnered with Taiwan’s commercial and job banks to help them train digital marketing talent and the company is looking to nurture 2,000 marketing staff via a series of programs. Since almost 70% of consumers in Taiwan would check Internet evaluation before making purchases online and over 70% of enterprises see that digital advertising has become a key method to attract demand, marketing personnel with expertise on Internet promotions have become important resources for companies.

Genetic profiler MapMyGenome raises $1.1M from Google India MD, other angels

IndiaMapMyGenome, a Hyderabad-based startup that screens your DNA for disease markers, has raised US$1.1 million in a pre-series A round of funding from Google India MD Rajan Anandan and other angel investors. The others include CMS Computers MD Aarti Grover, Hive Technologies MD Arihant Patni, and Singapore Angel Network CEO Satveer Singh Thakral.

Google’s Pichai on Xiaomi, Cyanogen and the Apple Watch

ChinaIn a wide-ranging discussion on stage at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Monday, Google senior vice president Sundar Pichai offered his views on lots of issues at the heart of the mobile telecommunications industry. He used the time to confirm Google’s plans to launch a mobile carrier in the U.S. and gave an update on progress of its ambitious Project Loon and Project Titan airborne Internet experiments.

Gmail arrives in local language, from Myanmar

MyanmarThe move to extend Myanmar language support to Gmail, Google’s email service, brings the firm closer to its goal of making language a non-issue on the internet, and is one of a number of company initiatives aimed at encouraging the exchange of information into and out of Myanmar. The American search titan will also put on a local translation marathon February 28 under a new project surrounding Google Translate: “Love your Language”.

Oomph, Indonesia’s answer to Google Play, grabs seed funding

IndonesiaAndroid app store Oomph, which is like a Google Play alternative for Indonesia, announced today that it has secured a round of seed funding of an undisclosed amount. The startup says it will use the funds to strengthen the team and expedite growth. The investment is from Japan-based IMJ Investment Partners. Oomph is aimed at the growing number of Android smartphone users in Indonesia. It has apps, games, wallpaper, music, and more.

Is Baidu a copycat? Robin Li explains the biggest difference between Baidu and Google

ChinaChinese search engine Baidu has been the king of China’s search game for a long time, since well before Google decided to leave the Chinese market. But given the similarities between their services and, especially in the early days, their aesthetic, comparisons between Baidu and Google are common. In the foreign press, Baidu is often called the “Chinese Google,” or flat-out accused of being a Google copycat.

Govt bans Gmail for official work, to monitor staff’s online activities

IndiaNEW DELHI: The government will be monitoring online activities of bureaucrats on official computers, block content which it feels is adversely affecting the productivity of the babus and also have a right to delete e-mails or internet history on such computers after intimating the user. The measures are a part of twin notifications issued by the Narendra Modi government on February 18 by which the use of private e-mail networks like Gmail and Yahoo has now also been officially banned for all government use. error caused lack of access: BKAV

VietnamMillions of Vietnamese could not access on noon at February 23. Instead of the interface for information search, they saw an image of a young man who seemed to show off his iPhone, and the notice that the website had been hacked by Lizard Squad. Lizard Squad is a black-hat hacking group, known for its claims of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks to disrupt services related to gaming.–bkav.html

Google to help empower app developers, from Korea

KoreaGoogle Korea said Thursday it will continue to provide diverse solutions to help app developers more effectively promote their applications and attract new users. “There is plethora of apps out there, but the key is to create more users from the developers’ perspective,” said Jonathan Alferness, a product management director at Google.

Google Capital goes overseas, will set up shop in India

IndiaThe late-stage fund, which was first announced almost exactly one year ago today, is set to open its first office outside the United States, according to a report out from the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday. The country it has chosen: India. Beyond that, details are sketchy right now. There is no time frame for opening the office, it is unknown which city it will be based in, nor did the firm disclose how much funding will be available for investing in startups in the country.

Digitimes Research: Google to finish 2-in-1 Chromebook development in 1Q15

TaiwanGoogle is planning to push 2-in-1 devices in 2015, according Digitimes Research’s inquiries within the upstream supply chain. Google’s 2-in-1 Chromebook designed by Quanta Computer is expected to be completed by the end of the first quarter. The device features a detachable form factor and runs Android in the tablet form and Chrome when attached to a keyboard.

Google brings in PE subsidiary to capitalise on Indian startup boom

IndiaBENGALURU: Google is setting up its growth capital arm in India to double down on startup investing as it turns bullish on fast-growing local emerging companies that have drawn attention from big investors across the world. Google Capital will hire a team and invest in growth-stage companies in India, a market in which investors ranging from Japanese communications group SoftBank to Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba have recently made big bets. “It made a lot of sense to focus a lot of attention here now,” David Lawee, partner at Google Capital told ETin an exclusive interview.

Google to cultivate digital advertising talent in Taiwan

TaiwanGoogle will begin to implement its Digital Mars Initiative, a plan to cultivate young digital marketing professionals in Taiwan, in March 2015, according to Google Taiwan managing director Chien Lee-feng. Google will allow new university or college graduates to register for free training courses on Google AdWord certification provided by Google in March and select 1,200 trainees for qualification examinations based on their digital marketing proposals and related experience and professional certificates beginning April, Chien said.

Google takes Android One outside India, launches handset in Indonesia

IndonesiaGoogle has taken its Android One initiative outside India with a launch in Indonesia in partnership with Spice Mobility’s local brand Nexian and two other handset makers, Evercoss and Mito.  This comes at a time when the US search giant’s Indian device partners are launching the devices in Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

Toshiba, Einfochips to develop chips for Google’s Ara modules

JapanAHMEDABAD: Techno major Toshiba in collaboration with Gujarat-based Einfochips will provide chips for Google’s revolutionary modular smartphone project, ‘Ara’, a senior company executive said here today.  “Google is designing modular smartphones in which different modules can be assembled as one smart-phone,” said senior vice president and chief technology officer, Toshiba, USA, Shardul Kazi.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.