Google will start charging for data transfers between regions and continents from July this year, bucking a recent trend that has seen cloud storage providers slash their pricing. Starting July 15, data transferred between buckets (the basic containers that hold all customer data) located on the same continent but in different regions will cost US$0.01 per gigabyte. Buckets located in different continents will also be subject to data egress rates from July.
NEW DELHI: Google is considering setting up a caching, or mirror, server in India which will enable the Internet major to throw up search results quicker and YouTube videos to load faster in the country which is going through a data explosion, thanks to surging smartphone sales. The US search giant has had initial discussions with fibre manufacturer Sterlite Technologies to co-locate the servers wherever the Indian company’s fibre network is being created, Anand Agarwal, chief executive of the Vedanta Group company, told ET.
Google is reportedly in talks with Hong Kong-based conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa, the owner of the international wireless carrier 3, to offer free international roaming for its users in the US wherever there is a 3 network, reports the Beijing News. Hutchison Whampoa has been considering eliminating the long existing international roaming fees for some time while Google said previously that it will establish a global network charging the same fee for phone use and text messages services wherever users are.
SYDNEY: Global technology giants Apple, Google and Microsoft defended their corporate tax structures at an Australian parliamentary hearing, rebuffing allegations they were designed to shift profits offshore to avoid paying taxes. The three firms also told the upper house Senate inquiry into corporate tax avoidance, which held its first day of hearings in Sydney, that they were among 12 technology companies being audited by the Australian Taxation Office.
Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Asustek is to become Google’s closest partner given its full Chrome-series products including laptops, desktop PCs, and the new HDMI sticks called Chromebit, reports our Chinese-language sister paper Commercial Times. The company launched a Chromebook known as the Chromebook Flip at the beginning of April. It is a convertible laptop and tablet allowing users to bend the 10.1-inch touchscreen and use the laptop as tablet. Chromebook Flip uses a Rockchip processor and will be available before the end of June with prices starting at US$249.
Thousands of Chinese websites will soon be marked unsafe by Google’s Chrome browser. Adam Langley, a Google security engineer, says, “On Friday, March 20th, we became aware of unauthorized digital certificates for several Google domains. The certificates were issued by an intermediate certificate authority apparently held by a company called MCS Holdings. This intermediate certificate was issued by CNNIC.”
BEIJING: Mozilla, creator of the popular Firefox web browser, said on Thursday it would follow Google and no longer recognize new certificates of trust issued by a Chinese internet agency. Google’s Chrome and Mozilla’s Firefox are some of the world’s most widely used browsers, and the moves could disrupt users accessing a broad range of Chinese web sites.
Google and Mozilla have announced that their browsers will stop trusting all digital certificates issued by the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), China’s main digital certificate authority. The decision follows last week’s newsfrom Google, which said on March 20 it discovered unauthorized digital certificates for several of its domains. Google found that the certificates were issued by Egypt-based MCS Holdings, an intermediate certificate authority that CNNIC allowed to operate.
Computer suppliers Asustek Computer Inc (華碩) and Acer Inc (宏碁) are deepening their collaboration with Google Inc, with plans to start shipping new Chrome-based computers and devices this quarter. The two Taiwanese firms are some of the global PC brands that have been working with the US search engine giant to design lightweight laptops running on the Chrome operating system since 2011, as Google steps up its challenge to Microsoft Corp in the market for low-priced computers.
Google 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.
MapMyGenome, 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.
In 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.
The 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”.
Android 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.
Chinese 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.
NEW 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.
Millions of Vietnamese could not access google.com.vn 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.
Google 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.
The 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.
Yesterday Google announced the launch of a standalone Chinese-language version of its Google Developers YouTube channel (h/t TechCrunch). The channel will feature original Chinese-language videos that instruct local developers how to integrate their software into Google’s ecosystem, as well as subtitled videos taken from the Google Developers channel. The video below, for example, explains how to register for a developer account on Google Play.