Flipkart, Facebook, Nokia’s maps division, Makemytrip.com and several other companies have corroborated complaints that the US internet giant abused its dominant market position, in their response to queries raised by the Competition Commission of India. Based on the responses from 30 businesses spanning search, social networks, e-commerce, travel and content sites, the CCI director general last week filed a report that accuses Google of abusing its dominant position to rig search outcomes, both the actual search result as well as sponsored links.
India Times — After being tight lipped for a few months, Google has finally spoken in the matter of net neutrality in India and it seems to be a stern no. It has asked Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI), which regulates Internet companies, to oppose zero rating. Zero Rating is a plan conceived by (cash rich) Internet operators in collaboration with telecome providers to offer apps and websites for free.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: To mark India’s Independence Day, search giant Google is hosting a virtual tour featuring some of the landmarks part of India’s independence movement on Google Maps and virtual exhibits on Google Cultural Institute. It will have a special collection of images and artifacts from the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library.
China Topix — Of late, Samung smartphones, of course powered by Android are increasingly becoming the target of hackers across the globe. In a bid to combat this challenge, Google and Samsung have decided to issue monthly updates to fix security bugs in the system. The plan has come into action, specifically after a prominent security researcher developed a new hacking software that will give hackers more power to tap into the sensitive data of the phone.
Myanmar Times — Home-grown internet has received a boost that could help users get what they want from the internet faster. Though a sizeable chunk of Myanmar’s internet content currently still has to be imported, a new crop of servers has sprung up that will keep some of it nearby – making it faster and easier to get to. According to American internet performance firm Dyn, both Norway’s Telenor and local company Yatanarpon Teleport (YTP) have gone live with Google Global Cache (GGC).
Korea Times — Google has named LG Electronics as its partner to produce the upcoming Nexus smartphone, industry sources familiar with the issue said, Thursday. “Senior LG Electronics executives met with their Google counterparts in the United States recently. The main issue was how to expand their bilateral partnership in areas other than smartphones,” said a source. He added LG was working on developing the Google Nexus at its technology center in Seoul.
Times of India — COLOMBO: Free Wi-Fi connections will be available across Sri Lanka by March 2016 under an agreement the government signed on Tuesday with multinational technology company Google, a media report said. The service will be provided with the aid of Google balloon, a technology which provides internet to large areas using high-altitude balloons, Sri Lanka’s Daily Mirror reported.
Digital News Asia — GOOGLE Inc has announced the addition of movies to Google Play in Malaysia, which would allow users to watch high-definition, full-length feature films from major Hollywood studios, including blockbusters like Kingsman, Pirates of the Caribbean, Interstellar and oldies like Ghostbusters.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Technology giant Google has introduced a new update to its Translate app that will allow visual translation from English to Hindi and 19 other languages, a move aimed at strengthening its translation and transliteration offerings. Using the app, users need to click on the camera option, and point it at the text like street signs, ingredient lists or instruction manual that needs to be translated and the same will be translated in languages like Hindi, Thai, Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch and Filipino.
Datacenter Knowledge — Moving to give customers a more options for connecting data center facilities on the West Coast of the US with Asia, Telx announced support for a new transpacific cable system called Faster. The network of submarine cables will span the Pacific Ocean by 2016, and a Telx data center in the Pacific Northwest will be one of its termination points.
The Register — US data center outfit Telx, target of a takeover bid by Digital Realty, has gone offshore for the first time, joining the Google-backed FASTER submarine cable consortium. Telx’s Hillsboro server barn in Oregon, US, will be the termination point for an undersea cable that will link the Pacific Northwest to Asia. The fiber-optic pipeline will carry up to 60Tbps of internet traffic between the two continents.
PR Newswire — NEW YORK: Telx®, a leading provider of global interconnectivity, data center solutions and cloud enablement services, today announced support for the FASTER transpacific cable system – a submarine network that will seamlessly connect the west coast of the U.S. to major Asian cities including Chikura and Shima in Japan.
Digital News Asia — GOOGLE Malaysia has launched a programme that it said would enable not-for-profit organisations in the country to better serve their respective causes by making use of some of the company’s tools for free or at “highly discounted” rates. Google Malaysia managing director Sajith Sivanandan said the ‘Google for Nonprofits’ scheme has helped thousands of not-for-profit organisations find new donors and volunteers, and also empowered them to work more efficiently by using Google’s online productivity tools.
Times of India — KOLKATA: IIT-Kharagpur will honour 11 of its eminent alumni, including Google’s Android team head Sundar Pichai, with the Distinguished Alumnus Award at its convocation next month. Pichai, now the senior vice president and product chief at Google, had completed his B Tech in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering from IIT-Kharagpur in 1993.
Want China Times — Leading global smartphone companies in the Android camp have not fared well in the Chinese market this year, amid heated competition from local players and Apple, the China Business Daily reports. Samsung, which dominated the Chinese smartphone market until last year, gave estimates on the company’s results for the period between April and June July 7, estimating its operating profit at 6.9 trillion South Korean won (US$6.13 billion), down 4% from last year.
IT Wire — Under the partnership, the Fujitsu Managed Chromebook Service will equip organisations with a flexible, scalable and cost effective solution to employee mobility, comprehensively controlled by Fujitsu’s managed services. The Managed Chromebook Service is closely aligned with Fujitsu’s Virtual Workplace Solution, which will allow Chromebook users to access their traditional applications and data via virtual desktop technology.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Engaged in various initiatives under the government’s ‘Digital India’ campaign, global tech giant Google is focussing on key areas like bringing more Indic language content online and helping 20 million small and medium enterprises set up internet presence by 2017. Though India is now the second-largest internet market in the world, there is still a great deal of work to be done, Google VP and managing director, South East Asia and India, Rajan Anandan told PTI.
India Times — MUMBAI: A digitally connected India will bring “tremendous power” in the hands of citizens by connecting them to the rest of the world, Ratan Tata said today, lauding the government’s ‘Digital India’ programme. “I’m delighted that the Prime Minister has decided to give so much preference and priority to the fact that India will be a digitised nation,” Tata said here at the launch of an initiative to deepen Internet usage among rural women.
NEW DELHI: Google has gone back to the drawing board for Android One and come up with a version 2.0 as it were. Having met with a tepid response for the first phones based on the system in September last year, it appears to be reorienting the strategy toward people who’ve had smartphones before rather than first-time users, said a person with knowledge of the plan. That involves a shift in pricing as well.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Starting Tuesday, people can see traffic information for 12 new cities, including Kolkata, Thiruvananthapuram and Bhopal, on Google Maps, a company statement here said. The other cities for which the facility would now be available are Coimbatore, Lucknow, Surat, Indore, Ludhiana, Visakhapatnam, Nagpur, Kochi and Madurai.