Internet penetration: Microsoft follows in Facebook, Google’s steps

APACTimes of India — SAN FRANCISCO: Microsoft has joined other tech giants working to deliver the internet in remote parts of the world, although it’s taking a smaller-scale approach than some of its rivals. Google and Facebook are pursuing expensive, ambitious efforts to extend Internet access through networks of satellites, drones and high-altitude balloons.

Google: Southeast Asia’s digital market to grow more than sixfold to $200b by 2025

SingaporeTech in Asia — There’s a US$200 billion opportunity in Southeast Asia for tech entrepreneurs and investors, according to research by Google and investment firm Temasek. The two industry heavyweights revealed their findings during the E-conomy SEA event in Singapore today. A slideshow containing key conclusions from the research is embedded below and also available to view here.

Google, Temasek See S.E. Asia Web Economy Reaching $200 Billion

SingaporeBloomberg — Southeast Asia’s Internet economy, spanning online shopping to games and advertising, will surge sixfold to about $200 billion in the next decade, according to joint research by Google Inc. and Temasek Holdings Pte.

Google launches group-sharing app Spaces on iOS, Android

APACTimes of India — SAN FRANCISCO: Google has rolled out a Spaces application tailored to let users easily share content and commentary, group-messaging style, on any topics they wish. “With Spaces, it’s simple to find and share articles, videos and images without leaving the app, since Google Search , YouTube , and Chrome come built in,” product director Luke Wroblewski said in a blog post.

Shipments of Chromebooks integrated with Google Play set to increase

APACDigi Times — Google has announced that new Chromebooks rolled out by its notebook partners will start supporting Google Play, a move which is likely to substantially ramp up shipments of Chromebooks. Taiwan-based notebook vendor Acer and Asustek Computer are expected to release soon new Chromebooks with an integrated platform combining Chrome OS and Google Play.

Xiaomi’s VP Hugo Barra reveals company’s presence at Google I/O, teases possible Android TV box

China9to5 Google — Hugo Barra, a former VP at Google and now Vice President of Global Operations at Xiaomi,has today announced on Twitter that he — or at least the Chinese firm — will be back atGoogle’s upcoming developer conference… While he did confirm that Xiaomi will indeed “be a part of Google I/O”, he only tweeted an image to hint at what will be announced.

China’s latest censorship target: cloud storage

ChinaTech in Asia — Dropbox, Google Drive, and other international cloud storage providers have long been blocked in China – and now a number of domestic storage services are facing a similar fate. Vdisk, KuaiPan, and UC net disk – run by Sina, Xunlei, and Alibaba, respectively – have filled the gap left by the government’s censoring of international options, but now each one is partially or fully closing down.

Google, Apple and Microsoft may need licence for Maps in India

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Cold response from MNCs like Google to India’s security concerns is seen as a prime reason for the proposed legislation to regulate mapping of the country, a move that critics call “return of the Licence Raj” and “digital nationalism”. A draft of Geospatial Information Regulation Bill, released last week seeking public comments, says anyone mapping India by a satellite or aerial platform will need a licence from a government “security vetting authority”.

IHS: IBM leads global SaaS cloud service market

APACTelecom Asia — IBM currently leads the SaaS cloud service market, while Amazon leads the global cloud infrastructure market (IaaS, CaaS, PaaS) in 2015, according to a new report by research firm IHS. According to the report, Salesforce ranked the second in the SaaS cloud service market with 8% of market share, while Microsoft and Oracle had 6% and 3%. SAP had just 2% share in the global SaaS cloud service market.

AWS is still biggest cloud services provider; trailed by Microsoft, IBM and Google

APACNetworks Asia — Amazon Web Services (AWS) continues to dominate the cloud infrastructure services market with a 31% worldwide market share, dwarfing the chasing pack, according to new Q1 data from Synergy Research Group. The big three followers – Microsoft, IBM and Google – in aggregate accounted for 22% of the market, while the next 20 top-ranked cloud providers accounted for another 27%.

Android security bug threatens millions of devices

APACIT News — Security researchers have uncovered a bug in Google Android devices that could leave potentially millions of smartphone and tablets manufactured over the last five years open to attack. FireEye’s Mandiant security research team discovered the exploit last December but went public with its findings for the first time today.

Idea introducing carrier billing for Google Play

IndiaTelecom Asia — India’s Idea Cellular is preparing to launch carrier billing for the Google Play store, bringing the capability to India for the first time for Android devices. A Google representative confirmed to India’s NDTV that the company is in the process of implementing carrier billing to Google Play for Idea Cellular customers.

Google may soon need a license to offer maps in India

IndiaMashable — The Indian government has proposed a bill that will require companies like Google to get a license to offer and publish maps in the country. If it becomes a law, then anyone who create maps ‘incorrectly’ can be fined millions of rupees or imprisoned. The draft Geospatial Information Regulation Bill, 2016, says that “no person shall depict, disseminate, publish or distribute any wrong or false topographic information of India including international boundaries through internet platforms or online services or in any electronic or physical form”.

Android Open Source market opportunities shrinking as Android One becomes viable market contender

ChinaDigi Times — Overall smartphone share of the global handsets market is slowing as mobile phone (or feature phone) sales show some resilience through local brands in emerging markets. While ABI Research finds major China-based vendors are continuing to witness solid volume growth, the market region could be on the cusp of a change as Google Android regains momentum and fights back against Android Open Source Project (AOSP) devices.

High-end smartphone sales decelerating, affecting IC orders, from TW

TaiwanDigi Times — Sales of high-end smartphones are decelerating, affecting orders for ICs and other parts and components, according to sources from Taiwan-based IC design houses. Apple and Samsung have both seen disappointing sales of their flagship models while Huawei has reportedly cut its 2016 shipment goal to 120-130 million units from 140 million due to poor sales of its high-end models, said the sources.

Google’s free Wi-Fi service arrives at Bhubaneswar railway station

IndiaTimes of India — BHUBANESWAR: After Mumbai Central, RailTel, the telecom arm of the Indian Railways today launched high-speed public free WiFi service at Bhubaneswar railway station in partnership with Google. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu accompanied by Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha, launched the WiFi service which will benefit 1.4 lakh visitors at Bhubaneswar station daily.

Here’s everything Google’s doing to reach its next billion users, from SG

SingaporeTech in Asia — Google wants to make the world’s information universally accessible, and that means both the child in rural India and the tech geek in San Francisco have equal access to the internet’s wealth. At the Tech in Asia Singapore 2016 conference, Google’s vice-president of product management, Caesar Sengupta, broke down how the company has been working towards the goal of “reaching the next billion users.”

Google Maps will now be more vocal about upcoming traffic jams, from IN

IndiaRTN Asia — If you’re a regular user of Google Maps for navigation, you might want to update the app quickly before you head out. The latest version of Google News includes spoken warnings about traffic conditions, Google said. Till now, Google used to color code traffic conditions, with red indicating severe congestion and slow moving traffic.

Google to cloud customers: Sorry, but here’s how two bugs knocked us out worldwide

APACIf you had trouble accessing certain apps on Monday, there’s a chance it was caused by a brief but widespread outage on Google’s infrastructure-as-a-service offering, Google Compute Engine (GCE). Even small Google service outages draw attention if they affect its own products such as Gmail or Drive. But on Monday what hit a brick wall was GCE, the Google infrastructure that powers virtual servers rented out by businesses and app developers.

Google is funding green energy in Asia because it wants to be big in green energy and Asia

APACre/code — Google has pledged that all the energy its gargantuan data centers consume will come from renewable sources. It has put money behind that, making the largest green energy purchase (for a non-utility company) ever back in December. Google also wants to be in Asia. Trouble is, it’s hard to buy green energy there. The system for getting proper credentials for renewable energy sources is virtually nonexistent on the continent.

Google is funding green energy in Asia because it wants to be big in green energy and Asia

Google gets rid of Taliban app, two days after launch

APACTimes of India — USTON: Internet giant Google has removed a propaganda app created by Taliban militants over hate speech concerns. The App called “Pashto Afghan News – Alemara,” that was initially accepted on the Play store, reportedly featured videos and statements from the group’s main website. The app, which allowed users to access the group’s Pashto website, is part of a growing digital campaign by the Taliban to grow its audience.

Google plugs 15 critical security holes in Android update

APACIT News — Google’s April collection of security updates for its Android mobile operating system takes care of no fewer than 15 vulnerabilities rated as critical, the company said. As with past security alerts, the mediaserver component of Android has emerged as one of the most vulnerable.

Technology: China’s AI program to challenge Google’s AlphaGo

ChinaAsia Times — Chinese engineers want to challenge Google’s AlphaGo with their own artificial intelligence system that would be better at playing the ancient game than Google’s computer program, according to a report from E&T. According to the Chinese state-owned Shanghai Security News agency, scientists from the China Computer Go team plan to issue a challenge to AlphaGo by the end of 2016.

Google Breached China’s Great Firewall For Two Hours

ChinaValue Walk — Chinese users were able to access the search giant’s services through,,, and Chinese bloggers shared the news that the services were accessible from 11:30 p.m. on Sunday until censors pulled the plug at 1:15 a.m. on Monday. Technology blog Pingwest reported that access was available around 8 p.m. or 9 p.m. on Sunday and that other services like email and Google photos were accessible as well.

Google scales the Great Firewall, falls off 105 minutes later

ChinaTech in Asia — Citizens of mainland China unexpectedly found themselves with unfettered access to Google search late last night, commencing a golden age of censorship-free searching that lasted all of 105 minutes. For the duration of the film Edward Scissorhands, lasting from 11:30pm on Sunday to 1:15am on Monday morning, Google’s search – but not other services like Gmail or Youtube – was unblocked, according to the South China Morning Post.

Google launches service to make machine learning easier

APACMIS Asia — Google is making it easier for businesses to take advantage of the machine learning revolution with a new product for building models that predict the future.  At the company’s GCP Next conference in San Francisco, Google announced the private beta of a new Cloud Machine Learning service that lets businesses create a custom machine learning model. To do so, users work with data they have in Google’s other cloud services. Cloud Machine Learning handles data ingestion and training and then uses the resulting machine learning model to make predictions.

Google to increase number of global cloud regions to challenge Amazon and Microsoft

APACV3 — Google is embarking on an ambitious plan to expand the footprint of its Google Cloud Platform, announcing the first two of more than 10 additional regions around the globe as the firm tries to catch up with rivals such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure. The first two additional regions – US Western in Oregon and East Asia in Tokyo – are due to become operational later this year.

Google Maps aims to make navigation easier in Indian metros

IndiaTimes of India— NEW DELHI: In a bid to make navigation around big cities easy, search engine giant Google on Wednesday updated its Maps app that now shows a dedicated tab with information for cab services in addition to the existing driving, public transport or walking options. So next time when you leave work to meet a friend for dinner or to meet a client in a new city, you will be able to compare all the commuting options right within the Google Maps app, the company said in a statement.

Google woos enterprise marketers with a new analytics suite

APACMIS Asia — It was challenging enough for marketers to try to understand their customers back in the desktop era, but today’s multidevice world makes it even more difficult. Enter Google, which just launched a new suite of tools designed specifically to make that process easier.

Google’s AlphaGo scores 4-1 against South Korean Go player

KoreaMIS Asia — Google DeepMind’s AlphaGo artificial-intelligence program won the last round in a five-game contest against top Go player Lee Se-dol, despite making a bad mistake during play. The 4-1 margin for AlphaGo in the games played in Seoul, South Korea was not as large as the 5-0 win by the program against an European Go player in October, but carries more impact because of Lee’s standing in the Go game.