Fitbit is now a part of Google

Google announced back in 2018 that it wanted to acquire Fitbit, but today the acquisition is finally closed — Fitbit belongs to Google now. Google will not misuse Fitbit users’ data for ads In Google’s announcement, Senior VP of Devices and Services Rick Osterloh said that the acquisition is all about the Fitbit devices and…Continue Reading

Microsoft, Google and Facebook halt political contributions following Capitol attack

The companies are reviewing the implications of the events that took place last week Microsoft, Google and Facebook have all said that they will pause some political contributions following the deadly siege of the U.S. Capitol. A spokesperson for Microsoft has said that the tech giant is pausing its political spending until after it considers…Continue Reading

AWS, Apple and Google bans prompt pro-Trump Parler app to fall offline

Romolo Tavani – stock.adobe.com Free speech-championing social media site Parler has gone dark for violating Amazon, Apple and Google’s terms of service, in light of reports of the platform’s involvement in co-ordinating the attack on Capitol Hill By Caroline Donnelly, Senior Editor, UK Published: 11 Jan 2021 13:00 Silicon Valley continues to turn its back…Continue Reading

Amazon, Google, and Apple Suspend Parler, CEO Says Site Could Be Offline ‘Up to a Week’

The logos of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google. (File Photos via Reuters) Tech giants Amazon, Google, and Apple have all suspended social-media app Parler, in an attempted crackdown on what the companies viewed as dangerous content following the pro-Trump riots on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. Parler, whose format is similar to Twitter, has catered to…Continue Reading

Google removes Parler app from Play Store

Image: ZDNet Google has removed today Parler, a social media networking app for right-wing supporters, from the official Play Store after evidence surfaced online that its members were openly planning acts of violence against law enforcement members and in preparation for the upcoming Biden inauguration ceremony.”In order to protect user safety on Google Play, our…Continue Reading

Google hit with two antitrust lawsuits in less than 24 hours

What just happened? Google is the focus of two antitrust lawsuits filed in the last 24 hours and the third in three months. Both Colorado and Texas are leading multistate coalitions against the tech giant in separate but similar filings. On Thursday, Colorado’s Attorney General Phil Weiser announced he is leading a multistate effort to…Continue Reading

Google, Qualcomm lay the technical groundwork for 4 years of Android updates

Today, Pixel phones and the top Samsung devices are guaranteed to get three years of major software upgrades. Working with Qualcomm, Google is now making it feasible for Android devices to get 4 OS versions and years of security updates. In 2017, Google re-architected Android to be more modular, thus allowing updates to be easier…Continue Reading