• Google defers Indian in-app fees after angry startups complain
    NEW DELHI/BENGALURU, Octobber 5 (Reuters): Alphabet Inc's Google has extended its deadline for Indian app developers to comply with a new billing system for commission fees by six months, it said on Monday, days after local startups voiced anger about the charges. Google will now enforce its global policy more strictly and charge a 30% commission fee for in-app purchases from Indian developers from March 31, 2022, the company said, saying it was "being mindful of local
  • Google to nurture 20 Indian startups
    NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 22 (IANS): Google on Tuesday announced the fourth batch of its Google for Startups (GFS) Accelerator programme with 20 startups who will receive three months of support from the network of internal and external mentors in India. The fourth GFS Accelerator programme has not only doubled its batch size from 10 to 20 startups but also expanded the scope of the programme, to include startups that are using cutting-edge tech to meaningfully help India and the world a
  • Google Play store removes Paytm app citing gambling policy
    New Delhi, September 18 (IANS): Google has removed digital payments major Paytm's app from its Play Store for allegedly violating its gambling policies. "Paytm Android app is temporarily unavailable on Google's Play Store for new downloads or updates. It will be back very soon," the company said in a tweet on Friday. "All your money is completely safe, and you can continue to enjoy your Paytm app as normal," it added. Google said that it does not al
  • Google's lifetime net carbon footprint now zero: Sundar Pichai
    NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 14 (IANS): Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai on Monday declared that the company has eliminated its entire carbon legacy -- covering all its operational emissions before it became carbon neutral in 2007 -- through the purchase of high-quality carbon offsets. It means that Google's lifetime net carbon footprint is now zero. "We're pleased to be the first major company to get this done, today," Pichai said in a blog post. The company now a
  • Google turns Android phones into earthquake sensors; California to get alerts
    OAKLAND, Calif., August 11 (Reuters): Alphabet Inc's Google's Android phones on Tuesday started detecting earthquakes around the world to provide data that could eventually give billions of users precious seconds of warning of a tremor nearby, with an alerting feature first rolling out in California. Japan, Mexico and California already use land-based sensors to generate warnings, aiming to cut injuries and property damage by giving people further away from the epicente
  • Indian auto dealers need to invest more in digital resources: Google
    NEW DELHI, AUGUST 4 (IANS): With Covid-19 changing consumer behaviour, automotive brands that further digitise the car-buying experience are better poised for post-pandemic success, suggests new insights from Google. Expectations are changing, and now more than ever, people want the ability to buy and engage with the brand from the comfort of their home, Nikhil Bansal, Head of Industry, Automotive, Google India, said in a blog post on Monday. As a result of the pandemic, there is
  • Apple, Google, Microsoft topmost valuable brands in Forbes' list
    New Delhi, July 28 (IANS): With a brand value of $241.2 billion (a 17 per cent increase year-over-year), Apple has topped the Forbes' annual list of the World's Most Valuable Brands, which looked at the top 100 companies from the fiscal year 2019. Google with $207.5 billion (a 24 per cent increase from same period last year) and Microsoft with $163 billion (a 30 per cent rise) were the first and second runners-up, respectively. The top 100 most valuable brands in total we
  • Google Cloud India hires Oracle veteran Mitesh Agarwal
    New Delhi, July 20 (IANS): Google on Monday announced the appointment of Oracle veteran Mitesh Agarwal as Director of Customer Engineering for Google Cloud India.   In this role, Agarwal will lead a team of engineers and consultants who are focused on helping Indian organisations accelerate their ability to transform through data powered innovation with Google Cloud Platform and G Suite.   He will further provide impetus to the technology, architecture and the sol
  • Google to invest Rs 33,737cr in Jio Platforms for 7.73% stake
    MUMBAI, JULY 15 (IANS): In a mega investment announcement, Reliance Industries (RIL) Chairman Mukesh Ambani on Wednesday said that Google will invest Rs 33,737 crore in Jio Platforms for an equity stake of 7.73 per cent.   Google is investing at an equity valuation of Rs 4.36 lakh crore, said an RIL regulatory filing.   "Jio Platforms Limited, a subsidiary of the Company, today signed binding agreements with Google International LLC pursuant to which Google w
  • Google to support Indian startups creating solutions for the new normal
    NEW DELHI, JUNE 17 (IANS): Google on Wednesday expanded its programme for startups to support startups working on the solutions to solve real-life challenges towards the new normal post COVID-19 landscape in India.   Google for Startups has opened applications for the new batch of Google for Startups Accelerator, with a special focus on health-tech, fin-tech, edu-tech, agri-tech, retail and SaaS startups, the company said in a statement.   The next batch will comm
  • New Google tools to help advertisers tap growing connected TV users
    SAN FRANCISCO, JUNE 12 (IANS): As streaming takes centrestage on connected TVs in the absence of live action, Google is introducing a series of tools in Display and Video 360 that make it easy for digital media buyers to discover and secure ad inventory on high-quality streaming content.   Display and Video 360's connected TV available inventory surged by 75 per cent in April from the previous year.   "This doesn't include YouTube and YouTube TV, whic
  • Google explores 5% stake in struggling Vodafone Idea: Report
    NEW DELHI, MAY 28 (IANS): In what could alter the Indian telecom scenario, Google is reportedly exploring to buy a 5 per cent stake in financially-stressed Vodafone Idea, a move that would not only pit Sundar Pichai-led tech giant against Facebook which has poured in Rs 43,574 crore for 9.99 per cent stake in Reliance-led Jio Platforms but also help struggling Vodafone stand up in the world's fastest growing mobile market.   According to a report in the Financial Times o
  • Trump to sign executive order on social media on Thursday: White House
    WASHINGTON, May 28 (Reuters): U.S. President Donald Trump will sign an executive order on social media companies on Thursday, White House officials said after Trump threatened to shut down websites he accused of stifling conservative voices.   The officials gave no further details. It was unclear how Trump could follow through on the threat of shutting down privately owned companies including Twitter Inc.   The dispute erupted after Twitter on Tuesday for the