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Google says no to Europe

Google says no to Europe

American tech giant Google remains at loggerheads with European authorities. Margrethe Vestager, the European Union’s antitrust chief laid out charges against Google in April, stating that they abused their monopoly in search engine functions in the European region in order to promote some of their other services. But Google have rejected these claims. The world’s most dominant search engine company has made a familiar argument. Google believes that there is more than enough competition within the European Union to warrant their aggressive presence. The argument is also that local customers have more choices. Google have submitted their formal response to…

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Microsoft’s Cortana makes its way to Google Play Store

Microsoft's Cortana makes its way to Google Play Store

Microsoft’s digital assistant, Cortana, is now publically available to non-Microsoft users. Called a public beta, it is available in the Google Play Store. It will also be coming to Apple’s iOS. Cortana is something of a helper-finder for users. She (or he?) locates restaurants and assumingly stores a lot of other things that folks seem to have trouble finding. She can even do internet searches. Those new to the Microsoft digital assistant can access it via Google Play. Google Play has new beta rules in place, making it easy for new users to sign up. To join the beta program…

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Something to tweet about on Google?

Something to tweet about on Google?

Popular Twitter tweets are showing up in Google search engine stats. Google search results show tweets along with standard results. This has much to do with how keywords are used and the timing of the search. It is a new feature from Google. The feature has been available for a while to mobile browsers and on the Google app for iOS and Android devices. Much has already been written about the archaic infrastructure and display of current Twitter interfaces, so this is good news for everybody looking for new trends or for something to chat about. It is even good…

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Finally, a story that’s truly trending

Finally, a story that's truly trending

This story is worth telling. It is trending in more ways than one. Trending is the buzz-word often used by off-beat online news sites that report breaking and headline news in unconventional ways. It has its merits because it encourages people to read news that they wouldn’t have otherwise read. To be more precise, the entire concept of trends has increased people’s reading habit significantly. Before the social media and contemporary news vines landed in most young people’s laps, trending was a word associated mainly with the fashion industry and the world of dressmaking and clothing design. Heidi McKenzie is a clothing…

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Children are talking to more strangers on the Internet

Children are talking to more strangers on the Internet

It’s a known fact that growing kids often don’t act according to their parents’s advice. Since the ancient times parents have been asking their kids to not talk to strangers; it’s a piece of advice that very few children abide by nowadays. Earlier strangers with bad intentions used to roam around children parks, schools and many such other places where kids go frequently. Things have become different now. Today, strangers who prey on children no longer need to be near a playground or school. All they need do is hide behind their PC screen, connected to an internet server. Even better,…

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Zuckerberg on tragedy and hope

Zuckerberg on tragedy and hope

This is news of a different kind, but has got the tech business community buzzing. It has nothing to do with new innovations or with saving the world’s environment. It has a lot to do with triumph over adversity. Facebook’s founding chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has come out to the world talking about a private matter which may have shocked some. However, over and above the sadness, there is good news too. The tech billionaire recently wrote about the stress of personal loss. While doing this, he offered hope and encouragement to thousands of young couples who have experienced similar tragedies…

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Google does not want you to be forgotten

Google does not want you to be forgotten

Google is stubbornly refusing to cave in to a French order to allow citizens their right to be forgotten. The search engine giant is opening itself up to paying fines which it could very well afford to pay. French data protection authority, the CNIL, last month ordered Google to de-list on request search results appearing under a person’s name from all its websites. Last year, the European Court of Justice dictated that European residents can ask search engines to delete outdated and unwanted results which may well be irrelevant, unwarranted, inflammatory or even embarrassing. It invoked, for the greater good,…

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Data that will make you healthy

Data that will make you healthy

IBM is teaming up with CVS to make people healthier. The two companies are in partnership to develop customary care services for CVS Health members with chronic illnesses such as diabetes and obesity. The collaboration is also geared towards licensing the new technology, when fully developed, to insurance companies. At the time of writing, not much detail has been released to the press. Not much has been said on how IBM and CVS Health plan to manage costs on behalf of their customers. But the system is believed to be able to warn at risk patients of impending deteriorations in…

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The mad, dangerous world of hacking

The mad, dangerous world of hacking

Russia is led by a master spy who rarely needs to dirty his hands. During the Cold War years, this master spy was rarely in the firing line, although he was always well-prepared for facing all kinds of dangers. He is also an innovator. Recently, the Socialist-led Greek government almost thumbed their noses at the European Union, falsely believing that this spy was about to help them out of debt. He recently demonstrated what strong leadership is capable of during lean times. Ex-KGB spy Vladimir Putin is firing over 100,000 government workers in order to cut costs and roll back…

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German officials ask Facebook to allow pseudonyms

German officials ask Facebook to allow pseudonyms

This is ominous news for social media activists concerned about safety and their own rearguard actions against invasions of privacy, hate speech and violent and threatening behavior on their favorite social media network. Acting in the interest of civil liberties and freedom of speech and expression, a German regulator has decreed that the use of fake names is not entirely harmful. The Hamburg-based data protection authority, responsible for policing Facebook in Germany, ruled that the social media giant could not unilaterally change chosen usernames or pseudonyms to users’ real names and ask them for an authentic identification. The ruling came…

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