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Louise Matsakis / Wired:
Google announces it will contribute an additional $3.1M to Wikimedia and give Wikipedia editors free access to Custom Search API and Cloud Vision API   —  GOOGLE IS POURING an additional $3.1 million into Wikipedia, bringing its total contribution to the free encyclopedia over the past decade …
Jan 22, 2019, 11:00 PMIn context
Paresh Dave / Reuters:
Google spent $21.2M on US govt lobbying in 2018, up from $18.04M in 2017; Facebook spent $12.62M, up from $11.51M; and Microsoft spent $9.52M, up from $8.5M   —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's (GOOGL.O) Google disclosed on Tuesday that it spent a company-record $21.2 million on lobbying …
Jan 22, 2019, 9:00 PMIn context
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google says 30M Chromebooks are used in education, up 5M from May 2018, and that 80M people use its G Suite for Education platform   —  Kicking off tomorrow is BETT, an annual conference and show for education.  Several companies have already announced the latest Chrome OS devices for the market …
Jan 22, 2019, 4:45 PMIn context
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
TomTom announces it's selling its telematics unit, which includes fleet management solutions, to automotive giant Bridgestone Europe for €910M   —  TomTom has announced that it is selling its telematics division to automotive giant Bridgestone Europe for €910 million ($1,033 billion).
Jan 22, 2019, 4:20 PMIn context
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Google will retire classic Hangouts for G Suite customers in October, after its previous announcement that Hangouts would be split into Hangouts Chat, Meet apps   —  Google announced in March 2017 that it would split Hangouts, its cross-platform messaging service, into two core apps …
Jan 22, 2019, 2:35 PMIn context
Daniel Boffey / The Guardian:
Jan 21, 2019, 3:45 PMIn context
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Google fined €50M by French watchdog CNIL under GDPR for alleged lack of transparency, info, and consent about ads personalization in Android's onboarding flow   —  The CNIL, the French data protection watchdog, has issued its first GDPR fine of $57 million (€50 million).
Jan 21, 2019, 11:10 AMIn context
The Local:
Google fined €50M by the French data protection watchdog CNIL under GDPR for failing to provide transparent, easily accessible info on its data consent policies   —  France's data watchdog announced Monday a fine of 50 million euros ($57 million) for US web search giant Google …
Jan 21, 2019, 10:12 AMIn context
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Video of a purported Google Pixel 3 Lite shows a phone with a plastic case, 3.5mm headphone jack, 5.56" 2220x1080 LCD display, and Snapdragon 670 CPU   —  It wouldn't be a new Pixel without a massive leak  —  At this point it may be a tradition that new Google phones show up in unboxing videos …
Jan 20, 2019, 6:00 PMIn context
James Ball / Columbia Journalism Review:
Tech companies funding journalism projects deepens their codependence and implies the media is the exception that should be protected from tech's disruption   —  Yesterday, Facebook announced it would spend $300 million over three years on journalistic content, partnerships, and programs.
Jan 20, 2019, 1:55 AMIn context

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