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Google postpones US office reopening to September

Google has said it was delaying the reopening of its US offices by around two months because of a surge in the number of coronavirus cases in some states. KEY POINTS: Google is delaying the...

Google removes misleading ads in voting-related searches

Google has said that it had removed search ads that charged users searching for voting information large fees for voter registration or harvested their personal data. KEY POINTS: Google removes search ads that charged users...

Canadian visa programme may lure tech workers blocked by Trump

A fast-track visa programme that Canada launched in 2017 has attracted a growing number of tech workers, and US President Trump's latest immigration crackdown is set to further boost intake once coronavirus travel restrictions...

New Google default wipes users’ location, web history after 18 months

Google has said it will automatically delete some location history after 18 months for new users and make it easier for everyone to access its search, Maps and YouTube apps without being tracked. KEY POINTS: ...

Google faces employee petition to end tech sales to police

More than 1,600 workers at Alphabet are petitioning its Google unit to stop selling email and other services to police departments, a source familiar with the matter has said. KEY POINTS: Workers at Alphabet Inc...

Google extends fact-checking to image search

Google has said it would start showing fact-checking labels on Google Images search results globally, as tech companies come under increasing pressure to combat the viral spread of misleading claims online. KEY POINTS: Google to...

Google’s US ad revenue to take a hit due to pandemic

Google's US advertising revenue will drop 5.3% as brands pare spending during the coronavirus pandemic, according to an eMarketer report on Monday, the first decline since 2008 when the research firm began estimating the...

US House panel hears from Facebook, Google and Twitter on security

Top officials from Facebook, Google and Twitter were grilled by US lawmakers at a virtual hearing on foreign influence and election security, ahead of the November 3rd presidential contest. KEY POINTS: Facebook, Google and Twitter...

Google sets 2025 leadership diversity goal, ends ‘tailgater’ ID checks

Google has just announced a new hiring goal and security policy to address racial issues at its offices, as protests over police brutality against African Americans have carried into discussions about corporate culture. KEY POINTS: ...

Australian regulator says Google’s $2.1 billion Fitbit deal could harm competition

Australia's antitrust regulator, the ACCC warned Google's planned $2.1 billion acquisition of fitness tracker maker Fitbit may give it too much of people's data, potentially hurting competition in health and online advertising markets. KEY POINTS: ...

Google’s new rules clamp down on discriminatory housing and job adverts

Google has said it was tackling unlawful discrimination by barring housing, employment and credit ads from being targeted to its users based on their postal code, gender, age, parental status or marital status. KEY POINTS: ...

Google Maps to alert users about COVID-19-related travel restrictions

Google is adding features on its Maps service to alert users about coronavirus-related travel restrictions to help them plan their trips better, the unit of Alphabet Inc has said. KEY POINTS: Google Maps to alert...