Google was fined a hefty 220 million euros (or roughly $268 million) on Monday after France’s competition authority found the company abusing its outsized role in the world of digital advertising.
Google Arts & Culture has teamed up with the Centre Pompidou, a cultural complex in Paris, to pay tribute to Vassily Kandinsky with a virtual exhibitionof the artist’s works and other documents. You can view some of Kandinsky’s pieces in an augmented reality gallery. At the heart of the exhibit is a machine learning experiment that tries to replicate synesthesia, a condition the abstract art pioneer had.
Apple and Google have told the “free speech” social media app Parler that it must begin moderating its users content, following violence at the US Capitol this week. The app — a Twitter alternative popular among Donald Trump supporters and the far-right — has faced renewed scrutiny for its role in the planning of the attacks.
Google is once again delaying its return to the office in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, although it’s now planning a change to the way people work when they get back. The New York Times has obtained company-wide email from Sundar Pichai indicating that the company will not only push back reopenings to September 2021, but pilot a “flexible workweek” when in-person work resumes. Staff would be expected to work in the office for at least three days of “collaboration,” but could spend any other days at home.
The coronavirus crisis has forced many of the world’s most popular museums to temporarily shut down. Fortunately, Google Arts and Culture’s partnership with world-class art institutions, which was first launched over a decade ago, offers virtual tours of more than 1,200 museums. Continue reading GOOGLE NOW OFFERING VIRTUAL TOURS OF OVER 1,200 ICONIC MUSEUMS
More tech companies are about to face congressional scrutiny. Leaders from Amazon, Apple, AT&T, Charter and Google are scheduled to testify before a US Senate panel at a data privacy hearing on September 26th. Senators will grill the companies on their existing approaches to privacy, how Congress can press for “clear privacy expectations” and how firms will adapt to stricter requirements like the European Union’s GDPR and the California Consumer Privacy Act.
Over the past few months, the wildest rumors in video game industry circles haven’t involved the PlayStation 5 or Xbox Two. The most interesting chatter has centered on a tech company that’s been quietly making moves to tackle video games in a big way: Google, the conglomerate that operates our email, our internet browsers, and much more. Continue reading Sources: Google Is Planning A Game Platform That Could Take On Xbox And PlayStation