In 2019, Alphabet — Google's parent company — had over 162 billion dollars in revenue, and the majority of it came from one type of service: advertisements. Google Ads and AdSense are the company's bread and butter. Google Ads are those inline advertisements you see when you search for something using Google.com, and AdSense is the partner program that sites like Android Central use to display ads from Google. Both are worth a pretty penny, which is why regulators in several countries, including the U.S. and the U.K., are taking long, hard anti-trust looks into Google's operations. … [Read more...] about Google’s next big legal battle is all about ads, but it has an interesting line of defense
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Responding to a query on whether Google will extend its initiative to pay publishers for content in countries like Australia, Pichai said it was still "early days".“We have tried to incorporate news more in our products to generate more traffic. We’ve over the last couple of years added subscriptions as a big area,” Pichai said.Speaking at the company’s flagship Google for India event later in the day, union minister for electronics and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad said: “India’s app economy is growing very powerfully, but we must not just download apps. It is important also to upload apps from India. I am sure with this new fund, Google will also focus on promoting our startups further.”Read: Google should use AI in agriculture, weather prediction, healthcare: Ravi Shankar Prasad … [Read more...] about Google to invest $10 billion in India over 5-7 years
Of course, the benefits wouldn't accrue to the wearer. Google would sell the data (suitably anonymised, of course). And your smartphone already provides a huge amount of detail about you. Song Chaoming, a researcher at Northeastern University in Boston, has been analysing mobile phone records (including which base stations the phone connects to) and has developed an algorithm that can predict – with, he says, 93% accuracy – where its owner is at any time of the day (by triangulating from the strengths of the base station signals; that's part of how your smartphone is able to show where you are on an onscreen map). He analysed the records of 50,000 people; the accuracy was never below 80%. … [Read more...] about Google Glass: is it a threat to our privacy?
When Sawyer Thompson was just 12 years old, he discovered his father Brett unconscious in their Washington, DC area home. Sawyer called an ambulance and Brett was rushed to the hospital, where the family learned the worst: He had brain cancer. After a year of surgeries, radiation and chemotherapy, Brett's cancer is in remission. But Sawyer wanted to do more to fight against cancer, and is tapping his interest in tech to make a bigger difference. … [Read more...] about Give IBM your unused computing power to help cure coronavirus and cancer