Gerrit De Vynck

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20 Jun 2019 | 2:30 PM

YouTube probed by US FTC; Google plans changes to Kids lineup

The US Federal Trade Commission is investigating allegations that Google’s YouTube violated rules about collecting data on and advertising to children, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Data shows that usage of the kids-only app by children is small compared with the main, unfiltered site. — dpa
20 Jun 2019 | 1:00 PM

Alphabet’s annual meeting draws protests on multitude of issues

Google workers, shareholders and activists used the annual meeting of parent Alphabet Inc to protest a range of issues, including contractor rights, the tech giant’s business in China and the absenteeism of Alphabet chief executive officer Larry Page.

20 Jun 2019 | 12:49 PM

YouTube is considering changes to kids content after criticism

YouTube is considering more changes to how content for kids shows up on the world’s largest video site as criticism mounts that it’s unsafe for children.

YouTube, owned by Alphabet Inc’s Google, is debating changes involving kids’ content, according to a person familiar with the discussions. — AFP
23 May 2019 | 5:21 PM

Ex-Googlers take on former employer in vacation-rental search

A group of former Google employees are ramping up growth at a startup that seeks to grab a piece of the rapidly expanding vacation-rental market, just as their former employer enters the same space.

Despite being the biggest source of growth for the online travel-booking industry, no one has cornered the meta-search market for home sharing and vacation rentals. — AFP
8 May 2019 | 1:43 PM

Google’s upgraded digital assistant brings privacy trade-offs

Google unveiled a slew of new privacy features at its annual developer conference on May 7, but the Internet giant also gave users new reasons to give the company even more of their personal information.

8 May 2019 | 12:30 PM

Google will give users more control over who tracks them online

Google is tightening the rules for how websites track people who use its Chrome web browser, an effort to assure users it wants them to be in control over who watches their moves online.

The Alphabet Inc unit is tweaking Chrome so that developers will have to specify how far their online tracking software, generally known as cookies, can reach. —
2 May 2019 | 6:00 PM

Google will now auto-delete some user data, if you ask

Alphabet Inc’s Google said it will let users set up their profiles to automatically delete location and web-browsing data, giving people a middle ground to the Internet giant’s always-on or always-off data hoovering mechanisms.

Google’s latest privacy tool comes as a long-promised feature from Facebook to delete some of the data it collects on people hasn’t yet materialised. — Reuters
12 Apr 2019 | 12:37 PM

P&G puts ad platforms like Facebook, Google on notice

Procter & Gamble Co, one of the most important advertisers for Google and Facebook Inc, ramped up criticism of Internet platforms, saying the problems plaguing the industry aren’t getting fixed fast enough.

Pritchard didn’t mention any companies by name, but this isn’t the first time P&G has criticised Internet platforms. The company boycotted YouTube for more than a year in 2017 and 2018 after its ads showed up next to terrorist content. — AFP
10 Apr 2019 | 7:21 PM

Google flips the switch on its next big money maker

Google became the world’s most profitable Internet company on the back of search advertising. Now, it’s turning another popular web service into a major cash machine.

3 Apr 2019 | 1:03 PM

Google to require contractors get health care, parental leave

Google will require contracting companies it does business with to give employees health care, parental leave and other benefits. The decision comes after months of activism from Google staff and contractors asking for equal treatment.