Paresh Dave

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21 Mar 2019 | 12:08 PM

Google’s new gaming service will let game makers use rival clouds, exec says

A Google executive offered new details on March 20 about the company's upcoming video game streaming service, telling Reuters that game makers may use competing cloud providers and must avoid some inappropriate content.

Google views Stadia as connecting its various efforts in gaming, including selling them on its mobile app store, Harrison (pic) said. — Reuters
20 Mar 2019 | 12:03 PM

Google announces browser-based streaming game service

Alphabet Inc's Google announced on March 19 that it would launch this year a browser-based videogame streaming service dubbed Stadia that attempts to capitalise on the company's cloud technology and global network of data centres.

15 Mar 2019 | 10:54 PM

New Zealand massacre shows how online users find ways to share violent videos

SAN FRANCISCO/BENGALURU (Reuters) - The Friday massacre at two New Zealand mosques, live-streamed to the world, was not the first internet broadcast of a violent crime, but it showed that stopping gory footage from spreading online persists as a major challenge for tech companies despite years of investment.

15 Mar 2019 | 12:53 PM

Facebook product chief Cox to exit as focus shifts to messaging

Facebook Inc's chief product officer and one of its earliest employees, Chris Cox, said on March 14 he is leaving the company just days after chief executive Mark Zuckerberg revealed a plan to transform the world's biggest social network into an encryption-focused messaging company.

Cox's departure removes a layer of management, bringing Zuckerberg closer to a family of apps that he wants to make compatible, in what technology analysts expect will be a complicated engineering task. — Reuters
1 Mar 2019 | 12:47 PM

Google workers support proposed US laws to curb mandatory arbitration

Six Google employees on Feb 28 joined US lawmakers to support bills that would ban mandatory arbitration in employment and consumer contracts, as the workers seek to build on recent success in getting the Alphabet Inc company to drop some arbitration provisions.

Last week, Google became the latest of a handful of tech companies to announce it would no longer require employees to arbitrate employment disputes. — Reuters
28 Feb 2019 | 7:23 PM

Some Facebook content reviewers in India complain of low pay, high pressure

On a busy day, contract employees in India monitoring nudity and pornography on Facebook and Instagram will each view 2,000 posts in an eight-hour shift, or almost four a minute.

The working conditions described by the employees offers a window into the moderator operations at Facebook and the challenges faced by the company as it seeks to police what its 2 billion users post. — Reuters
25 Feb 2019 | 1:41 PM

Microsoft workers demand it drop US$480mil US Army contract

Some Microsoft Corp employees on Friday demanded that the company cancel a US$480mil hardware contract to supply the US Army, with 94 workers signing a petition calling on the company to stop developing "any and all weapons technologies".

In the petition to Microsoft executives, posted on Twitter, the workers said they "did not sign up to develop weapons, and we demand a say in how our work is used". — Reuters
21 Feb 2019 | 3:53 PM

Google’s new cloud boss has big task to catch rivals, Reuters data show

Google has a new cloud computing boss and big ambitions to someday produce more revenue from that business than from advertising.

Businesses generally are not required to disclose their cloud vendors. Reuters found 311 out of about 5,000 worldwide that did so in 2018. While not comprehensive, the data provide a window into Google's challenge. — Reuters
14 Feb 2019 | 11:50 AM

Software pirates use Apple tech to put hacked apps on iPhones

Software pirates have hijacked technology designed by Apple Inc to distribute hacked versions of Spotify, Angry Birds, Pokemon Go, Minecraft and other popular apps on iPhones, Reuters has found.

Using so-called enterprise developer certificates, these pirate operations are providing modified versions of popular apps to consumers, enabling them to stream music without ads and to circumvent fees and rules in games, depriving Apple and legitimate app makers of revenue. — Reuters
13 Feb 2019 | 12:38 PM

IBM says Watson AI services will now work on any cloud

IBM Corp announced on Feb 12 that some of its Watson artificial intelligence services will now work on rival cloud computing providers as it seeks to win over customers that want greater flexibility in how they store and analyse data.

With the change, companies will be able to use Watson AI tools such as Watson Assistant, which can help them develop conversational services such as a virtual customer service agent, in mobile apps hosted on Inc and Microsoft Corp as well as IBM servers. — Reuters