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Marketers say Time Well Spent movement isn’t influencing social media plans

Social media apps and mobile device operating systems introduced a number of features this year to help people be more mindful of their digital usage. The initiatives are part of the Time Well Spent movement, a concept introduced by former Google design ethicist Tristan Harris whose Ted Talk “A handful of tech companies control billions …

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How will Google’s new Android app licensing rules in Europe impact Chrome and search?

On Tuesday, Google took action to comply with the European Commission’s (EC’s) antitrust decision requiring it to de-couple Google Play access for smartphone makers from the pre-installation of Google apps such as Chrome and search. Google is appealing the EC’s roughly $5 billion Android antitrust fine, imposed in July. Despite the appeal, Google was compelled …

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Google appeals record $5 billion EU antitrust Android fine

Earlier today Google filed an appeal of the European Commission’s (EC’s) record €4.3 billion (roughly $5 billion) antitrust fine. The fine was imposed in July because of Google Play app pre-install requirements. Claim is that Google tying apps to Android. The EC saw the practice of requiring handset makers to pre-install certain Google apps as “an …

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Google expands Assistant device network, adds polyglot support

Google Assistant devices have an advantage over Echo in international markets. Seeking to capitalize and expand on that, the company is expanding multilingual support and announcing a raft of new partners. Among the laundry list of announcements, users will now be able to switch between languages interchangeably. Google calls this “a first-of-its-kind feature only available …

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Chrome browser to update to material design ‘across all operating systems’

Based on Google Chrome enterprise release notes, The Verge reported that Google’s browser will get a “new design across all operating systems.” That will bring material design aesthetics to all platforms. The design changes reportedly will be most pronounced on iOS, where navigation controls will be moved to the bottom of the screen. September 4 is the …

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Report says Google to launch own smart display in time for holidays

Out of more than 50 million Alexa devices sold, fewer than 500,000 have been the Echo Show, according to Canalys. That’s partly because the device fails to live up to the promise of a “smart speaker with a screen.” With the Echo Show as a reference point, the recently launched Lenovo Smart Display with Google …

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AP: Google collects location data when ‘Location History’ is turned off

Yesterday, the AP reported that Google collects user location data regardless of user Location History settings: Google wants to know where you go so badly that it records your movements even when you explicitly tell it not to. An Associated Press investigation found that many Google services on Android devices and iPhones store your location …

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US market becoming a smartphone duopoly

Last week, Google received the largest antitrust fine ever imposed by the European Commission (EC). At the highest level, that fine is about Google’s dominance of the world’s smartphone market. Android is far and away the dominant operating system, with a global market share of about 77 percent (or more). In the US, the iOS-Android …

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Report: Smart speaker ownership driving voice adoption on smartphones

NPR and Edison Research have released a new “smart audio” report. It’s the third installment of research that began in 2017, intended to investigate device adoption and evolving consumer interaction with smart speakers. Extrapolating from a sample of just over 900 respondents, the report asserts that 18 percent of all Americans now own a smart …

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FTC says it will take a ‘close look’ at EU antitrust fine against Google

Mark Van Scyoc / Shutterstock.com Following today’s record antitrust fine imposed on Google parent Alphabet in Europe, US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairman Joseph Simons said he will “take a close look” at the European Commission (EC) decision. Simons also told Reuters he had spoken to EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager about the penalty. While …

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Third-party app store owner files EU complaint about being blocked by Google

As the European Commission (EC) reportedly prepares to slap Google with another multibillion-dollar antitrust fine over its requirements for Android handset makers, a small third-party app store competitor called Aptoide has filed a complaint with the EC, asserting that Google is actively trying to prevent downloads of the company’s product. According to a Bloomberg report: …

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Report: Second big EU antitrust fine against Google coming next week

Reports out today from the The Washington Post and Reuters say that the European Commission (EC) is readying a second multibillion-euro fine against Google parent Alphabet. Beyond the fine, the EC will likely demand changes in the company’s rules for phone makers using Android. Currently, Android handset makers, such as Samsung, must comply with certain …

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