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Google’s Chrome will change cross-site cookie handling, ‘aggressively’ tackle fingerprinting

As expected, Google announced coming changes to the way its Chrome browser handles cookies and addresses fingerprinting on Tuesday at its annual I/O developer conference. New tools in Chrome will allow users to block or clear third-party cookies more easily, Google said. The company also announced a browser extension that will show more information about …

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Cheetah mobile and another Chinese firm accused of mobile ad download fraud

Mobile ad fraud is a growth industry. According to a Q1 2018 report (.pdf) from AppsFlyer, “mobile app marketers were exposed to 30 percent more fraud (as compared to the 2017 quarterly average), reaching $700-$800 million worldwide. The share of fraudulent installs has also grown by 15%, tainting 11.5% of all marketing-driven installs.” Chinese firms …

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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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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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Report: Google Home beats Amazon Alexa in Q1 global device shipments

According to a new quarterly tracking estimate from Canalys, Google shipped more smart speakers in Q1 2018 than Amazon. Globally, the firm said that there were roughly 9 million units shipped overall. The three largest markets are the US, China and the UK. According to the report, Google Home grew 483 percent (from a much smaller …

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Australian privacy regulators examining Google’s Android location-data collection

European privacy moves are having a ripple effect around the globe. Reuters reported earlier today that Google now faces an investigation in Australia surrounding its location data collection practices from Android smartphone users. Oracle, a staunch Google opponent, provided a market competition report to Australian regulators that asserts, “Alphabet receives detailed information about people’s internet …

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YouTube ads found on extremist content channels, reigniting company’s brand safety issues

After spending more than a year convincing brands it was addressing its brand safety problems, YouTube is under fire again for showing ads alongside extremist content. An investigation by CNN discovered ads from multiple brands and government agencies showing up on YouTube channels dedicated to white nationalist, pro-Nazi and North Korean propaganda content. A number …

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