Google Blog: Shellebrating Christmas Island’s extraordinary nature with Street View and Google Earth

Google Blog: Shellebrating Christmas Island’s extraordinary nature with Street View and Google Earth. “In December, we took the Street View trekker to Christmas Island, a remote tropical territory of Australia just south of Indonesia. With Parks Australia, we joined the island’s red crabs as they marched in the millions from the forest to the sea for their annual migration. Now it’s time to shellebrate. Starting today on Google Maps Street View and Google Earth, you can explore Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands’ unique wildlife, dazzling ocean vistas and lush rainforests, including the grand finale of the red crab migration—the spawning. “

CNET: Alphabet beats estimates with Nest in Google fold

CNET: Alphabet beats estimates with Nest in Google fold. “Alphabet, Google’s parent company, started the year off strong, reporting sales and profit Monday that topped analysts’ expectations in the first quarter. It’s got advertising demand to thank for much of that upside. But the roles that the Nest smart home device maker, along with an investment in Uber, played in its gains are still a little tricky to tell.”

Pacific Content: Inside The New Google Podcasts Strategy That Could Double Audiences Worldwide

Pacific Content: Inside The New Google Podcasts Strategy That Could Double Audiences Worldwide. “Zack’s team is taking a different approach from anything we’ve seen to build Google’s first dedicated podcast product. In addition to all the features you’d expect from a podcast app, shows and episodes are also ‘integrated with Google Search and Google Assistant.’ “

Consumer Watchdog: Google’s First-Quarter Lobbying Expenditures top $5 million; AT&T, Comcast Each Surpass $4 Million (PR Newswire PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: Consumer Watchdog: Google’s First-Quarter Lobbying Expenditures top $5 million; AT&T, Comcast Each Surpass $4 Million (PRESS RELEASE). “Google’s lobbying expenditures in the first quarter of this year topped $5 million, as the Internet giant sought to influence federal policymakers on issues including online privacy, competition, online advertising and online sex-trafficking, Consumer Watchdog said today. Google increased its 2018 first-quarter federal lobbying a whopping 42.6 percent, spending $5.02 million compared to $3.52 million spent in the comparable 2017 period. Among 18 major technology and communications companies tracked by Consumer Watchdog, Google spent the most on lobbying, according to mandatory disclosure reports filed Friday with the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives.”

Lifehacker: How To See All The Apps That Have Access To Your Google Info

Lifehacker: How To See All The Apps That Have Access To Your Google Info. “Over the past few weeks, there’s been a huge focus on paying attention to the apps you have connected to your Facebook account. While that’s certainly a great idea, you shouldn’t ignore another large company that you’re also probably handing over a lot of your personal info to as well: Google.”

TechCrunch: Google confirms some of its own services are now getting blocked in Russia over the Telegram ban

TechCrunch: Google confirms some of its own services are now getting blocked in Russia over the Telegram ban . “A shower of paper airplanes darted through the skies of Moscow and other towns in Russia today, as users answered the call of entrepreneur Pavel Durov to send the blank missives out of their windows at a pre-appointed time in support of Telegram, a messaging app he founded that was blocked last week by Russian regulator Roskomnadzor (RKN) that uses a paper airplane icon. RKN believes the service is violating national laws by failing to provide it with encryption keys to access messages on the service (Telegram has refused to comply).”