Bloomberg: Google Play Fee Suit by Consumers Grows to 21 Million Users

Bloomberg: Google Play Fee Suit by Consumers Grows to 21 Million Users. “Google now faces more than 21 million customers, instead of just a handful, in a lawsuit alleging its app store collects exorbitant fees. A federal judge exponentially increased the Alphabet Inc. unit’s damages exposure by granting class-action status… in a suit alleging that Google Play has abused its power over the sale and distribution of Android mobile applications.”

Quantum progress: How IBM, Microsoft, Google and Intel compare (VentureBeat)

VentureBeat: Quantum progress: How IBM, Microsoft, Google and Intel compare. “Established enterprise leaders like IBM, Microsoft and Google continue to make progress in quantum computing. As a result, quantum computers are getting bigger and achieving advantages over traditional tech in limited circumstances.”

Gizmodo: Google Is Launching Yet Another Way to Stuff Websites With Ads

Gizmodo: Google Is Launching Yet Another Way to Stuff Websites With Ads. “If you’re anything like me, you spend your time online casting your eyes across the screen, desperately hoping for another way to turn your attention into advertising revenue. At last, there’s some good news on that front, thanks to our hardworking friends in the tech industry. Starting December 23rd, Google is launching a new ad format called ‘side rails’ that will show up on the sides of webpages and keep you company as you scroll.”

IANS: Google Terminates Thousand Of Youtube Channels In China, Russia, Brazil

IANS: Google Terminates Thousand Of Youtube Channels In China, Russia, Brazil. “Google has purged thousands of YouTube channels in China, Russia and Brazil as part of its investigation into coordinated influence operations. The tech giant terminated 5,197 YouTube channels and 17 Blogger blogs as part of its ongoing investigation into coordinated influence operations linked to China.”

Stuff New Zealand: Government to force Google and Facebook to pay for using NZ news

Stuff New Zealand: Government to force Google and Facebook to pay for using NZ news. “The Government will follow Australia and Canada in proposing a law that will require internet giants Google and Meta to pay for the local news they use, with estimates of about $30 million to $50m flowing to New Zealand media.”

Jezebel: Google Isn’t Deleting Users’ Abortion-Related Data, Despite Post-Roe Promise

Jezebel: Google Isn’t Deleting Users’ Abortion-Related Data, Despite Post-Roe Promise. “Accountable Tech’s research, shared with the Guardian, suggests that if Google doesn’t precisely detect that a user went inside an abortion clinic, and was just in the area of one, their location data isn’t deleted.”

TechCrunch: Google’s Reading Mode app helps visually impaired people read long-form content

TechCrunch: Google’s Reading Mode app helps visually impaired people read long-form content. “Along with its Android update for December, Google has launched a new app called Reading Mode today. It helps people with visual imparities and dyslexia read the content on the screen — especially articles.”

Bloomberg: Google Urged by US Lawmakers to Fix Misleading Abortion Ads

Bloomberg: Google Urged by US Lawmakers to Fix Misleading Abortion Ads. “Alphabet Inc.’s Google introduced a policy in 2019 that requires those advertising alongside search queries related to abortion to be certified based on whether they provide the procedure. In a letter addressed to Alphabet Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai, Senator Mark Warner, a Democrat from Virginia, and Representative Elissa Slotkin, a Michigan Democrat, expressed concern that the search giant does not consistently apply those rules, which can lead users to crisis pregnancy centers — non-medical organizations that encourage visitors to keep their pregnancies.”

Iran International: Google Maps Gives Tehran Streets Pre-Revolution Names

Iran International: Google Maps Gives Tehran Streets Pre-Revolution Names. “Although individual users cannot change city, town, village and street names on the maps, names can be altered using Google’s feedback feature of the maps if a large group of users report the names are wrong and suggest alternative. Google maps may have become a new battleground where the opposition demanding regime change and the authorities and their supporters fight over street and even city names.”

Associated Press: Google appeals huge Android antitrust fine to EU’s top court

Associated Press: Google appeals huge Android antitrust fine to EU’s top court. “The company said Thursday that it filed the appeal against the 4.125 billion euro ($4.3 billion) penalty ‘because there are areas that require legal clarification from the European Court of Justice,’ the EU’s top court.”

The Register: Almost 300 predatory loan apps found in Google and Apple stores

The Register: Almost 300 predatory loan apps found in Google and Apple stores . “Almost 300 apps, downloaded by around 15 million users, have been pulled from the Google Play and Apple App stores over claims they promised quick loans at reasonable rates but then used extortion and other predatory schemes against borrowers.”

Google Blog: Google Play’s best apps and games of 2022

Google Blog: Google Play’s best apps and games of 2022. “The winners are in for Google Play’s Best of 2022 awards. Every year we recognize the best apps and games on Google Play and the developers who bring them to life. Their bold ideas and creativity help us reach people across all kinds of devices — from phones and watches to Chromebooks and tablets.”

Australian Financial Review: Australia’s crackdown on Google, Facebook ‘worked’

Australian Financial Review: Australia’s crackdown on Google, Facebook ‘worked’ . “A government review into Australia’s media bargaining code, which extracted millions of dollars from the global tech giants, found the legislation corrected the ‘imbalance’ between news publishers and tech platforms. But media outlets such as The Conversation and SBS remain upset that Facebook has not entered into agreements with them.”

CNET: Interactive Google Doodle Game Celebrates Video Game Pioneer Jerry Lawson

CNET: Interactive Google Doodle Game Celebrates Video Game Pioneer Jerry Lawson . “Known as the ‘father of the video game cartridge,’ Lawson led the team that would create a system that paved the way for several popular video game consoles.”

City A.M.: Google sued by 130,000 firms over ad dominance

City A.M.: Google sued by 130,000 firms over ad dominance. “Google has been sued in a claim by 130,000 firms that argue its advertising strategy has cost them billions of pounds in lost revenues. The competition claim valued at up to £13.6bn at the Competition Appeal Tribunal accuses Google and its parent firm Alphabet of abusing its dominant position in online advertising and ‘earning super-profits for itself at the expense of the tens of thousands of publishers of websites and mobiles apps in the UK’.”