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# Google

Last month
September 2023
US takes on Google in biggest antitrust trial in decades
Federal lawyers and state attorneys general will try to prove Google rigged the market in its favour.
EU labels tech giants 'gatekeepers', announcing new law aimed at cracking down on monopolies
One of the law’s main aims is to stop larger players crushing the progression of smaller potential rivals by gobbling them up through takeovers.
This year
Court dismisses claim DPC failed to fully investigate complaint over alleged Google data breach
The complaint was made by Dr Johnny Ryan, who is a senior fellow of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties.
Google developing AI tool for journalism alongside major American newspapers
The project was first reported by The New York Times, which is working with The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal in testing the new product.
EU watchdog orders Google to break up digital ad business over competition fears
The European Commission said after an investigation that ‘only the mandatory divestment by Google of part of its services’ will satisfy its concerns.
'Godfather of AI' quits Google to warn of the technology's dangers
Geoffrey Hinton, who created a foundation technology for AI systems, said that advancements in the field posed ‘profound risks to society and humanity’.
Taoiseach says Coveney 'engaging' with tech sector as Google confirms it will cut 240 Irish jobs
A collective consultation process will commence tomorrow.
Microsoft and Google go head-to-head with new products aimed at winning AI tech battle
The two Silicon Valley titans are rushing into the space after the ChatGPT bot caught the imagination of web users around the world.
Google's parent company Alphabet plans to cut around 12,000 jobs, 6% of its global workforce
Minister Simon Coveney said he will be meeting with the Head of Google Ireland next week to ‘clarify impact here’.
Last year
EU court rules Google must delete inaccurate search information if proven wrong
Search engines must “dereference information” if the person making the request can demonstrate the material is “manifestly inaccurate”.
Google reaches $391.5 million settlement with 40 US states over location tracking
The investigation by the states found that Google continued to track people’s location data even after they opted out of such tracking.
Google searches for ways to leave Russia spike as Putin announces conscription of reserves
A police monitoring group has said that more than 1,000 people have been arrested for taking part in anti-mobilisation protests.
Google loses appeal against record EU antitrust fine
Google is set to be hit with a fine of €4.125 billion
Google to delete user location history on US abortion clinic visits
Other places from which Google will not store location data include fertility centers and addiction treatment facilities.
Apple, Google and Microsoft agree to support ‘passwordless’ sign-ins
The technology giants have said they will back a new sign-in standard that could replace written passwords.
High Court challenge alleges DPC failed to investigate complaint made about Google, IAB Europe
Dr Johnny Ryan claims the Data Protection Commission has delayed investigating his 2018 complaint regarding the two companies.
Tory MP reaches settlement over Google ad suggesting he was 'sympathetic to abuse of children'
Google Ireland Ltd issued an apology to Lee Anderson at a High Court hearing in London today.
Fitbit recalls one million Ionic watches after burn injuries
Fitbit received 115 reports of the battery overheating in the US, with 78 reports of burn injuries.
'We have to think hard about prioritisation': The environmental impact of Ireland's data centres
With around 70 data centres in Ireland and more to come, tech companies are now using a massively outsized amount of energy.
Publishers aim to 'break Google's stranglehold' over advertising with antitrust complaint
The European Publishers Council has lodged the complaint with the European Commission.
All time
Russia fines Google €85 million over banned content
Russia regularly takes legal action for not removing content it labels illegal, such as pornographic material or posts condoning drugs.
Google employees 'will need to be vaccinated' before returning to offices
Google Ireland said they had no specifics regarding the measure in this country.
Explainer: Why bosses could be on shaky legal ground if they ask staff about vaccine status
Asking workers to be fully vaccinated before returning to work raises thorny legal issues.
Restaurants dealing with 'malicious, coordinated' campaign of abuse from anti-vaccine cert protesters
A Facebook page is coordinating an online campaign against businesses that reopened indoor dining this week.
A Facebook page is encouraging users to leave negative comments on pubs' and restaurants' reopening posts, and to boycott those businesses.
One-star reviews are also being left for businesses that have reopened indoor dining, with many leaving such reviews on multiple businesses across the country.
The Restaurant Association of Ireland has written a letter to the Government, and is to contact Facebook and Google about fraudulent bookings and reviews.
Don't expect a 'Freedom Day' but Taoiseach says lifting restrictions in September will be discussed next month
'Reasons for optimism' from NPHET as Holohan raises prospect of lifting remaining restrictions
Ireland is holding out on the historic global deal on corporate tax. Why? And at what cost?
Ireland is one of just nine countries out of 139 to reject the deal.
French regulator fines Google €220m for favouring ads for own services at expense of rivals
The penalty is part of a settlement reached after three media groups accused Google in 2019 of abusing a dominant market position.
'I was appalled': Tánaiste asked social media firms to combat 'illegal' gatherings after Grafton St protest
Leo Varadkar contacted the companies following a protest in March.
Australian court rules Google misled mobile users about how it gathered their location data
Google is considering an appeal of the ruling.
Australia passes law to make Google and Facebook pay for news
Final amendments to the laws were passed after consultation between Canberra and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg.
Schools reporting fewer online classes 'broken into', says principals association
We spoke to one parent whose son’s class was crashed by a stranger who shared inappropriate material.
Google threatens to pull search engine in Australia amid row over paying media outlets
The law aims to make Google and Facebook pay Australian media companies fairly for using news content they siphon from news sites.
Pro-Trump social media app Parler was a breeding ground for extremism - so why has it only been taken offline now?
At the height of its powers, Parler had 10 million users.
'Too big to care': 2020 was the year that Europe got serious about tackling Big Tech
Amazon, Google, Facebook and Apple all faced heavy regulatory scrutiny in 2020.
Texas and 10 other US states sue Google for anti-competitive practices
“If the free market was a baseball game, Google positioned itself as the pitcher, the batter and the umpire,” Texas’ Attorney General said.
EU unveils new rules to curb tech giants' power
Companies including Google, Amazon and Facebook could face fines of up to 10% of their revenues for breaking competition rules.
Google says worldwide service outage caused by internal technical fault
Google apologised to all users affected by the outage.
France slaps fines of €100 million on Google and €35 million on Amazon over advertising cookies
The data watchdog said users were “either insufficiently informed or never informed” of cookies being placed on their computers.
US government sues Google over its 'illegal monopoly' on internet search and advertising services
The case is one of the country’s biggest antitrust lawsuits in decades.
Google must negotiate with media groups over paying for online news, Paris court rules
The ruling came as the US firm announced it was close to a deal on compensating French media groups.
Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google have too much power and abuse their positions, US Congress report says
Democrats in the US are hoping to rein in the power of the tech giants.