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Google Play lowers commissions, Apple drops anti-steering rule, Pinterest clones TikTok, Android 12 arrives – TechCrunch

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry continues to grow, with a record 218 billion downloads and $143 billion in global consumer spend in 2020. Consumers last year also spent 3.5 trillion minutes using apps on Android devices alone. And in the U.S., app usage surged ahead of the time spent watching live TV. Currently, the average American 

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Google Reveals Massive Upgrade For 2 Billion Gmail Users

Confidence in Gmail suffered last year after a spam filter flaw sent potentially malicious emails direct to users’ inboxes. Google responded with impressive upgrades and now Gmail has taken another massive step forward. Gmail is about to get a lot smarter PA IMAGES VIA GETTY IMAGES MORE FROM FORBESGoogle Critics Explain Why You Should Quit ChromeBy Gordon Kelly In an official blog post, Google has announced radical changes to how you will send email through… Source link

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Google earnings aren’t as exposed to Apple change that sunk Snap, but Alphabet has its own worries

The same factors that torpedoed Snap Inc.’s earnings results ominously linger as investors await Alphabet Inc. parent Google’s financial results on Tuesday. Google GOOGL, -3.04% GOOG, -2.91% could be hindered by a change in Apple Inc.’s AAPL, -0.53% privacy policy that makes it harder to target and measure digital advertising as well as a choked global supply chain that has driven down ad… Source link

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Google sought fellow tech giants’ help in stalling kids’ privacy protections, states allege

The complaint doesn’t detail what happened at the meeting, which the states said occurred on Aug. 6, 2019. But Apple spokesperson Fred Sainz said Friday that no representative from his company attended the meeting. A Microsoft spokesperson declined to comment on the meeting. Facebook did not immediately offer a comment when asked Friday. The documents — filed as part of an antitrust suit by Texas, 14 other states and Puerto Rico — are emerging at a time of rising frustration in… Source link

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Google Meet hosts will be able to keep participant mics and cameras off

Google Meet hosts will soon be able to turn off participants’ microphones or cameras and prevent them from turning them back on, the company announced in a Workspace blog. The feature could be a useful way for hosts to keep noisy or rowdy attendees from continually interrupting meetings even after they have already been muted. The microphone and camera lock feature will be off by default; hosts will have to turn it on during meetings if they want to use it. If your meeting has breakout… Source link

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Google said it had successfully ‘slowed down’ European privacy rules, according to lawsuit.

WASHINGTON — Google said in an internal document that it had successfully “slowed down” European privacy rules in collaboration with other tech companies, according to a legal filing released on Friday. Ahead of a 2019 meeting with other major tech companies, Google said in a memo that it had “been successful in slowing down and delaying” the European Union’s ePrivacy Regulation process and had been “working behind the scenes hand in hand with the other companies,” according… Source link

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Google Meet rolls out new audio and video locks for hosts – TechCrunch

Google Meet is getting new audio and video locks to let hosts turn off the microphones and cameras of other participants. The new feature essentially lets you mute a user and prevent them from unmuting themselves until you unlock them. Earlier this year, Google rolled out the ability for hosts to mute everyone all at once in a group call. This latest feature takes the move a step further by preventing participants from unmuting themselves at any point during the… Source link

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Google to remove YouTube apps from Roku

YouTube is leaving Roku. And now the fight between the two companies has caught the attention of members of Congress attempting to push their Big Tech antitrust legislation. After a months-long fight between Roku and YouTube’s parent company Google, Google announced Thursday that it would no longer allow Roku customers to download the YouTube or YouTube TV apps to their devices starting Dec. 9. (Roku customers who already have YouTube or YouTube TV installed will still be able to use those… Source link

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