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Google to pay France almost €1bn to settle fraud inquiry

Google to pay France almost €1bn to settle fraud inquiry

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By Wale Azeez, business reporter Google has agreed to pay nearly €1bn in fines and taxes to France as settlement in a fraud inquiry that began four years ago.The tech giant said it will pay a €500m (£446.6m) fine, plus €465m (£415m) in taxes, in a deal that may set a legal precedent for other global technology companies operating within the country. French investigators had been seeking to establish whether the tech giant failed to pay tax due to the state by not declaring parts of its business activities within the country.Google's European headquarters are based in Dublin.Google, part of Alphabet Inc, pays little tax in most European countries because the company reports almost all of its sales in Ireland.
Google finds ‘indiscriminate iPhone attack lasting years’

Google finds ‘indiscriminate iPhone attack lasting years’

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Security researchers at Google have found evidence of a “sustained effort” to hack iPhones over a period of at least two years. The attack was said to be carried out using websites which would discreetly implant malicious software to gather contacts, images and other data.Google’s analysis suggested the booby-trapped websites were said to have been visited thousands of times per week. Apple told the BBC it did not wish to comment.The attack was shared in great detail in a series of technical posts written by British cybersecurity expert Ian Beer, a member of Project Zero, Google’s taskforce for finding new security vulnerabilities, known as zero days. "There was no target discrimination,” Mr Beer wrote. “Simply visiting the hack
Google and Mozilla move to stop Kazakhstan ‘snooping’

Google and Mozilla move to stop Kazakhstan ‘snooping’

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Google and Mozilla have moved to block the Kazakhstan government from intercepting internet traffic.It comes after reports internet services providers in the country have required people to install a government-issued certificate on all devices and in every browser.The government said the software was a security measure.But Google and Mozilla said it would allow the government to decrypt and read anything a user types or posts.The country has a poor human rights record by international standards.The Ministry of Digital Development in the former Soviet republic said telecoms operators in the capital, Nur-Sultan, were carrying out technical work to "enhance protection" from hackers, online fraud and other cyber-attacks.But Google a...
Google sign language AI turns hand gestures into speech

Google sign language AI turns hand gestures into speech

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Google says it has made it possible for a smartphone to interpret and "read aloud" sign language.The tech firm has not made an app of its own but has published algorithms which it hopes developers will use to make their own apps. Until now, this type of software has only worked on PCs. Campaigners from the hearing-impaired community have welcomed the move, but say the tech might struggle to fully grasp some conversations.In an AI blog, Google research engineers Valentin Bazarevsky and Fan Zhang said the intention of the freely published technology was to serve as "the basis for sign language understanding". It was created in partnership with image software company MediaPipe."We're excited to see what people come up with. For our part, we will continue ou...
Trump: ‘We are watching Google very closely!’

Trump: ‘We are watching Google very closely!’

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President Trump has attacked Google in a series of tweets referencing allegations of the company's bias and anti-conservative culture.The president claimed Google chief executive Sundar Pichai had been in the Oval Office "working very hard to explain how much he liked me" and disputing criticisms by rivals and right-wing commentators. Mr Trump said: "It all sounded good until I watched Kevin Cernekee, a Google engineer, say terrible things about what they did in 2016 and that they want to 'Make sure that Trump loses in 2020'."Mr Cernekee appeared on Fox & Friends the evening before the tweets, claiming that Google executives cried on stage when President Trump won the election in 2016 and "vowed that it would never happen again". Image: Goog...