Category: Google

YouTube gives users more ways to track the amount of time they spend on the app

YouTube is rolling out more features designed to help users “take charge” of their digital well-being. Starting today, The ‘Watch History’ screen within a YouTube profile’s account menu list will show how much time the user has spent on the...

/ August 27, 2018

Chrome browser to update to material design ‘across all operating systems’

Based on Google Chrome enterprise release notes, The Verge reported that Google’s browser will get a “new design across all operating systems.” That will bring material design aesthetics to all platforms. The design changes reportedly will be most pronounced on iOS,...

/ August 22, 2018

Google faces potential class action, FTC penalties for ‘surreptitious’ location tracking

A California resident named Napoleon Patacsil has filed a lawsuit against Google in federal court (Patacsil v. Google, Inc.) seeking class action status. The suit alleges personal injuries in the form of various California privacy violations stemming from “surreptitious monitoring”...

/ August 21, 2018

Google’s political ad transparency report & library offers more accountability around election ads

Google is building more transparency into the political ads and advertisers running campaigns on its ad networks. After updating its political ad policies in May — enforcing new ID requirements for anyone purchasing political ads — the company is now...

/ August 17, 2018

Report says Google to launch own smart display in time for holidays

Out of more than 50 million Alexa devices sold, fewer than 500,000 have been the Echo Show, according to Canalys. That’s partly because the device fails to live up to the promise of a “smart speaker with a screen.” With...

/ August 17, 2018

Sizmek unveils unified ad serving platform it says can replace Google’s walled garden

When Sizmek scooped up Rocket Fuel’s demand-side programmatic ad platform (DSP) last summer, Executive Chairman Mark Grether said the merger would create the “largest independent marketing platform built for agencies and brands.” The DSP world is a crowded one, studded with stalwarts...

/ August 17, 2018

Google clarifies it does capture location data after Location History is turned off

Earlier this week, the AP reported that Google continues to collect user location data even when user Location History is turned off. In response, Google initially said that the company was being clear and not hiding anything or misleading consumers:...

/ August 16, 2018

Who’s really winning the smart speaker market, Amazon or Google?

Earlier this week, Strategy Analytics released its Q2 global smart speaker shipments report. The data showed Amazon still as the global market leader, but with Google gaining, followed by Alibaba, Apple, JD.com and others. That report said there had been...

/ August 16, 2018

Report: Google continues to gain global smart speaker share

Consistent with earlier data, Strategy Analytics reported that Google is gaining global share in the smart speaker market. It’s also reporting that the Chinese market is starting to be dominated by local brands, which is likely to continue. The company...

/ August 15, 2018

AP: Google collects location data when ‘Location History’ is turned off

Yesterday, the AP reported that Google collects user location data regardless of user Location History settings: Google wants to know where you go so badly that it records your movements even when you explicitly tell it not to. An Associated...

/ August 14, 2018