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Google is splitting up Chrome, Search, and Android for the European Union

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

Google Search has been a key component of Android since the OS was first released, and Chrome has become increasingly important in recent years. All three products are now intertwined, but the European Union wants them to be separate. Google recently was hit with a $5 billion fine from the EU, and to avoid more fines while the company challenges the EU in court, it is now complying with new regulatory rules.

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Google is splitting up Chrome, Search, and Android for the European Union was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Spotify sued over gender discrimination by former sales executive

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

Unequal treatment of female employees has been problematic at many major tech companies, and it seems like Spotify is no exception. Variety reports that Hong Perez, a former sales executive at the company, has sued Spotify over alleged gender discrimination and defamation. Perez filed suit in the New York Supreme Court on Tuesday, pointing out several examples of how she and other female employees at Spotify were treated unfairly.

Reportedly, one male executive was promoted after receiving multiple warnings for sexual harassment, and the executive repeatedly took male sales employees to strip clubs in Atlantic City.

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Spotify sued over gender discrimination by former sales executive was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google plans to fight Oracle’s copyright lawsuit against Android in the Supreme Court

Wednesday, August 29th, 2018

Oracle's copyright suit against Google for using Java APIs in Android has been an ongoing feud since 2010, and the stakes are only about to get higher. The Federal Circuit denied Google's appeal Tuesday of a March decision that found Google's use of Oracle's Java APIs was not fair use. Now, Google has stated it will take the case to the Supreme Court.

"We are disappointed that the Federal Circuit overturned the jury finding that Java is open and free for everyone.

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Google plans to fight Oracle's copyright lawsuit against Android in the Supreme Court was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google and several other tech companies pushing for a new federal privacy law

Tuesday, August 28th, 2018

Online privacy is a touchy subject, with all of us falling on different parts of the how-much-do-I-actually-care spectrum. In general, though, most people seem to understand that the companies whose products we use or rely on daily, like Google, Facebook, and Microsoft, are collecting a lot of data on them. The creepiness factor is real, which is why we saw things like the EU's GDPR and California's Consumer Privacy Act appear.

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Google and several other tech companies pushing for a new federal privacy law was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

22 states and DC issue new brief seeking to reverse FCC’s net neutrality order

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018

The dream of an open and free internet isn't dead. Net neutrality — the principle that internet service providers must treat traffic equally, regardless of the source — is still seeing a strong fight waged on its behalf. This week, a group of 23 attorneys general from across the U.S., led by New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood, published a new brief reaffirming its dedication to the cause.

The brief is the latest action in an ongoing lawsuit filed earlier this year by Underwood's predecessor A.G.

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22 states and DC issue new brief seeking to reverse FCC's net neutrality order was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Possible class action lawsuit] Google clarifies its language about Location History settings, but there’s still room for improvement

Tuesday, August 21st, 2018

Google's location-tracking practices endured a new wave of scrutiny at the start of this week thanks to an investigation by The Associated Press, which put some meat on the bones of suspicion many users have harbored for a while now. By week's end, Google updated some language on the help page for its Location History setting, though its tracking policies remain largely unintelligible for the everyday consumer.

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[Update: Possible class action lawsuit] Google clarifies its language about Location History settings, but there’s still room for improvement was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Another government ban is targeting Huawei and ZTE hardware

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

The past few months have been difficult for Chinese smartphone OEMs, particularly ZTE and Huawei. ZTE nearly shut down after the U.S. government placed a trade ban on the company, which was finally lifted last month. Earlier this year, AT&T and Verizon reportedly dropped plans to sell the Huawei Mate 10 Pro due to pressure from the federal government. Now both companies are under fire again, as U.S. agencies are now banned from using their telecommunications technology.

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Another government ban is targeting Huawei and ZTE hardware was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google says Android provides choice, plans to appeal EU antitrust fine

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

This morning, Google was hit with an enormous $5.06 billion fine for what the European Commission considers to be anti-competitive practices — specifically, those that push users toward Google's own apps and services. CEO Sundar Pichai has penned a response that outlines where the company disagrees, pointing out the ease with which users can install alternatives to Google's pre-loaded apps, and making clear that the company plans to appeal the Commission's decision.

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Google says Android provides choice, plans to appeal EU antitrust fine was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google hit with record $5 billion Android antitrust fine by EU

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

The amount Google must pay the European Commission for its latest antitrust fine has now been revealed as a record 4.34 billion euros ($5.06 billion). That figure dwarfs the $2.7 billion fine Google previously received for giving preferential treatment to its own shopping comparison tools in searches.

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Google hit with record $5 billion Android antitrust fine by EU was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Warp Charge may be OnePlus’ new name for Dash Charge, following trademark mishaps

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

The folks over at the Dutch site Mobielkopen have spotted a trademark application in the EU for "Warp Charge," filed on behalf of OnePlus. Presumably, this new name is set to replace Dash Charge, after OnePlus previously failed to secure it as an exclusive trademark in the EU. 

OnePlus' previous attempts to secure the "Dash Charge" name were denied when Bragi and Amazon each contested the application under the claim that there could be consumer confusion between Amazon's Dash Replenishment API service and Bragi's various Dash earphones.

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Warp Charge may be OnePlus' new name for Dash Charge, following trademark mishaps was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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