Is Apple creating its own search engine?

Apple is likely to have been working on its own search engine for years, after key hiring in 2018 of John Giannandrea, former Google head of search to improve AI tech and Siri and software hints to improve search. The Applebot web crawler has seen increased activity for years, potentially laying the groundwork for a…

Google Sued by the US over Search

The US government has formally filed a landmark lawsuit, the biggest challenge brought by US regulators against Google, accusing the company of abusing its dominance to preserve a monopoly over internet searches and online advertising. The Lawsuit follows several years of investigation amid the intense scrutiny of Google’s practices at home and abroad. Google called the…

Four large tech firms oppressed small firms by abusing market position

A US House of Representatives panel in its report said Facebook, Apple, Google, and Amazon used “killer acquisitions” to crush rivals and forced the small businesses into “oppressive contracts” for profit. The 449-page report also suggested expensive charges to antitrust law and recommended structural changes in tech firms. All four tech giants disagreed with the…

Game of Prediction

In 1960 America’s new leader John F Kennedy ‘s winning presidential election was widely reported that the presidency has been clinched with the help of a “secret weapon” : a super computer that crunched troves of data to profile voters , allowing Kennedy to better target his political messaging before the polls opened. Borrowing from…

Facebook in talks to buy stake in Jio

Facebook has been in talks to buy a stake in Mukesh Ambani’s digital operation Reliance Jio to try to expand its presence in the Indian digital market with a preliminary deal for a 10 per cent share. Google also has been engaging in talks with Reliance Jio, after Microsoft last year announced plans to work…

IBM sues Airbnb over infringement of patents

IBM is suing Airbnb over what it claims it the illegal use of four patents in a move that casts doubt over the short-term rental company’s attempts to a proposed listing. IBM patents are homegrown and resulting from our more than $5bn investment a year in R&D. After six years of unsuccessful discussions with Airbnb,…

Google identifies flaws in Safari security

Google has detailed security flaws of Apple’s Safari web browser that enabled users to be tracked via a tool designed specially to protect their privacy. Google’s Cloud team have identified five potential attacks that could have exploited the vulnerabilities, allowing the third party to obtain sensitive private information about the user’s browser habits. Apple rolled…

Way forward for 5G networks

A couple of months ago, the heads from 18 small British telecoms companies met at a London bank to discuss investment, strategy, and mergers. In the meeting, they were asked if they thought the Chinese could eavesdrop through back doors in Huawei equipment all 18 hands went up. One of the bankers then asked, if…