Google’s Russian Subsidiary To File for Bankruptcy

The Russian subsidiary of US tech giant Google said Thursday it will file for bankruptcy after authorities seized its bank account following a series of spats with Moscow. Google has been under increasing pressure in Russia for several months and even more so after the start of President Vladimir Putin’s military campaign in Ukraine at […]

TikTok Said to Bring Gaming to Video-Sharing App

TikTok has been conducting tests so users can play games on its video-sharing app in Vietnam, part of plans for a major push into gaming, four people familiar with the matter said. Featuring games on its platform would boost advertising revenue as well as the amount of time users spend on the app — one of […]

YouTube Will Not Be Blocked in Russia: Minister for Digital Development

Russia is not planning to block Alphabet’s YouTube, the minister for digital development said on Tuesday, acknowledging that such a move would likely see Russian users suffer and should therefore be avoided. Russia has blocked other foreign social media platforms, but despite months of fines and threats against YouTube for failing to delete content Moscow […]

Android Auto, Cars With Google Built-In to Get New Features Soon

Google has announced that Android Auto — the platform which allows drivers to access music, media and navigation apps on car infotainment system screens, and cars that have Google built-in — will be getting a string of new features later this year. Android Auto features include a new user interface, and support for suggested responses […]

Facebook, Social Media Platforms Urged by US Groups to Fight Election Lies

Social media companies including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and TikTok must act now to blunt the effect of false information – including Donald Trump’s “Big Lie” that his 2020 defeat was the result of fraud – in this year’s US midterm congressional elections, rights groups said on Thursday. Social media platforms backed away from policies designed to […]

YouTube Shorts Adds Green Screen Feature to Remix Videos

YouTube Shorts, the short-form video sharing platform of YouTube, is getting a new Green Screen tool that lets creators remix their Shorts by adding clips from other Videos. With this update, creators can use up to a 60-second video segment from any eligible YouTube video or YouTube Shorts as the background for their new original […]

RuTube Access Reportedly Restored by Cyber Experts After 3-Day Outage

Access to Russian video-hosting site RuTube was restored on Wednesday after a three-day outage, following a cyberattack that had demanded the attention of expert cybersecurity teams and called the service’s durability into question. Moscow has long sought to improve its domestic internet infrastructure, even disconnecting itself from the global internet during tests last summer, but […]

Google Maps Getting ‘Immersive View’, Meet Updating With Portrait Lighting

Google Maps is getting an all-new experience called ‘immersive view’, to deliver an enhanced digital model of buildings and streets around the world. The new mode uses advances in computer vision and artificial intelligence (AI) to deliver a rich viewing experience to users, Google said while announcing the new feature at its I/O 2022 consumer […]

Russia’s RuTube Offline for Second Day by Victory Day Cyberattack

RuTube, Russia’s answer to YouTube, was crippled for a second day on Tuesday by a cyber attack whose timing it linked to this week’s anniversary celebrations of victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two. Usually packed with video content, RuTube’s site is currently black, with a short message reading: “Attention! The site is undergoing […]

Pinterest TV Studio Livestreaming App Launched for Select Creators

Pinterest TV Studio app has been silently launched and is available for select creators on its platform. The new app is currently available on both Android and iOS. The Pinterest TV Studio app is said to make it easier for creators to livestream. It will allow creators to start a livestream with improved streaming setup, […]

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