Google to Start Requiring 2FA on Accounts

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Google announced that it’s going to be implementing two-factor authentication (2FA) for large swathes of users, according to a Wednesday (Nov. However, organizations with paid Google Workspace accounts don’t have to get 2FA, although admins can decide to opt-in.

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Google Pay to Launch New Voice Feature, Online Storefront

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Google Pay will be adding features that enable users to enter account numbers and initiate payments using their voice, split bills within a group and, for merchants, easily build an online storefront, Business Standard reported Thursday (Nov. See more: BitPay Adds Google Pay to Wallet App.

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Google Unveils New Chromecast With Google TV

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Google unveiled Chromecast with Google TV at its annual hardware event Wednesday (Sept. In an attempt to win customers who embrace Amazon 's Fire TV products and Roku , Google debuted the Chromecast with Google TV, which plugs into the back of a TV and comes with a remote.

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States Sue Google Over App Store Practices

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Google ’s app store, Google Play , is the target of an antitrust lawsuit filed by dozens of states, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported. Google’s rules make apps use a Google payment system. ANTITRUST Antitrust Big Tech Google google play Lawsuits legal News What's Ho

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Payments Provider PPS Launches Google Pay in the UK

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European digital banking and payments provider PPS has debuted Google Pay functionality in the U.K. PPS now delivers Google Pay, Apple Pay and Samsung Pay in the U.K., Monese will now see its customers able to add Monese prepaid cards to Google Pay accounts, according to the release.

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Indian Antitrust Regulator Targets Google Over Google Pay Concerns

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India’s competition watchdog is taking aim at Google for allegedly abusing its market power to push its payments app in one of the world’s fastest-growing markets. 9) that it is launching an antitrust case against Google. Google pushed back against the allegations.

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Bakkt/Google Partnership Enables Widespread Access to Digital Assets

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The digital asset marketplace Bakkt is working with Google on a project that will extend access to digital assets to millions of new customers. Bakkt has also chosen Google Cloud as its cloud provider, and will market its Google Cloud-powered solutions to retailers and merchants in the U.S.

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Honda to Incorporate Google Features in Cars

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Honda will be partnering with Google to build features for infotainment systems in future cars, according to a Google company blog post. In addition to Honda, Google features can be found on car models like Ford, General Motors, Polestar, Renault and Volvo.

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Google Pay Plans Israel Debut by Year's End

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Google Pay is setting up for a launch in Israel by the end of 2021, The Jerusalem Post reported. Earlier in September, Google Pay signed similar agreements with Bank Leumi as well as the Max credit card unit. Google Pay, meanwhile, has around 150 million users, the report stated.

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BitPay Adds Google Pay To Wallet App

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BitPay Prepaid Mastercard holders can add their cards to Google Wallet and spend their Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency on contactless purchases in the app, online and in person with Android phones, tablets and watches using Google Pay.

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Google Pay Bolsters Mobile Payment System With New Bank Additions

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Digital wallet platform Google Pay has expanded access to include more than 80 banks in Switzerland, as well as financial institutions in Australia, Bulgaria, Chile, Greece, Italy, Romania, Singapore and Ukraine, according to a Monday (Sept. Related: BitPay Adds Google Pay to Wallet App .

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Google Requires Vaccines In Delayed Office Return

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Google is postponing employees’ return to physical offices until October 18, and when people do come back to their desks, COVID-19 vaccinations will be required, Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai said in a message to employees on Wednesday (July 28).

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Google Play to Reduce Subscription Commission Fees for Apps

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Google is cutting the subscription commission fees it charges app developers selling in its Play Store by at least 50%, according to a blog post by Android and Google Play Vice President of Product Management Sameer Samat. See also: Google Rolls out Features for App Developers. “As

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Google App Lets Creditors Lock Financed Phones

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With a new Google Play app called Device Lock Controller, creditors for installment phone plans have gained the ability to restrict access to one's phone if they don't make a payment on time, according to a report from XDA.

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Google Opens Its Doors To WooCommerce Merchants

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WooCommerce merchants can begin integrating their product inventory across Google for free, Google announced Wednesday (June 9). Google first announced the integration in late May, part of a larger retail program that also involves merchants on GoDaddy and Square.

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Google Maps Integrates Parking, Transit Payments

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Google Maps is integrating with Google Pay to give users the ability to cover parking, highway tolls, public transportation and more, according to a Google blog post on Wednesday (Feb. Google Pay for parking has launched for Android operating systems in more than 400 U.S.

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EU Demands Travel Price Transparency From Google

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The European Union has given Google an eight-week ultimatum to make its travel-related search more transparent or the Silicon Valley technology giant could face consequences, Reuters reported on Monday (July 26), citing regulators from the EU and European Commission (EC). “EU

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Google Pay adds cross-border payments

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Google Makes Hotel Search Listings Free

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Google has made it free for hotels and travel companies to appear in hotel booking links, according to a company blog post. Google said its hotel bookings have been popular, with users finding them informative while partners see them as a great way to entice customers.

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Free Ads Coming To Google Search

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Google’s bold move earlier this year to eliminate the cost for merchants to sell on its Google Shopping platform appears to be working. ” Now, the global online technology company will bring free listings to its main Google Search results page in the U.S.

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Google’s First Retail Shop To Open Thursday

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Google’s first brick-and-mortar store will open Thursday, June 17, at 10 a.m., The store will offer the “full range” of Made by Google hardware and services. Physical retail is hard to do well, PYMNTS reported last month when the shop was first announced, and Google is late to the game.

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Google Approved By EU To Acquire Fitbit

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Even amid a crackdown on tech acquisitions, Google has managed to win European Union approval for its $2.1 However, some smaller rivals have still complained that Google's pledge might not completely stop the company from shutting off access to competitors in the future, Bloomberg reported.

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Google Flexed Its 'Financial Muscle' in India, Antitrust Report Says

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According to an India-based probe, Google is guilty of abusing its dominant position to hurt competitors. The findings are yet another hit against Google in India in the antitrust realm. Google reportedly put in at least 24 responses during the probe.

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Google Advances Its Open Commerce Ecosystem For Shoppers And Retailers

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Consumers may not always think about Google when they think about shopping. Still, Google thinks about them and how its underlying technology can support better retail experiences for consumers and merchants alike.

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What Sengupta's departure means for Google's payments business

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Google will have to bring new leadership to initiatives like financial inclusion and its operations in India now that Caesar Sengupta, vice president and general manager of payments, has announced he will leave the company. ]]. Digital payments Google Pay Google

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Google’s Super App Wakeup Call

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It would be months before PayPal would announce its acquisition of the savings app Honey, and before Google would announce its Smart DDA concept with two financial institutions (FIs), adding more super app ammo to its offerings. Google Pay Goes Super. Google Pay’s Super App Path.

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Google Warns Government-Backed Hackers Are on the Rise

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Google’s Threat Analysis Group (TAG) is warning high-risk groups that there has been a surge in activity by government-backed hacking campaigns, up 33% so far this year over the same time period in 2020, according to a blog post.

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Amended US Lawsuit Against Google Alleges Secret Ad Program

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Google is facing another round of antitrust troubles — a group of states led by Texas is filing a new amended lawsuit over reported abuses of power by the search engine giant, a report from Engadget says. Read more: Google Loses Appeal of $2.8B

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Google Maps Aims to Edge out Instacart With Grocery Aggregator Features

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Google Maps is becoming a grocery aggregator. 16), the company announced in a blog post that after an initial test in Portland, Oregon during the spring, Google has now rolled out pickup features for more than 2,000 grocery stores across 30 states. Retail Google grocery Instacart News

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Citi Partners With Mastercard For Google Pay Plex Accounts

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Citi and Mastercard are teaming up as network partners for the digital checking and savings account Citi Plex on Google Pay, available for both Android and iOS. . Google Pay store has a waitlist for people interested in opening a Plex account. .

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Today in Restaurant and Grocery Tech: Target Sees eGrocery Growth; Google Maps Integrates Pickup

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Today in restaurant and grocery tech news, Target’s digital investments led to food and beverage growth, while Google made moves to replace Instacart as the go-to grocery aggregator. Google Maps Aims to Edge out Instacart With Grocery Aggregator Features.

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Google Rolls Out Google Pay, Integrated Payments In India

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Google for India recently launched new features and updates to several products, including enhancements to Google Assistant, Pay, Lens and Search, Android Central reported on Thursday (Sept. India is an important market for Google, with Android users making up of 98 percent of smartphone users. Google said it handles 918 million transactions a month in India. NFC card payments are being added to Google Pay.

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Google Hires Headspace Exec Megan Jones Bell for Mental Health Focus

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Google has hired Megan Jones Bell, former Headspace chief strategy and science officer, to lead its push into the mental health space as clinical director of consumer and mental health, according to a Fierce Healthcare report on Tuesday (Oct.

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Google Debuts New Maps, Photos And Other Connected Economy Features

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Google has released a number of updated features, including maps, photos and more, Reuters reported. The announcements were made during a Google I/O developer conference, which took place virtually. Google artificial intelligence COMMERCE CONNECTED News What's Hot

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Google Ramps up Smart Home Connected Device Effort to Slow Rise of Amazon’s Alexa 

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at least that is how Google and ADT see it. These new additions come as Google continues to compete with Amazon in the connected home and voice tech space. Adding the Google Logo to ADT Uniforms and Vehicles . Home is where the connected devices are.

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