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Google launches search feature for night and food shelters

The idea behind the launch of the search feature is that while governments are working on setting up several night and food shelters, information about them was not easily available.

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  • The US-based search giant will send close to 300 million notifications a day to users containing information on the pandemic, a senior official said.

    The new Delhi cloud region will expand Google's existing network which stands at eight regions in the Asia Pacific and 22 regions globally today. Google cloud regions bring Google Cloud Platform (GCP) services to global organisations in industries like media and entertainment, retail and manufacturing.

    Tech companies are helping institutions smoothen their sudden transition to an online-only teaching format.

    A group of seven top industry associations representing internet and technology giants such as Google, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft and Adobe has sought withdrawal of the new equalisation levy that comes into force from April 1, due to its widespread negative impact on American companies.

    Social media platforms including YouTube, TikTok, and Instagram are reaching out to their creators in India to continue to make engaging videos during the lockdown as users turn to social media for entertainment.

    The FT report said Google had also been talking to Jio separately, citing one of the people above. Microsoft had said last year that it would provide cloud-computing services to businesses along with Jio. India is the biggest market for Facebook with 328 million monthly users and the company’s WhatsApp messaging app has 400 million users in the country, also the most in the world.

    According to sources, data is being aggregated from sources like the World Health Organization (WHO), the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

    The campaign which will juxtapose various activies on the Internet such as "Pehle Safety phir Banking" or "Pehle Safety phir Shopping" will walk people through specific actions they can take to lock down and protect their online presence.

    Google, Facebook and other platforms are struggling to keep ahead of scammers, trolls, and others with ill intent who routinely use major tragedies or disasters as opportunities to swindle or manipulate people.

    Google launched Station in India in 2015, as a partnership between Google, Indian Railways and Railtel to bring fast, free public WiFi to over 400 of the busiest railway stations in India and crossed that number by June 2018. While the Indian Railways provided the fibre connectivity for the Internet, Google was responsible for installing and maintaining the access points.

    "But we crossed that number by June 2018 and implemented Station in thousands of other locations around the country in partnership with telecommunications companies, ISPs and local authorities. Over time, partners in other countries asked for Station too and we responded accordingly," Google Vice President Caesar Sengupta said in a blogpost.

    The coalition, which represents companies such as Amazon, Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook and IBM among others, has raised concerns over areas such as data localisation, government access to non-personal data and the classification of sensitive and critical data. The letter was addressed to Meenakshi Lekhi, head of the joint select committee.

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