Multiple users, according to Downdetector, reported problems with Google search engine, its streaming and email services late Monday. These services were restored soon after. Users of North America had cited issues with login and accessing YouTube, Google and Gmail. Over 1,000 users were affected by the outage and some faced issues with their Google Drives. The reason for the outage is still unclear and Google has not given any official statements.
Google has raised over Rs.33 cr to aid NGOs working relentlessly in India during the deadly second wave of COVID-19. Apart from providing funds to NGOs like GOONJ, GiveIndia they are also showing over 2,500 testing centers and 23,000+ vaccination centers on maps. On YouTube, a piece of authoritative information set in the form of a playlist has been created. Last month it announced Rs 135 cr for urgent medical supplies i.e oxygen, equipment, etc.
Google has registered over 140% in “WFH jobs” searches from India in 2020 over 2019. The country has also adopted new things like “online doctor consultations” searches, which grew 300 % in the period led by Manipur, Bihar and Karnataka. Search in queries for “learn” was up by 30% YoY. Over 90% of YouTube users watched content in Indic languages. The demand for “local news” saw a spike as users wanted updates on the neighbourhood.
UK-based mobile device provider Carphone Warehouse said that the USA with ownership of 1.8 lakh apps ( 6% of global share) in the last year and consumer spending of $32.63 bn on them leads the world. YouTube is the most popular app, while Google asks for the most permissions from users (15) — contacts, storage, and access to Text messages. Disney+ app asks the least — permission to change TV channel info, internet and microphone.
YouTube has started a trial run with embedding links inside videos which will help seller as well as viewers. Few US viewers on YouTube, according to a media report, have spotted a shopping bag icon on the screen and by tapping on it a list of items featured in the videos pop-up. Currently, Youtube feature links in the form of cards and banners in order to help creators interact with the viewers and provide relevant references through other videos.
Tuber – a Chinese app that enabled nation’s users to access western social media legally – stopped functioning and disappeared from app store run by Huawei Technologies. It is unclear whether a govt agency had ordered its removal. Before it was removed, Tuber garnered 5M downloads for Android phones alone. The app censored some content including YouTube videos as Beijing is very strict when it comes to banning content critical of the government.
A House panel led by Democrats investigating competition in the tech sector may propose sweeping reforms — Amazon may be prevented from selling its own products on its marketplace; Google couldn’t own both the world’s biggest search engine and YouTube. And Apple would be barred from owning the App Store and offering own apps. Democrats may propose to impose restrictions that’d make it tougher for tech giants to grow by acquiring small competitor firms.