SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is paying $17 million to 37 states and the District of Columbia to make amends for the Internet search leader’s snooping on millions of people using Safari Web browsers in 2011 and 2012.
Google faces a severe class action lawsuit over violation of the wiretap laws. The lawsuit was filed by Santa Monica-based group “Consumer Watchdog,” which is famous for its anti-Google moves.
Google was previously rumored to be readying an audio streaming service to compete with Spotify and Pandora. A new report from Fortune claims that Google’s upcoming online radio will be YouTube-based. While the service itself will be available for free, paid subscription will give access to extra features like ad blocking. The YouTube service will also allegedly overlap with Google Music. The company is already said to have negotiating teams and operating units in place for both platform.
Not so long ago, Apple revealed that iOS 6 will arrive without the dedicated YouTube app that has been an integral part of the system for years since the original iPhone debut. However, Google assured users that a native iOS application was already underway, and now the promised software is available in the App Store free of charge.
At a special event on Wednesday, Google announced new 3D maps, which has been hyped as the “next dimension” of the Google Maps service. To demonstrate its new capabilities, the company showed off 3D models of both entire cities and individual buildings.
On Saturday, both Google and Motorola announced their proposed merger has been approved by China. Back in February, the two companies received permission from the U.S. justice department and European Commission and had been waiting for China to speak its final word.
The country’s law requires that deals between firms pricier than $63 million in China or $1.5 billon globally must be OKed by the Ministry of Commerce. The parties will expectedly close in the nearest future. However, as an approval condition, Google must keep its Android mobile OS open and free for the next five years.