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Google has ‘no plans’ to launch Chinese search engine: CEO

WASHINGTON: Google has “no plans” to relaunch a search engine in China though it is continuing to study the idea, Chief Executive Sundar Pichai told a U.S. congressional panel on Tuesday amid increased scrutiny of big tech firms. Lawmakers and Google employees have raised concerns the company would comply with China’s internet censorship and surveillance policies if it re-enters the Asian nation’s search engine market. Google’s main search platform has been blocked in China since 2010, but the Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O)…

7-year-old girl applies for a job at Google, gets heart-warming reply from CEO

CALIFORNIA: A seven-year-old girl has written a letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai asking for a job and the CEO’s reply to the little girl left her completely delighted. Chloe Bridgewater sent a handwritten letter to the tech giant in which she noted her computer skills and her interest in working in a place where she can “sit on bean bags and go down slides”. The letter, first published by Business Insider, makes a pretty solid case for hiring Ms Bridgewater. She wrote in it that she is experienced in tablet usage,…

Software star Google expected to flex hardware muscle

SAN FRANCISCO: A high-profile Google event on Tuesday is widely expected to show a new emphasis on hardware, challenging rivals Apple and Amazon and launching a new strategy for the online giant. While the company has offered no official preview, it is expected to unveil a new line of Google-branded smartphones, a tablet and a home virtual assistant. Analysts anticipate that the internet titan will expand on a vision laid out by chief Sundar Pichai at its developers conference early this year.