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Google, partners to give Nest cameras to AAPI small businesses to boost security

Google has partnered with the National Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurship (National ACE) and the Asian American Federation (AAF) to provide Nest cameras to AAPI-owned small businesses, helping improve their safety amid increasing burglaries and vandalism across the country.

The initiative, dubbed the AAPISTRONG Nest Cam Kit, will give out kits that include three indoor Nest cameras, a 12-month subscription to Nest Aware and professional installation services. A pilot program that included more than 20 businesses in New York found success in better reporting to law enforcement.

Florida teen receives $30,000 scholarship after winning 2022 Doodle for Google nationals

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  • Sophie Araque-Liu, a 16-year-old student from Florida, has won the 14th annual Doodle for Google National Competition.
  • Doodle for Google is an annual competition where K-12 students across the U.S. create their own versions of the Google logo.
  • The theme for the 2022 Doodle for Google competition was "I care for myself by..."
  • Araque-Liu’s winning entry, titled “Not alone,” answered the prompt by writing "I care for myself by accepting [that] others care for me."
  • Araque-Liu has been submitting her artwork to the competition for the past three years, until she was chosen as the state winner in Florida last May and eventually the national winner on Tuesday.
  • She explained in her submission packet that she often struggles to “shoulder a burden on my own and forget that I have so many people, like my mom, who care about me and want to help.”

A high school student from Florida has won the 14th annual Doodle for Google National Competition.

Sophie Araque-Liu, a 16-year-old junior at Martin County High School, was named the state winner in Florida last May before she was announced as the national winner on Tuesday. 

Google now lets US businesses label themselves as ‘Asian-owned’ on Search and Maps

  • Google launched a new attribute on Wednesday that allows businesses in the U.S. to identify themselves as Asian-owned.
  • The update adds to existing business attributes, such as “Black-owned,” “Latino-owned,” “veteran-owned,” “women-owned” and “LGBTQ+ owned.” Owners can use multiple attributes.
  • Google also announced that Grow With Google is building upon its partnership with the U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce (USPAACC) to help 10,000 additional Asian-owned small businesses gain digital skills.

Google launched a new attribute on Wednesday that allows businesses in the U.S. to identify themselves as Asian-owned.

Designed to promote diversity and help Asian merchants recover from COVID-19 losses, the “Asian-owned” attribute can now be added to Business Profiles on Search and Maps. Additionally, ad-supported publishers will soon be able to use the label in Display & Video 360’s Marketplace.

Facebook, Twitter and Google escape Indonesia ban by complying with imposed registration at last minute

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  • The Indonesian government imposed mandatory registration for both local and foreign tech companies for new licensing regulations that would allow authorities to remove content from their online platforms.
  • A company’s failure to secure a license by Wednesday would result in their operations in the country being deemed illegal.
  • Spotify, Netflix and TikTok were among the list of 5,900 domestic companies and 108 foreign companies that signed up as of Monday.
  • Meta platforms Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp completed their registration with the country's Ministry of Communications and Informatics on Tuesday.
  • Meanwhile, Twitter and Alphabet Inc.’s Googlewere among the latest companies to be included in the communications ministry’s list of compliant foreign providers.
  • The Indonesian government reportedly imposed the new rules ahead of the upcoming general election in 2024 in a bid to reduce the spread of misinformation and fake news.

Facebook, Twitter and Google have registered for Indonesia’s new licensing rules that empower local authorities to remove undesirable content shared on these platforms, as companies that failed to comply risked being blocked.

Meta platforms Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp completed their registration with the country’s Ministry of Communications and Informatics on Tuesday, beating the deadline imposed by the Indonesian government by a day.

Google Search analysis reveals Japan second most popular country to move to, China fourth

  • An analysis conducted by the Australian financial website Compare the Market found Japan to be the second most popular country to move to.
  • Results showed Canada as the most popular country while Spain was third and China was fourth.
  • The analysis used key search terms such as “house in” or “moving to” in conjunction with the names of 182 countries.

Japan was discovered to be the second most popular country to move to in a Google Search analysis. 

Using Google Ads Keyword Planner, Australian financial website Compare the Market analyzed key search terms such as “house in,” “Relocating to,” “moving to” and the names of 182 countries. Japan came in second as a popular relocation destination, while Canada came in first and Spain came in third. China was listed as the fourth most popular country to relocate to. 

Google pauses new feature that suggested ‘inclusive language’ replacements after heavy criticism

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  • Google has temporarily disabled the new AI-powered “inclusive language” feature that flagged potentially inappropriate language and suggested alternative terms.
  • The Google Docs feature suggested replacing words such as “mankind" with “humankind,” “housewife” with “stay-at-home-spouse” and “landlord” with “property owner.”
  • Using inappropriate or non-inclusive terms prompted a pop-up message saying, “Inclusive warning. Some of these words may not be inclusive to all readers. Consider using different words.”
  • However, when media outlet Vice tried the new feature on a transcribed interview of former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, Google Docs did not provide any suggestions despite his use of the N-word and numerous references to hunting Black people.
  • The “inclusive language” feature was no longer available on Google Docs as of noon on Tuesday.
  • “We’re looking more carefully at the inclusive language suggestions and have paused those for further review while we continue to improve this feature,” Google spokesperson Jenny Thomson said.

Google has paused the new “inclusive language” function it rolled out last month for its online word processor after facing heavy criticism online. 

The controversial feature flagged potentially inappropriate language and prompted Google Docs users to replace them with alternative terms.

Japanese crane gamers will soon be able to grab prizes in real claw machines through Android apps

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  • Rather than going to an actual claw machine, Android users in Japan will soon be able to play one remotely in real time through limited-time Google apps.
  • A support article released by Google states that the crane games will be available from July 11 of this year through July 11, 2023, and will be distributed on Google Play in Japan for Android users.
  • Through a live video feed of the crane machine, users can use the app to play in real time, as they attempt to win a prize that would then be delivered directly to their home.

Beginning July 11, Android users in Japan will be able to play claw machines remotely in real time through Google apps that will only be available for one year.

Google announced in a support article that the limited-time apps would be available during a pilot phase that will run from July 11 of this year to July 11, 2023. 

Google celebrates Michiyo Tsujimura and her breakthrough research on green tea with a Doodle

The new Google Doodle today celebrates the life of the late biochemist Michiyo Tsujimura, Japan’s first woman doctor of agriculture whose groundbreaking research of green tea explains its bitter taste. 

The illustration shows Tsujimura conducting research surrounded by a steaming cup of green tea and tea leaves. Today marks her 133rd birthday.