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Building a safer Google Play for kids

Posted by Kanika Sachdeva, Product Manager, Google Play At Google Play, we’re committed to providing a positive, safe environment for children and families. Over the last few years, we’ve helped parents find family-friendly content through the Designed for Families program and empowered them to set digital ground rules for their […]

Supporting Google Play developers regarding local market withholding tax regulations

Posted by Gloria On, Program Manager, Google Play Many developers are increasingly focused on growing their businesses globally, and there were more than 94 billion apps downloaded from Google Play in the last year, reaching more than 190 countries. The regulatory environment is frequently changing in local markets, and in […]

Improving the update process with your feedback

Posted by Sameer Samat, VP of Product Management, Android & Google Play Thank you for all the feedback about updates we’ve been making to Android APIs and Play policies. We’ve heard your requests for improvement as well as some frustration. We want to explain how and why we’re making these […]

Keeping NAIP free & open

By: Charlie Loyd Late last year a leaked US Department of Agriculture slide deck revealed a worrying proposal: as soon as 2019, the data of the National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP) could move from open data to a licensed system. That would be a shortsighted move, and we strongly encourage USDA […]

Russian government condemns Twitter’s ad ban for Russia Today and Sputnik

 The Russian government officially slammed Twitter’s decision to ban Sputnik and Russia Today from its advertising products. The Director of the Information and Press Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Maria Zakharova has posted a statement on Twitter and Facebook. Zakharova goes one step further and attacks the U.S. government […]

Apple, Salesforce and PayPal join LGBT cause in Supreme Court wedding cake case

 A handful of tech companies have signed onto a friend of the court brief in the case of the Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same sex couple. TechCrunch has confirmed that so far the list includes Apple, Yelp, PayPal, Salesforce and Affirm. The brief […]

Twitter announces new ‘transparency center’ for ads

 Twitter is responding to political scrutiny over the role it may have played in spreading Russian misinformation, and to a bipartisan Congressional bill proposing new regulations for online ads, with some new initiatives of its own. So it’s launching an Advertising Transparency Center where users should be able to see […]