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SpaceX and Google Cloud join hands for Starlink internet connectivity
by Subir Kathuria
Google and SpaceX today announced that they have entered into a partnership that will allow Starlink to install terminals at Google’s cloud data centers around the world starting with the first one at New Albany, Ohio in a deal that could last seven years, according to people familiar with the matter.
Google said that the combined benefits of the partnership, which include secure data delivery to remote areas of the world, will be available to customers by the end of 2021. The Starlink satellite internet will rely on Google’s private fiber-optic network to quickly make connections to cloud services and deliver applications and data to customers.
This type of deal is a win-win for Google who is locked in a fierce battle with both Amazon and Microsoft in the cloud computing market. While Google’s cloud business grew 46%, Amazon's Web Services posted 32% revenue growth in the first quarter and Microsoft Azure which is under the “Intelligent Cloud” business grew by 23%. “Applications and services running in the cloud can be transformative for organizations, whether they’re operating in a highly networked or remote environment,” Urs Hölzle, senior vice president of infrastructure at Google Cloud, said in the press release.
As for SpaceX, it is in a race with Amazon's budding Kuiper Project which aims to launch more than 3,000 satellites in roughly the same orbit as Starlink to also provide global broadband internet.
Commenting on the partnership, SpaceX President and Chief Operating Officer Gwynne Shotwell said:
SpaceX has more than 1,500 satellites currently in orbit. A Starlink beta program started last year has at least 500,000 deposits of $99 placed by potential customers of the service across the US, Canada, and a few European countries.
Source: Google via The Verge & CNBC | Image credit: Cobrt-Archive
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YouTube launches $100 million fund to pay Shorts creators until 2022
by Jay Bonggolto
YouTube's monetization opportunity has helped content creators earn more than $30 billion over the past three years. Now, the video sharing service is extending that opportunity to those who create engaging content on Shorts.
Shorts is, of course, YouTube's TikTok rival and it's getting a huge financial support to help boost the creation of original content on the short-form video platform. YouTube announced today a $100 million fund to reward Shorts creators who produce viral content over the period of 2021 and 2022. To scout for creators who are eligible to receive funding, YouTube will reach out to thousands of creators every month if their videos surpass certain engagement milestones.
The fund is also open to everyone, including those who are not members of the YouTube Partner Program. However, YouTube didn't reveal how it would pick creators to qualify for the program or what specific milestones they need to achieve to receive funding. The service only vowed to share more details over the coming months when the fund's release inches closer.
TikTok unveiled a similar effort last year, promising to dole out $200 million to creators who meet its requirements including having at least 100,000 authentic views in the last 30 days. That fund was also expected to grow to more than $1 billion in the U.S. in the next three years, making it a tough contender for YouTube's new program.
In addition to the new fund, YouTube also announced new Shorts features it's been working on, such as the ability to automatically add captions to Shorts, record up to 60 seconds with the Shorts camera, correct the color of videos, and insert clips from your phone’s gallery to your videos. YouTube will also begin to test ads for Shorts and roll out the new “remix audio” feature to creators after its preview earlier this year.
Remittance payments arrive on Google Pay in the U.S.
by Paul Hill
Google has announced that Google Pay users in the United States can now send remittance payments to users in India and Singapore. By the end of the year, it expects that the number of recipient countries and territories will rise to 280. The feature is enabled through integrations with Western Union and Wise (formerly TransferWise).
To send money on Google Pay, you’ll need to search for a Google Pay user that you want to send money to and then tap the Pay button. After pressing this, you’ll be able to choose whether you want to make the payment through Western Union or Wise. Between now and June 16, Western Union will waive transfer fees for remittance payments made on Google Pay and Wise will make users’ first transfer free as long as the payment is under $500.
Discussing the product offering, Viola Gauci, Product Manager, Google Pay, said:
According to Google, almost $700 billion is sent abroad to friends and family to help pay for essentials and cover other expenditures. Citing MasterCard, Google said that 73% of people regularly send money abroad. Due to the pandemic, 38% of respondents said they had greater involvement in international payments.
For the time being, Western Union and Wise will control the fees it levies on users, however, with Google’s involvement, it will be interesting to see whether there's a way to further lower fees. One of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal targets is to reduce remittance fees to less than 3% of the amount being sent by 2030. While remittance services like Wise do offer better prices than some banks, they still haven’t reached the aforementioned target.
Google Chrome 90.0.4430.212 (offline installer)
by Razvan Serea
The web browser is arguably the most important piece of software on your computer. You spend much of your time online inside a browser: when you search, chat, email, shop, bank, read the news, and watch videos online, you often do all this using a browser.
Google Chrome is a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier. Use one box for everything--type in the address bar and get suggestions for both search and Web pages. Thumbnails of your top sites let you access your favorite pages instantly with lightning speed from any new tab. Desktop shortcuts allow you to launch your favorite Web apps straight from your desktop. Chrome has many useful features built in, including automatic full-page translation and access to thousands of apps, extensions, and themes from the Chrome Web Store.
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