Google kept itself busy last week by declaring that it will back some users of YouTube in copyright disputes, boosting its speech recognition technology, and overhauling Google+.
But in less positive news, Google was forced to counter a Russian antitrust ruling concerning Android.
Google prepared to back YouTube users in some copyright cases
Google announced that it will support some people who upload videos featuring copyrighted content under fair use rules if they come under fire from copyright owners.
"We are offering legal support to a handful of videos that we believe represent clear fair uses which have been subject to Digital Millennium Copyright Act takedowns," said Google copyright legal director Fred von Lohmann.
Google boosts its speech recognition tech
The INQUIRER reported that Google has improved the speech recognition capabilities in the Google App on Android, commonly known as Google Now.
"Now we're 'growing up' just a little more. The Google App is starting to truly understand the meaning of what you're asking. We can now break down a query to understand the semantics of each piece, so we can get at the intent behind the entire question," said Satyajeet Salgar, product manager for the Google App.
Google overhauls Google+ social network
Google launched an overhauled version of its social network service Google+, which has received an interface rework to make it simpler to use and more mobile friendly.
The most notable change is putting the Communities and Collections parts of the app to the front and centre of the app so that users can quickly access the features they use the most.
Google clashes with Russia over Android antitrust ruling
The BBC reported that Google is challenging Russian authorities over claims that the search firm broke competition laws by installing some Android apps on smartphones in the country.
Russia's anti-monopoly service ruled that Google had abused its position in the mobile market by forcing manufacturers of Android smartphones to install some apps on their devices. Google denied this and argued that Android is an open system and that the company does not compel any firms to install its apps.
Google plans better anti-spam security for Gmail
Google revealed ambitions to add a feature into Gmail that rejects any email that does not have the DMARC security specification.
Gmail users will get a warning every time they receive an email from an unencrypted server in a bid to stop the spread of spam.
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