Google Extends App Indexing to iOS

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Content from iOS applications will now be available in search results from Google, joining content from their Android counterparts, and that content can be opened directly via Google search.

Product manager Eli Wald posted in the Google Developers Blog that the feature will roll out with “an initial group of apps” Google has been working with, both in the Google app and for signed-in users in Chrome, “in the coming weeks.”

Wald also offered instructions for developers interested in getting their apps indexed:

While app indexing for iOS is launching with a small group of test partners initially, we’re working to make this technology available to more app developers as soon as possible. In the meantime, here are the steps to get a head start on app indexing for iOS:

Readers: What are your initial thoughts on Google’s app indexing for iOS?

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Google extends olive branch to European newspapers with €150 million fund

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Google is investing €150 million ($ 163 million) in a new fund to support newspaper publishers and other journalism organisations in Europe.

The move comes less than two weeks after the European Commission accused Google of abusing its dominant position in the market by distorting search results in favour of its Google Shopping service. The Commission also opened a separate antitrust investigation into its Android operating system

Major news organisations including the Financial Times, The Guardian, Les Échos, NRC Media, El Pais, La Stampa, Faz, and Die Zeit are taking part in the partnership, known as the Digital News Initiative, which will offer training and research as well as access to the innovation fund, according to multiple reports. Major media groups in Europe such as News Corp and Axel Springer are not currently involved in the partnership Read more…

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