Google to stop scanning Gmail for creating targeted ads

By Laharee Chatterjee, Reuters

People visit Google's booth at the Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC) 2017 in Beijing, China April 28, 2017. REUTERS/Jason Lee

Alphabet Inc’s Google said on Friday it would stop scanning Gmail content for creating personalized ads from later this year, bringing the widely-used email service in line with its enterprise offering, G Suite.

The decision was outlined in a blog post by Google cloud computing chief Diane Greene, who joined the company in 2015 and has been responsible for the rapid growth of Google’s cloud business.

Google’s practice of analyzing incoming and outgoing emails of its free consumer Gmail users has been criticized on privacy concerns.

Google’s G Suite business bundle have been gaining more enterprise users in the past year, with more than 3 million companies paying for the G Suite service, the company said.

Gmail has more than 1.2 billion users worldwide

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Boom’s supersonic prototype prepares for 2018 test flight

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US armed services seek delay in taking in transgender recruits

By Reuters

US soldiers prepare to offload an M1 Abrams tank from a train at the Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base in Romania. (Reuters)
The Pentagon said on Friday it was reviewing recommendations from the U.S. military chiefs that included calls for more time to implement plans to allow new transgender recruits to join the U.S. armed forces.

Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said no decision on the matter had been made yet.

“Different services had different takes. So, some asked for time,” she said.

The Pentagon ended its ban on openly transgender people serving in the U.S. military in 2016 under the Obama administration. It was expected to also start allowing transgender individuals to begin enlisting this year, provided they had been “stable” in their preferred gender for 18 months.

News of a potential delay under President Donald Trump’s administration alarmed transgender advocates.

“There are thousands of transgender service members openly and proudly serving our nation today … what matters is the ability to get the job done — not their gender identity,” said Stephen Peters of the Human Rights Campaign.

Last year, then-Defense Secretary Ash Carter cited a study by the RAND Corporation saying there were about 2,500 transgender active-duty service members and 1,500 reserve transgender service members.

Rand’s figures were within a range, which at the upper end reached 7,000 active duty forces and 4,000 reserves.

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Bosch PH sustains double-digit growth; welcomes new leadership

By Jing Garcia, News5 | InterAksyon

MANILA, PHILIPPINES | Effective July 1, 2017, Bosch Philippines will be under a new leadership with the appointment of Richard Walker, who will replace Andrew Powell, who, on the other hand, will be assuming a new role as managing director of Bosch Indonesia, also in July.

Under Powell, Bosch Philippines saw double digit growth in the country closing its 2016 fiscal year with US$56 million in consolidated sales in the country. Compared to the previous year, the company achieved a growth of 13 percent.

The momentum, Bosch executives said, was driven by robust growth in the area of construction, automotive and manufacturing industries, and of course, the increased consumer spending power on the back of a steady economic growth.

“With double-digit business growth for the third consecutive year, the Philippines earns a bright spot in Southeast Asia as one of the best performing markets for Bosch,” said Powell, outgoing managing director of Bosch Philippines. “We continue to see many opportunities here.”

Employee headcount in the Philippines grew by 16 percent to 530 associates over the course of 2016, due to expansion of its geographical footprint, along with Bosch’s product and solutions portfolio.

Bosch Power Tools continued to be the company’s strongest contributor to sales in the Philippines, according to the Germany-based company. The division’s revenue was fueled by heavy demand for its Contractors’ Choice mid-price product range, as well as for cordless tools for both professional users and hobbyists.

The introduction of new tools for woodworking is scheduled for 2017, including the one-battery-fits-all concept for Cordless Tools range.

“In 2016, all Bosch business divisions present in the Philippines have developed strongly”, said Powell.

The Power Tools division also expanded its online retail presence in Lazada.

For the Automotive Aftermarket division, the group said that it has achieved a double-digit increase in sales as well, making 2016 its strongest year yet.

The division’s growth, according to Bosch, was attributed to its “parts, bytes, services” philosophy, offering automotive technology with services, based on its network of 85 Bosch Car Service, Bosch Diesel Service workshops, and the opening of Express Car Service workshops nationwide.

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