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Google may sell audiobook on Play Store

Google might soon sell audiobooks on its Play Store, media reported.

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Google has collaborated with getty images. Wikimedia Commons
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  • Google Play to introduce audiobooks
  • Audiobooks will be available on Google Play
  • It will compete with Amazon

In what could be a move to challenge Amazon’s domination in the market, Google might soon sell audiobooks on its Play Store, media reported.

News portal 9to5google reported late on Saturday that a banner appeared on Google Play for several users stating that audiobooks were now available on Google Play.

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This step of Google threatens Amazon's dominance over audiobooks. Wikimedia Commons
This step of Google threatens Amazon’s dominance over audiobooks. Wikimedia Commons

“At the time of publishing, that link doesn’t work and simply 404’s, but it seems to be appearing for all users both on the web and within the Google Play app on Android,” the report said.

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Although there is no concrete information regarding when the audiobooks would available on Google Play but it is speculated that the tech giant would soon push audiobooks live in the store. IANS

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Google expunges ‘view image’ button

Google will make copyright attribution and disclaimers more prominent in image search results

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Google last week signed a multi-year global licensing deal with Getty Images. Pixabay
Google last week signed a multi-year global licensing deal with Getty Images. Pixabay
  • After partnering with Getty images google no longer has it’s ‘view image’ button.
  • The button was extremely useful for users since when you’re searching for a picture, there’s a very good chance that you want to take it and use it for something
  • The Visit button remains, so users can see images in the context of the web pages they’re on.

San Francisco: In a move to curb the lifting of copyrighted images from its platform, Google has removed the “view image” button from its image search results. “Today we’re launching some changes on Google Images to help connect users and useful websites.

“This will include removing the View Image button. The Visit button remains, so users can see images in the context of the web pages they’re on,” Google Search Liaison tweeted on Friday. The change is seen as part of Google’s partnering with stock photo provider Getty Images.

Also read: Google may sell audio books on play store

Google last week signed a multi-year global licensing deal with Getty Images, allowing it to use Getty’s content within its various products and services. According to a report in The Verge, Google will make copyright attribution and disclaimers more prominent in image search results.

Google has collaborated with getty images. Wikimedia Commons
Google has collaborated with Getty Images. Wikimedia Commons

Now, users have to wait for a website to load and then scroll through it to find the image. “The change is essentially meant to frustrate users. Google has long been under fire from photographers and publishers who felt that image search allowed people to steal their pictures, and the removal of the view image button is one of many changes being made in response,” the report said.

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Websites sometimes disable the ability to right-click, too, which would make it even harder for someone to grab a photo they’re looking for. “Fortunately, there’s still at least one way around it: if you right click, you can select “open image in new tab” or “view image” (or whatever your browser’s equivalent option is), and you’ll still open up the full-size picture,” the report added.

In addition to removing the ‘view image’ button, Google has also removed the ‘search by image’ button that appeared when people opened up an image.

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Google to display Getty Images content in its products

The partnership comes in the sequence of a law complaint filed by Getty against Google back in April 2016

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