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Google Allo is now available for desktop… but who cares?



Google is at long last making good on its promise to bring its messaging app Allo to desktop – and the roll-out has already been set in motion.

Earlier today the search engine giant launched the web-based version of its Assistant-powered messenger, which you can now access straight from your browser using this link. To load the desktop version, users will have to open Allo on their phone and scan the QR code displayed on the web page.

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The web-based version so far works solely with Android devices, but Google promises it will soon be compatible with the iPhone too. The company further notes that the app works only on Chrome – which will likely vex non-Chrome users.

The Big G also warns that should you choose to “view Allo for web on your mobile browser, the app won’t work.”

It also clarified that certain Allo features will remain mobile-exclusive. The list so far includes:

  • Connecting, switching, or removing Google accounts
  • Adding or removing members from an existing group
  • Backing up your information
  • Notification and privacy settings
  • Some chat features, like taking a photo, deleting a conversation, blocking contacts, or starting a chat with someone who’s not in your contacts

While Google first announced that Allo would eventually land on desktop back in February, it ultimately abstained from setting a release date in stone.

But here is the thing now that it’s finally out: With so many Google-made messaging apps, including Hangouts, Voice, Duo and recently added YouTube chat, do people really care about Allo? I’m not so sure… all I know is that the only contact I have on Allo is Assistant.


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Shop owner’s takedown of Google leads to new consumer protection law in Colombia



A Colombian shop owner fought for his rights against Google. The small-scale furniture seller recently won a court battle with Google after failing to silence an anonymous blogger who spread false accusations, shattering his online reputation.

The man, who chose to remain unnamed, owns a furniture store in the city of Ibagué, Colombia and decided it was time to take action for protection (acción de tutela) against a blog that published negative comments regarding his small venture.

The blog was set up on Blogger, which belongs to Google Inc. The anonymous blogger posted false accusations, including claims that he was a thief and asked for advanced payments — only to then run off with the money and disappear.

The man said he waited two years for a response from the blog owner before taking it to court, claiming the increasingly bad rep affected his personal and work life — even though they were false. The court ruled in favor of the shop owner, and ordered Google to take down the website.

It even came with a long term positive outcome: the legal entity that handled the case ordered the Colombian Ministry of Technology and Communications to create a new law in order to protect internet users against any kind of defamatory, dishonorable, or injurious posts. The law must detail how the state will provide protection and advise on how to ensure these posts are removed from the internet.

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