Freshman Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) recently sent an open letter to Sundar Pichai, CEO, Google. In this letter, Hawley asked him to explain the firm’s work in China to the public. Due to this letter, Pichai had to witness a week full of meetings in DC that addressed comments made by the U.S. defense leaders in March 2019.
In the Senate Armed Services Committee meeting, which was held in March 2019, General Joseph Dunford stated that Google’s present work in China “is indirectly helping the Chinese military.” The comments distressed lawmakers. Last week, Pichai met Donald Trump, the U.S. President, and Dunford in what seemed to be an effort to ease the tension. Hawley asked the first question that prompted the debate, and after taking note of Google’s meeting, now, he is calling for the firm to openly address its approach in China.
On a similar note, Reliance Mutual Fund customers can now perform voice-based financial transactions, owing to a major partnership between Internet major Google and Reliance Nippon Life Asset Management (RNAM). For the foremost time in India, Reliance Mutual Fund for its customers is launching a conversational interface. This interface would assist customers to shop with the fund “just by listening and speaking to their smartphone or digital device via a series of voice commands,” RNAM proclaimed in a release. In the initial phase, the functionality is supposed to be introduced for the customers using Reliance Simply Save app. Then, it will be subsequently introduced in Google Assistant platform for all present and future investor, it added. According to the firm, out of all novel customers for the fund in a month, “digital contributes to 50–55% of the additional customers.” Sundeep Sikka, CEO, RNAM, said that the firm has enabled voice-led monetary transactions.