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Google rolls out air raid alerts on Android phones in Ukraine


The conflict in Ukraine continues Google rolled out an Android feature that it hopes will help people in the country stay safe The government of Ukraine has asked Google to post an air raid alert system file to phones, and has worked with the company to do so Google says the feature complements existing air strike alerts — it's based on Alerts the government is already providing to its residents, according to an engadged report .

Google says it has now suspended most of its commercial activities in Russia, and these include ads for all entities located in Russia, Google Cloud subscriptions, payments on most services, and YouTube monetization features for Russian viewers, and free services like YouTube , Gmail , and search are still available in Russia for now. .

Starting today, hotel owners in countries neighboring Ukraine can note in their business profile whether they offer discounts or free accommodation to refugees, and companies can share details in their business profile on search and maps about the services and assistance they provide to refugees from Ukraine.

Google is also allowing NGOs in Warsaw to use one of its affiliates to provide legal and psychological support to refugees, and has previously announced similar support for NGOs in Slovakia, Romania and Hungary, as well as a $10 million pledge for local organizations in Poland helping refugees.

Meanwhile, Google 's threat analysis group discovered activity from FancyBear and Ghostwriter , two hacking groups believed to have ties to Russia and Belarus, respectively, and the team shared details about these threats earlier this week to raise awareness among those in the security community. And those who may be at risk of cyber attacks.

Additionally, the company says it has complied with a European Union directive to remove state-funded Russian media sites from search results in the region, and is also removing more Russian media apps from Google Play .