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8 Chrome extensions that supercharge Google Drive
Google Drive, Docs, Sheets and Slides can be powerful business tools. These extensions for the Chrome browser help you work smarter with Google Drive and its companion apps so you can get more done.
January 5, 2018
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Google announces Google One, an upgrade to the Google Drive paid cloud storage service
Google is revamping its cloud storage service, Drive. The company today announced Google One, an upgrade to its Google Drive paid plans for consumers, providing extended storage for lower costs.
May 14, 2018
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Google Backup and Sync is now available and will change the way you backup your files
Slightly behind schedule than the original launch date, June 28, Google has today finally released Backup and Sync for PC and Mac. The new app from Google is designed to streamline the way users backup their files and photos online.
July 12, 2017
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Google Backup and Sync review: Works best for those already tied into Google's ecosystem
Google's new Backup and Sync (15GB free; larger storage options available for a fee) software tries to leverage Google's existing Google Drive and Google Photos products by adding a file-backup option. It has a lot of limitations, but two key advantages. First, it's simple. Second, it works with Google's free storage tier and all its paid tiers for Google Drive, which is reasonably affordable.
July 25, 2017
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Google Drive can now back up your entire computer
The Backup and Sync app can store all the files on your PC.
July 12, 2017
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Google Drive is Now a Piracy Paradise
All of us here at Geek.com absolutely obey every internet law there is. But not everyone online can be the paragons of cyber virtue we are. Piracy is huge on the web, in case you didn't know. You're never more than a few mouse clicks away from stealing all the free movies, TV shows, video games, music, pornography, and anything else you want. And these days the best place for pirates to look isn't some shady back alley but our old friend Google Drive.
September 5, 2017
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Google Drive will soon back up your entire computer
Google is turning Drive into a much more robust backup tool. Soon, instead of files having to live inside of the Drive folder, Google will be able to monitor and backup files inside of any folder you point it to. That can include your desktop, your entire documents folder, or other more specific locations.
June 14, 2017
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Google Drive: Everything you need to know!
Google Drive is a cloud-based storage service that is cross-platform and great for syncing and sharing files across devices.
June 28, 2017
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Google introduces Backup and Sync for Photos and Drive
Google Photos is a very efficient tool for storing and sharing your images online, and can be conveniently used via dedicated mobile apps for iOS and Android. Now, using the service has become easier for desktop computer users as well.
July 13, 2017
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Google introduces new desktop app to back up all your photos
Never lose a photo again with this new desktop app from Google.
July 12, 2017
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Google Is Replacing Drive Storage With More Generous 'Google One' Plans
Google last updated its storage plans in 2014 in response to price drops from rival Dropbox, and now it's making the prices even more competitive. It's adding a new tier and dropping prices as part of its "Google One" rollout.
May 14, 2018
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Google just made its cloud storage more affordable (and confusing)
Google just slashed the prices off of Drive's paid cloud storage plans. In the process, it also introduced a new storage product that just makes the whole shindig more confusing. Say hello to Google One.
May 14, 2018
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Google launches a new Backup & Sync desktop app for uploading files and photos to the cloud
As promised last month, Google has today launched its new "Backup and Sync from Google" tool, which aims to help users more easily back up the files and photos on their computer. The utility is meant to replace the older Google Photos desktop app, as well as the Google Drive client applications for both Mac and PC.
July 12, 2017
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Google One cloud storage gives you 100GB for $2 per month
Now, the phrase "Google Drive" will only mean one thing.
May 14, 2018
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Google One is the value-driven online storage locker I want iCloud to be
It's not just about gigabytes.
May 15, 2018
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Google's new "Backup and Sync" app lets you back up your desktop to Drive
New app merges Drive and Photos, gains the ability to back up arbitrary folders.
July 13, 2017
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Greatly enhanced Google Backup and Sync to (mostly) replace Drive
Google is to launch a new tool: Backup and Sync. Aimed primarily at consumers, the tool is designed to backup files and photos, and make them accessible from any device.
June 14, 2017
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How to use Google Drive for collaboration
Sharing files in Google Docs, Sheets and Slides is an easy and effective way to collaborate with others. Here's how to do it.
October 30, 2017
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How To: Quickly Check Your OneDrive Storage Space Usage in Windows 10
Earlier this week, Microsoft took the first step in returning the very popular placeholders feature back to OneDrive in Windows 10 with the OneDrive Files On-Demand feature.
June 14, 2017
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Introducing Google One: Alphabet's New Cloud Storage Solution
Google Drive allows up to 15GB of free storage per Google account, after which you'll have to cough up $20 a year for 100GB to your Google Account. There wasn't anything wrong with Google Drive, and for reasons best known to them, the company announced the release of their latest could storage platform: Google One.
May 14, 2018
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The new Google One storage subscription wants to pamper paid users with services and deals
The price is right, but how much will consumers care about support and free stuff? (It probably depends on what the free stuff is.)
May 14, 2018
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Google Earth

New Google Earth Voyager feature available on iOS
Voyager is an interactive story feature in Google Earth that can teach you more about popular destinations.
August 2, 2017
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The latest Google Earth update finally makes its way to iOS, 64-bit support included
Stretch your memory all the way back to April, and you might remember Google launching a brand-new version of its Google Earth app (and website) for everyone to enjoy. But, as is usual, there was a small catch: the app was only available on Android, with an iOS version to be released "in the near future." And while we wouldn't call a four month time span exactly that, the app has nevertheless just arrived for both iPhone and iPad users.
August 3, 2017
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Google Glasses

BlackBerry's UEM now provides secure monitoring of smartglasses for the enterprise
The smartglasses category appears to be an enterprise-only affair for now. While analysts like Gene Munster and others call for the product to eventually be bigger than the iPhone, the failed attempt by Google to get its Google Glass into the consumer space was a sign that people are just not ready for such a device. However, in the business world, smartglasses free up workers' hands while they receive information directly to their eyes. This increases corporate productivity.
August 16, 2017
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Glass Enterprise Edition is super expensive
One of the main reasons why Google Glass failed to take off was because of its crazy price tag. It was hard to get consumers to embrace a new type of gadget when it cost $1,500 and offered questionable benefits.
August 8, 2017
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Google Glass 2.0 is a startling second act
Yes, that's Google Glass on her frames. But she's not using it to check her Facebook, dictate messages, or capture a no-hands video while riding a roller coaster. Erickson is a 30-year-old factory worker in rural Jackson, Minnesota. For her, Glass is not a hip way to hang apps in front of her eyeballs, but a tool--as much a tool as her power wrenches.
July 18, 2017
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Google Glass gets its first update since 2014
Google ended sales of its Glass Explorer Edition wearable device in January 2015, and since then, little more has been heard about it. Shortly after that happened, Alphabet executive chairman Eric Schmidt slammed the media for 'inaccurately' reporting the demise of Glass, and said that it was simply being "made ready for users". Whether that process is ongoing remains unclear.
June 21, 2017
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Google Glass is apparently back from the dead, starts getting software updates
Google's aging face computer gets a firmware and companion app update.
June 21, 2017
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Google Glass is apparently still around -- and just got its first update in nearly three years
Dust off your Google Glasses, those who still have them -- the $1,500 face computer is back in the spotlight today with a few updates.
June 21, 2017
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Google Glass is back, and it's headed to the enterprise
Alphabet has been working on Glass Enterprise Edition for over two years.
July 18, 2017
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Google Glass is back, with more power and battery life, as the 'Glass Enterprise Edition'
Last month, Google rolled out a software update for its Glass headset - the first update for the device in more than two and a half years. Google ended sales of its Glass Explorer Edition headset in January 2015, but Alphabet executive chairman Eric Schmidt denied that the device had been killed off, and said that it was simply being "made ready for users".
July 18, 2017
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Google Glass returns: This time, it's professional
Glass 2.0 goes to work, and suddenly it looks normal. Maybe enterprise is where it should have been all along.
July 18, 2017
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Google Lens will gain shopping features, AR component in the works
There are some exciting features planned for Google Lens.
December 13, 2017
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Is Google Glass really ready for the enterprise?
Google Glass Enterprise Edition is now available to more businesses through its network of development partners, but does it really work as a collaboration and productivity tool?
August 1, 2017
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It's way too late to bring back Google Glass
The next step for Google feels like it should be obvious, but for some reason it's not going to happen.
August 29, 2017
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Move over HoloLens, enterprising new Glassholes are on the scene
Google Glass is back, but this time the users should be safely contained in manufacturing facilities and corporate buildings. The initial launch lead to what many felt was a breach of public etiquette as there were many people who did not like the idea of being recorded with the AR glasses.
July 18, 2017
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Now your boss can tear you a new Glasshole: Google's techno-specs reborn as biz gear
Those that can, do. Those that can't, return in enterprise form
July 18, 2017
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The Race For AR Glasses Starts Now
Though the Next Big Thing won't appear for a while, we know pretty much what it will look like: a lightweight, always-on wearable that obliterates the divide between the stuff we see on screens and the stuff we see when we look up from our screens.
December 13, 2017
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Why Google Glass Failed, and What to Expect Next
When Google Glass started shipping to early adopters in 2013, it spawned countless think pieces about how this was either the next step in human evolution or the downfall of society. As it turns out, it was neither.
May 22, 2018
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Google I/O

All the cool new stuff from Google's 2018 I/O developers conference
Android P and all the other good stuff from Google's annual coder gathering.
May 8, 2018
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Google I/O 2017 report card: Successes, failures and no-shows
Has Google made good on the promises from last year?
May 1, 2018
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Google I/O 2017: Sticking with Shoreline is a smart move
I'm heartened that Google hasn't given up on what was a good idea, imperfectly executed.
January 25, 2017
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Google I/O 2018 Marks a New Era for IoT Devices
With Google I/O behind us, let's see how Google is pushing forward in the realms of IoT and AI, and how devices and virtual assistants will evolve.
May 17, 2018
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Google I/O 2018 preview: All of the big announcements you can expect
Here's what you can expect to see at Google's annual developer conference.
May 3, 2018
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Google I/O 2018 session listing hints at "new media experiences" coming to Android Auto
Google I/O, Google's annual developer conference is set to take place starting May 8 through May 10, 2018. As with every show, a lot is expected to be revealed at I/O this year, including possibly the official name for Android P.
May 1, 2018
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Google I/O 2018: 5 things we're likely to see (and 5 things we really want)
Homes, Pixels, and Android oh my!
May 7, 2018
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Google I/O 2018: Android Dashboard will show how you use your digital time
Google has announced that it is launching Android Dashboard. The new feature is aimed at showing people how they use their time when on their phones and tablets. The new app shows features such as how long you spend on apps, the number of times you unlock your phone on a given day, and the number of notifications you got.
May 8, 2018
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Google I/O 2018: Google Assistant to Get Six New Voices, Including John Legend
As expected, Google bought a treasure trove of features to the Google Assistant at Google I/O 2018. The virtual assistant has come a long way from a Pixel only feature to one of the world's most used assistant. Google states that the Assistant will be available in over 80 countries with 30 new languages in the next few months.
May 8, 2018
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Google I/O 2018: Here are the new machine learning features in Android P
Speaking on stage, Android VP of Engineering Dave Burke, said that the upcoming version is the first step towards making artificial intelligence the core of the operating system; he went on to say that the main themes for the release were intelligence, simplicity, and digital wellbeing.
May 8, 2018
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Google I/O 2018: What to expect, how to watch, and (maybe) the story behind 'P'
Google is set to kick off the 2018 edition of its I/O developer conference tomorrow, May 8, at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. We're attending the event to get a closer look at what the company has in store. Here's a quick run-down of what we're hoping to see there.
May 7, 2018
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Google Maps - Everything you need to know!
Do you prefer Google Maps to Apple Maps? Here's everything you need to know about Google's mapping service!
May 8, 2018
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Some New Google Lens Features Announced Today at Google I/O
Much like the Google Assistant, Google Lens was released as a Pixel exclusive and later made its way to other compatible devices. As of today, it'll be rolled out to the camera app of several devices from manufacturers such as LG, Motorola, Xiaomi, Sony Mobile, HMD/Nokia, Transsion, TCL, OnePlus, BQ, Asus, and more.
May 8, 2018
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Internet solves Google I/O invite. Answer: May 17-19
The search giant's big software confab is returning to the Shoreline Amphitheater, right in Google's backyard.
January 24, 2017
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This year's Google I/O is happening May 17th--19th
This year's Google I/O will take place from May 17th through the 19th at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California, Google revealed today through an elaborate puzzle. the company tweeted a cryptic link, as first spotted by 9to5 Google, on its developer Twitter account.
January 24, 2017
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What to expect from Google I/O 2018?
Oh, boy, what a great tech year 2018 is shaping up to be. Despite the fact that only a third of the year has passed, big companies have already given us so much to be happy about.
April 05, 2018
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Google Music

Bluetooth bug that crashes Google Play Music now repaired after quick update
A recent update to Google Play Music (version 7.9.4920) brought along some unwelcome features with it. The update included a Bluetooth related bug, that in many cases, caused the app to crash as soon as it was opened. The update was sent to add support for the notification channels that will be available with Android O, and to change the look of the search history view on the streaming music service.
June 28, 2017
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Google Confirms That Google Play Music Subscribers Will Get Access to YouTube Premium and YouTube Music Premium for No Extra Cost
Yesterday, Google announced the release of a new and improved YouTube Music and YouTube Music Premium in the coming weeks. YouTube Music is expected to replace Google Play Music completely, while YouTube Music Premium is advertised as a replacement for YouTube Red. Confused? So are we. In an attempt to clear the air, Google Play Music had this to say in yesterday's Tweet:
May 18, 2018
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Google offers four months of free Play Music and YouTube Red subscriptions to new users
Google is trying to lure more fans into its subscription-based services, Play Music and YouTube Red, by offering them for free for a longer period. In case you didn't know, Google Play Music is available for free for two months, but after that, you'll have to pay a $9.99 monthly subscription.
June 30, 2017
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Google Play Music and YouTube Red may merge into the single streaming service we all want
A comment by YouTube global music chief Lyor Cohen has all but confirmed that Google is working toward creating a single streaming offering.
July 27, 2017
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Google Play Music and YouTube Red to be merged into a new streaming service
Google has just confirmed that two of its most popular streaming services will be merged to provide a single, more advanced experience. While this isn't the first time that we hear about a possible merger between Google Play Music and YouTube Red, it's the first time that an official confirmed the information.
July 27, 2017
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Google Play Music and YouTube Red to merge into a new streaming service
YouTube's head of music, Lyor Cohen, has confirmed that Google Play Music and YouTube Red are going to merge. Speaking in New York at the New Music Seminar conference, Cohen said that a new streaming service would be created.
July 27, 2017
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Google Play Music: Everything you need to know!
There is more music than you can imagine right at your fingertips.
January 11, 2018
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Google to merge Play Music and YouTube Red
During the New Music Seminar conference held this week in New York, Lyor Cohen, YouTube's head of music, confirmed that it would be merging its offerings with those of Google Play Music in an effort to "help educate consumers" while also growing the platforms in an attempt to bring in new subscribers.
July 27, 2017
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How to get started with Google Play Music
There is more music at your fingertips than there are stars in the sky.
January 1, 2018
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How to get the most out of Google Play Music
Nine ways to upgrade your listening experience.
July 7, 2017
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Your guide to YouTube Premium, Google One, and all the other stuff Google just renamed
If you rely heavily on Google apps, things might look a little confusing lately.
May 17, 2018
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YouTube Music kicks YouTube Red to the curb
YouTube Red is becoming YouTube Premium for $2 more a month, and Google Play Music will eventually disappear.
May 17, 2018
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Google Photo

Gmail, Google Photos Getting Big AI Improvements
Google's annual I/O developer conference today (May 8), the company outlined how artificial intelligence will continue to drive innovation, including some new features coming to Google products you may already be using.
May 14, 2018
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Google Photos 3.0 is now rolling out on Android, iOS and the web
Earlier this week Google released a minor update for the Photos app and removed the restriction on backing up photos only while charging. Now a major update for the company's photo management app for Android, iOS and the web is rolling out with sharing features.
June 30, 2017
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Google Photos 3.0 is out now, with automatic sharing features
Google Photos gets automatic sharing powered by facial recognition.
June 29, 2017
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Google Photos adds likes and favorites with hearts and stars
Twitter swapped out its Favorite star icon for an appreciation-focused heart icon instead, but Google Photos is embracing both icons with an update rolling out now.
May 21, 2018
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Google Photos adds new AI-powered themed video options
The Google Photos app has been capable of automatically generating themed videos using image recognition and artificial intelligence for a while now. The feature was originally introduced in 2016 and automatically creates videos from your images for special occasions, such as Mother's Day, or by selecting a specific type of photo in your collection--for example selfies.
February 8, 2018
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Google Photos adds smarter sharing, suggestions and shared libraries
Google today will begin rolling out new sharing functionality in Google Photos, first unveiled at the company's I/O developer conference in May. Specifically, it's launching the AI-powered Suggested Sharing feature along with Shared Libraries, both of which are designed to make the Google Photos app a more social experience, rather than just a personal collection of photo memories.
June 28, 2017
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Google Photos can now integrate with your WordPress.com blog
Back at the beginning of March, WordPress.com stepped up its integration with Google Docs via the release of a plugin, which allowed users to post or save drafts to their blogs directly from within Google Docs. Later that same month, handling of media also received a bit of an upgrade. The latest addition to the platform concerns both media handling and a Google product.
September 26, 2017
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Google Photos can now recognize your pets
Today, Google announced a feature for its Photos service that pet owners are sure to love. It will now recognize your images of dogs and cats, and you'll be able to find them right alongside your photos of people.
October 16, 2017
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Google Photos For iOS Adds Google Lens Support With Visual Search
Last year, Google announced Google Lens for iOS at the I/O conference. Now, it's finally going live for all iOS users according to a post shared on the Google Photos Twitter page. The company further states that the feature will be rolling out to all Google Photos users in the coming weeks.
March 16, 2018
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Google Photos gets more pet-friendly
If you're a pet owner who uses Google Photos, you've probably typed in "dog" or "cat" before in order to surface photos of your furry pal -- like anytime someone asks you about your pet, for example, which clearly means they would like to see a picture of Mr. Fluffypants.
October 16, 2017
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Google Photos getting even better for pet lovers
Google Photos is easily one of the best services that the search giant provides. Its big main feature is the fact that it allows you to store an infinite amount of high-quality photos with seemingly no loss to their imagery. But it also has a lot of tools to help you find the pictures you are looking for, share them, and make them into cool clips or collages.
July 11, 2017
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Google Photos is being updated with Favorite and Like buttons
Google Photos is a constantly evolving beast, and this week, it's being updated with a new feature that'll allow you to favorite photos you take.
May 21, 2018
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Google Photos now has a Favorites feature
And you can heart photos like Instagram
May 21, 2018
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Google Photos now lets you show love with 'hearts' and 'favorites'
Tapping the star icon will add a photo to a "Favorites" album.
May 22, 2018
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Google Photos now recognizes your pets
Breaking mews from Google
October 16, 2017
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Google Photos now recognizes your pets as people, like it should
This is a good update, Brent.
October 16, 2017
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Google Photos removes backup while charging option
As a tool to backup your photos and videos to the cloud, Google Photos should give you a fair degree of control over how and when you want the backups to be performed. However, a new update to the popular app on Android manages to do quite the opposite, removing a very useful feature -- which is sure to frustrate some users.
June 23, 2017
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Google Photos removes the ability to perform backups only when charging
Last month, at its I/O 2017 developer conference, Google announced new features that would be coming to Android O, and also that Google Lens would eventually make its way into Google Photos. While Android O still remains in beta for supported handsets, and the Lens feature is still on the way, the firm has now quietly removed a very useful option from its Photos app for both Android and iOS.
June 23, 2017
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Google Photos starts getting Shared Libraries, Suggested Sharing features on Android and iOS
New Google Photos features like suggested sharing and shared libraries were announced by the search giant at Google I/O, but they haven't been added to the app yet.
June 28, 2017
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Google Photos: 5 awesome features you should be using
Simple photo back-ups are only the beginning. It's time to unlock all the machine-learning power that Google Photos has within.
July 12, 2017
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Google Photos' improved (and potentially creepy) sharing features are here
Google Photos just made sharing much easier and potentially more intrusive.
June 28, 2017
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Google's AVA data set raises the bar for identifying human actions in videos
Today Google announced a new labeled data set of human actions taking place in videos. That may sound obscure, but it's a big deal for anyone working to solve problems in computer vision.
October 19, 2017
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How to export a GIF from a Motion Photo in Google Photos
Google Photos has a built-in GIF maker. Here's how to use it!
May 18, 2018
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How to share your photo library in Google Photos
Google Photos has a major new feature, and it makes it easier to share your whole library with someone you trust.
July 3, 2017
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Massive Google Photos update incoming: a look at all the new features
At I/O 2018, Google announced a big update coming to Google Photos, courtesy of AI. No surprises here, the company has been implementing machine learning left and right in its products. In the coming months, Google Photos will be updated with "Suggested Actions."
May 8, 2018
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New Google Photos update allows you to share videos faster, here's how it works
Google Photos has received a neat new functionality. Version 3.6 of the app now enables faster video sharing for users living in areas with poor network coverage.
October 2, 2017
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Tech tricks to help you organize your digital photo library
Get more out of Google Photos and Apple Photos.
January 5, 2018
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Yes, Google Photos can tell your pets apart
Thanks to advanced machine learning, Google knows the difference between your calico cat, your orange tabby and your Chihuahua.
October 16, 2017
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Google Play

A single Google Play Music bug is keeping me from recommending it to friends in India
After holding off for years, I finally bit the bullet and started using streaming music services this year: I started with Apple Music when it launched in India, and then moved on to Google Play Music, because I'm fairly deeply invested in Mountain View's suite of apps.
October 24, 2017
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Audiobooks now available on Google Play without a monthly subscription
You can start listening to a new title for under $10.
January 23, 2018
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Amazon Prime Video is finally available in the Google Play Store
If you've ever used the Amazon Prime Video app on a Google Play Android device in the US, you've probably had to do some work to get it installed. Your options were pretty much to either side-load the app directly, or side-load the Amazon Appstore and install it through there. Either way, at some point you had to turn on the option to allow apps from unknown sources, and frankly, that's not safe.
August 30, 2017
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Google continues Play Store clean up, bans all "Fake ID" apps and their children
After removing over 700,000 apps that were in conflict with its Play Store policy, Google seems to be chasing down more of those pesky intruders. This time the company is going after all "Fake ID" apps, which means insurance or drivers license number generators and any other apps that generate fake information.
April 10, 2018
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Google details how it is enhancing the user experience in the Play Store
Google frequently updates its Play Store with user-friendly content and promotions. Most recently, a $1 credit was offered to select users. In June, the summer sale brought with it plenty of discounts and, in March, the "Free App Of The Week" section was reintroduced. Today, the company has reiterated the importance of such updates and how these enhancements have been specifically targeted towards improving app quality over the past few months.
August 3, 2017
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Google don't Play that; apps will now need to notify users about data harvesting
Google has responded to the news stories posted last week at various news sites about the secretive data collection many apps on Google Play indulge in.
December 5, 2017
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Google drops poker face, allows gambling apps on Play Store
Ban lifted in UK, France and Ireland as an 'experiment'
August 4, 2017
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Google is giving app developers a heads up about several new changes to the Google Play Store
Google announced today that it is giving Android app developers a heads up about three changes that the search giant is making to the Google Play Store. The goal is to keep Android users happy and excited about the process of discovering useful and fun apps, and installing them on their phones. Some of these changes will improve both the speed and security of Android apps.
December 19, 2017
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Google One App Live on the Play Store, Service to Follow Soon
A few days ago, Google announced the release of a new storage solution Google One, which is priced cheaper than Google Drive. It doesn't affect Google Drive functionality in any way and is merely additional storage space for those who need it.
May 25, 2018
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Google Play adds Android Instant Apps via a 'Try it Now' button, among other changes
Google today is announcing a number of changes to its Google Play app store, the most notable being a new way to try apps immediately without having to first install them on your mobile device. The new feature takes advantage of "Android Instant Apps" technology -- Google's attempt at bridging the mobile web world with that of native applications.
October 19, 2017
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Google Play adds new audiobook features to better compete with Audible
Smart rewind, bookmarks, routines, and narration speed
March 29, 2018
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Google Play audiobooks get Bookmarks, Smart Resume, and more
Audiobooks have been available to download and listen to on Google Play for just about two months, and now Google's aiming to make your listening experience even better with a few new tricks.
March 29, 2018
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Google Play audiobooks get Smart Resume, bookmarks and Assistant routines support
Google Play Audiobooks is getting a major update today that adds a number of new features to the service that were sorely missing when it launched earlier this year. None of these are groundbreaking, but they'll help Google reach feature parity with some of its competitors while injecting a bit of its proprietary smarts into the process, too.
March 29, 2018
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Google Play Books gets a slew of audiobook features
After the recent introduction of audiobooks to Google Play, Google is now expanding the available features to improve user experience and better match offerings from Audiable and iBooks. The update is out for the Android, iOS, and Google Assistant-enabled devices.
March 30, 2018
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Google Play fails to catch trojan-injected apps (again)
Getting your Android apps through Google Play is considered safe, but there are times when even the search giant's store is dangerous. Case in point, Kaspersky uncovered two more trojan-infected apps that weren't removed until they had over 60,000 installs.
June 21, 2017
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Google Play Instant for mobile games: Try before you buy
With the Game Developers Conference opening today in San Francisco, Google is focusing its Google Play Instant feature on mobile gaming apps, allowing a device owner to try out a game before actually installing it on his/her phone.
March 19, 2018
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Google Play Instant Lets You Preview Games Before Installing Them
For many people, their smartphone is the primary gaming platform. With younger people getting easier access to smartphones, it is only natural that the number of people using them exclusively to play games will increase.
March 19, 2018
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Google Play Instant lets you stream Android apps and games to try them out
With so many apps and games to choose from in Google Play, it's very easy to be tempted to try all of them out. Well... maybe not all of them, but it's easy to get carried away. This can mean waiting an age for a particular title to download, only for you to try it and discover you don't like it.
March 19, 2018
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Google Play Movies & TV gets streaming service integration and watchlist
There's also a tool to help you find something new to watch.
March 27, 2018
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Google Play Movies & TV now lets you search for shows across a range of streaming apps
There are so many streaming apps and services to choose from, it can be hard to know where to look when you want to watch something. With its latest update to Google Play Movies & TV, Google may just have come up with the answer for Android users.
March 27, 2018
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Google Play Music and YouTube Red are the best deal in streaming right now
You get a lot of video and music subscriptions vying for your money.
September 1, 2017
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Google Play Protect branding to be added to certified Android devices
Google Play Protect is the company's latest attempt to prevent Android users from being tricked into installing malware or insecure apps. As an extension of this, Google is introducing a branding program that will see the Google Play Protect logo added to certified Android devices.
August 30, 2017
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Google Play Store makes 10 times less revenue per device than the App Store
The App Store made $0.34 more revenue per download in Q1 2018.
May 29, 2018
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Google Play Store now lets you try out apps before downloading
You can now try out select Android apps without downloading them first.
October 19, 2017
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Google Play Store search results now treasure quality above all else
Google announced earlier today it had made some changes to its search algorithms in the Play Store, which are meant to provide Android users with better results when they're looking for an app or game.
August 4, 2017
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Google Play Store starts rolling out new design... violates its own Material Design guidelines
Google has started rolling out a new design for the Play Store... and it goes right against one of the fundamental principles of Material Design.
October 19, 2017
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Google Play wants to read books to you
The search giant is launching an audiobooks service to challenge Amazon's Audible.
January 23, 2018
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Google Play: Everything you need to know!
How to get the most out of the Google Play Store
December 26, 2017
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Google pretties up Google Play movies and TV shows with HDR
Now you'll be able to buy HDR versions of some titles, but you'll need a compatible device to enjoy them.
July 12, 2017
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Google will let you play Android games before downloading them
Google Play Instant is part of a redesign of the Google Play Games app.
March 19, 2018
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Google's Play Movies app for Android now shows where you can stream everything
Google realizes that you don't always want to buy or rent a movie or TV show, so today it's updating the Play Movies & TV app for Android with a helpful feature that will show which apps are currently streaming whatever it is you're trying to watch.
March 27, 2018
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How to (and why you should) leave reviews on the Google Play Store
Reminder: leaving an app store review is one of the easiest ways to support your favorite app developers.
February 13, 2018
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How to download audiobooks from Google Play
Here's how to get started with audiobooks on Google Play.
January 25, 2018
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How to upload and download music on Google Play Music
Put your music in the cloud and stream it anywhere
January 8, 2018
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Latest Google Play Store version brings in-line changelogs to app updates
It's an honest question sometimes, and before installing something that might bring features you don't want, you'd like to see them listed in the changelog. Well, now instead of having to click away from the Updates page in Google Play Store, you can check changelogs just by tapping an arrow next to the updating app's name to see them.
June 30, 2017
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Sneaky malware downloader found in apps on Google Play
Google has removed from Google Play eight apps that have served as downloaders for Android banking malware.
November 16, 2017
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The Google Play Protect logo may appear on your next smartphone's packaging
Google's I/O press conference from a few months back played host to a peculiar new software launch: that of Google Play Protect, the tech giant's answer to the ever-growing threat of malicious Android apps. In essence, it's a scanner service built into Google's Play Services, which scans apps installed on a user's device for unwanted behavior -- great, right?
August 29, 2017
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The Google Play Store now demotes buggy and battery-draining apps in search results
It's no secret that Google's Play Store is chock full of crappy apps -- just drop the word "guide" into the search bar and see for yourself -- and Google itself knows it, too. As an example, take the latest change the company announced on its Android Developers Blog: apps with performance issues will now be downgraded in search results. Sure, it's far from tackling the problem head-on, but it's a start, anyway.
August 4, 2017
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The Play Store gets a "try now" button for games, no install required
Google Play Instant can launch a demo instantly on Android, with no install process.
March 20, 2018
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The state of 4K across Google Play and YouTube
In the pursuit of cutting-edge video content, we have graduated from Blu-ray to 4K.
September 25, 2017
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When Google Play Protect fails
Google's system for keeping malware off Android phones is mostly effective -- so how does it sometime stumble so spectacularly?
November 7, 2017
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You can now buy audiobooks from the Google Play Store
Google today announced that audiobooks are now available via the Google Play Store. You'll be able to listen to them in the Google Play Books app, through a web browser, or with Assistant.
January 23, 2018
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Google+

Did you know Google+ is 6 years old today?
Are you even still using the social network?
June 28, 2017
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Google seeks volunteer beta testers for Google+
How would you like a say in the future of Google+? As it turns out, Google is looking for beta testers to check out new features, and to talk with other beta testers and Google's product team. The goal? To find ways to make Google+ the preferred social network destination. In addition, you'll be filling out bug reports and giving feedback about the platform. If you have some solid ideas about improving Google+, this is your chance to share them with the right people.
July 28, 2017
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Misc. - Numbers

1 in 4 Google employees in leadership roles are now women
Google released a breakdown of the gender and racial representation of its employees.
June 29, 2017
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4 reasons why I switched from Google to Bing
Whether you choose to switch search engines as a protest or just because you like Amazon gift cards, it's easy to do.
August 8, 2017
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5 Google launches from 2017 that still haven't landed
Hey, Google: What ever happened to all this stuff you announced last year?
January 18, 2018
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11 Hysterical Google Street Views
We live in a magical realm where thousands of cars are trolling the streets shooting footage of everything around them, and documenting them for all eternity. Yes, there is something majorly Big Brother about this, but it's also the way that we're able to sit in our underwear at home and check out the street view of nearly anywhere in the world.
November 30, 2017
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47 percent of UK teens have been cyber bullied
According to a new study of 1,000 UK teenagers, 47 percent have been cyber bullied with 70 percent experiencing it on social media and Facebook being the most common platform.
September 4, 2017
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Misc. - A

A dozen Google employees quit over military drone project
Googler: "The strongest possible statement I could take against this was to leave."
May 15, 2018
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A furious think-tank boss, Google, and an academic 'fired' for criticizing ads giant
Strange tale takes a new turn as CEO fights back
September 6, 2017
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Academics 'funded by Google' tend not to mention it in their work
Two-thirds of the time support is not disclosed, say campaigners
July 13, 2017
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After its 4chan slip-up, is it time for Google to drop Top Stories?
After yesterday's mass shooting in Las Vegas, Google briefly gave its "Top Stories" stamp of approval to two 4chan threads identifying (and triumphantly smearing) the wrong man as the shooter. Google apologized for including "inaccurate" web pages in its top results, saying that its algorithm had spotted a burst of activity around a little-used search term (the name of 4chan's so-called suspect), created a Top Stories carousel, and favored "fresh" content there above more authoritative sources.
October 3, 2017
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Ajit Pai's supporters say he's gone too far with plan that hurts poor people
Pai takes heat from all sides over plan to evict resellers from Lifeline program.
March 5, 2018
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Alibaba Cloud growing like gangbusters, but still far behind AWS and other market leaders
Last week Chinese eCommerce giant Alibaba announced its Q3 earnings. Cloud revenue was $553 million, an impressive 104 percent year-over-year increase. That comes out to a run rate in the range of $2.2 billion, well behind Google which announced it is pulling in a billion dollars a quarter and still buried behind the market leaders all of whom reported around $4 billion+ a quarter.
February 6, 2018
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Alphabet earnings: even with massive EU fine, Google keeps minting money
Regulators can't hold me down
July 24, 2017
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Alphabet expands in Africa
Google is expanding its Africa initiatives, on the back of CEO Sundar Pichai's recent trip to Nigeria.
August 7, 2017
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Alphabet hires Time Warner Cable executive to lead Access and Google Fiber
Another new CEO at Access as Alphabet struggles to figure out the future of Google Fiber
February 6, 2018
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Alphabet is tumbling after a fourth quarter whiff and names John Hennessy as new board chair
Google parent company Alphabet's big run over the past few months came to a screeching halt today after it came out with its fourth-quarter results, which fell beneath expectations set by Wall Street for the advertising giant -- sending the stock down around 5 percent and shaving off billions in market cap.
February 1, 2018
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Alphabet Q4 2016: $6.59bn net income on $26bn revenue, 99% of which came from Google
It's been about a year and a half now since Alphabet Inc. was created as a parent company for Google and its various "moonshots". Today, the firm announced its earnings for the fourth quarter of its 2016 fiscal year; it brought in revenue of $26.064 billion, with earnings-per-share (EPS) coming in at $9.36 and GAAP EPS at $7.56. this made for a 22% increase in revenue year-over-year (YoY), and a 16% increase from last quarter.
January 26, 2017
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Alphabet profit miss sends stock down, but Google ad and cloud sales remain strong
Former Stanford president and Silicon Valley champion John L. Hennessy is also named as Eric Schmidt's replacement
February 1, 2018
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Alphabet says balloons beat drones for internet delivery
The Google parent has shut down its Titan project
January 12, 2017
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Alphabet's Eric Schmidt transitioning to role of technical advisor in 2018
Today, Alphabet Inc. announced that the firm's Eric Schmidt, who is the current Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors, would be transitioning to the role of technical advisor at the start of 2018. Schmidt will still continue to serve on the board.
December 21, 2017
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Amazon may be gunning to take on Google Translate
The online giant could start offering translation services to other companies that would rival Google Translate, according to a report.
June 26, 2017
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AMP for email is a terrible idea
Google just announced a plan to "modernize" email with its Accelerated Mobile Pages platform, allowing "engaging, interactive, and actionable email experiences." Does that sound like a terrible idea to anyone else? It sure sounds like a terrible idea to me, and not only that, but an idea borne out of competitive pressure and existing leverage rather than user needs. Not good, Google. Send to trash.
February 13, 2018
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Anon biz bloke wins milestone Google Right To Be Forgotten lawsuit
His co-claimant wasn't so lucky, however
April 13, 2018
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Are you sharing more data with Google than you have to?
A new approach to limit how much of your data you need to share is being offered it to companies for free
July 17, 2017
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Assange offers job to sacked Google diversity manifestbro
Censorship is for losers!
August 8, 2017
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Avid Larizadeh Duggan, GV's sole female GP, leaves to join music tech startup Kobalt
GV (formerly known as Google Ventures) has lost its one female general partner. London-based Avid Larizadeh Duggan is joining Kobalt​, a New York-based music tech company that acts as a publisher and provides royalty tracking services for tracks when any sample or full track is played across various digital platforms.
January 11, 2018
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Misc. - B

By 2020, 30% of search is voice-conducted. Here's what that means for your business.
Bought an Amazon Echo last Christmas? You were not the only one.
February 22, 2018
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Misc. - C

California judge dismisses lawsuit that claims Google paid female employees less than male colleagues
To be continued in January
December 6, 2017
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Canada's Supreme Court has ordered Google to remove search results worldwide
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled on Wednesday that Google must remove some search results from its worldwide service to enforce a Canadian court decision. According to the top court ruling:
June 30, 2017
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'Censorship is for losers': WikiLeaks offers fired Google engineer a job
Julian Assange has reached out to James Damore, the software engineer fired by Google for publishing an "anti-diversity manifesto." The WikiLeaks founder used his Twitter account (currently sporting a fake "verified" badge) to offer him a job.
August 8, 2017
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Company builder Entrepreneur First hires ex-Yahoo and Googler as new London head
In a recent conversation I had with a London VC, the topic of Entrepreneur First came up, as we compared notes on how far the company builder has come since its early days when the jury was well and truly out.
June 26, 2017
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Misc. - D

DeepMind's new robots learned how to teach themselves
The minute hand on the robot apocalypse clock just inched a little closer to midnight. DeepMind, the Google sister-company responsible for the smartest AI on the planet, just taught machines how to figure things out for themselves.
March 2, 2018
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Despite Russian ad controversy, Alphabet and Google keep raking in cash
It's business as usual in Mountain View
October 26, 2017
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Did Google Cross the Line on Free Speech?
The contentious "Google Memo" has launched heated discussions, but the issue isn't really about free speech; it's about what's permissible in the workplace.
August 14, 2017
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Did Google Fake Its Duplex AI Demo?
The demo involved a new AI assistant making phone calls to two businesses -- a hairdresser and a restaurant -- to make an appointment and book a reservation, respectively.
May 18, 2018
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Do you miss the dismissable cards in the Google Now feed? Here's how to get them back
The latest major redesign of the Google Now feed caused an essential user-favorite feature to get snubbed in favor of a more appealing aesthetic for the feed. Yes, the new looks of the informative feed look great, but they no longer allow you to swipe and dismiss the cards of all the stories you're no longer interested in. You still can dismiss stories, but this involves interacting with a dreaded three-dot menu...
January 30, 2018
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Does Google collect too much of our personal info?
Let's talk privacy.
May 4, 2018
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Don't Get Hangry, Get Google 'Wait Times'
Google is catering to the hangry masses with new "wait times."
November 8, 2017
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Misc. - E

Eric Schmidt is stepping down as Alphabet's executive chairman
Eric Schmidt will be stepping down from Alphabet's board of directors to serve as a technical advisor, the company announced today. He will continue to serve as a member of the board.
December 21, 2017
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Eric Schmidt leaving Executive Chairman role, becoming 'technical advisor' at Alphabet
January 2018 will bring a big change at the highest ranks of Alphabet.
December 21, 2017
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Eric Schmidt reportedly pressured think tank into firing Google critic
Shortly after Google was fined a record €2.4 billion by the EU for manipulating search results, a foundation backed by Google posted a statement praising the penalty. This earned the ire of Eric Schmidt, which led him to pressure the New America Foundation (NAF) into firing the critic and his entire team, reports The New York Times.
August 30, 2017
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Eric Schmidt stepping down as Alphabet's executive chairman to become a 'technical advisor'
A little late in the day news dump for you, ahead of the upcoming holiday. Longtime Google executive Eric Schmidt announced today that he'll be stepping down from his role as the executive chairman of Alphabet's board of directors.
December 21, 2017
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Eric Schmidt's top tips for growing your startup from 0 to Google
When you're looking for inspiration on how to grow your startup into a company that could change the world, Eric Schmidt, former CEO of Google and Executive Chairman of Alphabet, seems like a pretty good person to ask.
November 8, 2017
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EU considers yet another record fine for Google, this time over Android's anti-competitive terms
The EU and Google continue to battle over antitrust allegations.
July 5, 2017
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EU regulators gearing up to slap Google with €1bn fine -- reports
First decision of three probes expected in coming weeks
June 16, 2017
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Europe guts Google, and that's just wrong
Today the European Union gave Apple a great gift to celebrate iPhone's 10th anniversary (on June 29th): The ridiculous, record $2.7 billion fine, and associated sanctions, against Google that once again demonstrates the EU's small-minded oversight that wrongly regulates evolving technologies in a big world. The adverse antitrust ruling finds that the online titan favored its own online shopping services (and paying customers) over rivals.
June 27, 2017
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Europe seeks company to monitor Google's algorithm in €10m deal
Follows €2.4bn mega fine
June 30, 2017
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European Commission Fines Google in €2.42 billion for Antitrust Violations
Another year, another European Commission fine for an antitrust violation. This time, the target of the fine is none other than Google. In what could be the most important antitrust ruling in recent years (which overshadows even Microsoft's 2004 browser fine), the EC has found that Google has systematically worked towards increasing prominence in search results to those displayed by the company's own comparison shopping service, dubbed "Google Shopping".
June 27, 2017
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European Union slaps Google with $2.72 billion fine for manipulating search results
Google must stop promoting its comparison shopping service ahead of rival services
June 27, 2017
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Ex-engineer sues Google for discriminating against conservative white males
James Damore, the infamous author of the anti-diversity memo that got him fired from Google, is now filing a class-action lawsuit against the company for its discriminatory behavior against white males with conservative political leanings.
January 8, 2018
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Ex-Google recruiter: I was fired for opposing hiring caps on white, Asian male nerds
YouTube wanted 'only' women and other underrepresented groups in coding roles
March 2, 2018
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Expand Storage With Free Google Shell
As many of you may have discovered, you are given access to your own Debian Linux shell account with 5GB of persistent storage when you sign up for Google's GMail service, . You can access the console by visiting the Google Cloud Platform. The Debian systems are generated on the fly, and your 5GB of persistent storage is loaded into your home directory on startup. This article will walk you through expanding the 5GB or storage to 20GB by mounting Google Drive.
January 30, 2018
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Explore More With Google Street View for iOS
Choosing the right vacation destination can be stressful: You've got to buy the travel books, do the research, and find somewhere everyone likes.
August 4, 2017
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Misc. - F

Fake News Is a Real Problem
Facebook, Google, and Twitter will probably flush out false political ads over time, but I am less convinced they will ever be able to stop fake news.
November 21, 2017
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Fastly adds the power of edge computing to Google BigQuery
Companies continue to be keen to exploit the power of big data analytics, and one of the most popular platforms for doing this is Google's BigQuery.
August 17, 2017
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Few Gmail Users Enable Two-Factor Authentication
Cybersecurity is an ongoing problem, with critical flaws and weaknesses ranging from ongoing research into how best to break fundamental aspects of CPU architectures to users perennial terrible choice of passwords. All in all, it's not a cheerful situation, and new data from Google doesn't exactly improve things.
January 18, 2018
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Following AWS, Google Compute Engine also moves to per-second billing
A week ago, AWS announced that it would soon move to per-second billing for users of its EC2 service. It doesn't come as a huge surprise, then, that Google today announced a very similar move.
September 26, 2017
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Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt is stepping down as Alphabet's executive chairman
Schmidt will continue to serve as a 'technical advisor'
December 21, 2017
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Former Google search chief now rides with Uber
Amit Singhal, who led Google's search efforts for 15 years, is now the ride-hailing company's senior vice president of engineering.
January 20, 2017
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Founder's Corner: Wealthfront's Andy Rachleff on growing a business
Omidyar Network's Emerging Tech team has launched the second season of its podcast, Founder's Corner, with lessons from today's premier founders and CEOs. We will be speaking with some of the top executives in tech.
June 21, 2017
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Foursquare adds list search to make its app more useful, as Google prepares its rival
Google Maps is preparing to roll out a list-making feature that lets you star places, favorite places, and make bucket lists. that has led Foursquare to now respond by making its own lists feature more useful. the company announced this morning it's introducing a new way to seek out lists on its app, through the launch of list search.
January 13, 2017
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Foursquare VP of business development Mike Harkey has left for Google
Foursquare's VP of business development Mike Harkey, who has been with the company for more than five years, has left to join Google as its director of global product partnerships.
December 5, 2017
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Misc. - G

Getting a good Google ranking is a long game
Whenever a business gets a new website it wants to see it ranking highly in search results. But getting to the top in Google and other search engines is a long game, according to SEO company Ahrefs.
January 15, 2018
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Getty load of this: Google to kill off 'View image' button in search
Chocolate Factory overhauls picture portal to end legal brouhaha
February 12, 2018
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Giphy uses Google AI to better match user image searches
You have that perfect meme in mind as a witty retort to a friend on social media. However, searching Giphy yields everything but that gem you so desperately want. It is a common problem when you are searching the massive GIF image database of the popular site. But with help from Google Cloud Vision machine learning and a software engineering intern named Bethany Davis, Giphy now has a much more intelligent search system.
September 26, 2017
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GitLab 8.16 now Includes Monitoring and Extends Auto Deploy to Google Container Engine
Following the introduction of auto-deploy to Kubernetes on OpenShift last month, GitLab 8.16 makes auto-deploy available on Google Cloud. Additionally, GitLab 8.16 improves its issue search and filter UI, and includes monitoring tool Prometheus and Slack-alternative Mattermost.
January 27, 2017
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Global app revenue and downloads hit record levels in Q3
App downloads and revenue hit record levels in the third quarter of 2017, according to a new report out this morning from App Annie. Downloads across the two major app stores, Apple's App Store and Google Play, reached nearly 26 billion worldwide -- up 8 percent over the same time last year.
October 23, 2017
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Gmail adds support for third-party add-ons
Google is launching third-party add-ons for Gmail today. These native extensions will allow you to bring the power of services like Asana, DocuSign, Trello, Wrike and others directly to your inbox -- no matter whether you are an enterprise or individual user.
October 24, 2017
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Gmail will let you browse websites in your email with new AMP support
The developer preview is live today
February 13, 2018
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Gmail: Everything you need to know!
What's Gmail, why should you care, and should you use it?
April 12, 2018
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Gmail.com redesign includes self-destructing emails
Set expiration dates and password requirements on your sensitive emails.
April 13, 2018
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Gmail.com redesign leaks, looks pretty incredible
Add-ons let you use Google Calendar while writing emails? Genius!
April 12, 2018
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Google & Collabora Working On OpenGL ES 2.0 Virtualized GPU Access For Containers
Robert Foss of Collabora has shared some work they are engaged in with Google for virtualizing GPU access and allowing for OpenGL ES 2.0 acceleration for containers.
February 12, 2018
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Google accused of using GDPR to impose unfair terms on publishers
A group of European and international publishers have accused Google of using an incoming update to the European Union's data protection framework to try to push "draconian" new terms on them in exchange for continued access to its ad network -- which many publishers rely on to monetize their content online.
May 1, 2018
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Google acquires India's Halli Labs, which was building AI tools to fix 'old problems'
Some more M&A news in the world of artificial intelligence. Today it was made public that Google has acquired Halli Labs, a very young (its first public appearance was on May 22 of this year) startup based out of Bengaluru, India, that was focused on building deep learning and machine learning systems to address what it describes as "old problems."
July 12, 2017
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Google acquires AIMatter, maker of the Fabby computer vision app
Computer vision -- the branch of artificial intelligence that lets computers "see" and process images like humans do (and, actually, often better than us), and then use those images to help run programs -- is at the heart of how the next generation of tech is developing, and this week Google made an acquisition this week to help it along with its own efforts in this area.
August 16, 2017
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Google acquires Belarusian startup AIMatter
It seems like computer vision is all the rage right now when it comes to artificial intelligence. In an effort by Google to better understand what content is uploaded to their services, it is acquiring AIMatter, which has built a neural network-based AI platform and SDK to quickly detect and process images on mobile devices. The company also created a proof-of-concept app called Fabby, which lets users edit photos and videos.
August 17, 2017
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Google acquires startup Redux, whose innovative sound tech can turn smartphone displays into speakers
Google has quietly bought UK-based sound tech startup Redux sometime in December, for an undisclosed sum, Bloomberg reports. Redux is the developer of an innovative technology that allows surfaces, such as smartphone displays and PC monitors, to act as speakers.
January 11, 2018
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Google adds a wheelchair-accessible option for transit maps
Google Maps has a pretty solid set of data for taking transit from here to there, but anyone with a physical disability knows it isn't quite that simple. Some stations may be wheelchair-unfriendly, have out-of-service elevators, that kind of thing.
March 15, 2018
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Google Adds Nvidia Volta to Its Cloud Platforms
With recent news that Google's Cloud TPU is more cost efficient than Nvidia's Volta, you might think Google would be gearing up to replace competitor GPUs with its own hardware.
May 1, 2018
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Google adds pollen forecasts to searches
A lot of people like to know what the weather is going to be like, but if you suffer from hay fever it can be all the more important to know what to expect. To make life a little easier for people struck by "seasonal allergies," Google is rolling out pollen forecasting.
August 16, 2017
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Google adds salon and spa bookings through Maps and Search
Look out StyleSeat and other salon booking apps, starting today Google will let people book hair and spa appointments.
July 13, 2017
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Google adds wait times for restaurants to save you from hangry arguments
Google wants to save you from the nuisance of waiting in line at your favorite restaurants. This is why the company is launching a new feature for Maps and Search that will make it easier to check estimated wait times at restaurants so you can skip the queue.
November 7, 2017
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Google adds wheelchair accessibility info to transit maps
Google Maps makes it easier for people using a wheelchair to navigate on public transportation.
March 15, 2018
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Google Agrees to Pay $11 Million to Owners of Suspended AdSense Accounts
Google has agreed to create a fund of 11 million dollars as part of a a class action settlement for terminating or disabling a publisher's Adsense accounts, but not paying out any balances that the publisher had at the time.
May 18, 2018
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Google Allo finally gains a web interface but it may be too late
We're still waiting for SMS support.
August 15, 2017
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Google Analytics adds voice-based navigation
If you've got a question about your website or app data, you'll soon be able to ask Google Analytics directly.
July 18, 2017
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Google and its terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week in full
Discriminatory highlights from hell
August 11, 2017
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Google and ProPublica team up to build a national hate crime database
Few things are certain in 2017's fraught national climate, but hate certainly doesn't look to be going away. In partnership with ProPublica, Google News Lab is launching a new tool to track hate crimes across America. Powered by machine learning, the Documenting Hate News Index will track reported hate crimes across all 50 states, collecting data from February 2017 onward.
August 18, 2017
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Google announces a new partnership with Salesforce
Google and Salesforce have entered into a new partnership in order to more tightly integrate Salesforce CRM and G Suite. It'll enable them to "offer the only cloud-native collaboration platform of its kind." As part of the deal, Salesforce has named G Suite as its preferred email and productivity provider and it also plans to use Google Cloud Platform (GCP) for its core services as part of its international infrastructure expansion.
November 7, 2017
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Google announces business related add-ons for Gmail
If you've ever struggled to manage both your email and several other applications at once, all while running a successful business or just trying to get through your work day, you're in luck, because Google has heard your internalized cries for help.
October 25, 2017
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Google Announces Firestore, a Document Database
Google has announced Cloud Firestore, a document database for mobile, web and server applications.
October 4, 2017
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Google announces improvements coming to its network
Google has announced that it is planning to come to five new regions and create three submarine cables in order to boost the performance of its network including for users of Google Cloud Platform (GCP). The five regions will be added in 2018 beginning in this quarter, and then three subsea cables will be commissioned in 2019.
January 16, 2018
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Google announces intention to buy Xively from LogMeIn
Google has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Xively, a division of LogMeIn, Inc. The purchase will, per the company, complement its efforts to provide a fully managed IoT service "that easily and securely connects, manages, and ingests data from globally dispersed devices." According to TechCrunch, Google will buy Xively for $50 million.
February 16, 2018
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Google announces 'Made for Google' accessories program
Google's "Made for Google" program should make it easier to find third-party accessories for your devices.
October 4, 2017
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Google announces shutdown of legacy versions of Drive, Docs, Sheets and Slides apps
Google has announced that numerous older versions of some of its apps will be permanently shut down early next quarter. the affected apps are all part of the company's G Suite, formerly known as Google Apps for Work.
January 20, 2017
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Google Announces Tensor2Tensor for TensorFlow
The TensorFlow (TF) community and the Google Brain team announced a significant extension to the TF API's with Tensor2Tensor.
August 8, 2017
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Google app update hints at possible future hotword customization
Hey, Google, you may become even smarter! Or at least these are the impressions we're left with after seeing a "dissection" of the latest version of the Google app, in order to take a look at what possibly awaits users in the near future.
January 30, 2018
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Google appears to be working on Pik, a new lossy image format
Google is unofficially working on a new lossy image format for the internet (of course), called Pik. According to the ReadMe on GitHub, the directory contains an encoder and a decoder for the format. The company does warn that the project is in the initial research stage and that it shouldn't be used for any purpose.
July 25, 2017
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Google asked the U.S. government to consider new rules of the road for online political ads
The FEC is weighing new rules in light of Russia's 2016 election meddling.
November 9, 2017
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Google asked to explain how it tracks what you buy in stores
Privacy experts want to know how Google uses credit card data to figure out whether you buy the stuff you search for when you go to stores.
August 1, 2017
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Google Assistant can now tell you what song is playing near you
Available on all devices that enable Google Assistant
November 6, 2017
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Google Assistant may soon get customizable hot words
You could name your Google Assistant Bob, Mary, or anything else you'd like.
January 30, 2018
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Google Assistant rolls out Routines
Google Assistant can now string together a handful of instructions triggered by a single phrase.
March 16, 2018
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Google Arts & Culture app can match your selfies to famous paintings
Google's Arts & Culture app is arguably the best virtual museum you can "visit" from your smartphone right now. With its simple and intuitive interface and extensive, ever-expanding collection of art pieces, the can seriously become a real time-waster.
January 15, 2018
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Google bakes security into new .app internet domain
The new online real estate makes website encryption mandatory. The idea is to give app developers a more trustworthy home on the web.
May 1, 2018
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Google beats expectations again with $31.15B in revenue
Alphabet, Google's parent company, reported another pretty solid beat this afternoon for its first quarter as it more or less has continued to keep its business growing substantially -- and is growing even faster than it was a year ago today.
April 23, 2018
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Google begins live testing of Instant Apps that load without installation
The feature will let users interact with parts of an app even if they don't have it installed on their phone.
January 24, 2017
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Google brings its Trusted Contacts app to iOS, Android version gets more features
Google's Trusted Contacts made its debut on Android last year but starting today iOS users will be able to reap the benefits of having such an app installed on their devices, too. The search giant has just announced Trusted Contacts is now available for free to all iOS users via App Store.
July 25, 2017
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Google brings Q&As to Google Maps
Google is launching a new feature for Google Maps for Android and mobile search today: question and answers. I'm sure it won't come as a surprise when I tell you that this feature allows you to ask questions about a place and answer other users' inquiries and indeed, it's that straightforward.
August 16, 2017
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Google brings Q&As to Google Maps and search
Google products like Maps and search more or less exist, on a basic level, to answer questions. So it kind of makes sense that Google is adding a Q&A feature to results in Maps and search to make those questions easier to answer.
August 16, 2017
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Google brings search and sharing to iMessage in iOS, Safari updates, and more
Google has released an update for its iOS app that adds an extension to iMessage. This allows for easy searching -- be it for GIFs or restaurant opening times -- while you chat, so there's no need to leave the app. More than this, it is also possible to share the information you find as a card.
March 5, 2018
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Google brings six-second video previews to mobile search
Google announced a major update to its mobile search results pages today. Whenever your query brings up a video, Google will now show you a silent six-second clip to help you decide if it's actually a video you want to see.
August 18, 2017
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Google brings SOS Alerts to Search and Maps to keep you safe in emergencies
Google is looking to keep its users safe in the real world by rolling out a new information alert system, called SOS Alerts, to its Maps and Search services.
July 25, 2017
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Google buys GIF startup Tenor to bulk up image search
The search giant will also integrate the GIF platform into other products, like Gboard.
March 27, 2018
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Google Calendar now plays nicer with Microsoft Exchange
Google today announced a small but important update to how Google Calendar and Microsoft Exchange can work together going forward.
July 31, 2017
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Google can't innovate anymore, exiting programmer laments
Steve Yegge torches Chocolate Factory on his way out
January 25, 2018
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Google CEO Sundar Pichai doesn't regret firing James Damore
After accidentally turning Damore into a conservative hero, Google execs say the former employee violated company rules. Period.
January 19, 2018
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Google CEO: 'I don't regret' firing James Damore
Google CEO Sundar Pichai says he still believes that it was appropriate to fire James Damore. "I don't regret it," said Pichai, in an interview with Recode's Kara Swisher and MSNBC's Ari Melber.
January 19, 2018
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Google Challenges Canada's Global Blocking Injunction in the US
In June, the Supreme Court of Canada ordered Google to remove a company's websites from its search results all over the world, not just in Canada. With options to appeal exhausted in Canada, this week Google filed for an injunction in the United States, arguing that the ruling violates the First Amendment.
July 26, 2017
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Google changes its approach to news subscriptions, scraps First Click Free policy
Google has announced changes to the requirements it places on websites that provide news on a subscription basis. With a large number of news sites locking content away behind a paywall, Google had required publishers to provide people with access to three free articles per day or face demotion in search results.
October 2, 2017
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Google claims its Spectre and Meltdown mitigation results in no performance degradation
It's been a long week since we first learned about the now infamous Spectre and Meltdown chip vulnerabilities. One of the issues with mitigating the danger these vulnerabilities pose is that they could result in serious performance degradation. In a blog post today, Google claimed their solutions resulted in no performance degradation across the different mitigation techniques they have developed.
January 11, 2018
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Google clamps down on apps that misuse accessibility API -- and it could affect your favorite apps
Google is launching a crackdown on apps that misuse Accessibility Services, threatening to remove them from the Play Store. The API was created specifically to help users with various disabilities, but developers have latched onto it as a way of increasing the functionality of their apps.
November 13, 2017
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Google Cloud acquires cloud identity management company Bitium
Google Cloud announced today that it has acquired Bitium, a company that focused on offering enterprise-grade identity management and access tools, such as single-sign on, for cloud-based applications. This will basically help Google better manage enterprise cloud customer implementation across an organization, including doing things like setting security levels and access policies for applications working across their Cloud and G Suite offerings.
September 26, 2017
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Google Cloud launches a new text-to-speech engine for developers
Text-to-speech synthesis has made great strides over the course of the last few years, up to the point where many modern systems almost sound like a real person is reading a text.
March 27, 2018
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Google Cloud Platform launches in Sydney
Nobody can accuse Google of not moving as fast as it can to make up the considerable gap in available cloud regions between its Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and its two biggest competitors: AWS and Microsoft Azure. Today, the company is launching its previously announced Sydney region.
June 19, 2017
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Google Cloud takes aim at Microsoft customers with new Windows VMs
Google announced several new products today aimed at luring IT pros who are using Windows in their data centers to the Google Cloud Platform.
February 1, 2017
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Google commits $1 billion in grants to train U.S. workers for high-tech jobs
The nature of work is changing on a global level at a rapid pace. Sure, it's not the first time work has been dramatically impacted by technology, but the growth of automation, robotics, AI and the like have the potential to displace jobs at an unprecedented rate. And Google will almost certainly be one of the driving forces behind that transformation.
October 12, 2017
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Google continues to drive revenue growth at Alphabet in Q1 2018
Alphabet's quarterly revenue and profits are up significantly versus last year. The parent company behind Google has a pretty solid track record when it comes to posting strong growth in each quarter, and Q1 2018 appears to have been no different, with the search engine company once again driving increases.
April 23, 2018
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Google coughs up $5.5m to make recruiters 'screwed out of overtime pay' go away
There, some spare change under the couch will solve this
June 16, 2017
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Google could be heading for speaker-less future
Google has already removed the headphone jack from the its latest Pixel phone, now it looks as though the company is heading in a direction where it will be able to send the speaker packing too. Earlier today, Bloomberg reported that Google has quietly acquired a UK startup which aims to turn surfaces, such as phone displays, into speakers.
January 11, 2018
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Google could be paying Apple nearly $3 billion in licensing according to investment firm
During a recent note to investors, Bernstein estimated that Google's licensing payment to Apple could close in on $3 billion during the 2017 financial year. These payments reportedly go towards keeping its search engine the default option in iOS.
August 14, 2017
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Google cracks down on apps exploiting its Accessibility services
Google has recently emailed Android app developers regarding its move to take down apps that take advantage of the platform's Accessibility features in order to stealthily serve malware to users.
November 13, 2017
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Google Data Loss Prevention API Offers New Ways to Manage Sensitive Data
Google has updated the beta version of its Data Loss Prevention (DLP) API, which is designed to help organizations better manage sensitive and personal identity data. The beta version of the DLP API was introduced in March.
November 6, 2017
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Google defaults to prompts for two-step authentication
Text messages are often used as a means of implementing two-factor authentication on websites and in apps, but now Google is actively pitching its own alternative, known as Google prompt, to customers.
October 24, 2017
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Google delays rollout of updated feed due to technical hitches on Android
Google's announcement last week that it was rolling out an updated algorithm-powered feed to its mobile apps led to (nonsense) speculation that the company's search page was also getting a redesign. After pooh-poohing this suggestion, Google has also revealed that its new mobile feed rollout has hit a snag.
July 24, 2017
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Google deliberately confuses its employees, fed says
The Department of Labor's increasingly heated dispute with Google over a gender pay gap began, innocently enough, with a routine audit.
July 25, 2017
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Google Details Fight on Bad Ads, 'Fake News'
Google's advertising network is everywhere. Often the company's goal is merely to show as many ads to as many people as possible, but it also uses the influence it holds over the modern web to block malicious ads, take down "fake news" sites, and prevent scammers from reining in more victims. the company detailed its fight on these bad actors (in the moral sense, not the one that applies to Steven Seagal) over the last year in a new blog post.
January 25, 2017
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Google Developers Begin Planning For Go 2 Programming Language
The Google team responsible for the Go programming language have begun publicly discussing plans and ideas for the Go 2.0 programming language.
July 13, 2017
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Google dips toes in social gaming with new 'Arcade' startup
Google has dozens of popular products and services, but for each of them, there's a handful of experimental apps that you've probably never heard of, and will never hear of. Many of them are conceived at Google's workshop for experimental products, called Area 120, and they often times never become anything more than a fun distraction that showcases an interesting new technology or feature.
May 3, 2018
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Google Ditches First Click Free Policy, Aims to Support Subscriptions
Years back if you wanted to read something online, you just Googled it and then read away. Just about all online content was free. When the advertising industry started to cut back on ad rates some of the big news publishers out there like the New York Times decided to put their content behind a paywall.
October 2, 2017
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Google diversity memo: Web giant repudiates staffer's screed for 'incorrect assumptions about gender'
Engineer's 10-page doc dumps on diversity
August 7, 2017
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Google doodles a tribute to noodles
When rice resources dried up, Thailand found a tasty replacement -- and a new identity.
November 7, 2017
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Google doubles down on digital training in Africa
After giving online skills training to 1 million people in the region, the web giant pledges to train 10 million more.
July 27, 2017
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Google doubles down on fact-checking the internet
After being criticized for not catching fake news online, the tech giant partners with a fact-checking network to better comb the internet.
October 26, 2017
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Google Drops Firm Reviewing Youtube Videos
Earlier this year, after multiple reports that ads appeared with YouTube videos promoting hate and terrorism, several big brands, including Walmart, PepsiCo, and Verizon quit the video company's ad network. In response, YouTube parent Google increased both the number of "ads quality raters"--the people who spend hours watching YouTube looking for violence, profanity, even death--and the volume of videos those raters viewed.
August 4, 2017
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Google Duo might get web app, group calls, other big features, app is coming to smart displays
Popular video chat app Google Duo could be receiving some major new features in the coming months. The news comes from Google Duo creator/lead engineer Justin Uberti who recently took to Twitter to reveal the 2018 roadmap for the service.
January 10, 2018
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Google Earth comes to the classroom with new educational tours and lesson plans
In April, Google introduced a revamped, reimagined version of Google Earth, which included a number of new features that go beyond visualizing the planet through the use of maps and satellite imagery, to also allow users to explore the world through tours, and learn about its many wonders. Today, Google announced it's bringing Google Earth to the classroom.
June 26, 2017
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Google eliminates your nifty paywall workaround to appease publishers
Google is ending a controversial rule which allowed news sites to have higher search results while also letting users skirt paywalls.
October 2, 2017
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Google emits tools to make cross-platform HTML apps less tragic
Lots and lots of data dumped online plus keys to escape browsers
October 23, 2017
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Google employees protest over the company's work for Pentagon's drone program
Google is currently embroiled in yet another controversy regarding its employees. This time, however, it is not about the company's questionable hiring practices, but about ethics and the extent to which it is willing to bend over backward for the U.S. government.
April 05, 2018
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Google employees quit over the company's military AI project
About a dozen Google employees reportedly left the company over its insistence on developing AI for the US military through a program called Project Maven. Meanwhile 4,000 others signed a petition demanding the company stop.
May 15, 2018
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Google Employees Revolt Over Project Maven Pentagon Collaboration
Last month, we covered news that Google and the Pentagon were collaborating on developing artificial intelligence for analyzing drone footage.
April 05, 2018
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Google ends search-result punishment for news behind paywalls
News from subscription-based services will no longer be demoted in search results, the company says.
October 2, 2017
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Google engineer fired over memo files labor complaint
Legal experts say the case may have legs
August 9, 2017
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Google exec hints at AR shopping, other features coming soon to Google Lens
Google Lens is still in its early stages of development, but the engineering team behind the visual analysis app seems to be on a roll teasing upcoming features. After the recent introduction of direct imports to Google Keep and OCR (optical character recognition), the next big thing coming to Lens is AR shopping.
December 13, 2017
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Google expands featured snippets to give multiple results
In a blog post, Google explains it is adjusting this function because the questions we ask can be multifaceted and mean different things. For example, the terse, sample query "garden needs full sun?" could mean "what garden plants need full sun?" or "what counts as full sun?" Another example Google gives is "tooth pain after filling," which could be understood as "why does my tooth still hurt after a filling?" or "how long should a tooth hurt after a filling?"
March 2, 2018
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Google expands Howard West program to lure more black engineers
The program will grow from three months to a full academic year, and is opening up to other historically black colleges and universities.
January 30, 2018
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Google expands Howard West to a full-year program to train more black engineers
Google is expanding the reach of Howard West, which began last year as a three-month residency for students at Howard University. Now, it's going to be a full academic year and available to students from other historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). In the fall of this year, 100 students from Howard and other HBCUs will participate in a nine-month immersive computer science program at Google's headquarters.
January 30, 2018
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Google expands its Cloud Platform region in the Netherlands
Google today announced that it has expanded its recently launched Cloud Platform region in the Netherlands with an additional zone. The investment, which is worth a reported 500 million euros, expands the existing Netherlands region from two to three regions.
March 16, 2018
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Google Expands Audit Logging Capability to Majority of Cloud Services
Tracking "who did what" in a self-service public cloud can be challenging. with Google Cloud Audit Logging, Google captures log streams for seventeen services in Google Cloud Platform (GCP).
January 30, 2017
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Google expands its fact-checking efforts by partnering with the International Fact-Checking Network
For the last year or so, Google has been highlighting fact-check articles with a special tag on its search results and Google News pages. That's not going to stop some people from believing whatever they want to, but it was an easy way to give those who still care about facts access to the right information.
October 26, 2017
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Google experiments in local news with an app called Bulletin
Google is testing a tool called Bulletin that would allow anyone to publish local news stories and events, according to a report from Slate, which Google later confirmed. The company described Bulletin as a way for others to communicate information of local interest, like bookstore readings, high school sporting events, or information about street closures, for example.
January 26, 2018
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Google Express partners with Target, Assistant shopping coming to phones
Shortly following the launch of Walmart, Google Express is now adding Target to its growing list of available stores.
October 12, 2017
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Google faces £1bn bill from 5.4m Britons over alleged unlawful data collection
Legal action has been launched on behalf of over 5.4 million people in Britain who may have been unlawfully snooped on by Google.
November 30, 2017
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Google faces $2.7B fine for skewing search results for shoppers
The fine from the European Union is twice as big as predicted -- and there could be more to come for the search giant as EU regulators look into Android.
June 27, 2017
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Google faces revised gender-pay lawsuit
Google is facing a revised gender-pay class-action lawsuit that alleges Google underpaid women in comparison with their male counterparts and asked new hires about their prior salaries, The Guardian first reported. The revised lawsuit also adds a fourth complainant, Heidi Lamar, who was a teacher at Google's Children Center in Palo Alto for four years.
January 3, 2018
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Google Family Link goes live in 27 European countries
Google silently introduced its Family Link service in 27 new European countries. Up until now, Family Link was initially available in the United States only, but starting this week, most people living in the EU countries will be able to enjoy the benefits of Google's service.
May 22, 2018
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Google Family Now Available in 37 Countries in Total
In an ideal world, kids should be prancing around outside interacting with each other to get some much-needed people skills. But, we don't live in one so we often end up with eight-year-olds using smartphones. Now, it isn't necessarily a bad thing, but the prospect of an eight-year-old having unfiltered access to the entirety of the internet is a scary one.
May 22, 2018
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Google Feed starts showing ads, but don't worry, it's just a "test"
Ads have begun appearing in Google Feed for some users. The ads are shown in card form, much like everything else on Feed, save for a small "Ad" badge in the bottom left corner that differentiates them from the rest of the content.
May 25, 2018
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Google Fiber CEO steps down after five months on the job
Alphabet is looking for someone to run its broadband and cable business after the departure of Gregory McCray.
July 17, 2017
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Google fights against Canada's order to change global search results
In june, Canada's Supreme Court came down on Google--hard. It ruled that the tech giant must take down certain Google search results for pirated products. And not just in Canada, but globally. Now, Google is going south of the Canadian border to push back on this landmark court ruling. The tech giant filed an injunction Monday with the US District Court for Northern California, arguing that globally removing the search results violates US law, and thus Google should not be forced to comply with the Canadian ruling.
July 24, 2017
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Google finally fighting faux family-friendly YouTube videos
YouTube is an amazing place to consume media. There is great family-friendly content from people like iJustine and Rosanna Pansino, for instance. Unfortunately, there is another side of Google's video site, where people such as Pewdiepie and Leafy post racist and sexist content.
November 22, 2017
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Google fined $21.1M for search bias in India
Another antitrust fine for Google. India's competition commission has issued a 1.36BN rupees (~$21.1M) penalty on the search giant for abusing its dominant position in the local search market for online general web search and web search advertising services.
February 9, 2018
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Google fined $2.7B by European Commission for abusing search monopoly
EU also rules that Google must stop demoting competitors in search results.
June 27, 2017
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Google Firebase gets predictions, Crashlytics integration and a new A/B testing service
Firebase is now Google's platform for developers who need a backend and other services to build, run and manage their mobile and web apps. Today, at an event in Amsterdam, the company announced a wide range of updates to the platform that touch many of the service's core features.
October 31, 2017
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Google fired James Damore for a controversial gender memo--now he's suing
Damore argued few women program due to interest in "people rather than things."
January 9, 2018
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Google fires employee who criticized its diversity policies
The senior software engineer who penned the now-infamous anti-diversity manifesto has been fired by Google. James Damore confirmed that he was fired for "perpetuating gender stereotypes," but says that he is "currently exploring all possible legal remedies."
August 8, 2017
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Google Gboard for iOS now integrates Maps, YouTube, and a drawing feature
iPhone and iPad users who have Gboard installed on their devices can now access Google Maps and YouTube directly from the keyboard, just by tapping on the G button located on the upper left side. This way, it's easier than ever to share your current location, or maybe a funny YouTube video, with friends - without switching apps.
July 31, 2017
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Google gets record €2.42bn fine from EU for 'abusing market dominance as a search engine'
The European Commission (EC) has been investigating Google for alleged anti-competitive practices for some time now. Today, the European Union's antitrust regulators handed Google a record-breaking fine, as they concluded a seven-year investigation into the firm's shopping search service.
June 27, 2017
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Google gives mobile operators a reason to love it, and opens rich chat up for business
Spam and adverts? You bet
February 23, 2018
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Google Goes Through First Known Mass Resignations as Employees Quit Over Controversial Pentagon Contract
Nearly a dozen Google employees have resigned in protest of the search giant's contract with the US Department of Defense that is focused on using artificial intelligence in warfare.
May 14, 2018
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Google Grabs Nielsen as Business Apps User From Microsoft
Kim Anstett made an unusual decision for a corporate technology buyer. Several months ago, the chief information officer of media measurement firm Nielsen Holdings Plc, moved 56,000 employees from Microsoft Corp.'s business software to Google.
July 31, 2017
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Google has charged 37.5% less from its Cloud Platform customers in Brazil
Google finally launched its first Google Cloud Platform (GCP) region in Latin America on September 19. The new data center is based in the city of São Paulo and will offer up to 85% less latency for local customers and, for the first time, the option to pay for the service with local currency (link in Portuguese). As stated by Fabio Andreotti, director of Google Cloud in Brazil:
October 4, 2017
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Google has made it easy to set up bill payments in Tez
Google has announced that it's making bill payments through Tez more straightforward. The firm is making it so that you only need to add a bill recipient once to make future payments quicker. To add a new biller, you simply search the list of supported companies for the ones you want. Once you've found your biller, you'll add your account number to link Tez and give the payment a name.
February 19, 2018
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Google has not given up on Google+ -- requested changes are incoming, and the 'classic' site will go!
Despite the competition from other social networks, and widespread ridicule, Google is determined not to pull the plug on Google+. Instead, the company today announces that a trio of changes are coming to the service based on user feedback.
January 17, 2017
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Google has opened its latest cloud data facilities in London
Google announced today that London is their latest Cloud Platform region and it's here to provide compute, big data, and networking services to all its customers.
July 13, 2017
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Google has removed the 'View Image' button from Image Search
On Monday, we told you about licensing deal between Getty Images and Google that would result in the end of the "View Image" button on Google Image Search. Today, we get to see the fruits of that deal, as Google Images officially removes View Image, forcing users to actually visit the site that hosts an image, rather than going straight to the image file on its servers.
February 16, 2018
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Google has some sort of plan for not favouring its own shopping service
Submits to regulators with a comfy three hours to spare
August 30, 2017
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Google Has to Hit Delete as Right to Be Forgotten Turns to Crime
The European rulings are starting to stack up, hurting Google's ability to fight future court cases over how far it should go to delete links.
April 13, 2018
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Google helps fake Microsoft software con victims out of money
Most people rely on and trust Google's search results. It's what the company is best known for, after all. However, anyone searching for a copy of Microsoft's video editing software is in for a nasty surprise.
November 9, 2017
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Google hires former Intel exec as VP of Diversity
Google has a new VP of Diversity.
June 30, 2017
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Google hires Intel's former head of diversity as VP of Diversity
Danielle Brown, Intel's former head of diversity who left the company earlier this month, has landed at Google. Brown will be Google's VP of Diversity, she posted on Twitter today.
June 29, 2017
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Google hit with record antitrust fine of €2.4bn by Europe
Abused its market dominance as a search engine, says commission
June 27, 2017
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Google hit with staggering €2.42 billion fine for manipulating search results -- and it could be forced to pay even more
Google has been fined a record €2.42 billion ($2.7bn/£2.1bn) by the European Commission after a seven year investigation sparked by Microsoft and other firms, found that the company had unfairly promoted Google Shopping above other similar shopping comparison services on its search site.
June 27, 2017
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Google Images gains captions to make search results much more useful
By its very nature, searches on Google Images are very visual things -- but that's not to say they couldn't be enhanced with some non-pictorial content. And that's exactly what Google has done, adding captions to image search results to make them more useful.
March 13, 2018
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Google Images just made downloading photos more annoying
Google Images is pretty much the default way of finding photos around the internet, but the company just made a small but signficant change to how you access images. Google removed the 'View Image' button that allowed you to easily see a photo at its full size.
February 16, 2018
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Google Images to Display Captions Under Every Search Result on Mobile
Google Images has been under a lot of criticism lately for removing the direct link to images in their search results. The reason was cited to be a licensing deal, and the button has been missing ever since. One can still easily work around it, so we're not entirely sure what Google hoped to achieve with the move. The image result page wasn't broken per se, but some of the images lacked context.
March 13, 2018
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Google Images will display captions on mobile searches
Google is now adding captions to image results in an effort to give images more context. Image captions are set to roll out globally this week on the Google app on Android and iOS, and in mobile web browsers. There's no word yet on whether the feature will roll out to desktop browsers, which have a slightly different look than mobile web browsers.
March 13, 2018
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Google improves Gboard keyboard for iPhone with YouTube and Maps support
When Apple added support for third-party keyboards on iOS, many users were excited. To be honest, I was not, however. While I appreciate having the choice, I much prefer privacy. You see, when you add a third-party keyboard, the developer can potentially intercept your keystrokes. If you are OK with that, more power to you. Me? I'll stick to the stock variant, thank you very much.
July 31, 2017
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Google India must pay back-taxes on $225m after cheekily funneling cash through Ireland
When Irish eyes are stockpiling
October 25, 2017
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Google initiative looks to preserve walkable copies of Earth's historical sites on the web
Indiana Jones' exclamation of, "It belongs in a museum!" is taking a trip into the digital age with a Google initiative that will save archaeological sites to the cloud.
April 16, 2018
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Google Introduces Cloud-Based Encryption Key Management Service
Google has announced a new service for its Google Cloud Platform (GCP) that allows to create, use, rotate, and destroy symmetric encryption keys. Although the new Cloud Key Management Service (KMS) is integrated with Google's Cloud Identity Access Management and Cloud Audit Logging, keys managed using KMS can be also used independently.
January 16, 2017
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Google is about to force you to use its new Calendar design
Last October, Google announced a redesigned look and feel for Google Calendar on the desktop. Not everybody loves the design (including me, though some people have told me I'm wrong), but soon your opinion won't matter because Google is about to upgrade your Calendar to the new design anyway.
January 3, 2018
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Google is bringing AMP to Gmail to make emails more interactive
Google has announced it is bringing its Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) technology to Gmail in order to make emails a lot more engaging and interactive.
February 13, 2018
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Google is considering selling off Zagat
Google is considering selling off Zagat, the US restaurant review guide it purchased back in 2011, according to a report from Reuters today. The search giant has reportedly been in talks with multiple companies who may potentially buy the service, which is part of Google Maps and is maintained by a small team of Google employees.
January 3, 2018
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Google is developing 'Stories' to make web search results fancier
Not so long ago, Google introduced its AMP project -- a website technology aimed at reducing loading times on mobile. Whether you know it or not, you've surely landed on AMP-optimized web pages, which are indicated by a small lightning icon next to the search result link.
February 13, 2018
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Google is fixing an error that led to smaller sites disappearing from Google News
PSA: If you are a smaller news site that has suddenly discovered you've been removed from Google News, you are not alone -- and a fix is coming from Google.
January 8, 2018
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Google is killing off Play Newsstand in favor of Google News
Google is reportedly planning to kill off Play Newsstand in favor of the older Google News app, which will be revamped to incorporate rich media elements from both Newsstand and YouTube, as well as the technology behind Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP). The redesign is expected to be unveiled at this year's I/O conference.
May 4, 2018
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Google is launching a new digital store to sell cloud-based software
Google is launching a digital store that will offer cloud-based software to companies and other organizations. Bloomberg, which reported the news a bit earlier, notes the move is just the juggernaut's latest effort to ensure that cloud leaders, and specifically Amazon Web Services, don't leave the company in the dust.
January 30, 2018
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Google is letting musicians post Twitter-like updates directly in search results
Assuming you're important enough to have a search card
March 8, 2018
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Google is making it easier to create 3D audio for VR
With Resonance Audio
November 6, 2017
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Google is now integrated into the iMessage apps drawer
Search and share in Google without leaving iMessage
March 5, 2018
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Google is often its own worst enemy
From Google Now to its notification-centric smartwatch vision, it's astonishing how willing Google is to ditch great ideas instead of nurturing them to maturity.
March 22, 2018
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Google is reportedly separating its shopping service after EU antitrust fine
Google Shopping will remain part of Google, but will be operated and funded independently
September 26, 2017
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Google is rolling out stricter rules for US political ads
The rules, which will kick in before the 2018 midterm elections, aim to create transparency about who's paying for ads and to prevent foreign meddling.
May 4, 2018
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Google Is Said to Retool User Security in Wake of Political Hack
Google is preparing to upgrade its security tools for online accounts to better insulate users from cyberattacks and politically motivated hacks, according to two people familiar with the company's plan.
October 2, 2017
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Google is selling off Zagat
Seven years after picking up Zagat for $151 million, Google is selling off the perennial restaurant recommendation service. The New York Times is reporting this morning that the technology giant is selling off the company to The Infatuation, a review site founded nine years back by former music execs.
March 5, 2018
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Google is starting to offer its big digital whiteboard in more countries
Google is starting to expand availability of the Jamboard throughout Europe, in what seems to be the first real sign that the company is having some success with its digital whiteboard.
February 6, 2018
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Google is surfacing Texas shooter misinformation in search results -- thanks also to Twitter
Google has once again been called out for algorithmically encouraging the spread of dubious, politically charged speculation and misinformation around a topical news event.
November 6, 2017
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Google is testing a makeover for Search
Google first unveiled Material Design almost 4 years ago now and it still hasn't applied it across the entirety of its platforms. Perhaps that's a testament to the enormous success of the company but it has been working, slowly but steadily, at revamping its many products to abide by the new design language.
March 5, 2018
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Google is testing a new Material Design layout for Search
Search might be getting a facelift in the months to come. It seems Google is currently experimenting with a revamped version of its signature Material Design layout for its search engine service, as spotted by sharp-eyed Reddit users.
March 5, 2018
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Google is testing self-destructing emails in new Gmail
Google is working on a brand new design for the web version of Gmail. Yesterday, I published screenshots of the new design. TechCrunch's tipster Chaim also discovered an interesting new feature in the new Gmail. You'll soon be able to send expiring emails.
April 13, 2018
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Google is using AI to create stunning landscape photos using Street View imagery
Google's AI photo editor tricked even professional photographers
July 14, 2017
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Google is using deep learning and data analysis to curate the Play Store
Machine learning plays a big part in how apps are monitored in the Play Store.
July 12, 2017
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Google is Working on a Social Gaming App Called Arcade
Google is working with a 21-year-old man called Michael Sayman on a social gaming app called Arcade. Arcade is said to launch as early as this summer, assuming the tech needed for the app is available by then. Sayman may be young, but he has been around the tech world since he was a Facebook intern at 17-years-old.
May 3, 2018
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Google Issue Tracker bug database found to have its own security vulnerability
Google's bug-tracking database -- the Google Issue Tracker which is known as the Buganizer System within the company itself -- had its own security holes which left it vulnerable to hackers.
November 2, 2017
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Google Keep: Everything you need to know
Create lists, transcribe recordings, doodle, collaborate on to-do lists, and much more with Google Keep.
January 3, 2018
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Google kicks itself out of its own cache when serving AMP pages
Google.com URLs for stories published elsewhere are on the way out
January 9, 2018
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Google killed a lot of horrible ads in 2016
Google killed twice as many bad ads in 2016 as they did in 2015.
January 25, 2017
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Google launches an improved speech-to-text service for developers
Only a few weeks after launching a major overhaul of its Cloud Text-to-Speech API, Google today also announced an update to that service's Speech-to-Text voice recognition service.
April 09, 2018
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Google launches Gmail Add-ons and brings a range of business tools to the inbox
Integration is the name of the game these days, and Google is taking steps to ensure that its own services offer integration with the tools and services people need to get their work done. With this in mind, the company today launches Gmail Add-ons after a beta testing period as a developer preview earlier in the year.
October 24, 2017
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Google launches its own version of Snapchat Stories
Google's new AMP stories give publishers a way to share content with images and video.
February 13, 2018
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Google launches privacy website ahead of new European data protection rules
New data protection rules are due to come into effect in Europe next year, and Google is highlighting the rights and obligations that are being introduced. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force in May and Google, like other businesses, will need to comply.
August 8, 2017
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Google launches preview of Android Things Console
Google announced Android Things - previously known as Project Brillo -as its Internet of Things (IoT) OS towards the end of last year. With Android Things, Google is making it easier for developers to create new experiences with connected devices, along with offering competition to Windows 10 IoT Core.
June 30, 2017
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Google launches Resonance Audio, its new spatial audio SDK
As augmented reality slowly proliferates with the promise of bringing computer interaction into three-dimensional space, platform giants like Google are tasked with bringing every sense into 3D space, as well.
November 6, 2017
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Google launches root certificate authority
Cutting out the middle man
January 27, 2017
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Google launches SOS Alerts in Search and Maps to help out in a crisis
Google is rolling out new features to its Search and Maps products to help get information out to people in the event of a crisis. SOS Alerts provides access to information and stories about incidents and locations where there has been some form of disaster.
July 25, 2017
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Google lies about click-fraud refunds and tried to destroy us -- ad biz
Web giant accused in court of withholding money
December 13, 2017
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Google Looking for Users' Help to Improve Their Image Recognition Algorithms
Considering the colossal amounts of data Google has amassed over the years, it isn't unusual for the company for put that data to enhance their machine learning capabilities.
April 06, 2018
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Google loses big 'right to be forgotten' case -- and it could set an important precedent
A businessman with an historic criminal conviction has won his case against Google in a "right to be forgotten" lawsuit seeking to remove information about his conviction from search results.
April 13, 2018
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Google makes it easier for businesses to take online bookings
Businesses in the US now have a new way to sign up with one of Google's booking partners and to add a booking button to their search listing.
October 23, 2017
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Google makes splitting the cost of Project Fi group plans easier
Every carrier offers group plans that allow you to share your wireless plan with multiple friends, family members or, if you are so inclined, random strangers. That means you're only getting a single bill for all of these people, though, which means you have to find a way to repay the main account holder every month. For a service like Google's Project Fi, where every user may incur very different fees, that can quickly become a hassle, so starting today, Project Fi can automatically handle this for you with the launch of its new "group repay" option.
June 19, 2017
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Google Maps - Everything you need to know!
Do you prefer Google Maps to Apple Maps? Here's everything you need to know about Google's mapping service!
March 19, 2018
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Google Maps adds color to help you hone in on points of interest
Locations in Google Maps get smarter and get a new look.
November 16, 2017
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Google Maps can now create transit routes that take wheelchair accessibility into account
Starting today, Google is adding a "wheelchair accessible" routing option to Google Maps, as reported by Gizmodo. Tailored toward the use of public transit in metropolitan areas, when selected, the route that is presented will factor in the availability of wheelchair ramps and elevators on routes.
March 15, 2018
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Google Maps gains new parking features, difficulty icons in 25 cities outside the U.S.
Google has just updated its Maps service with a bevy of new features meant to improve the parking capabilities of the mobile apps (Android and iOS). Starting with this update, Google Maps users in 25 cities outside of the United States will be able to use parking difficulty icons on both Android and iOS devices.
August 29, 2017
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Google Maps gains wheelchair accessibility info in several cities
Google is adding some important accessibility information to Maps, letting users see whether or not routes are navigable by wheelchair. The company says the extra data will be useful not only to wheelchair users, but anyone with mobility issues -- as well as parents pushing kids in a stroller.
March 15, 2018
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Google Maps gets makeover with new colors and icons
The tech giant and cartographic colossus spruces up the Maps interface to make things easier to spot.
November 15, 2017
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Google Maps gets support for 39 new languages
Google today announced that Google Maps is getting support for 39 additional languages.
March 27, 2018
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Google Maps goes off-world to explore Pluto, Venus, moons
More planets and a handful of Saturn's and Jupiter's moons get the Google Maps treatment.
October 16, 2017
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Google Maps got a redesign
The company said in a blog post that it has updated driving, navigation, transit and explore maps to better highlight information that the company thinks will be most relevant. That means gas stations when you're driving or more prominently featured train and bus stations if you're riding the rails or hopping on mass transit.
November 15, 2017
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Google Maps is now available in 39 new languages
Google Maps is now available in 39 new languages, the company announced today in a blog post. These languages -- including Afrikaans, Danish, Filipino, Hebrew, Icelandic, Mongolian, Serbian, Slovak, Swahili, Turkish, and Vietnamese, to name a few -- are spoken by around 1.25 billion people.
March 27, 2018
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Google Maps is using fast food spots to help you drive
The navigation app appears to be using local landmarks to provide more natural directions.
April 16, 2018
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Google Maps lets you navigate through town as Mario
Oh yeah! Mario time!
March 9, 2018
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Google Maps makes it easier to find parking with your phone
It's hard enough getting where you want to go, but parking, once you get there, can be a trial in and of itself.
August 29, 2017
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Google Maps may soon show how difficult parking is near your destination
Using "easy," "medium," and "limited" descriptions in your driving directions.
January 17, 2017
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Google Maps now can tell you the best time of day to travel to your destination
Maybe wait an hour or two before leaving?
July 14, 2017
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Google Maps now lets businesses mark themselves as 'Women-Led'
In commemoration of this year's International Women's Day, Google is updating its My Business dashboard to allow business owners to list themselves as "Women-Led."
March 8, 2018
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Google Maps now lets you explore your local planets and moons, too
Google today announced a fun update to Google Maps that'll allow you to virtually visit a dozen additional planets and moons in our solar system. The company has added to its lineup imagery of Pluto, Venus and several moons and also made it easier to find them in Maps. In total, Google Maps now features imagery of 16 celestial bodies.
October 16, 2017
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Google Maps now makes it easier to find parking
Google announced an update to Google Maps today that will make it easier for its users to find parking when they drive into town.
August 29, 2017
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Google Maps now predicts how hard finding parking will be
The Maps feature ranks parking difficulties at your destination, from limited to medium to easy.
January 26, 2017
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Google Maps now shows how hard it will be to park at your destination
The new feature won't provide live updates, but the color-coded icon will give you a general idea of the parking availability.
January 27, 2017
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Google Maps now tells you how long a future trip will take
"If I don't leave now, it's only going to take longer."
July 14, 2017
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Google Maps Parking Assistant is Live In 25 Cities
That didn't take long. Just a week after a beta test of Google Maps' latest app version showed the company was testing a new feature intended to alert users to potential parking problems, the service is now live.
January 26, 2017
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Google Maps reportedly shows parking availability for some users
Last year, rumors suggested Google was working on a new feature for its Maps app, which would tell users about parking availability. now that feature has reportedly gone live for a limited number of users in the preview app.
January 17, 2017
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Google Maps shortcuts are live for some users
They seem to have rolled out in India, at least
March 19, 2018
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Google Maps tells you the best time to start your journey
Time your departure time wrong, and even the simplest of journeys can end up taking far longer than it was meant to. Hit traffic, and your journey time could be doubled -- or worse. A new feature of Google Maps aims to eliminate this problem.
July 17, 2017
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Google Maps update adds wheelchair accessible routes in transit navigation
In an attempt to make it easier for people who use wheelchairs or with other mobility needs to take advantage of all the information Maps can provide, Google announced wheelchair friendly routes in transit navigation will now show up in its app.
March 15, 2018
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Google Maps updates its color scheme to make it easier to identify points of interest
Google Maps has gotten an updated look. The driving, navigation, transit, and explore maps have gotten a refresh so that important information is shown more clearly. Gas stations will now appear more prominently during navigation, as will train stations on transit maps.
November 15, 2017
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Google Maps will now help you find a parking space
When you head away on your travels, we always recommend hiring a car to find the best locations and get away from the tourists. But, hiring a car and driving around a new city can be time-consuming and stressful when you look for a location to park your car.
August 29, 2017
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Google Maps: Find Parking and other features you need to start using
Don't take Google's trusty Maps app for granted. It gets even better once you dig into its settings and start customizing it.
August 29, 2017
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Google may introduce autoplaying videos to its search results page
Autoplaying videos are possibly one of the most hated features of the web. However, this annoying feature may soon make its way to the biggest website on the internet, Google. The search giant is currently testing multiple ways to include autoplaying videos in its search results page.
July 25, 2017
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Google merges payment platforms under Google Pay brand
The search giant will bring together Android Pay and Google Wallet in one product.
January 8, 2018
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Google must alter worldwide search results, per orders from Canada's top court
Vancouver tech company seeks to de-list a website selling alleged counterfeits.
June 28, 2017
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Google must cough up contact info for 8,000 employees in gender discrimination case
But judge narrows scope of US Labor Dept request
July 17, 2017
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Google must yank search results globally, says Canada court
In a case involving pirated goods, the country's top court says removing results only on Google's Canada site isn't enough. But critics worry about free speech.
June 28, 2017
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Google Neural Network Can Isolate Individual Voices in Videos
The bleeding edge of computer science these days is all about making computers more like humans. We're using neural networks to help machines recognize objects, play games, and even speak in a more realistic way.
April 13, 2018
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Google News becomes more readable with refreshed interface
Much of the Google ecosystem has had a UI upgrade and now uses Google's Material Design with a card format. Google News has been one of the longest holdouts, looking quite dated in comparison to the rest of the ecosystem; but as of Tuesday, Google has changed this by revamping the news aggregation website.
June 28, 2017
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Google News facelift focuses on showing you the facts
The new format wants to help you browse the news and see whether a given item is one of the most fact-checked stories of the day.
June 28, 2017
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Google News gets a fresh coat of paint
Google News is looking different today. That's because Google today launched a major redesign of its news aggregation site that brings it in line with the rest of its services and removes a lot of the clutter that accumulated over the years.
June 27, 2017
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Google News gets a much-needed redesign to cut down on clutter and confusion
Google today unveiled a new look for its 14-year-old news reader that makes the web service much easier to digest. The Google News page now has three sections located at the center of the homepage: a top headlines list, a local list, and a personalized "For You' section containing stories in interest areas you've preselected.
June 27, 2017
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Google News is getting a revamp with more video and faster load times
Google is giving Google News a redesign that will bring in elements from its Newsstand app and YouTube, according to sources who spoke with AdAge.
May 4, 2018
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Google News to be revamped with elements from Play Newsstand and YouTube
The new app may be announced at I/O next week.
May 4, 2018
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Google News website gets redesigned, now looks like something from this decade
Google News gets a new website using Google's "Material Design" guidelines.
June 28, 2017
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Google now actively works against extremist YouTube videos
New policies make it harder for terroristic content to flourish (and be found) on YouTube.
June 19, 2017
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Google now has all the data it needs, will stop scanning Gmail inboxes for ad personalization
Here's a surprise announcement from Google: It will stop scanning the inboxes of Gmail's free users for ad personalization at some point later this year.
June 23, 2017
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Google now lets musicians post responses to your searches
Musicians can post updates that'll appear in the Knowledge Panel when you search for them.
March 9, 2018
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Google now lets you register sites ending in .app
Google is now letting people make sites ending in .app, releasing its monopoly on the top-level domain after three years. Google acquired the top-level domain .app in 2015, after shelling out just $25 million for the honor. Top-level domains are the last part of a domain name, like .com or .org.
May 1, 2018
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Google now offers more money saving options when you're trip planning
But you gotta be flexible
August 29, 2017
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Google Offers Help To Industries It Helps To Destroy
Twenty-Four years ago, a young Indian engineer named Sundar Pichai boarded a plane for the first time, to fly to Pittsburgh. Thursday, he returned to Pittsburgh as CEO of Google, and announced plans to give away $1 billion.
October 12, 2017
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Google offers prayers for Las Vegas but keeps quiet on fake news
CEO Sundar Pichai says Google has victims from the mass shooting in Las Vegas in its prayers.
October 4, 2017
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Google officially introduces Data Loss Prevention API
Google has just released a new API that helps organizations protect and regulate sensitive data. The Data Loss Prevention (DLP) API, which has been in beta since March, has now been unveiled, together with a couple of new features.
October 23, 2017
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Google opens its Nearby Connections tech to Android developers to enable smarter offline apps
Google announced today the public availability of a developer tool that will allow Android apps to better communicate with nearby devices, even while offline. The company touts a number of potential use cases for this technology -- like hotel rooms that sense your entry then set the temperature accordingly and turn on your favorite music, or phones that can merge their address books while in proximity, among other things.
July 31, 2017
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Google opens regional data center in London
Google has boosted its UK cloud presence with the official opening of the company's new London regional data center.
July 14, 2017
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Google opens up quantum computers to chemists
Google has released some open source, free-to-use software to give chemists and material scientists access to quantum computers in a move to give a boost to the industry. Google worked in collaboration with Rigetti Computing and others to create OpenFermion, a new Python package for running electronic structure calculations on quantum computers.
October 23, 2017
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Google Ordered To Pay Record $2.7 Billion Antitrust Fine Over Shopping Search Results
Nearly a year after rumors began swirling that Google could face a record-breaking fine in order to put a six-year long European antitrust investigation related to its search behind it. European regulators are ordering the tech giant to pay up, to the tune of $2.7 billion.
June 27, 2017
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Google PAIRs People, AI For Better Research
Google this week announced a new initiative aimed at making artificial intelligence "more useful to all of us"--by designing more user-friendly systems.
July 12, 2017
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Google parent Alphabet forms holding company, XXVI, to complete 2015 corporate reorganization
The company formerly known as Google -- before it rebranded its "collection of companies" to Alphabet, in 2015, turning the main ad revenue business into a corporate unit wholly-owned by the parent entity -- looks to have finally completed this process of business reorganization by forming a new holding company, called XXVI Holdings Inc.
September 4, 2017
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Google parent Alphabet reports lower Q2 profit thanks to EU fine
Google parent Alphabet reported its 2017 second quarter earnings today after the closing bell. The company reported a 21% year-over-year increase in revenue from the $21.5 billion reported during last year's second quarter. $25.1 billion flowed into the company's coffers during the period from April through June.
July 24, 2017
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Google partners with Cloudflare and TripleLift to improve AMP ads
Google is making a number of ad partner announcements around its Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) format today. the idea behind AMP is to speed up the mobile web experience for users and it's no secret that ads play a major role in making regular mobile (and desktop) pages load slowly. with AMP ads, Google and its partners aim to make ads load fast again.
January 30, 2017
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Google partners with International Fact Checking Network to further tackle fake news
These days just about every tech company with the slightest connection to news is doing what it can to stem the flow of fake news. Mozilla, Microsoft and Facebook have all taken steps, and Google has already rolled out its Fact Check tag to highlight verified stories.
October 26, 2017
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Google pay discrimination lawsuit is moving forward
A class-action lawsuit alleging pay discrimination at Google based on gender is moving forward, California Superior Court Judge Mary E. Wiss recently ordered.
April 05, 2018
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Google Pay heads for the desktop... and, we fear, an inevitable flop
Life in plastic, it's fantastic
May 4, 2018
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Google paying Apple BEEELLIONS to stay search top dog on iDevices, say analysts
But it could turn off taps at any moment
August 15, 2017
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Google picks up a $2.72 billion fine by the EU for abuse of power
The EU has been investigating Google for some time now, in connection with its Google Shopping service. According to the European Commission, Big G has abused its power as the leading search engine, in order to promote Google Shopping over its competitors in the price-comparison market.
June 27, 2017
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Google Plans To Stop Scanning Emails To Personalize Gmail Ads
Call it trickle-down privacy: Google announced that it will no longer scan your emails to personalize the ads you see in Gmail. The company said this change results from its decision to make the professional version of Gmail, which is included in G Suite, "more closely align" with the consumer version. G Suite customers already have this level of privacy; now the billion-plus people who don't pay a cent for Gmail will also be able to enjoy it.
June 23, 2017
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Google pledges $1B to prepare workers for tech jobs
The initiative comes as Silicon Valley faces scrutiny over the implications of technology and automation on jobs.
October 12, 2017
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Google Presents MultiModel: A Neural Network Capable of Learning Multiple Tasks in Multiple Domains
Google created an algorithm that can take inputs from multiple modalities and can generate output in multiple modalities.
July 12, 2017
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Google promises publishers an alternative to AMP
Google's AMP project is not uncontroversial. Users often love it because it makes mobile sites load almost instantly. Publishers often hate it because they feel like they are giving Google too much control in return for better placement on its search pages.
March 8, 2018
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Google promises to stop scanning your email for personalization data later this year
Google is well-known for leveraging its vast hordes of data on users' habits, preferences and search data in order to provide personalized advertisements through its AdWords and AdSense programs. One source of this data, which many privacy enthusiasts have often been concerned about, is your Gmail account, where Google would routinely scan emails in order to better identify your tastes. Indeed, Microsoft ran its semi-successful 'Scroogled' ad campaign entirely based on this.
June 23, 2017
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Google purchased a company that turns displays into speakers
Is this a sign of things to come on the Pixel 3?
January 11, 2018
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Google puts forth policy proposal to support law enforcement as well as user privacy
Google has certainly been no stranger to legal demands as far as access to its onshore and offshore data is concerned. In fact, earlier this year, a US judge ordered the company to release foreign emails to support an FBI investigation, with Google preparing itself to fight the decision. In the meantime, investigative activities continue to be impacted by laws that are perceived to "hinder law enforcement and user privacy".
June 23, 2017
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Google releases Backup and Sync for Mac and Windows
No need to fear crashes anymore
July 12, 2017
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Google releases last Android O Developer Preview before official launch
The release of the Android O is fast approaching, but until Google decides to out the final version of the platform, those lucky to own a compatible Nexus or Pixel device will be able to install a new Developer Preview build.
July 24, 2017
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Google releases millions of bad drawings for you (and your AI) to paw through
Back in November, Google showcased a few of its funky machine learning experiments, and among them was Quick, Draw! (their bang, not mine) -- a game where you sketch something and an image recognition system guesses what it is. Now the company is releasing the millions upon millions of sketches players submitted as an open data set for AI developers to play with.
August 25, 2017
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Google releases new TensorFlow Object Detection API
Google is releasing a new TensorFlow object detection API to make it easier for developers and researchers to identify objects within images. Google is trying to offer the best of simplicity and performance -- the models being released today have performed well in benchmarking and have become regularly used in research.
June 16, 2017
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Google removes private medical records from search results
Personal medical records are supposed to stay between you and your doctor, but in a digital age that's not always what happens.
June 23, 2017
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Google removes 'view image' button from search results to make pics harder to steal
Better for websites and photographers but worse for users
February 15, 2018
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Google Removes 'View Image' Button From Search Results, but There's a Way You Can Get It Back
Google is making a change to image search that sounds small but will have a big impact: it's removing the "view image" button that appeared when you clicked on a picture, which linked you to the image. We've all used the button extensively to grab images we needed off of Google.
February 16, 2018
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Google Replaces Cloud Prediction API with Cloud Machine Learning Engine
Google has announced that over the course of the next year, it is discontinuing its Cloud Prediction API, and encourages developers using the Prediction API to migrate to its Cloud Machine Learning Engine, which enables data analysis, machine-learning training, and predictions from the Google Cloud Platform. After May 1st, 2018, Google will no longer provide technical support, further releases, or any API access to the Cloud Prediction API.
June 21, 2017
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Google reportedly building Snapchat Discover competitor into search
Stories could be built using Google AMP technology
August 4, 2017
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Google reports all-time high of government data requests
In Google's latest transparency report, even more governments want to know what people are doing online.
September 28, 2017
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Google responds to academic funding controversy -- with a GIF
Last week, an advocacy group called Campaign for Accountability (CfA) released a list of academics and policy experts who had received funding from Google in the last few years. That created quite a stir, especially because many of the scholars on the list didn't think they should have been included in this list in the first place -- often because the funding they received from Google wasn't related to the work cited in the CfA's list or because they never received funding from Google at all.
July 17, 2017
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Google revamps image search to protect Getty Images' intellectual property
Getty Images filed a complaint against Google before the European Commission in April 2016 for allegedly making available high-resolution versions of copyrighted photos via its image search service. Nearly two years later, the complaint has prompted the search giant to introduce changes to Google Images intended to help protect the intellectual property of photographers.
February 12, 2018
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Google revamps its Security Checkup feature with personalized suggestions for your account
Google today is rolling out a revamped version of its longtime Security Checkup feature -- a service that helps users make sure their Google accounts are safe by checking those items that could impact your account's security. This includes connected apps, connected devices, account permissions and other things. Now, Security Checkup will be improved by offering more personalized suggestions, says Google.
October 16, 2017
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Google reveals the top things people want to find out 'How to' do
Google has a new website compiled using search data and built by its News Lab, working together with Xaquin G.V., an interactive visual data journalist. The site uses data related to searches made by users about "How To" do things, which represents a massive amount of activity on Google, it turns out.
September 1, 2017
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Google rolls out early access to new YouTube Music subscription service
YouTube today began early access to its rebranded YouTube Music subscription service.
May 22, 2018
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Google rolls out new policies for U.S. election ads
Google announced on Friday a new set of policies around how it will verify election advertisers in the U.S. Specifically, any advertiser who want to buy an election ad on Google in the U.S. will now have to go through additional verification to prove they are a citizen or lawful permanent resident, as required by law.
May 4, 2018
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Google says broader right to be forgotten is 'serious assault' on freedom
Criticises European Court of Justice before deadline for comments on looming cases
November 16, 2017
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Google says goodbye to the blob emoji in a weird and creative way
Google has decided to revamp its emoji for the upcoming Android O, and in doing so it killed an Android icon -- the blob emoji. While some users will miss the adorable little whatever-it-is, others are more than happy that Big G is moving on to a more familiar design with round yellow faces and humanoid characters instead. In fact, over 50% of PhoneArena readers are glad the blob will disappear from their phones, according to our poll.
July 18, 2017
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Google Says It Will Stop Scanning Your Emails to Serve Ads
Gmail is free, in part because Google has always scanned the contents of users' inboxes in order to serve targeted ads. It's a sleazy business model, but Google certainly isn't alone: Most other free email services (and, hi, social media platforms) do the same thing.
June 23, 2017
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Google Search comes to iMessage
Google Search is now available within iMessage. In an effort to more deeply integrate Google's search engine on iOS devices, the company announced today that its Search app for iOS has added an iMessage extension, allowing iPhone and iPad users to search the web, then quickly add those search results to their iMessage conversations.
March 5, 2018
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Google search now casually highlights 'best torrent sites'
This is... helpful?
July 10, 2017
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Google search now involves looking for bikes taken from its campus
Google is known primarily for its search engine, but the tech giant now is using a different type of search. Bicycles meant for employees to get across the huge Mountain View campus are disappearing, with hundreds going missing each week.
January 8, 2018
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Google Search to Use Mobile Versions of Sites for Indexing
It would be hard to imagine a world without Google search. Over the years, it's transformed from a search engine to an essential part of our internet experience. Before the widespread availability of smartphones, the primary platform used to access Google was the desktop.
March 26, 2018
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Google Search will now alert users to pollen levels
Google Search will now integrate pollen forecasts.
August 16, 2017
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Google searches reveal people would rather buy Bitcoin than gold
While Bitcoin peaks, gold is looking decidedly peaky as crypto Google search trends outnumber the precious metal for the first time.
November 8, 2017
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Google serves up cloudy services from London
All to do with lowering latency, not Brexit. Got that?
July 13, 2017
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Google shares are down after missing on fourth-quarter earnings
Alphabet's sales beat expectations, but profits fell short.
January 26, 2017
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Google shares how-to search data for toilets, ties and more
Turns out, we all care about fixing walls.
September 1, 2017
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Google slams "for-profit bail-bond providers," won't let them advertise
Activists want limits on companies that profit from arrest of minorities.
May 7, 2018
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Google Slides now has add-ons, and lets you import ideas from Keep
Google Slides just got a major overhaul. In addition to tighter integration with Google Keep, as well as third-party services like Shutterstock and Adobe Stock, it now lets you link elements between presentations, and comes with some major design and functionality tweaks.
September 27, 2017
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Google sniffs out pollen info for allergy sufferers
The pollen forecast will be included in search results.
August 16, 2017
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Google spent about $270K to close pay gaps across race and gender
Google says there are currently no "statistically significant" pay gaps at the company across race and gender. This is based on the company's most recent pay analysis, where it looked at unexplained pay discrepancies based on gender and race and then made adjustments where necessary, Google wrote in a blog post today.
March 15, 2018
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Google still exploiting tax loopholes to shelter billions in overseas ad revenue
The company is enjoying a grace period for now-closed loopholes to shave 16 billion euros from its tax bill
January 2, 2018
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Google Store may soon go live in six more countries
Google Store launched more than two years ago as the new home for all of the company's hardware. With that move, Google removed all hardware offerings from the Play Store, making it a place for only software and digital content.
October 4, 2017
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Google Storyboard turns your videos into comic strips
Google just launched three experimental photography apps on Product Hunt. My favorite one is Storyboard, which lets you automatically turn your videos into a one-page comic strip.
December 11, 2017
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Google strikes deal with Getty, will remove direct image links from search
Getty Images has announced a licensing deal with Google that resolves a 2016 lawsuit filed by the photo agency against the Internet giant. The lawsuit accused Google of "promoting piracy" by linking to high-resolution copyrighted images without watermarks, enabling anyone to save and use the images without paying the related fee.
February 12, 2018
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Google takes aim at medtech for Launchpad Studio's first batch of AI-focused startups
Google has been going all-in on artificial intelligence and machine learning for some time now, and part of that is, of course, nurturing the growing ecosystem around it, from developer tools to startups.
November 1, 2017
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Google Takes Aim at Privacy Law After Facebook Lobbying Failed
Alphabet Inc. is pushing efforts to roll back the most comprehensive biometric privacy law in the U.S., even as the company and its peers face heightened scrutiny after the unauthorized sharing of data at Facebook Inc.
April 24, 2018
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Google teams up with Ticketmaster to offer concert tickets through YouTube
YouTube is -- of course -- about video, but it is becoming more than that. Google has just announced that it is teaming up with Ticketmaster, giving people the opportunity to learn about concert dates and buy concert tickets while watching artists' videos.
November 16, 2017
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Google tests hyper-local news posting with Bulletin
A tool to enable communities to report news quickly is being tested in Nashville and Oakland. But how will it separate signal from noise?
January 26, 2018
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Google tidies up its Maps with new icons and color keys
Google today announced it's bringing a new look to Maps. The new experience has brighter colors, clearer icons and an overall improved user experience.
November 15, 2017
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Google to acquire Xively IoT platform from LogMeIn for $50M
Google announced today that it intends to buy Xively from LogMeIn for $50 million, giving Google Cloud an established IoT platform to add to their product portfolio.
February 15, 2018
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Google to add restaurant wait times to Google Search and Maps, followed by grocery stores
Google announced today it will soon roll out a new feature to Google Search, followed by Google Maps, that will show you the estimated wait times for area restaurants. The addition is an expansion on Google's existing feature which shows businesses' busy times, but with a tweak that helps diners better decide where and when they want to eat.
November 7, 2017
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Google to bring Machine Learning Tools to Raspberry Pi
Developers that would like to have more machine learning and AI on their Raspberry Pi machines, this is the time to rejoice! Google has decided to bring its tools over to the DIY machines, though the tech giant will need the input of existing developers to do so. other fields that tinkerers may be able to access in the near future include 3D printing, the Internet of Things, and wearables.
January 24, 2017
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Google to crack down on websites that serve annoying ads
Google is launching a new initiative to help reduce annoying advertisements online. According to a recent blog post by Scott Spencer, Director of Product Management for Sustainable Ads, websites with ad issues will be notified in the coming weeks. Those that have been tagged can check the Ad Experience report for more information about the problem.
August 9, 2017
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Google to Create a Cloud App Marketplace, Chasing Amazon
The new product will enhance Google's G Suite, an online store for company and third-party applications, allowing customers to tap an even larger number of external services through the Google universe.
January 30, 2018
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Google to de-rank RT and Sputnik news outlets
In a recent Q and A between Alphabet chairman, Eric Schmidt, and journalists, it was admitted that Google is trying to find a way to de-rank the RT and Sputnik news outlets on Google News, which are often critical about the West and particularly its collective foreign policy. Ever since the election of Donald Trump, U.S. politicians have been trying to draw links between the Russian state, which partially funds RT and Sputnik, and Trump's election win.
November 21, 2017
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Google to 'derank' results from Russia Today, Sputnik
Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google parent Alphabet, says Google's algorithms can help limit the spread of misinformation.
November 21, 2017
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Google to finally stop scanning Gmail messages
Somewhat controversially, Google has always scanned messages in Gmail in order to be able to present users with relevant, personalized adverts based on the email content. That's something that has always worried people who are concerned with what personal information the company might be gleaning from their inboxes.
June 23, 2017
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Google to open AI lab in China
Google is setting up shop in China to capitalize on the country's talent in artificial intelligence in spite of a complicated relationship with the Chinese government.
December 13, 2017
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Google to remove private medical data from search results
As DeepMind slurps up more more patient data for Streams
June 23, 2017
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Google Top Tech Searches For 2017 Includes Nintendo Switch And Xbox One X
The internet has been ravenous for info on the new Xbox and Nintendo systems.
December 14, 2017
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Google tracks what you spend offline to prove its online ads work. And privacy folks are furious
Watchdog goes to court to open up black box system
July 31, 2017
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Google tries opening AMP, its fast mobile website tech, to all
Lowering its walled garden's walls, the tech giant says it'll promote websites in search results even if they don't use Google's Accelerated Mobile Pages.
March 8, 2018
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Google Trends now surfaces data from News, Images, YouTube and Shopping verticals
Google announced today it's expanding the focus of its Google Trends service -- the site that lets anyone track what the world's web searchers are looking for in both real time and non-real time. The service now includes data from more Google products beyond web search, the company says, with the addition of search data from verticals like Google News, Shopping, Images and YouTube.
November 27, 2017
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Google turns emoji into a verbal language
Many pundits decry the use of emoji as contributing to the decline of advanced communications. While I understand that view, the criticism is quite overblown. Actually, one of the biggest pain points of text-based communication is a lack of context and emotion. In other words, emails and text messages can often be misinterpreted, potentially leading to arguments and misunderstandings.
August 14, 2017
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Google uncovers Russia-backed ads on YouTube and Gmail
The ads are the first evidence that Russian operatives used Google to try to influence the 2016 US presidential election.
October 9, 2017
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Google unveils Advr, an experimental Area 120 project for advertising in VR
Google today is more formally taking the wraps off its internal incubator, Area 120, with the launch of a dedicated website, alongside the launch of one of the program's more interesting projects to date: a way to advertise within VR. The new experiment, which is simply called Advr, involves a cube-like ad format which allows video ads to run in a 3D/VR environment.
June 28, 2017
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Google unveils an AI investment fund. it's betting on an app store for algorithms.
Google just placed yet another bet on the idea that artificial intelligence will remake the world--and throw off wild profits.
June 23, 2017
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Google unveils its $300M News Initiative
Google today announced a multi-pronged News Initiative, which Chief Business Officer Phillipp Schindler described as a way to tie together all the company's efforts to work with the journalism industry.
March 20, 2018
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Google unveils 'Super Chat' earnings scheme for YouTube content creators
Profits made by YouTube creators can vary wildly. One way these people earn money is from views -- every time a viewer watches a video with an advertisement, the person gets a very small sum. on there own, each view is worth less than a penny. this can ad up, however, and some creators -- such as PewDiePie -- can earn millions of dollars each year.
January 12, 2017
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Google updates job search with estimated salary, location filter
As part of its Google for Jobs initiative, earlier this year Google introduced a new job search tool to help users better understand a prospective employer or how long their new commute might take.
November 15, 2017
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Google updates Maps with a more modern look
Maps is one of Google's best products, and it gets updated on a regular basis, with changes and new features debuting all the time.
November 15, 2017
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Google updates search to lock you into an endless search loop
Google has updated search in three ways over the past few weeks, and today, the company explained how these new features encourage users to fall further down a search hole. All three updates let users expand their search beyond the information they originally intended to find.
December 5, 2017
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Google updates Sheets with macro record features
The move is part of the company's broader plan to make G Suite apps more appealing to enterprise customers.
April 13, 2018
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Google users starting to embrace voice search
Those people who have started using mobile voice search in the last six months are the most frequent voice adopters, according to news coming out of Google UK.
July 3, 2017
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Google Voice gets its first big update in five years, adds new UI and features
Google Voice gets a modern UI, Direct Reply support, and MMS photo support.
January 23, 2017
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Google Wallet review: Easy money sending and bill splitting, if you're on iOS
Let's hope the Android version gets an update soon.
November 13, 2017
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Google Wallet updated with fingerprint and Google Account PIN support
Google has just pushed yet another major update for its Wallet app, which brings two new important features into the mix: fingerprint authentication and Google Account PIN support.
June 23, 2017
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Google wants to add A.I. to Raspberry Pi gadgets
Google plans to bring open source machine-learning tools to board makers later this year
January 26, 2017
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Google wants to help news publishers turn readers into paying customers
Google is working on a set of tools to better help news publishers boost paid subscriptions and earn more revenue from readers, according to a report from Bloomberg. These new features include an expansion of a service that better prioritizes content traditional trapped behind a paywall in search results by offering it free through the company's Accelerated Mobile Pages, or AMP, platform.
August 18, 2017
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Google wants to make Gmail more interactive
Google is seeking to change the way you experience email. The company has announced that it wants to use its AMP software to bring users constantly updating emails that provide greater information and an increased amount of interactivity.
February 16, 2018
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Google wants to make sure AI advances don't leave anyone behind
The company says its new research initiative will tackle bias in AI and make the technology more accessible
July 10, 2017
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Google wants to make YouTube a better place for advertisers
Despite its massive success with viewers, Google always had a hard time convincing advertisers that its video platform was the best place for them to reach their target audiences. Now, Google promises to give advertisers and agencies better tools to measure their reach and target specific audiences – all with a focus on mobile.
January 20, 2017
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Google wants to modernise email with AMP for Email
Google has announced that it is launching AMP for Email through the Gmail Developer Preview in an attempt to modernise email. The internet giant hopes that AMP can make email more engaging, interactive and "actionable". It won't be long until you get to experience amped up emails because Pinterest, Booking.com, and Doodle are all apparently working on content.
February 13, 2018
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Google wants to use AMP to make email more interactive
Google's AMP format has always been about making mobile pages render faster. But Google is now taking it beyond posts, recipes and how-to articles. First, the company launched the new AMP story format earlier today and now it's also announcing a preview of AMP for Email.
February 13, 2018
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Google wants you to upgrade to (its) better two-factor authentication
Two-factor authentication is still the best way to keep yourself safe from password breaches, but some 2FAs are better than others.
July 14, 2017
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Google Warns 1,000 Annoying Advertisers That They'll Be Blocked On Chrome If They Don't Shape Up
If you're tired of auto-playing videos with sound, pop-up ads, and other annoying advertising tricks, well, join the club. Google knows how you feel, and is planning to start blocking those by default in both its desktop and mobile versions of Chrome sometime next year. But first, it's giving publishers a grace period to clean up their acts.
August 9, 2017
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Google will launch an AI research center in China
Google has announced that it will be launching the Google AI China Center, its first such center in Asia.
December 13, 2017
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Google will make copyright disclaimers more prominent in image search
It's part of a global licensing deal with Getty Images
February 9, 2018
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Google will now hide personal medical records from search results
Google has updated its search policies without any sort of fanfare. The search engine now "may remove" -- in addition to existing categories of information -- "confidential, personal medical records of private people" from search results.
June 23, 2017
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Google will relax its grip on news outlets, offer new tools to monetize
For several years Google has required news providers - who wanted to receive prominent placement in search results - to allow visitors to their sites to view at least one news story for free with its 'First Click Free' policy. With sites like The Wall Street Journal and others enabling paywalls to view their content, this policy was intended to increase sales of these services to some extent.
October 2, 2017
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Google will reportedly vet premium YouTube videos more closely
Google will reportedly start more strictly vetting YouTube channels that are part of its Google Preferred premium advertising program, reports Bloomberg Technology. Anonymous sources tell Bloomberg that the company will use both human moderators and machine learning to identify videos that shouldn't be part of Preferred bundles.
January 11, 2018
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Google will resume accepting ads from addiction treatment centers following rampant abuse
After stripping rehab-related search terms from its AdWords platform last year, Google has hired a third-party firm to audit
April 16, 2018
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Google will soon display wait times for restaurants in search and Maps
Hangry?
November 7, 2017
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Google will stop letting sites use AMP format to bait and switch readers
Google today announced a forthcoming update to its Accelerated Mobile Pages, or AMP, web format that aims to discourage website owners from misusing the service. The company says that, starting in February 2018, AMP pages must contain content nearly identical to that of the standard page they're replicating.
November 16, 2017
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Google Will Stop Reading Your Email to Target Ads
One of Google's most controversial practices over the years has been the automated scanning of email contents. Google used that data to target ads inside Gmail, which it places at the top of the list in your social and promotions tabs. Google now says it will end the practice of targeting ads based on email text, but the decision was not made by the Gmail or advertising teams. It comes from Google's cloud unit, which is responsible for selling G Suite business subscriptions.
June 23, 2017
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Google will stop scanning Gmail content for ad personalization
Changes coming to the way Google delivers ads within Gmail.
June 23, 2017
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Google Will Stop Scanning The Contents Of Your Gmail Messages To Sell Ads
If you use one of Google's many services then you've probably come to the realization that the tech company has a lot of your personal information and data, which it uses to sell ads. Now, after years of debate on whether or not it's okay for Google to read users' private emails, the tech giant says it will stop scanning Gmail messages, but only for the purpose of personalizing ads.
June 23, 2017
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Google will stop scanning your Gmail messages to sell targeted ads
Google will stop its long-standing practice of scanning the contents of individual Gmail users for advertising purposes, the company announced in a blog post today. The practice, something Google has done nearly since the launch of its email service, allows the company to digest the contents of email messages and use them to deliver targeted ads within Gmail itself.
June 23, 2017
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Google will vet political ads to ward off Phantom Menace of fake news
Mountain View's Empire Strikes Back against election meddling
May 4, 2018
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Google won't scan your Gmail anymore for ad targeting
The tech giant will stop combing through emails to tailor ads. But it's not like it doesn't have all your info anyway.
June 23, 2017
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Google working to protect families using YouTube
Google has announced five key areas where it is going to make refinements in order to make sure that content delivered through its YouTube platform is more appropriate for children and families as a whole. The company has also scaled up resources to monitor, review and make decisions with regards to its ads and content policies.
November 22, 2017
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Google-certified devices will carry the Play Protect label on their packaging
Earlier this year, we reported on a new initiative by Google called Play Protect. It has the objective of not only protecting Android users from malware and other threats, but also seeks to give them an easy to understand interface where they can manage their security needs. The application has already started to show up on devices running Google Play Services 11.
August 29, 2017
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Google-funded think tank fires prominent Google critic
Think tank boss allegedly accused scholar of "imperiling funding for others."
August 30, 2017
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Google-overlord Alphabet's stiff growth fails to satisfy investors
Shares slip in extended trading
January 26, 2017
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Google: RT did not manipulate YouTube during elections
A new report issued by Google reveals that RT News did not manipulate YouTube during the 2016 U.S. Presidential election. However, Google did say that the Russian Internet Research Agency (IRA) did have two Google accounts and spent a total of $4,700 during the election cycle to buy search and display ads from Google. Those ads didn't narrowly target certain users.
October 31, 2017
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Google's $8.5m class-action privacy payout goes to: Lawyers' alma maters, web giant's pals
Basically: Not you, just 'the usual suspects'
August 23, 2017
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Google's Academic Influence Campaign: It's Complicated
Earlier this week the Wall Street Journal published a detailed investigation showing that Google has been systematically paying academics to publish research favorable to the company's policy and business positions--often without disclosure of the financial relationship. Concurrently, an organization called the Campaign for Accountability published a report from its Google Transparency Project showing the same thing, and naming many more as the recipients of direct or indirect Google dollars.
July 14, 2017
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Google's AI powerhouse DeepMind is opening its first international lab in Canada
Although it was bought by Google in 2014, AI firm DeepMind has always been true to its British roots -- expanding its offices in London, working closely with UK institutions like the NHS, and even teaching in the country's universities. Now, though, the company is opening its "first ever international AI office" -- in Edmonton, Canada.
July 5, 2017
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Google's Arts & Culture app only offers art-matching selfie feature to a select few
If you're interested in the recent update to Google's Arts and Culture app, which uses machine learning to match your selfie to a lookalike in an extensive library of classic art, you'd better hope you're in the right place.
January 15, 2018
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Google's big EU fine isn't just about the money
THe European Union just fined Google $2.7 billion. And that might not even be the worst news for Mountain View.
June 27, 2017
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Google's chatbot analytics platform Chatbase launches to public
At Google I/O this year, Google quietly introduced a new chatbot analytics platform called Chatbase, a project developed within the company's internal R&D incubator, Area 120. Today, that platform is being publicly launched to all, after testing with hundreds of early adopters including Ticketmaster, HBO, Keller Williams, Viber, and others.
November 16, 2017
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Google's Cloud Platform gets a cheaper, lower-performance networking tier
Google is giving its Cloud Platform users a new, cheaper networking option. Developers can now choose between a premium tier, which routes traffic to their users over Google's own high-speed networks for as long as possible to minimize hops and distance, and a standard tier, which routes traffic over the public internet, with all the potential slowdowns and extra hops this entails.
August 23, 2017
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Google's Cloud-Based Big Data: a Competitive Edge
Fausto Ibarra, director of product management at Google Cloud, talks about the company's data analytics tools.
July 10, 2017
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Google's Duplex AI Robot Will Warn That Calls Are Recorded
At Google's weekly TGIF staff meeting on Thursday, executives gave employees their first full Duplex demo and told them the bot would identify itself as the Google assistant.
May 21, 2018
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Google's former security chief is retiring from the company
Eric Grosse confirmed today that he is leaving Google after a decade with the company.
February 1, 2017
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Google's Go-Playing Machine Opens the Door to Robots that Learn
Two robotic arms face two closed doors. Both reach forward and miss the door handles entirely. So they reach again, and this time, they hit the handles head-on, rattling the door frames. So they try again. and again. Finally, they grab the handles cleanly and pull the doors open, and after a few more hours of trial and error, they can repeat the trick every time.
January 30, 2017
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Google's harder look at moon shots seems to be paying off
The search giant has shut down or scaled back some of its most ambitious projects. But its other wild bets are starting to make more money.
January 26, 2017
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Google's infamous manifesto author is already a hero to the online right
Over the weekend, an anti-diversity manifesto written by a Google employee went viral both within the company and outside of it, drawing harsh criticism from both present and former Googlers. But some agreed with the document, and alongside muted agreement from pockets within the company, the author seems to have found louder supporters in a more familiar place: the online right.
August 7, 2017
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Google's making it easy to subscribe to your favorite publishers
Google is today launching Subscribe with Google, a service that lets you suscribe to your favorite news publications... with Google. Go figure.
March 20, 2018
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Google's mobile-first search index has rolled out to a handful of sites
Just over a year ago, Google announced a major change to the way its search index will rank sites: it will go mobile-first. As the company explained at the time, Google's algorithms will eventually primarily use the mobile version of a website's content to rank its pages, to understand structured data, and to show snippets from the site in its search results.
December 20, 2017
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Google's Nearby 2.0 released, enabling offline communication, media sharing, and more
Google last talked at length about their Nearby API (application programming interface) at IO 2017, where its mission statement was detailed. Fast, encrypted, offline, peer-to-peer communication is Nearby's goal, and today Google opens up the doors for developers to integrate the latest version into their apps.
July 31, 2017
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Google's 'new and improved' Contributor program is accepting early sign-ups
As Google promised when the original Contributor program was entirely erased earlier this month, a replacement is on the way. There aren't many details yet, and it's not clear if this will look anything like the original service that killed ads in exchange for a monthly fee from users, but at least we know it's not dead forever right?
January 25, 2017
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Google's new Gmail aims to hit Microsoft where it hurts
It's all business
April 26, 2018
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Google's new Local Guides points system makes leaving reviews worth your time
Whether you're a traveler or a homebody, the Google-led app rewards handsomely for leaving recommendations.
June 13, 2017
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Google's new scheme to connect online to offline shopping scrutinized
"Consumers cannot easily avoid Google's tracking of their in-store purchase behavior."
July 31, 2017
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Google's New Street View Cameras Will Help Algorithms Index The Real World
Steve silverman helped build cameras for two NASA rovers that went to Mars. In the less exotic landscape of a Google parking lot, he looks up fondly at his latest creation, bolted onto the roof of a Hyundai hatchback. The gawky assemblage almost doubles the car's height: four white legs holding up a vertical black stalk sporting eight cameras. "We thought about covering it up, but we're kind of nerds," Silverman says. "We're proud of it."
September 5, 2017
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Google's Play Movies & TV offers HDR content for those in the US and Canada
High Dynamic Range (HDR) content has been around for quite some time, but the technology is now being made more openly available to consumers with reasonably priced displays, consoles, and more services supporting the format. Now, Google has announced that the Play Movies & TV service will offer a selection of content in HDR on supported devices.
July 12, 2017
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Google's Project Zero team discovered critical CPU flaw last year
In a blog post published minutes ago, Google's Security team announced what they have done to protect Google Cloud customers against the chip vulnerability announced earlier today. They also indicated their Project Zero team discovered this vulnerability last year (although they weren't specific with the timing).
January 3, 2018
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Google's Search Changes May Not Level Playing Field
Google will allow rivals to bid on coveted advertising spots that it previously reserved for itself at the top of product search results in Europe, but there are widespread doubts that the move will create meaningful competition.
September 28, 2017
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Google's streaming video chat app Duo hits 100 million downloads
It took nine months for Google's streaming video chat app Duo to reach its first 50 million downloads. It took only two months for the next 50 million downloads to take place, and right now Duo has been installed over 100 million times. While there aren't any figures that tell us how often Duo is actually being employed, Google has made Duo a snap to use.
July 17, 2017
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Google's Sundar Pichai says it's 'very early days' in the battle against Amazon Echo
Between the Pixel and Google Home, 2016 was a big year for Google voice search, but the company's plays in the space still seemed to pale in comparison to Amazon's infiltration, courtesy of its wildly successful Echo devices.
January 26, 2017
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Google's Tensor2Tensor makes it easier to conduct deep learning experiments
Google's brain team is open sourcing Tensor2Tensor, a new deep learning library designed to help researchers replicate results from recent papers in the field and push the boundaries of what's possible by trying new combinations of models, datasets and other parameters. The sheer number of variables in AI research combined with the fast pace of new developments makes it difficult for experiments run in two distinct settings to match. This is a pain for researchers and a drag on research progress.
June 19, 2017
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Google's Toontastic 3D app lets kids create 3D movies
Google's latest kids app can conjure up stories, science reports and more!
January 12, 2017
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Google's Tracking Of Offline Spending Sparks Call For Federal Investigation
Google recently announced a suite of new tools for advertisers, allowing them to link a customer's offline credit card purchases with the things they look at online. Shockingly, some privacy advocates think this sort of tracking goes too far and have called on the federal government to investigate.
July 31, 2017
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Google, Facebook pressured to decrypt data by new Australian law
The country's prime minister says the law will help catch terrorists, pedophiles and drug traffickers.
July 14, 2017
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Google, propaganda, and the new New Man
Since when was 'intervening' in TV shows a good idea?
September 4, 2017
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Google, Twitter gleefully spew Texas shooter fake news into netizens' eyes
Stop whining, says ad giant, we only promoted harmful nonsense for a short time
November 6, 2017
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Google.org, BlackRock and others commit $2.2 million to Fast Forward's nonprofit tech accelerator
As impact investing gains traction in the market, a new accelerator for tech nonprofits called Fast Forward has raised $2.2 million in philanthropic funding from the nonprofit arms of some of the world's largest companies and financial services firms.
June 30, 2017
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Govts should police... Google's algorithms, says News Corp chief
Is this how you tame the beast, though?
May 14, 2018
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Here are the carriers that will support Google Chat from the get-go
Google recently announced a new, unified messaging platform called Chat. Pausing development on the text-based Allo and video-oriented Duo, Google has finally decided to focus on a universal Android messaging effort, a la iMessage.
April 26, 2018
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Here are the winners of the Google Cloud machine learning pitch-off
Back in March at Google's Cloud Next conference, the company announced plans to run its own machine learning startup competition side-by-side with Data Collective and Emergence Capital. Four months later, 10 startups, pulled from a pool of 350+ applicants, presented onstage at Google's Launchpad Space in San Francisco.
July 13, 2017
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Here's what Google's diversity and bias training looks like
Basic training for adult professionals
August 9, 2017
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Here's what the new Gmail looks like
Yesterday, Google pressed the Send button too quickly and informed G Suite customers that a new Gmail was coming soon. TechCrunch obtained a few screenshots of the new interface from a tipster called Chaim.
April 12, 2018
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How Google's AutoML Takes Machine Learning A Step Further
We are looking into the capabilities of AutoML and are investigating ways to integrate with it. How do you think machine learning will help transform your business?
January 26, 2018
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How to add Google Maps search engines to Chrome
To make it quicker to perform searches using Google Maps, you might want to consider adding the site as a search engine in Chrome. This will save you having to manually visit the site before you start a search, and it's a pretty neat option.
August 23, 2017
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How to Enable 2-Step Verification in Gmail
Using two-factor verification makes sure that you -- and only you -- have access to your Google account.
January 9, 2018
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How to enable the new Gmail web interface
A fresh look for your inbox is just a few clicks away.
April 26, 2018
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How to find things online even Google doesn't know
Research like an expert.
October 31, 2017
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How to get all of your data back from Google
Google stores a lot of your personal data, so it's great that you can get it back easily.
March 29, 2018
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How to Reduce Surging Monthly AWS Cloud Computing Bills
Use these 10 best practices to reduce surging monthly AWS Cloud Computing bills.
January 26, 2018
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How to revoke third-party app access to your Google account
Like Facebook, Google allows third-party apps to use your account for simple sign-in. It's time to clean out those unused apps.
March 26, 2018
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How to search Google: 10 advanced tips and tricks
These hidden tricks that will help you find what you need faster.
June 19, 2017
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How to stop videos autoplaying in Google
Google has been stirring things up a little recently, adding autoplaying videos to search results, and killing off Google Instant. The autoplaying videos are also something that Facebook has tinkered with recently, managing to irritate people in the process.
July 28, 2017
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How to use Gmail's Google Tasks as your daily to-do list
Get things done right from your inbox.
June 22, 2017
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How to Use Gmail's New Offline Mode
Some time ago, Google announced a host of updates and tweaks to Gmail, including a complete redesign of the UI and some new features. One of the new features that slipped under the radar was the ability to read and respond to messages while you're offline. Most of the newly announced changes were made live then, but offline mode wasn't quite ready until last week.
May 15, 2018
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Misc. - I

I can't stop looking at this wonderfully bad Google Photos panorama stitch
Most times, technology fails and we get frustrated. Sometimes, technology fails in a spectacularly adorable way. Such is the case with this Google Photos panorama image that the software automatically stitched together for Reddit user MalletsDarker, which placed a photo of his friend majestically behind two different photos of snow and trees.
January 18, 2018
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In not terrifying news at all, Google just keeps on growing: Revenue, profit, headcount up
Q1 tax rate plunge, cost of traffic to feed ad machine jumps
April 24, 2018
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India hits Google with $21 million fine for search bias
Google is certainly no stranger to accusations of abusing its position to its own advantage, and the company has now been fined 1.36 billion rupees ($21.17 million) by India's antitrust watchdog.
February 9, 2018
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India imposes $21.1M fine on Google for antitrust practices
The search giant practiced an "undue intervention" in its search design that prioritises its own services, said the Competition Commission of India.
February 9, 2018
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Indian government labels Google Maps as "unreliable'
Google Maps is probably the single most used mapping service on the planet. However, it isn't without its flaws, and India's mapping and survey organization, Survey of India (SoI) made sure to point this out on Thursday. According to SoI, Google Maps is "not authenticated' and "un-approved' by the government and it shouldn't be used for high-end applications.
June 23, 2017
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Infamous Google memo author shot down by federal labor board
Panel: Damore's gender-focused memo was "discriminatory, constituted sexual harassment."
February 16, 2018
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Internal Messages Show Some Googlers Supported Fired Engineer'S Manifesto
Recently Fired Google engineer James Damore, author of the now-infamous 'antidiversity memo' that caused a firestorm both at Google and beyond, had a fairly easy time finding support from his coworkers. According to screenshots of discussions on Google's internal message forum, several employees agreed with the 10-page manifesto that cost Damore his job.
August 8, 2017
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Interscope's former president wants to kill the record label, with help from Alphabet
More Chance the Rappers, please
November 15, 2017
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It took a year, but Google Allo finally works on a desktop
We go hands-on with Allo's janky web interface.
August 16, 2017
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Misc. - J

James Damore just filed a class action lawsuit against Google, saying it discriminates against white male conservatives
James Damore, a former Google engineer who was fired in August after posting a memo to an internal Google message board arguing that women may not be equally represented in tech because they are biologically less capable of engineering, has filed a class action lawsuit against the company in Santa Clara Superior Court in Northern California.
January 8, 2018
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James Damore sues Google for discriminating against white men
The fired engineer says the tech giant uses "illegal hiring quotas" to fill its staff with women and minority candidates.
January 8, 2018
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James Damore's labor complaint against Google was completely shut down
Google didn't violate labor laws by firing engineer James Damore for a memo criticizing the company's diversity program, according to a recently disclosed letter from the US National Labor Relations Board. The lightly redacted statement is written by Jayme Sophir, associate general counsel of the NLRB's division of advice; it dates to January, but was released yesterday, according to Law.com.
February 16, 2018
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James Damore's Lawsuit Is Designed To Embarrass Google
Last August, Google fired James Damore shortly after the engineer's internal screed against affirmative action at the company went viral. Monday, Damore sued Google for illegally discriminating against whites, males, and conservatives, demonstrating that the company cannot rid itself of its controversy-courting former employee so easily.
January 8, 2018
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Judge limits salary data Google has to give Labor Department
The federal government had asked for nearly two decades of data in a gender equality case. A judge called that "unreasonable" and "unduly burdensome."
July 17, 2017
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Just Google It: A Short History Of A Newfound Verb
A brand reaches its apotheosis when it slips into the vernacular as a generic noun--Band-Aid, Kleenex, even Dumpster. Anyone else's dad still say "Dempster Dumpster," for the brothers who patented it in 1939, and alas, aren't around now to copyright Dempster Dumpster Fire?
November 15, 2017
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Misc. - L

Lead Google Duo engineer teases group calls, web app, and more
Group calls in Duo might finally be a thing.
January 9, 2018
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Leaked Google Video Imagines a Future of Multi-Generational User Data
Google's business thrives in large part thanks to the data its billions of users provide. This data informs the way we experience Google's products and services, but what if it was more than that?
May 21, 2018
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Local businesses can now feature content directly in Google search results
The 'Posts on Google' feature is expanding
June 23, 2017
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Local businesses can now post on Google with Posts on Google
Until now, Posts on Google only allowed a small number of celebrities, sports teams, sports leagues, movie studios and museums to post social network-style updates about their activities right to Google's search result pages. Using this, these organizations and individuals could post images, videos, GIFs and text and use that to drive traffic to their sites.
June 23, 2017
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Looks like Google bought favorable research to lobby with
Officially, the online search giant Google's mission is to "organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful." According to two new reports--one from The Wall Street Journal and one from the nonprofit, nonpartisan Campaign for Accountability's Google Transparency Project, the company doesn't just organize.
July 12, 2017
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Lorde can now start posting on Google
Over the last couple of years, Google has been slowly (very slowly!) opening up the ability for celebrities, politicians, sports teams, museums and local businesses to post social media-like updates directly to its search result pages. Today, after testing this in a few markets over the course of the last year, Google is also opening this feature up to musicians in the U.S.
March 8, 2018
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Misc. - M

Magical, Striking Scenes From ... Google Street View?
Jacqui Kenny spent a full day wandering around Saint-Louis, Senegal searching for the perfect photo. She was about to give up when she rounded a corner and spotted it: Two women in head scarves walking by a mosque. The bright colors, long shadows, and symmetry were just right. Kenny pressed shift-command-3 on her keyboard and -- snap -- the image was on her desktop.
July 25, 2017
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Marketo picks Google Cloud to migrate from on-prem data centers
Google got a much-needed win today when Marketo, the marketing automation platform, chose Google Cloud Platform (GCP) to migrate its entire on-prem operation.
August 23, 2017
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Matt Sakaguchi on the Key to High Performing Teams at Google
In this podcast Shane Hastie, InfoQ Lead Editor for Culture & Methods, spoke to Matt Sakaguchi about his talk at QCon San Francisco 2016 and the research Google has done on what makes effective teams.
January 30, 2017
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Medical records join revenge porn, credit card numbers for Google removal
It's an elective removal, though. Google will only do it if you ask.
June 23, 2017
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Missouri attorney general launches an anti-trust investigation against Google
Missouri is launching an investigation into whether Google has broken its consumer protection and antitrust laws.
November 13, 2017
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Missouri starts investigating Google's business practices
The state's attorney general issued a subpoena to Google to determine if the company's actions have hurt consumers and violated antitrust laws.
November 13, 2017
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Mobile search and YouTube are still driving Google's growth. what about hardware?
That's one thing we'll look for in Google's fourth-quarter results, set for Thursday after the bell.
January 26, 2017
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More than 3M businesses now pay for Google's G Suite
During today's earnings call, Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced a new milestone for the adoption of Google's G Suite productivity tools. "G Suite achieved a significant new customer milestone last quarter," he said. "More than 3 million paying businesses are now using G Suite to collaborate smartly and securely in the cloud."
January 26, 2017
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Music discovery arrives to the Google Assistant
An update to the Google Assistant has brought a new feature. Now, users will be able to ask the Assistant what song is playing in the background and finally get a response. While this feature is quite popular and is the backbone for apps like Shazam, music discovery was one of the more requested missing features up until now.
November 6, 2017
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Misc. - N

National Labor Relations Board rejected Damore's claim that Google fired him unjustly
A federal body overseeing labor disputes advised the dismissal of James Damore's claim that Google fired him unjustly for his controversial memo regarding inclusion and diversity programs at the company. Citing similar precedents, the National Labor Relations Board counsel deemed parts of the memo "so harmful, discriminatory, and disruptive" as to shed their status as protected speech in the workplace.
February 16, 2018
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New Canvas Integration with Google Revealed
Canvas by Instructure today released a deep, seamless integration with Google tools that allows students and teachers to use Google while working inside of Canvas, effectively eliminating the need to constantly switch between separate tabs and log-ins.
January 31, 2017
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New rules challenge Google and Facebook to change the way they moderate users
The Santa Clara Principles set a new standard for platform moderation, but will Google and Facebook take notice?
May 7, 2018
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New York Times editor Quentin Hardy is heading to Google
He announced on Twitter Monday that he will be head of editorial for Google Cloud.
January 23, 2017
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New York Times tech editor is Google bound
Quentin Hardy becomes another in a steady stream of journalists and analysts going to the vendor side.
January 30, 2017
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New YouTube Music Begins Rolling Out Today With a New Desktop App and More
A week after its somewhat confusing announcement last week, the new version of YouTube Music is now rolling out. An early access version of the app will now be available in the U.S., Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea, with other countries to be added 'soon'.11
May 22, 2018
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Not all Google employees disagree with anti-diversity polemic
'More people have been agreeing with it than I would like'
August 7, 2017
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Not April 1: Google stops scanning your Gmail to sling targeted ads at you
Given the amount of data it already has on you, why bother?
June 23, 2017
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Now you'll know when a business hits back at your bad Google review
Make sure you didn't say anything too mean.
May 15, 2018
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Misc. - O

Oracle, Amazon, Google, and Salesforce finally agree on something
Heavies team up to form patent-reform lobbying supergroup
July 10, 2017
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Over 20 advocacy groups complain to FTC that YouTube is violating children's privacy law
A coalition of over 20 child advocacy, consumer and privacy groups filed a complaint with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission asking it to investigate and sanction YouTube for violation of federal children's privacy laws.
April 09, 2018
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Misc. - P

'Pay with Google' starts rolling out to consumers
Back in May, Google promised to make paying for that new gadget or scrumptious pizza on mobile devices easier, thanks to it integrating 'Pay with Google' APIs into its development tools for websites and apps. Today, the company noted in its latest blog post, that users of its mobile operating system and visitors to select eCommerce sites can now use the information linked to their Google accounts to make payment easier at check-out.
October 23, 2017
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PhotoSpots uses Google Maps to pinpoint photography hotspots
When you're traveling, it's always a good idea to scope out shooting locations ahead of time. Here to help is a newly launched online service called PhotoSpots. with PhotoSpots, photographers can find so-called 'photography hotspots' highlighted around the globe using Google Maps and the image hosting website 500px. the service was created by photographer Mike Wong, who recently detailed his creation on Reddit.
January 12, 2017
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Prepare to get pissed at Google as autoplaying videos arrive in search results
When Twitter and Facebook introduced autoplaying videos, many users were annoyed by their intrusive nature. Subsequent tweaks and the introduction of autoplay settings calmed the mood a little, but now Google has decided to stir things up a bit.
July 25, 2017
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Project Maven: Nearly a dozen Google employees have reportedly quit in protest
Over 3,000 Google employees signed a protest letter in April. Now, a few are reportedly walking out.
May 15, 2018
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Misc. - R

Report: Google to pay $3 billion to Apple to remain the default search engine on iOS
Securities firm Bernstein sent a note to clients today, stating that Google will end up paying approximately $3 billion to Apple this year to remain the default search engine on the Apple iPhone and Apple iPad. That is triple the amount that Google paid Apple three years ago for the same licensing rights. The revenue from Google is counted by Apple towards its rapidly growing services business. According to Apple, if its service business was considered a separate company, it would qualify for the Fortune 500.
August 14, 2017
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Reporter: Google successfully pressured me to take down critical story
Google allegedly told Forbes "the article was problematic and had to come down."
September 1, 2017
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Researchers built an AI that uses Google's own tools to crack reCAPTCHA
Earlier this year Google boasted its security AI has smartened up so much it no longer requires you to tick a box in its reCAPTCHA system to know you're not a bot. But it appears the company might have celebrated a bit prematurely.
October 26, 2017
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Review: Google Photo Books
Last fall, in an unlikely attempt at thoughtfulness, I created a photo book as a birthday present for my wife. It damn near killed me.
July 12, 2017
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Russia used Google ads to advertise during US election
For the first time, Google has accused Russian entities of abusing its ad network to sway people's decisions during the 2016 Presidential election. People familiar with the company's investigation say tens of thousands of dollars were spent on ads across many Google products including YouTube, Google Search, Gmail, and DoubleClick. Google hasn't publicly disclosed the findings of its investigation yet.
October 10, 2017
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Misc. - S

Sacked Google employee files lawsuit against company citing bias
According to Wilberg, Google seems to prioritize diversity in its workforce over competence, alleging that he was fired as a result of his complaints to managers in which he states the company's "illegal and discriminatory hiring practices", pointing to management deleting emails that held content regarding various supposedly clandestine hiring choices.
March 2, 2018
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Salesforce and Google are the latest pals in the cloud
Salesforce and Google inked a deal today that could provide easier integration between Salesforce tools and Google's G Suite and Google Analytics. It also named Google as a preferred cloud provider for its core services as part of its international infrastructure expansion.
November 6, 2017
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Schmidt to step down as executive chairman of Google parent Alphabet
The longtime Google executive will move into a role as "technical advisor," the company said.
December 21, 2017
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Search results suddenly missing from Google? Well, BLAME CANADA!
It seems that everything's gone wrong since Canada came along
June 28, 2017
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Six Google search tips to find anything faster
Start searching smarter.
June 12, 2017
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Smart Compose and offline mode have arrived in Gmail
The previously promised feature rolled out today.
May 14, 2018
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Splitting off Google Shopping wouldn't fix the pay-to-play problem
Underdogs fail to see how that's a competition 'remedy'
November 7, 2017
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Spotify is the top-grossing iOS app, Line takes first spot on Google Play
There are lots of really successful paid apps, but which one generates the most net revenue? According to a Sensor Tower report, Spotify comes out on top overall in 2016. the music streaming service only led the pack on the App Store, but that was enough to push it all the way to the top. on Google Play, it was messaging service Line which took top honors in this category.
January 16, 2017
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State Attorneys General Are Google's Next Headache
European regulators have come down hard on Google for squelching competition. The US Federal Trade Commission let the company off relatively easy in 2013. Antitrust advocates have predicted that the next threat would come from state attorneys general.
November 14, 2017
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Stories are now part of Google Search because you can't escape them
Welcome to the future of mobile storytelling.
February 13, 2018
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Sudden traffic jam? Google Maps will now tell you when is the best time to leave
Google Maps has been displaying color-coded traffic info for a while now, painting the most congested areas in your city in red during rush hour, for instance, but it has just now become so confident in its traffic jam telling abilities, that the app is going into the prediction business.
July 17, 2017
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Sundar Pichai writes note to employees saying anti-diversity memo violated Google's code of conduct
The fallout from James Damore's anti diversity memo has been swift and wide-reaching. The senior software engineer was dramatically fired after expressing views which ran counter to Google's drive for diversity in the workplace.
August 8, 2017
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Supreme Court refuses to hear case questioning Google's trademark
Lawsuit claimed "google" had become synonymous with "search the Internet."
October 16, 2017
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Misc. - T

Target expands partnership with Google on voice shopping, Google Express
Target announced today an expanded partnership with Google that, among other things, will allow consumers to shop Target across the U.S. via Google Express, including by voice. The deal will also see the two companies working together more closely in the future in a number of areas, including the integration of Target's own payment card, REDcard, into Google's shopping platform, support for store pick-ups via voice and more.
October 12, 2017
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Tech giants at war: Google pulls plug on YouTube in Amazon kit
You won't sell our stuff? We won't let you watch our vids
December 5, 2017
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Tech watchdogs call on Facebook and Google for transparency around censored content
If a company like Facebook can't even understand why its moderation tools work the way they do, then its users certainly don't have a fighting shot. Anyway, that's the idea behind what a coalition of digital rights groups are calling The Santa Clara Principles , "a set of minimum standards" aimed at Facebook, Google, Twitter and other tech companies that moderate the content published on their platforms.
May 7, 2018
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The author behind an 'anti-diversity' memo has been fired by Google
Recently, an engineer over at Google issued a memo arguing that women were less likely to be in top positions at larger companies mainly due to biological differences between the two genders, and not because of inherent sexism. When the memo leaked to the public, Google came under fire for the clear regressive opinions relating to diversity within the company.
August 8, 2017
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The Google Arts & Culture app can find your fine art doppelganger
Google's Arts & Culture app was first launched in 2016, offering "virtual access" to some of the most famous art collections in the world, and many stories about arts and culture from around the world. The latest update of the app, however, makes use of Google's extensive knowledge of machine-learning-based facial recognition, and the front camera of your smartphone, to find your fine art doppelganger... just 'cause.
January 15, 2018
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The Google feed has lost its soul
Google's once-groundbreaking home for predictive intelligence has devolved into a clumsily constructed shell of its former self.
October 3, 2017
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The Google machine barrels along despite record EU fine
Last month the European Union clobbered Google with a record $2.7 billion fine over its shopping search results. It was a big fine by any measure, but based on its quarterly earnings report released today, Google absorbed the shock easily.
July 24, 2017
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The Google News Initiative launches to give online news a helping hand
A lot of small steps to make the Internet a better place.
March 20, 2018
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The Google privacy conundrum: Why locking down your data is a hard choice
Privacy as a right versus privacy as a choice.
May 14, 2018
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The Hard Consequence Of Google's Soft Power
Among its peers, Google is an unparalleled lobbyist. Between April and June of this year, Google spent $5.4 million lobbying the federal government, more than double the lobbying budget for Apple, a comparable global behemoth that also has to fend off regulatory scrutiny. The tech giant has also long funded a lengthy roster of think tanks, academics, and nonprofits that grapple with issues that could seriously impact Google's bottom line, such as privacy, net neutrality, and tax reform.
September 1, 2017
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The home awareness smart sensor aiming to solve real problems
The simplicity of 1-Click Ordering now means that Amazon users can hop aboard the tech hype train and transform their humble abode into a smart home with relative ease. People can already be seen showing off to their friends and family (you know who you are) how Alexa can turn on their lights or make the room warmer by just using their voice.
November 7, 2017
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The news industry is worried Facebook and Google have far too much power
They do
July 10, 2017
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This is an early look at Gmail's new design for desktop
Gmail for the modern era.
April 12, 2018
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This is how to teach a search engine what your business does
Search engines are powerful tools for bringing people to your business. The challenge that many entrepreneurs face, however, is that they're not well-versed in how to communicate with the robots that control the algorithm behind Google and Bing.
November 2, 2017
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This Is The End Of Google's 'Don't Be Evil' Mantra
Google released an updated code of conduct, which for the first time in almost two decades removed almost all mentions of its "Don't be evil" mantra. The code of conduct embodies a company's values, principles, and ideals, so removing the "Don't be evil" motto from the code may give us a hint towards the direction in which Google is going.
May 21, 2018
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Three tips and tricks for settling into the new Gmail
Gmail's recent redesign introduces a few new features you'll want to familiarize yourself with.
April 26, 2018
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To one-up Slack, Google invites workers to hangout, chat in "Hangouts Chat"
The service will be part of all G Suite pricing tiers.
March 2, 2018
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Transparent algorithms? Here's why that's a bad idea, Google tells MPs
Look, people use microwaves and cars, and they effectively operate as black boxes
November 7, 2017
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Misc. - U

UN Human Rights Rapporteur Warns Against Canadian Pirate Site Blocking Plan
The Canadian pirate site blocking plan may violate The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, United Nations Special Rapporteur David Kaye warns. He informs the CRTC that website blocking is an extreme measure which could restrict people's freedom of expression, especially when there's no judicial oversight.
April 02, 2018
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US Geological Survey portal is like Google Maps for rock lovers
The US Geological Survey (USGS) has a little tool called the Coastal and Marine Video and Photograph Portal, through which you can view some remote and scientifically fascinating regions of the country as easily as you would a street in Google Maps.
October 30, 2017
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US judge says "global de-indexing order" against Google threatens free speech
Canada's highest court sought to alter search results, but it won't apply in US.
November 6, 2017
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Using Jenkins on the Google Container Engine
Jenkins is an open source automation server commonly used for deploying and automating a CI/CD/DevOps project. Kubernetes is a cluster manager for Docker (and rckt) containers.
August 17, 2017
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Misc. - W

Watchdogs ask Googlers to stop it favoring its own search results
A new coalition of activist groups led by Yelp and TripAdvisor are renewing the fight to get Google to give a fair opportunity to all sites instead of putting its Knowledge Cards atop the results for subjective search queries.
May 22, 2018
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Webpass is leaving Boston in latest sign of Google Fiber's shrinking ambitions
Google Fiber isn't just stalling; now it's shrinking
January 30, 2018
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Weird Sh*t Discovered With Google Maps
Information -- that's what Google's all about. They aim to take the entire world and suck it into their computers, then serve it up as search results to us with ads attached. And we love them for it.
November 27, 2017
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What Google's Open Communication Culture Is Really Like
When I started at Google in 2002, there were about 500 employees. When I left nine years later, there were over 50,000. For all that time, I marveled at the relative cohesion of company culture--the values that Google successfully conveyed to tens of thousands of employees across the world.
August 16, 2017
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What Growing Teams Can Learn From How Google QA Tests Software
When your organization has over 2 billion lines of code and 25,000 engineers, how do you keep quality high? Learn some of the testing practices that Google's QA team employs to keep the giant afloat.
February 20, 2018
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Wheelchair accessibility information in Google Maps improves via crowdsourcing
Google is making an important change to Google Maps that will help to make life a little easier for wheelchair users and people with other accessibility needs. Last year the company added accessibility information to locations on Maps, but now it is taking things a step further.
July 7, 2017
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Who wants dynamic dancing animations and code in their emails? Everyone! says Google
Y'all loved AMP for the web, now get it in your inboxes
February 13, 2018
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Whoops! Google forgot to delete Right To Be Forgotten search result
Until El Reg had a quiet word, that is
April 24, 2018
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Why Google should be afraid of a Missouri Republican's Google probe
Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley is probing Google's business practices.
November 14, 2017
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Why I Dumped Google for Bing
Google Maps is extremely popular, but I've taken a liking to Microsoft's Bing Maps.
March 15, 2018
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Why It Matters When a Business Switches from Office to Google Apps
The big reveal in the article "Google Grabs Nielsen as Business Apps User From Microsoft" comes a few paragraphs down:
July 31, 2017
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Why the Internet is worried that Microsoft's consumer services are doomed
Microsoft will gladly sell you Office 365 for the rest of your life, but movies or music, maybe not so much.
October 6, 2017
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Why you can't boycott the Mail: Google makes a mint from 'fake news'
Partisan publishers hide identity from advertisers -- study
October 30, 2017
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Misc. - Y

You Can Now Visit the International Space Station in Google Street View
Google has added Street View images to a great number of unusual places on Earth from historical sites to remote islands. Now, it's getting Street View data for a place where there are no streets -- the International Space Station. With the help of the station's crew, Google has rolled out an interactive version of the station in Google Maps, which you can explore right now.
July 25, 2017
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You Can't Get To Those Paywalled Articles From A Google Search Anymore
A lot of paywalled news sites are easily defeated with ye olde "incognito tab," but others have required a little Google artistry -- using both the incognito browsing and incredibly precise search queries to read a paywalled article for free. However, after years of pressure from publishers, Google is finally bricking up that doggie door.
October 2, 2017
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YouTube Broke Child Protection Laws by Collecting Data on Those Under 13 -- Advocacy Groups Complain
Child advocacy and privacy groups have filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) alleging that YouTube is violating children's privacy laws by collecting personal data on underage viewers and using that data to sell ads.
April 09, 2018
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YouTube launches Spotlight Canada channel to showcase up-and-coming talent
You can now subscribe to the best of Canadian YouTube.
July 31, 2017
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YouTube Red and Google Play Music may merge into one service
In efforts to make things less confusing for potential subscribers.
July 27, 2017
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YouTube Red and Google Play Music to merge, says report
Google Play Music and YouTube Red will be merged to create a new streaming service, according to a report from The Verge, which Google then essentially confirmed with a statement indicating that changes are not taking place immediately. The company said users would receive plenty of notice before any changes were made, and noted it was still in the process of evaluating how to best bring its music offerings together.
July 27, 2017
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YouTube starts delivering 'breaking news' on its homepage across platforms
YouTube has started rolling out a "Breaking News" section in people's feeds today across platforms as Alphabet continues to tailor custom content playlists to users logged into Google Accounts, Android Police reports.
August 18, 2017
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