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Google Drive - Google Backup and Sync

Become a Google Drive power user with these 20 tips and tricks
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May 9, 2017
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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 beta testing placeholders on Google Drive
Google has announced that it plans to introduce placeholders on Google Drive. the search giant is currently beta testing the new feature, which is officially called Drive File Stream, with the help of G Suite users as part of the Early Adopter Program.
March 10, 2017
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Google borks its Drive Windows app -- after pushing out unfinished buggy version to public
Silicon Valley's smartest still battling to fix outage
March 16, 2017
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Google Drive adds annual billing options, but Microsoft offers a better deal for some users
Google is adding new annual billing options to its cloud storage service, providing a discount to those willing to pay for a year up front. that will come as a welcome addition for many users, but depending on how much storage you need, you may well find that Microsoft offers a better deal.
December 22, 2016
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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 dumps Windows XP and Vista, now what?
Google Drive is dumping official support for Windows XP and Vista. Here are some options for anyone running those systems.
October 30, 2016
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Google Drive has a ton of new updates that make it a lot more enticing for business
Team drives, quick access, and taking up less space on your computer
March 9, 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 offering discount when you prepay for bulk storage
Bulk discounts available for 100GB and 1TB only.
December 21, 2016
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Google Drive offers sweet prepaid subscriptions for 100GB and 1TB users
Power users can now get 100GB and 1TB plans for less.
December 21, 2016
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Google Drive update makes it a little easier to switch from iPhone to Android
New backup method lets you bring your contacts, calendars, and photos with you when you jump ship.
December 14, 2016
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Google Drive will let users stream files from the cloud
New enterprise-focused features allow for legal hold, team folders and more
March 9, 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 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'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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Google updates Drive with a focus on its business users
Google today announced a number of major updates to Drive, its online file storage service, which all aim to make it more useful for the company's business and enterprise users. In addition, the company announced that Drive now has 800 million daily active users, which probably makes it the largest online file storage service in the market today.
March 9, 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 set up and use Google Drive on Android
Google Drive is one of the handiest cloud storage services around, giving you 15GB of free space, which you can access from just about any device with an internet connection. the age of USB thumb drives is over.
July 29, 2016
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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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Google Earth

Five to Try: Google Earth goes 3D, and Guardians of the Galaxy gets interactive
Hit the play Store for this week's freshest Android apps and games.
April 21, 2017
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Forgot about Google Earth? Google aims to jog your memory
The search giant rebuilds Google Earth from the ground up, letting you travel from the Eiffel Tower to Bryce Canyon. and it's now on mobile and the web.
April 18, 2017
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Google Adds Search Function, Oculus Support to Google Earth VR
Google added support for Oculus Touch controllers to the popular Google Earth VR application. the company also added a search function so you don't need to be a geography whiz to find your favorite vacation spot on the map.
April 18, 2017
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Google Earth for Chrome & Android gets upgraded with guided tours, more discovery features
As reported earlier this month, Google today has unveiled its new vision for Google Earth, the software that combines satellite imagery, topographic maps and 3D cities, to help you better visualize the planet. the company is now rolling out an update for Google Earth for web and Android, two years in the making, that will introduce features like guided tours, Knowledge cards, as well as Google's classic "I'm feeling lucky' button for more spontaneous discoveries, and more.
April 18, 2017
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Google Earth gets a new home on the Web, fancy "guided tour' section
Google Earth's "Voyager" section can whisk you away to Earth's most interesting places.
April 18, 2017
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Google Earth's Timelapse update illustrates 30 years of climate change
Watch as the planet is irreversibly changed
November 29, 2016
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Google expands Earth with new VR tours, but Daydream support nowhere to be seen
The new app for Chrome and Android brings new locations and search to VR.
April 18, 2017
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Google expands Earth with new VR tours, but Daydream support nowhere to be seen
The new app for Chrome and Android brings new locations and search to VR.
April 18, 2017
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Google explains how Earth's incredible 3D imagery and Pixel's live wallpapers were made
Google yesterday launched a revamped version of Google Earth, introducing an entire section for professional guided tours and an overhauled user interface, among other improvements. One of the biggest highlights of the new release, however, is the platform's improved 3D capabilities, Google says, and for a good reason. Google Earth has a new "3D' button that quickly makes flat satellite imagery pop, and although it works better in some locations than others, the enhanced 3D view can oftentimes deliver some pretty impressive views.
April 19, 2017
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Google just launched a revamped version of Google Earth, and it's awesome!
Four days ahead of Earth Day, Google has unveiled the revamped version of Google Earth, and it brings a lot of cool new features to the table, such as improved 3D capabilities and professional guided tours. Two years in the making, the brand-new version of Earth is available on the web, while an update for the Android version of the app is rolling out on Google Play.
April 18, 2017
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'New Google Earth' is here to show you the beauty of our planet, diversity of cultures
Last week Google announced it would be launching an overhauled version of Google Earth, its popular geographic software. Now, the new Google Earth is here offering improvements in navigation, an easier way to share points of interest, and curated collections of wonderful places around our pale blue dot.
April 19, 2017
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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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New version of Google Earth goes live with guided tours and 3D maps
Google Earth has been on autopilot for the last few years as Google busied itself with other things. Now, the product is getting its first major update since 2012 with staggeringly cool 3D maps, guided tours, and a whole lot more. you don't even need to download anything special to check it out on your computer (as long as you use Chrome). Simply head over to the new and improved Earth web interface. for Android users, there's also a new version of the Earth app rolling out.
April 19, 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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The new Google Earth lacks some important tools for researchers
Fortunately, Google says it will keep the classic desktop app up to date
April 19, 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 BigQuery Adds new Public Datasets
Stack Overflow recently announced making its dataset available through Google's BigQuery. Using regular SQL statements, developers can query the full set of Stack Overflow data including posts, votes, tags, and badges.
January 5, 2017
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Google Calendar helps you keep your workout resolution with Fit, Health integration
App update lets you keep your activity synced with your goals.
January 6, 2017
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Google Calendar now integrates with Google Fit to track your workout goals
New Year's means new Year's Resolutions, and everyone wants to help you lose weight, exercise more, eat better, or whatever else you drunkenly decided to do over the holidays. Even us. Google Calendar wants to help you with them, with their Goals on Google Calendar.
January 6, 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 Glass technology may slow down response time
Heads-up display technology -- think Google Glass -- offers lots of information to users in seconds, literally in front of their eyes. Access to information is critical in today's fast-paced world, but new research indicates that the multitasking needed to process that readily available information may slow down the brain's response time.
November 22, 2016
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Google Hangouts API gets hung out to dry
Draw with your face? Conference call ping pong? not any more. Google today quietly revealed that it will shut down the Hangouts API, preventing new apps from being built and shutting off existing apps on April 25th. There was no blog post about this, just an updated FAQ and email notification to developers active on the API, forwarded to us by one of these devs.
January 6, 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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Google I/O

5 things we didn't get at Google I/O
Though Google unveiled a bunch of new services and features at its developers conference, we still wanted more.
May 17, 2017
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At Google I/O, enterprises may get A.I. they can put to work
Expect to hear a lot about Google's artificial intelligence strategy this week
May 15, 2017
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At I/O, Google Trades Search for AI
This week, Google's been hosting their I/O conference. It's an annual event where the giant shows off the best they've got cooking. And throughout the show, one theme has been clear -- Google loves AI and wants you on board.
May 19, 2017
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ATAP goes AWOL at Google I/O
For the last few years, Google's skunkworks ATAP unit always held its own keynote at I/O, Google's flagship developer conference. Often, this was where Google would show off its most experimental and interesting projects -- and sometimes, this ATAP keynote was actually more fun than the larger, flashier I/O keynotes. This year, however, ATAP is nowhere to be found on the I/O schedule.
May 18, 2017
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Everything New About Android From Google I/O
Today at the annual Google I/O developer conference, we learned about all the updates coming to the latest version of Google's mobile operating system, dubbed Android O for now--at least until its official release later this year. This is the eighth version of the OS (Android 8.0), and even though we've seen some of the additions in the developer preview that launched in March, there's a whole swath of new goodies that Google highlighted at the show.
May 17, 2017
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Google has updated the Google I/O app for 2017
Google I/O is coming soon. Get the app today.
May 8, 2017
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Google I/O 2017: Assistant and its AI is what's next for all the things
Android O and 2 Billion users is big news, but the real story from I/O 2017 is how everything will become a vessel for Google Assistant and the artificial intelligence that powers it.
May 18, 2017
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Google I/O 2017: In pictures
Take a photo tour with us through Google's spectacular, outdoor developer conference.
May 18, 2017
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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 2017: what to expect from this year's developer's conference
We already know that Android O will be a hot topic of discussion, but what else does Google have hiding up its sleeves?
May 15, 2017
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Here's what we want to see at Google I/O 2017
Here's what we want Google to show us at I/O 2017.
May 12, 2017
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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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The flops of Google I/O
Google's annual conference is a launching pad for a lot of its hits. But there have been a few misses in years past as well.
May 16, 2017
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The Google I/O 12 biggest reveals: Android O, Google Assistant, standalone Daydream VR headsets, and more
Here's everything revealed at Google's I/O 2017 keynote, from new Android O features to Google Home updates and standalone Daydream VR headsets.
May 17, 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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You can start planning your Google I/O 2017 schedule now and reserve yourself a seat
Some changes mean you'll want to sort out your schedule right away.
April 28, 2017
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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 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 -- Everything you need to know!
Should you subscribe to Google play Music or YouTube Red? Here's what you need to know.
May 8, 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 becomes the default music app on Samsung phones and tablets
Samsung customers will get a three-month trial and ability to upload 100,000 songs to play Music.
April 21, 2017
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Google play Music becomes the default player on Samsung phones and tablets, plus doubles free storage
To coincide with the launch of the Galaxy S8 and S8+, Google has announced a new partnership with Samsung. the deal means that Google play Music will be the default music player and music service on all phones and tablets from the Korean manufacturer around the world.
April 21, 2017
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Google play Music to be default on all new Samsung devices; offers double free storage
Samsung will make Google play Music the default music player for all future Samsung smartphones and tablets worldwide, starting with the just-launched Galaxy S8 and S8+. In exchange, Google has promised that its music service will work in harmony with Samsung's very own Bixby personal assistant.
April 21, 2017
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Google play to end 'Top Developer' program in favor of highlighting specific apps
Google play is ready to retire its "Top Developer" program, soon to replace it with a new system. this is the program that currently recognizes some well-known developers with a blue badge and "Top Developer" on their app listings, presumably giving some extra weight to their apps in hopes that it will increase downloads.
May 8, 2017
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Google taps into your life to personalize its streaming music
Google play Music will be using big data and machine learning to tailor music suggestions
November 15, 2016
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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 the most out of Google Play Music
Nine ways to upgrade your listening experience.
July 7, 2017
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Microsoft's Groove Music Maker is the coolest thing they didn't announce today
Today's Microsoft event in New York City was all about creators and creativity, but the focus was firmly on inking and visuals - what about musicians?
October 26, 2016
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New partnership makes Google play Music the default on all Samsung devices, with double the storage capacity
Samsung and Google today announced a new partnership that will make Google play Music the default music player and music service including on new Samsung phone and tablets worldwide, starting with the launch of the Galaxy S8 and S8+. the deal comes with an added bonus for Samsung users -- they'll be able to upload up to 100,000 of their own songs to Google play Music for free.
April 21, 2017
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Samsung Android owners will get special Google play Music features
Google play Music has joined Samsung's galaxy of pre-installed apps as the default music player.
April 21, 2017
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Samsung to Make Google play Default Music App on all Devices
If you're planning to order one of Samsung's new Galaxy S8 devices today, you'll also be getting a little bit more -- or at least Google hopes you do: Google play Music streaming service will now be the default music app on Samsung devices.
April 21, 2017
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Some Google Pixel owners say they've been experiencing problems with backups for months
Some owners of Google's Pixel flagship phones have been experiencing ongoing issues with backing up data from their devices. the reports on Google's support forums go back months, with some users complaining about the problems since shortly after the Pixel and Pixel XL launched in October 2016.
April 21, 2017
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Google Photo

32 tips and tricks for Google Photos
Got Google Photos? this guide will help you get around the service like a pro.
December 9, 2016
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Apple Photos takes on Google with new tricks
Tech titan says its photo app now offers better facial recognition, search and edit tools. It also lets you print photo books like Google Photos.
June 5, 2017
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Google launches Photo Books
There's another option for printing and storing your Google photos.
May 17, 2017
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Google Photos -- Everything you need to know!
Organize, browse, and fall in love with all your mobile photos and videos easily from one convenient location using Google Photos!
May 10, 2017
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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 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 brings electronic stabilization to your old and shaky family videos
The new feature will stabilize videos in your library that weren't taken with a steady cam.
April 12, 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 stabilize all your shaky phone camera videos
Google Photos is where all my photos are. Long ago I was a man of SmugMug, and then Flickr, and then at some point spent days and days copying years of images to iCloud Photo Library before eventually disregarding that and switching to Google. what can I say? I'm a simple person who can be easily delighted and swayed by automatic GIF creation and reliable backups.
April 13, 2017
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Google Photos for Android now offers easy archiving
Help eliminate the embarrassment of bad angles by archiving what you don't care for others to see.
May 24, 2017
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Google Photos gets a trio of new sharing features, thanks to the magic of machine learning
According to Google, you're actually a terrible person. Why? You don't share your photos. On stage at Google I/O 2017, the company announced that it's updating its Google Photos app with three different new features -- Suggested Sharing, Shared Libraries, and Photo Books, all designed to let you share your pictures with ease.
May 17, 2017
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Google Photos gets smarter and more social: Top 4 announcements from Google I/O 2017
The new features will certainly be helpful for loyal users, but they also exist to help you to spread the word on what Google Photos can do.
May 17, 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 "High quality" vs "Original": What's the difference and should you care
Google Photos is a very convenient platform that lets you share all your photos, and whatever other types of images, between all your devices. and we do mean all your images, because Google Photos offers every one of its users unlimited cloud storage. But there's a catch, a small one, but a catch nonetheless.
May 12, 2017
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Google Photos latest update brings impressive video stabilization to any phone post-capture
Google Photos is getting a big update that brings a ton of new features to the popular service, but there is one in particular that deserves a special mention: stabilization.
April 13, 2017
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Google Photos now auto-suggests images for archival
Google has launched a new smart archiving feature in Google Photos on iOS, Android and desktop that helps users quickly select photos to archive as a way to declutter the main gallery. The new archiving suggestions are found in the Assistant tab, where photos are pre-selected for archiving. Users are given control over the selections, though, being able to remove some suggested photos and add others.
June 9, 2017
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Google Photos now lets you send images to your TV using AirPlay
About time
April 24, 2017
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Google Photos now makes it easy to hide your nudes
From hotdog to no hotdog
May 24, 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 provides a friendly reminder that google owns you
Google is in the business of you. That's why it exists. Its phones, Homes, and wireless routers all exist to cull as much information about you as possible so that it can then use that info for (hopefully not evil) financial gain. If you have forgotten that Google exists to collate your entire life, then Google pointedly reminded you today with some new features for Google Photos. It introduced two new features to the Google Photos app that instantly makes it more obnoxious and more present in your life.
May 17, 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 update brings additional backup option, faster sharing
Google Photos is one of the several apps that have been updated by Mountain View company this week. the application got two new features that will soon be available to all users on Android and iOS devices.
March 22, 2017
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Google Photos update encourages sharing, adds photo book creation
Google's I/O conference today included some information about updates for the company's photo organization app. Google Photos will use machine learning to analyze who's in your photos and automatically suggest photos to share.
May 17, 2017
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Google Photos Update Stabilizes Shaky Videos
The latest version of Google Photos reportedly includes a video stabilization feature.
April 21, 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 PhotoScan turns your smartphone into a scanner for your old photos< class="DS1">Despite the name, smartphones are generally used for anything but traditional phone related activities -- and one of the most popular usages of the devices is snapping photographs. But while an entire generation of photographers has grown up with digital photography, there are plenty of physical photos out there waiting to be digitized.
November 16, 2016
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Google's new PhotoScan app gets your printed photos up to the cloud
It's getting even easier to build up a digital archive of your old photos.
November 15, 2016
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Google's new PhotoScan app will transform your prints into digital images
Google Photos is also getting a number of new editing tools so you can make more detailed tweaks to your existing images.
November 15, 2016
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Google's new PhotoScan app will transform your prints into digital images
Google Photos is also getting a number of new editing tools so you can make more detailed tweaks to your existing images.
November 15, 2016
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Google's new version of Hangouts looks a lot like Slack
The new tool features "rooms" and threaded conversations.
March 9, 2017
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Google's Photo Scan App makes Backing Up Old Snapshots Easy as Hell
This holiday season, there's a good chance you'll wind up going through dusty old printed photos with friends and family–photos you can't see anywhere on the web. That's because these old photos are usually confined to a shoe box or binder hidden in the basement or storage closet.
November 15, 2016
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How to create collages, animations, and movies in Google Photos
Google Photos can do more than just store and edit your photos.
April 14, 2017
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How to edit photos in Google Photos
Editing your photos is a breeze with Google Photos.
April 12, 2017
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How to manage existing albums, and create new albums with Google Photos
Google Photos puts control of your photos in your own hands.
April 13, 2017
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How to set up Google Photos
Never lose a photo again, once you've set up Google Photos.
March 27, 2017
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How to share photos from Google Photos
Sharing photos is easy whether you want to upload to Facebook or just share with one person.
March 24, 2017
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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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If you are in the US you can now create physical photo books through the Google Photos app
At its I/O 2017 conference Google announced a new service that lets Google Photos users create and order physical photo books of their favorite images. Initially, the feature was only available through the Google Photos desktop browser version but now the company has updated the Google Photos apps for iOS and Android to support the photo book service.
May 29, 2017
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Microsoft is working on a Google Assistant-like conversational UI for Cortana
Microsoft is working on a new conversational UI for Cortana, similar to Google's Assistant app on Android.
June 9, 2017
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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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New Google Play Music subscribers now get a four-month trial
New customers can try out Google Play Music for free for 120 days.
May 29, 2017
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People are disappearing from Google Photos albums, but a fix is coming
Google is aware of the problem with the People folder and is working on a fix.
April 17, 2017
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The best part of taking a trip is Google Photos
Keep your vacation memories backed up and properly archived with the features built into Google Photos.
December 12, 2016
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Updates to Google Photos ensure you'll actually see those party photos you're in
Forgot to share photos of your party with friends? Google Photos will help.
May 17, 2017
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Google Play

4K movies come to the Google play Movies & TV app
It may be getting a late start, compared with streaming services from Amazon and Netflix, but today Google play Movies & TV is adding 4K movies to its content library. Google says there are now over 125 movies in 4K resolution, using VP9, available for purchase via its web or mobile storefront. These can be streamed via a Chromecast Ultra, Sony Bravia Android TV, or Xiaomi Mi Box 3.
December 6, 2016
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4K movies start trickling into Google play Movies ahead of official rollout
We want to escape into the movies, and that means we need images as vivid, crisp, and clean as we can get them.
November 18, 2016
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9 free ways to get the most out of Google's play Music app
Even if you don't pony up $10 a month for play Music, you can still upload your music collection, create and save "instant" mixes," tweak your equalizer levels, set a sleep timer, and more.
December 1, 2016
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10 million Google Cardboard VR viewers shipped to date
Google announced today that it has shipped 10 million units of its Google Cardboard VR viewer to date. the announcement was made earlier Tuesday at MWC by Google's VP of VR, Amit Singh. Apps for the viewer have been downloaded 160 million times.
February 28, 2017
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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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App developers can now advertise on the Google Play homepage and app listing pages
Google announced today a change to its Google Play platform that will allow app makers to now place ads on the Google Play home page and app listing pages. These ads are an expansion of Google's previously announced "Universal Ad Campaigns,' which are designed to simplify the process of advertising across Google's online properties -- including the Google Play Store, Search, YouTube, the AdMob in-app network and the millions of sites on the Google Display Network.
May 17, 2017
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Four free months of Google Play Music now offered for new subscribers
Google usually offers three free months of Google Play Music for new subscribers, after which they have to pay $9.99 per month if they want to continue to use the music streaming service.
May 26, 2017
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Gifting on Google Play: What you need to know
I just want to send someone a gift card...and on Google Play, that just got a lot harder.
May 26, 2017
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Google beefs up play Store discovery, introduces strikethrough discounting
In an announcement at the Game Developer Conference, Google unveiled a series of initiatives designed to boost developers' success in the play Store.
February 27, 2017
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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 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 gets better at flagging apps trying to fake their way into the play Store's top charts
Google today announced it's rolling out a new detection and filtering system on the play Store to crack down on those developers who use illegitimate means to boost their apps' rankings in the store's top charts. this will affect apps that use methods like fraudulent installs, fake reviews, and incentivized ratings, the company noted.
October 30, 2016
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Google is helping to spread fake news with its search results and Google Home
Google stands accused of spreading fake news through the "featured snippets" feature of its search engine. the problem is made worse by the company's Google Home speaker which parrots these snippets and presents them as fact.
March 6, 2017
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Google Launches Cloud Spanner Public Beta
Google has launched the public beta for Cloud Spanner, its globally distributed relational database service. Part of Google Cloud Platform, it delivers both ACID transactions and high availability, appearing to violate CAP theorem.
February 28, 2017
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Google play doing even more to remove fake reviews and ratings
Fighting dishonest app reviews is a never-ending battle.
November 29, 2016
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Google play faces cat and mouse game with sneaky Android malware
Hackers constantly try to slip malware into the Google play store, and they succeed.
March 24, 2017
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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 is cracking down on fake reviews and fraudulent install numbers
The latest move attempts to improve the app discovery process so it's not unfairly used by developers seeking an advantage.
October 30, 2016
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Google play Movies is rolling out 4K rental and purchasing options
This will allow those with 4K televisions and a Chromecast Ultra to take full advantage of their capabilities, though the titles are going to cost you extra.
November 18, 2016
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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 Music's first original podcast is a guide to city soundtracks
Google play Music has today launched its first original podcast, City Soundtracks. Available on Google's streaming service (and on iTunes!), the series will offer listeners a guide round the musical highlights of different cities, with each stop on the tour chaperoned by a local artist. the show is hosted by Hrishikesh Hirway (of the podcast Song Exploder), and for its first three episodes will visit Austin, Texas with Spoon, new Orleans in LA with Big Freedia, and Oakland, California with Kehlani.
March 8, 2017
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Google play now considers user engagement, not just downloads, in ranking games
Google is making a significant change to how its app store, Google Play, will work in terms of making the best games more easily discoverable by end users. at the Game Developers Conference, the company announced that it recently tuned its app store algorithms to take into account user engagement, and not just downloads, in order to better reward quality titles, as opposed to those that are just being installed in large numbers.
February 28, 2017
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Google play now offering 4K movies -- but there's a catch
If you have a 4K TV or monitor, you can enjoy Ultra HD content from the likes of YouTube, Netflix, and Amazon. you can get 4K Blu-rays, but you'll need a compatible player, and they aren't that cheap.
December 6, 2016
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Google play now ranks games according to engagement, not just downloads, and sale prices are go!
Google has announced a few changes to the play Store, one of which means that listings for games will be promoted not based solely on the number of downloads. the company is tweaking its algorithms to take into account how much time is spent playing games -- so a game which achieves large numbers of downloads but isn't played much will drop down the rankings.
March 1, 2017
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Google play pilot test in US introduces a 'free app of the week" section
Apple began offering a "free app of the week" back in 2012 as a means of highlighting some of the App Store's best titles and encouraging users to start downloading. Google, belatedly, is following in Apple's footsteps with its own newly launched "free app of the week" section on Google Play. However, we understand that Google has not yet committed to make this a full-time feature.
March 27, 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 Protect uses machine learning to detect and remove harmful apps
Google Play Protect will use machine learning to scan for malicious apps.
May 17, 2017
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Google play Store officially allows paid apps to go on sale for free
Throughout the history of the Google play Store, we've seen plenty of deals on apps, but for the most part the lowest price you would ever see during a sale would be around 10 cents.
February 28, 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 will get better at suggesting quality games
There are so many games available on Google Play, that finding something to suit your tastes is often a difficult task. the problem is worsened in part due to how the play Store displays content — namely, sorted by number of installs.
March 1, 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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Here's what you need to know about everything that's new in Google Play Console
At its I/O developer conference, Google made numerous announcements including the introduction of Google Lens, Play Protect, and the Android O Beta Program, among other things. Another developer-focused announcement it made was regarding the new and updated features making their way to the Google Play Console.
May 18, 2017
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How to share and review apps in Google Play
Google play has a lot of app in the store... so how do you find the right ones?
October 22, 2016
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How to sign up for Google play Family Library
How can I share all my Google play apps, movies and music with my family?
July 29, 2016
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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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Like to support the underdog? Google play Store has an Indie Corner, though, it's a bit hidden
for the past couple of years, Google has been making strides to improve the searching and sorting experience in the play Store... albeit it has been very, very slow at implementing new features. for example, we have a filter to only see apps with a rating of 4+ stars if we use the desktop version of the Store, but no such option on mobile. But that's not the only feature you may not know about.
March 1, 2017
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Magikarp Jump is a decidedly more casual Pokemon game, now available in Google Play
The Pokemon you want, but without leaving the house.
May 25, 2017
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Meteor to land on Earth March 1st; expect it to touch down in the Google play Store
Ever wonder how well a certain app will work on your phone based on the current network connection speed? Thanks to Meteor, you'll be able to easily see which messaging app will give you an Awesome, Very Good.
February 28, 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 finally joins the rest of its family with a play button app icon
It's understandable. After all, most folks don't look for the title under an app icon, they just look for the shape or color and tap it. So when app icons change, there's usually a good reason for it.
May 12, 2017
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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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Update to Google play Music allows users more control over sound quality
The latest update to Google play Music gives users more control over the quality of the music stream on their phone. Before the update, users could adjust the playback quality of wireless streaming only. Following the update, users can control wireless streaming quality, Wi-Fi streaming quality and download quality. the Wi-Fi streaming quality is set on "Always High" by default. other options include "Low," "Normal," and "High." the problem with having the quality on high is that you might see more buffering than normal.
March 16, 2017
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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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3 months with Google Home: Fun, functional, and frustrating
The sometimes-surprising realities of having Google's new virtual assistant in your home.
February 7, 2017
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4 Google Translate features you'll use every day
Google Translate's knowledge of more than 100 languages can help you in your daily workflow as much as it can help you on your next trip. The features below show how it can help you with entire documents or websites, or even your native tongue.
May 24, 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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10 Google Assistant features that save you time
It's time to get over it and just start talking to your phone, because certain tasks are much faster with Google's digital aide.
May 25, 2017
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10 things Google should add to Google Home right away
Google Home feels unfinished, but software updates can fix that
November 17, 2016
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14 eyebrow-raising things Google knows about you
Some are fascinating, others are frightening -- but here's how to find out what Google has on you.
December 14, 2016
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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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2017 Predictions: Google Wants to (Literally) be Everywhere you Are
The story of Android in 2016 was about more than just the operating system. It was about Google's real ambition: Total ubiquity in everyone's lives.
December 27, 2016
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Misc. - A

A Bunch of new Companies Just Pulled Their Google Ads Over Racist Videos
Yet more companies are pulling their ads from Google and YouTube because of fears the ads would appear alongside offensive content, according to a new report in the Wall Street Journal.
March 24, 2017
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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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A Google employee is suing the company for being too confidential
And operating an internal 'spying program'
December 20, 2016
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A mix of old and new Microsoft, Teams could help lure Google users
Microsoft Teams blends the opportunism of the old Microsoft with the openness of the new, but it is not yet able to cut off Slack's viral distribution for a new way of working.
May 31, 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 advertisers complained, Google promises to keep ads away from 'offensive content'
The company said it may also limit the kinds of videos users upload to YouTube.
March 21, 2017
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After arriving at 100th railway station in India, Google's WiFi is set to hit another 100 in 2017
Last September, Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced a fairly ambition plan to bring free WiFi to 400 railway stations across India, a goal that would cover 10 million passengers a day, by the company's count, making a small but meaningful impact on the estimated one billion-plus people in the country who aren't connected to the internet.
December 29, 2016
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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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After Massive Phishing Attack, Google Improves Gmail Security
Google announced that it has added a suite of new security features to Gmail. These additions will make it easier for the company to detect phishing attempts, fight malware that spreads via attachments, let businesses make sure internal data stays within their control, and warn users when they're visiting a suspicious website. The additions still won't be enough to keep you totally safe, but you're definitely more secure than before.
May 31, 2017
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After the death of a friend, healing in a human social network
The first large-scale study of recovery and resilience after a death in a friend group -- based on analysis of interactions in 15,000 anonymized networks on Facebook -- finds that when a friend dies, we get closer to that person's friends. the social network repairs itself in ways that keep our total connectedness the same.
April 24, 2017
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All that free music on YouTube is good for you, Google tells music biz
Lucky duckies
May 12, 2017
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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 is sending hundreds of staff from its internet access unit to Google
The subsidiary, called Access, also has a new CEO.
February 15, 2017
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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 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 stock price reaches new highs as Google posts strong earnings
Google, along with Facebook, now dominates online advertising
April 27, 2017
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Alphabet's Verily more than doubled its headcount in two years to 500 staffers
It's not clear whether the life sciences company continues to be profitable.
May 10, 2017
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AlphaGo Round 2: Google's AI to Compete Against Top Go Players
Last year, Google's AlphaGo AI, which was based on the core DeepMind AI technology, played a historic series of matches against Lee Sedol, an 18-time world champion at the Go board game. this year, after many requests from the Go community, Google plans to pit the AlphaGo AI against Ke Jie, the world's current no. 1 player.
April 10, 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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Amid boycott, Google changes ad policy to give advertisers more control
More policing tools for both sides of the aisle.
March 21, 2017
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Android O, Google Lens and VR: Everything important from Google I/O
Google highlights how its machine learning and AI inform improvements across all its platforms. In other words, Google Assistant just got a lot smarter and more useful.
May 17, 2017
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Android Things is Google's new platform for building IoT devices
Android Things brings IoT into the development environment so many already know.
December 13, 2016
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Apple using drones to take on Google Maps
It's a bird! it's a plane! it's an Apple drone!
December 2, 2016
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Appointments is the latest app from Google's internal incubator, Area 120
Google's internal startup incubator, Area 120, unveiled last year, has to date led to the creation of a number of projects, including a personal stylist app Tailor, a voice messenger Supersonic, and most recently, an app for watching YouTube videos together called Uptime. We've now spotted another app in development over there called Appointments, a salon booking tool.
April 26, 2017
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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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As ad boycott picks up pace, Google knows it doesn't have to worry
Why the agencies will come crawling back
March 23, 2017
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Assange offers job to sacked Google diversity manifestbro
Censorship is for losers!
August 8, 2017
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At 5, Google play calls out Adele, Candy Crush as most popular
The search giant's online store turns five. Among its most popular content: lots of Facebook apps and a movie that caused an international incident.
March 6, 2017
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'At least I can walk away with my dignity' — Streetmap founder after Google lawsuit loss
Kate Sutton talks to El Reg about search and maps
February 20, 2017
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AT&T and Verizon pull ads from Google and YouTube over hate speech
AT&T and Verizon today joined a growing list of companies in both the US and Europe that are pulling advertising from YouTube and millions of Google-partnered websites. the reasoning stems from the potential for big-name brands' ads to appear next to videos and other content containing hate speech, including white nationalist, sexist, and homophobic content and videos and sites created by and designed for the purpose of promoting terrorism.
March 22, 2017
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AT&T Charges Ahead with Fiber Internet While Google Languishes
Superfast fiber internet--promising download speeds of a 1000 megabits per second--is a tantalizing but far-off prospect for many people, and even those who live in major cities often can't access it. it's exciting, then, when news comes along that a big internet service provider will expand its fiber access.
March 24, 2017
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AWS cloud cash share: Bigger than Microsoft, IBM, Google COMBINED
Cloud democratising IT? Nah, it's shared by even fewer players
February 7, 2017
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AWS follows Google with Reserved Instance flexibility changes
RI discounts can now be broken down into smaller VMs if needed
March 14, 2017
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AWS public cloud is twice as big as Microsoft, Google, IBM combined
A new report into revenue for the third quarter shows what a significant lead Amazon Web Services has in the public cloud market.
November 1, 2016
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Misc. - B

Big-in-Russia's Yandex launches itself at a Google world
We slap Google-y eyes on the launcher
March 17, 2017
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Both Microsoft and Google are making hardware, though for different reasons
Google is a Search company that has ventured into hardware. Microsoft is a software company that has done the same. Why?
January 9, 2017
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Building an AI Chip Saved Google from Building a Dozen new Data Centers
GOOGLE OPERATES what is surely the largest computer network on Earth, a system that comprises custom-built, warehouse-sized data centers spanning 15 locations in four continents. But about six years ago, as the company embraced a new form of voice recognition on Android phones, its engineers worried that this network wasn't nearly big enough.
April 5, 2017
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Misc. - C

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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Conference Recap: Google Cloud Next
Cloud enthusiasts from around the world attended Google Cloud Next to hear an update from the search giant. Three broad themes emerged from the many keynotes and 200+ sessions: service scale and maturity, usable machine learning, and enterprise-friendliness.
March 14, 2017
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Court orders Google to produce emails stored abroad
An appeals court had taken a different view in a lawsuit involving Microsoft
February 6, 2017
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Crazy Taxi Classic is currently free in the Google Play Store
Get the Dreamcast classic remastered for mobile -- for free!
May 25, 2017
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Cuckoo! Google settles into Nest, starts folding dev platform
And Brillo becomes Android Things
December 13, 2016
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Misc. - D

Department of Labor sues Google over wage data
Google has refused to comply with a request related to its federal contracts, the agency says
January 4, 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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Does Google's AutoDraw AI grasp modern art better than you?
The tech company is unleashing its neural network to make your sketches and doodles prettier. But how does it go with Picasso?
April 12, 2017
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Don't be evil: Googler sues Google over restrictive confidentiality policies
Google's longstanding motto was "Don't be evil." So has the company been meeting that goal?
December 21, 2016
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Misc. - E

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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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 Commission to deliver verdict on Google's antitrust cases in "next few months"
The European Commission delivered preliminary findings of an antitrust investigation into Google last year, alleging that the company was abusing its dominant market position. Google promptly responded with a blog post and tried to clear some air. A few months later, the Mountain View giant got a bit more blunt about it.
May 22, 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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Europe's competition cop says she'll monitor Google's ad-blocking efforts
Margrethe Vestager tweeted her concern.
April 20, 2017
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Ex project manager suing Google for encouraging employees to spy on each other
A former, unnamed Google product manager is suing the Mountain View, CA company for claims that his former employer implements shady confidentiality practices, including encouraging its employees to rat out each other. the complaint states that it violates Californian labor laws.
December 21, 2016
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Ex-Googler (and Cisco's newest board member) Amy Chang on her leap into startups
Wednesday night, at a StrictlyVC event in San Francisco, venture capitalist Aileen Lee took the stage to interview Amy Chang, a former eBay product manager turned head of Google Analytics turned startup founder.
February 10, 2017
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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 fake news, says Google-backed research
Claims that people derive most of their news from search are 'over-stated'
May 4, 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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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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For Google's X lab, it takes 3 things to become a moonshot
Astro Teller, the head of Alphabet's secretive research lab X, explains how it chooses projects and avoids working on tech that doesn't matter.
October 19, 2016
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For Google, the AI Talent Race Leads Straight to Canada
AMERICA'S BIGGEST TECH companies are remaking the internet through artificial intelligence. and more than ever, these companies are looking north to Canada for the ideas that will advance AI itself.
March 30, 2017
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Former Google Engineer Blasts Company's HR Practices After Sexual Harassment Revelation
Earlier today, Recode reported that Uber had asked its new SVP of engineering, Amit Singhal to resign after he failed to disclose the circumstances involved in his departure from Google. According to Recode, Singhal resigned from Google in early 2016 after an investigation into a sexual harassment claim brought against him by another employee. Singhal has denied the allegations, but according to Recode, Google found them "credible."
February 27, 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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Free Google app helps companies assess their vendors' security
The app contains questions for assessing Web application security, infrastructure security, data center security and privacy
March 8, 2016
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French to fight fake news with backing from Google, Facebook
A new project seeks to fact-check the French presidential election
February 6, 2017
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Misc. - G

GCC Patch to Support Google's Fuchsia OS
It's been a while since last hearing anything of Google's experimental Fuchsia OS but it looks like things are moving along as they are now looking to merge support for it into the GCC compiler.
December 9, 2016
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"Genericide' legal assault to nullify the Google trademark fails
Google doesn't lose trademark even if it is a generic term for searching the Web.
May 16, 2017
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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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Gmail for desktop now lets you stream video attachments
You no longer have to download video attachments to view them.
March 17, 2017
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Gmail versus Inbox: Which Google email client is right for you?
Gmail and Inbox are both great, but one of them is better.
May 24, 2017
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Goodbye, YouTube annotations: Google ends support May 2
Google's going with Cards instead, because of mobile.
March 17, 2017
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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 AppBridge to help enterprises move their files to its cloud services
Google today announced it has acquired AppBridge, a Vancouver, B.C.-based company that specializes in helping businesses move their files and data into the Google Cloud platform.
March 9, 2017
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Google acquires AWS training vendor Qwiklabs
The future of tutorials for the competing cloud platform seems uncertain
November 22, 2016
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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 Nevada land for future data center
Google has acquired a significant piece of land in Nevada, near Reno and Tesla's Gigafactory site, which will house a future data center, and could also host a testing track for Waymo, the Alphabet-owned autonomous driving company.
April 17, 2017
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Google acquires Qwiklabs to teach developers cloud skills
Google today announced that it has acquired Qwiklabs, a hands-on learning platform for those who want to become more familiar with operating cloud environments and writing applications that run on them.
November 21, 2016
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Google adds add-on support to Gmail
Here's some welcome news for Gmail users: Google is adding support for third-party add-ons that can integrate directly into the service. There are plenty of services that add functionality to Gmail already, of course, but they typically do that through a browser extension.
March 9, 2017
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Google adds fact-check label in Brazil, Mexico and Argentina
Fact check -- that little tag that shows up in front of some articles in Google News -- is working its way around the world.
February 15, 2017
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Google adds family sharing to YouTube and other apps
The search giant tries to make it easier for parents to share videos and to-do lists with their kids.
May 23, 2017
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Google adds handy shortcuts to help with searching in Google app update
The latest update to the Google app adds an array of categories for quickly getting information about sports, weather, entertainment, and lots more.
March 21, 2017
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Google adds new Personal tab to search results to show Gmail and Photos content
Google seems to be rolling out a new feature in search results that adds a "Personal' tab to show content from private sources, like your Gmail account or Google Photos library. The addition of the tab was first reported by Search Engine Roundtable, which spotted the change earlier today.
May 26, 2017
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Google adds new reasons to install its Duo and Allo apps
Updates will bring audio-only calls and file sharing to the video-calling and chat apps.
March 23, 2017
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Google adds new services to its cloud machine-learning products
Enhancements are aimed at democratizing access to cloud machine intelligence
November 15, 2016
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Google adds real-time updates from the NHL & NBA directly to its search results
Google announced this afternoon it's adding new features to both Google Search and Google play Newsstand that will help people keep up with their favorite teams and their standings during the NBA and the NHL playoffs. In Search, you'll now find Knowledge Panels with information directly from the teams, like highlights, photos or GIFs, for NHL, NBA as well as MLB teams.
April 17, 2017
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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 Search shortcuts for places of interest, news topics and tools
Because typing takes too long.
March 21, 2017
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Google adds Spanish-language voting guides to Search
Google is continuing its push to get more Americans registered to vote ahead of the upcoming presidential elections by expanding its voter information guides in Google Search to Spanish. While the company was already providing web searchers with details on how to get registered and how to vote, based on your current location, those guides were only triggered by searches for English phrases and keywords.
September 26, 2016
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Google age-discrimination trial date is two years away
The date is set for November 2018
December 14, 2016
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Google agrees to change its email scanning systems to avoid a privacy lawsuit
The fact that Google scans the contents of emails sent and received through Gmail has been known for some time now. it's just one of the ways in which the company gathers information about users to help deliver targeted advertising. Faced with a lawsuit over the privacy implications of this technique, Google has agreed to change its scanning systems.
December 14, 2016
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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 Facebook are driving nearly all growth in the global ad market
This is the year digital beats TV.
May 2, 2017
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Google and Facebook won't place ads on sites peddling fake news
The move follows the prominent display of a fake story on Google search results.
November 15, 2016
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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 pals plough $27m into tiery-eyed storage startup Avere
Adding better public cloud facilities to users' hybrid world
March 28, 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 and Slack deepen partnership in the face of Microsoft Teams
The move will bring deeper integration between Google Drive and Slack
December 6, 2016
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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 '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 significant partnership with SAP at Google Cloud Next Conference
Google announced onstage today at Google Cloud Next a partnership with SAP to deliver SAP HANA, the company's in-memory database on Google Cloud Platform.
March 8, 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 Announces Tensorflow Lite: A Neural Network Library for Mobile Phones
Dave Burke, VP of engineering at Google, announced a new version of Tensorflow optimised for mobile phones.
June 9, 2017
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Google announces three new cloud regions, contract discounts
The company is launching data centers in California, Canada and the Netherlands
March 9, 2017
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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 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 already works in Spanish
If you're using Google's messaging app Allo in Mexico and Spain, you can use Assistant within the app in Spanish.
May 9, 2017
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Google Assistant just got a whole lot smarter with IFTTT integration
If you're an early adopter of the Pixel disappointed that one of its touchstone features, the Assistant, isn't quite as smart as Google led you to believe, we have a solution of sorts.
October 27, 2016
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Google Assistant needs to be Google consistent
"Ok Google, skip ahead 30 seconds."
November 17, 2016
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Google AutoDraw Turns Scribbles Into Art
Is every man really an artist? of course not. But anyone can pretend to be with Google's latest AI Experiment AutoDraw.
April 12, 2017
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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 Begins Using High-Accuracy Neural Machine Translation System for Eight Language Pairs
Recently, Google announced that it achieved near-human accuracy for translating to and from English, Spanish, and Chinese. the company is using a new neural network training technique, which it calls the Neural Machine Translation (NMT) system. Google announced today that it has started using its new system for nine languages (eight pairs) and that it will soon use it for all of Google Translate's 103 supported languages.
November 16, 2016
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Google bids farewell to play Store's shopping bag logo
Now you'll just see a colorful triangle.
May 11, 2017
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Google blows $800k on bots to flood the UK with 30,000 'articles' a month
Templated stories sourced from gov databases to push web ads. Welcome to your dystopia
July 6, 2017
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Google Brain Cleans Up Low-Res Photos by Turning Everyone Into a Glitched Out Monster
The team at Google Brain has made an impressive breakthrough for increasing the resolution of images. Theyve managed to turn 8x8 grids of pixels into monstrous approximations of human beings.
February 7, 2017
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Google Brain makes It Possible to Zoom and Enhance Photos
if you've watched any detective show over the last decade or so, you would have at some point or another, seen a scene where the protagonists are faced with a grainy picture of a person's face or the number plate on a car. the resident whizkid, and there's always one, will zoom into the pic, do some keyboard magic and all of a sudden the grainy pixels magically turn into a legible string of numbers or a face that matches the mugshot the investigators have on file perfectly.
February 9, 2017
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Google Brain super-resolution image tech makes zoom, enhance! real
Google Brain creates new image details out of thin air.
February 7, 2017
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Google brings expanded AMP support to search and display ads
When Google launched its Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) project about a year and a half ago, the focus was squarely on speeding up mobile web pages, with a special emphasis on news sites. Over the last few months, both the scope of supported pages and the range of places where Google surfaces AMP pages increased. Now, the company is taking the next step by using the technologies it developed for AMP to also speed up some of its core money-making services.
May 23, 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 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 developers of VR goof-around Job Simulator
For when the robots have taken yours
May 11, 2017
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Google buys Kaggle and its gaggle of AI geeks
In its quest to carry us into the machine-learning decades ahead, Google acquires what it calls the globe's largest community of AI enthusiasts.
March 8, 2017
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Google buys Sweden's Limes Audio to boost Hangouts voice quality
In a blog post, Google announced the acquisition of Limes Audio, a Swedish company that focuses on improving the quality of voice calls. the 10-year-old company, headquartered in Ume㪠Sweden, also has offices in Stockholm and Palo Alto.
January 5, 2017
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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 Now Track Your Offline Purchases
Google runs the world's largest and most profitable online ad network, but the lion's share of ad dollars still go to TV. The search giant is looking to change that by associating online ads with purchases in the real world -- your purchases. Google has partnered with companies responsible for tracking purchase data, which gives it access to about 70 percent of all US credit and debit card transactions.
May 24, 2017
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Google can't spare 113 seconds of revenue to compile data on its gender pay gap
Has $150 million diversity program, server farms galore, needs 500 hours to sift data
May 29, 2017
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Google case raises doubts about German news copyright law
A Berlin court has asked the Court of Justice of the European Union to intervene in a dispute over news publishers' demands for payment from Google for its use of snippets of their stories
May 9, 2017
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Google Cast is recast as Google Home companion app
Ready to release its Home voice-operated speaker next week, the company has delivered an update to its old Google Cast setup app.
October 26, 2016
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Google CEO says fake news is a problem and should not be distributed
In an interview with the BBC, Google CEO Sundar Pichai made his first comments on the post-election fake news controversy, and admitted the company has made some mistakes.
November 15, 2016
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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 pay model prevents salary discrimination
The Department of Labor has accused the company of "systemic compensation disparities.'
April 11, 2017
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Google claims Levandowski launched competing projects long before Otto
Newly-released documents from Google's October arbitration against Anthony Levandowski, one of the leads of its self-driving car project who abruptly left to launch his own startup Otto in January last year, allege that the talented engineer worked on competing projects for years before leaving Google.
April 3, 2017
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Google Classroom now lets anyone school anyone else
Google Classroom is opening up even further: After allowing anyone to join classes last month, expanding the learner side of the equation beyond just those with G Suite for Education accounts, Google is now opening Classroom class creation to anyone with a personal Google account, too.
April 27, 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 boss to speak at ... hang on, Nutanix conference?
Storage firm is going hybrid cloud
May 15, 2017
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Google Cloud IoT Core helps businesses manage data and devices
Google has announced the launch of a new service to help businesses handle large volumes of data created by their IoT devices.
May 22, 2017
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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 Search helps enterprise users find data quickly
Google's new service will show G Suite users information they need when they need it
February 8, 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 Cloud to offer support as a service: is accidental IT provider the new Microsoft?
Won't use GCP? what about now? and now? And...
March 14, 2017
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Google Cloud User Tips
Paul Nash, Sr. Product Manager, Google Cloud Platform, provide guidance in how to best leverage the Google Cloud.
May 18, 2017
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Google combats fake news with 'Fact Check' results in search and news
Google is helping news readers by rolling out its fact check label worldwide.
April 7, 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 confirms its acquisition of data science community Kaggle
Google today said it is acquiring Kaggle, an online service that hosts data science and machine learning competitions, confirming what sources told us when we reported the acquisition yesterday.
March 8, 2017
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Google Contributor as we know it is being unceremoniously shut down
This whole thing sounds really weird.
December 16, 2016
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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 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 cozies up with Slack for tighter integration
Faced with competition from the likes of Microsoft Teams, Slack is strengthening its partnership with Google to bring greater cloud integration to users.
December 6, 2016
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Google cracks down on inaccurate and offensive content
The search giant is reportedly trying to better train its algorithms using a new flag for "Upsetting-Offensive" search results.
March 14, 2017
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Google cut its 2015 tax bill by $3.6 billion using the infamous Dutch Sandwich loophole
Google has sheltered as much as $58.3 billion in overseas profits
December 21, 2016
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Google debuts Cloud Search, a smart search engine for G Suite customers
Google today launched for its business customers a new tool called Google Cloud Search, which will allow users to search across G Suite products, including Drive, Gmail, Sites, Calendar, Docs, Contacts and more. the service was previously available in a limited preview, where it was known as Springboard, and described as something like a Google now for enterprise workers.
February 7, 2017
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Google DeepMind's AlphaGo to battle against world's number one Go player
Last year, Google's DeepMind division put its AlphaGo AI against one of world's top Go players, Lee Se-dol, defeating him in four out of five games, and winning the match. Next month, AlphaGo will battle against the current world number one Go player, Ke Jie, at the "Future of Go Summit' in Wuzhen, China.
April 10, 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 denies labor department's claim that gender-based pay inequities are 'systemic' at the company
Happy belated Equal Pay Day! the U.S. Department of Labor testified in court today that pay inequities at Google are "systemic," the Guardian reports. Earlier this month, Google said it had closed the gender pay gap globally.
April 7, 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 develops CSI-like technology that 'enhances' low resolution images
Ever watch a TV show where a bunch of investigators are looking at a blurry image and then "enhance it" to crystal clear quality? Did you then think to yourself "that's so dumb; imaging doesn't work like that"? we know we have, but reality has a surprise for us: imaging does work like that, at least in the case of one Google experiment.
February 8, 2017
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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 doodle honors Ghanaian entrepreneur Esther Afua Ocloo
The first person to start a formal food-processing business in Gold Coast also helped low-income women get loans for their entrepreneurial goals.
April 17, 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 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 audio calling now available worldwide
In March, Google announced it was beginning to roll out support for audio-only calling in its FaceTime and Whatsapp competitor, Duo, which had previously focused on video calls. Initially, support for audio calls was available in Brazil, but the feature is now live for all users worldwide, a Google engineer and technical lead for Duo announced on Twitter late on Sunday evening.
April 10, 2017
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Google Duo's new audio calls feature is now available to all users
Google's Duo messaging app recently got voice calls in Brazil, but now the feature is rolling out to users across the rest of the world.
March 28, 2017
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Google Duo's voice calls are now available worldwide
Google Duo, the search giant's video chat app, now supports voice calls worldwide. the feature was made available in Brazil only last month, but can now be accessed anywhere in the world, according to Duo's principal engineer, Justin Uberti. Voice calling can be found simply by switching a toggle at the top of the app's interface.
April 10, 2017
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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 embraces 360-degree video with new Street View certification for cameras
20 upcoming cameras receive Street View certification.
May 10, 2017
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Google employs super clever rich people to basically rip off Slack
Discovers IRC, puts a suit on Hangouts, touts $5k whiteboard and more
March 9, 2017
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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 exceeds 1 billion captioned videos on YouTube
Around the world, there are many people with hearing impairments. this doesn't mean that they are necessarily deaf -- they may instead have severe hearing loss. Someone in my family, for instance, has to wear hearing aids. for these people, captioning on videos (text displayed on screen) can be a necessity, making it possible to enjoy a TV show or movie. Heck, it can be used by people without hearing issues too; they may need to mute their TV as to not wake family members.
February 16, 2017
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Google expands its Fact Check tool to determine fake news in search results
In its ongoing battle against fake news online, Google has recently expanded its 'Fact Check' feature in its Search and News services, now available to all users around the world.
April 7, 2017
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Google expands safeguards for advertisers
Google has announced today a series of tweaks meant to help advertisers have more control over the places in which their ads appear.
March 21, 2017
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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 fact-checked news to Brazil, Mexico & Argentina
In October, Google announced it would begin highlighting fact-checked resources in its Google News vertical, allowing readers to more easily find links to reputable sources of factual information related to major stories. Today, Google says it's expanding this feature to new markets, including Brazil, Mexico and Argentina.
February 15, 2017
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Google explains why it focused on fair gender representation with its new emoji
Diverse emoji are better emoji.
October 20, 2016
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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 eyes remote content controls for parents in YouTube Kids app
A new Family Link app would let parents block videos and change settings from their own phone.
March 10, 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 Fiber building in Louisville despite lawsuit from AT&T and Charter
Google Fiber filing permit to begin construction in Louisville.
April 28, 2017
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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 Fiber could get FCC help in fights to compete against AT&T
New ISPs would get faster access to utility poles under FCC plan.
April 17, 2017
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Google Fiber Sheds Workers as It Looks to a Wireless Future
Google Fiber is getting a lot smaller. Alphabet is sending hundreds of employees at Access–the division that runs the high-speed internet service–to work at other parts of the company, an Access spokeswoman says. it's not the end of Fiber, not exactly. But the slimming-down likely signals a future for Alphabet's broadband ambitions that involves less fiber.
February 15, 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 fights fake news in search with 'fact check' tags
The search giant is expanding use of the feature, which it launched for Google News last year.
April 7, 2017
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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 Fabric integration, better analytics and an alpha program
Google today announced a slew of updates to its Firebase app platform that touch many of the service's core features (or will do so in the near future). More than a million developers have now created projects with Firebase (though not all of these are active, of course), Google said today, and that number is growing rapidly.
May 17, 2017
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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 Fixes Algorithm to Remove Holocaust-Denying Results and other 'Non-Authoritative Information'
After it was widely reported that the first Google search result for "Did the Holocaust happen?" was from Stormfront, a white supremacist website, Google decided to alter its algorithm to remove Holocaust denial sites all together.
December 25, 2016
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Google fixes YouTube's LGBTQ+ filtering problem
Around this time last month, Google was facing criticism for appearing to censor LGBTQ+ videos with the Restricted Mode feature. now the company says that it has addressed the problem and will no longer be "incorrectly filtering videos."
April 24, 2017
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Google for Jobs aims to make job searching less of a hassle
The company hopes to use machine learning to improve the process
May 17, 2017
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Google formally abandons its Nik photo-editing tools
The tech giant officially says it has no plans to update the popular collection of filters and editing tools.
May 30, 2017
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Google fumes after US Dept of Labor accuses ad giant of lowballing pay for women
'Systemic compensation disparities against women across the entire workforce'
April 10, 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 everyone machine learning superpowers with TensorFlow 1.0
It wasn't that long ago that building and training neural networks was strictly for seasoned computer scientists and grad students. that began to change with the release of a number of open-source machine learning frameworks like Theano, Spark ML, Microsoft's CNTK, and Google's TensorFlow.
February 17, 2017
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Google gives families simple sharing tools for events, notes, and photos
Easily share things through Keep, Calendar, and Photos.
May 24, 2017
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Google gives up your private data to US govt -- but won't hand over its OWN staff personal info
Uncle Sam sues web ad giant over its megabucks geeks
January 5, 2017
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Google goes after Slack and splits Hangouts into Chat and Meet
Google's messaging strategy can be confusing, but if there's one thing that's clear after today's Cloud Next keynote, it's that the company is doubling down on the idea that Hangouts is its enterprise product and Allo/Duo are its consumer communications apps.
March 9, 2017
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Google goes after Slack with Hangouts overhaul
Plus, the company is doubling down on its videoconferencing play.
March 9, 2017
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Google goes green -- 100 percent renewable energy usage in 2017 to combat climate change
Big companies like to be seen to be doing their bit, particularly when it comes to the environment, and tech companies are no different. Google -- being one of the biggest companies in the world -- has huge energy requirements, and it's looking to help address the problem of climate change.
December 6, 2016
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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 H&M's Ivyrevel will make you a dress customized using your personal data
At last year's Google I/O developer conference, Google introduced a new Awareness API that would allow for smarter applications that could understand where you were, what you were doing, what's nearby, and even the weather, in order to more intelligently react to your current situation. Today, Google introduced a new application that's taking advantage of this sort of data in order to...design you a dress.
February 6, 2017
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Google Hangouts is getting a major overhaul to take on Slack
Video chat is getting way better, too
March 9, 2017
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Google Hangouts' new features make work meetings slightly less annoying
With Meet and Chat, Hangouts rolls out video conferencing and chat rooms for businesses. Because synergy!
March 9, 2017
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Google Hangouts won't disappear for consumers despite enterprise focus
Despite the existence of Allo and Duo, Google won't cut consumers off
March 14, 2017
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Google has a moral obligation to hide offensive autocomplete search suggestions
If a query becomes popular enough on Google, it will show up as an autocomplete suggestion after you type the first words. for instance, if you write "what's my" one of the things that Google will propose is "what's my IP". That's to help you find what you are looking for more quickly. But there's a dark side to it: if left alone, it can expose you to some pretty offensive searches.
December 5, 2016
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Google has an indoor positioning tech in the works, called VPS
Google has announced it's working on a service to offer detailed indoor location positioning using its Tango 3D sensing computer vision tech.
May 17, 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 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 reportedly launched a new AI-focused venture capital program
Google has launched a new venture capital program focused on artificial intelligence, Axios is reporting.
May 26, 2017
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Google has shipped over 10 million Cardboard VR headsets
Google says it's shipped 10 million of its Cardboard virtual reality viewers since they first appeared in 2014. the company celebrated the number in a blog post today, along with a couple more statistics: people have made 160 million downloads of Cardboard apps on Google Play, and 30 Cardboard titles have over a million downloads apiece.
February 28, 2017
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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 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 Hire: the search giant now wants to help you find a job
Google is an everyday companion for many of us, putting the knowledge of the world at our fingertips thanks to its hugely versatile search engine. But along with providing searches for news, images, locations, tickets, information and countless other bits from across the web, Google is now preparing to leverage its expertise in another new area: job searches.
April 14, 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 hits the reset button
For eight years, Google always held its biggest event of the year, its I/O developer conference, in San Francisco.
December 22, 2016
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Google Image Search gets fashion-conscious with 'style ideas' on Android and the web
You'd be forgiven for thinking that Google is entirely pre-occupied with fake news and the fact-checking thereof these days, but there are still rather more interesting changes and additions being made to search. the latest new feature is "style ideas" which makes its way to the web and Android today.
April 13, 2017
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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 in the cloud
The company opens up about its enterprise cloud strategy
March 9, 2017
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Google increases Gmail attachment limit to 50MB for recipients
Over the years, as the number of megapixels boasted by cameras spirals upwards, file sizes have generally increased. Despite this, many email providers still place a strangely low limit on the size of files that can be sent and received as attachments. with Gmail you can now receive attachments up to 50MB in size.
March 2, 2017
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Google integrates Firebase deeper into its Cloud Platform
Firebase, the mobile app development platform Google acquired back in 2014, got a major update at the Google Cloud Next conference in San Francisco today. the general theme here is that Firebase is moving closer to the Google Cloud platform. it's adding support for Google Cloud Functions (which is now officially in beta), for example, the company's counterpart to the AWS Lambda "serverless" compute platform. Firebase is also getting support for all of the storage options the Google Cloud Platform now offers.
March 9, 2017
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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 introduces new option for Maps users to add accessibility details
Having a map on a smartphone that helps you get to places you've never been is now one of the trivial things we didn't have ten years ago. Over the years, there were many companies that tried to perfect their navigation maps and systems, but one that ultimately won the race is Google Maps.
July 6, 2017
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Google introduces reCAPTCHA Android API to keep mobile apps safer from bot abuse
Adding reCAPTCHA functionality is but another tool for Android developers to keep their apps secure.
June 9, 2017
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Google introduces two new Hangouts services for businesses
Last year, Google introduced Allo and Duo, its new messaging and video chat services. When asked what would happen to Hangouts, the company said that it would be better suited for businesses moving forward, although it wasn't clear what the firm meant by that at the time. Today, Google announced two new Hangouts-branded services, giving us a clearer idea of its business-oriented strategy.
March 9, 2017
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Google is bringing machine learning to job searches
Google is making it easier to search for jobs by leveraging machine learning and AI.
May 17, 2017
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Google is fighting with Symantec over encrypting the internet
Google, which has accused Symantec and its partners of misissuing tens of thousands of certificates for encrypted web connections, quietly announced Thursday that it's downgrading the level and length of trust Chrome will place in certificates issued by Symantec.
March 27, 2017
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Google is giving a cluster of 1,000 Cloud TPUs to researchers for free
At the end of Google I/O, the company unveiled a new program to give researchers access to the company's most advanced machine learning technologies for free. The TensorFlow Research Cloud program, as it will be called, will be application based and open to anyone conducting research, rather than just members of academia.
May 17, 2017
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Google is letting its advertisers who bolted see which videos their ads could run on
Google has faced advertiser angst over ads appearing alongside inappropriate content.
March 29, 2017
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Google is making it easier for carriers to communicate over RCS
Google "hub" model allows carriers to implement RCS with ease.
June 9, 2017
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Google is now upgrading Nexus 6P beta testers to final build of Android 7.1.2 Nougat
Last week, Google began upgrading some of its devices to Android 7.1.2 Nougat, the latest minor update to the OS. It also published factory images for many of its Nexus and Pixel devices, and although it dropped support for the Nexus 6 and 9, those devices will still continue to receive security updates.
April 13, 2017
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Google is reportedly buying data science community Kaggle
Google may be gaining access to thousands of data scientists soon.
March 8, 2017
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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 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 shutting down Spaces, its experimental group messaging app
Can you mourn a thing you've never heard of?
February 24, 2017
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Google is to remove support for PNaCl
After de-staffing the PNaCL/NaCl team last year and adding default support for WebAssembly in Chrome in March of this year, Google has officially announced the retirement of PNaCl in favor of WebAssembly.
May 31, 2017
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Google is tweaking ongoing casting notifications to be more informative
You'll still see it in your notification shade, but now it tells you if someone's casting content.
April 24, 2017
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Google is trying to turn Image Search into a shopping tool
Google wants to help you find a purse to match that dress.
April 13, 2017
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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 AI to help humans and computers communicate through art
A program for people who can't draw good
April 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 new social app for small groups to edit photos together
While Google continues to add more features to its two social communication apps Allo and Duo, TechCrunch has learned that it has quietly been working on least one more social app. Google has been developing a new social app that lets small groups edit photos together and then organise them for future enjoyment: think Path meets Snapchat-style filters and edits meets Google's imaging smarts.
March 24, 2017
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Google just dropped some of its patent claims against Uber
Waymo quietly dropped several of the patent claims in its explosive lawsuit against Uber last night, admitting in a new court filing that although it stands behind its allegations of trade secret theft and may pursue new patent claims later, it isn't moving forward with its current patent infringement claims against one of Uber's lidar devices.
May 17, 2017
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Google just made the internet a tiny bit less annoying
See ya, CAPTCHA!
March 10, 2017
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Google just made 'zoom and enhance' a reality -- kinda
Neural networks can now turn tiny, blurry images of faces (or bedrooms) into more-detailed ones, but the details are imagined.
February 7, 2017
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Google just published eight National Security Letters
Google dropped a single National Security Letter into its most recent transparency report without much fanfare, but today the company published eight more NSLs in an attempt to shed more light on government surveillance of Google users.
December 13, 2016
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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 kills Map Maker, promises to integrate its features into Maps
Google Maps is one of the more reliable map services that most people rely on and, understandably, the company keeps investing in new features for the service. Launched in 2008, Map Maker was one such feature that allowed users to add places, and edit the existing ones where the mapping data proved to be insufficient. However, the company has now shut it down in favor of integrating its functionality into Google Maps itself.
April 4, 2017
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Google kills off CAPTCHA, might determine if you're a robot by your browsing activities
Let's face it, while CAPTCHA adds an additional layer of security for most websites, it does this in an arguably inelegant way. Most of the time, users are forced to squint at, and enlarge, the distorted text being shown in order to prove that they're not a robot. While Google improved upon this technology in a recent iteration - which allows users to tick a checkbox saying "I'm not a robot" - the company is now removing it altogether.
March 13, 2017
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Google launches a dedicated home for Chrome WebVR experiences
Today, Google made some WebVR updates to Chrome, adding support for Cardboard while also building a home for all of its online VR web content.
April 12, 2017
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Google launches a new home for web-based VR experiments (compatible with Daydream and Cardboard)
Okay, so this is the wacky tone that Google is going for in its latest mobile VR experiments, and frankly, we're not complaining!
April 13, 2017
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Google launches committed-use discounts for its Cloud Platform
At its Cloud Next event in San Francisco, Google today announced the beta of a new pricing option for virtual machines on its Google Compute Platform.
March 9, 2017
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Google launches Data Gif Maker so you can create animated GIFs to illustrate data
As names go, it's clear that little thought went into Google's new Data Gif Maker. It's a simple tool that lets you create animated GIFs to compare statistics about two different topics. Google says the free tool is aimed at journalists, but anyone with a website is able to use it however they want.
May 26, 2017
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Google launches new certification program for mobile site developers
Google is launching a new certification program for mobile site developers today. the exam covers everything from the basics of why mobile sites matter to how to improve mobile site speed, effective mobile UX design and more advanced topics like progressive web apps.
April 3, 2017
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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 official Gmail Add-on program
Developers will be able to write one integration and have it run on the web, iOS, and Android
March 9, 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 launches Taste Test site to generate your perfect Android home screen
A new site presents a series of 20 questions that will pinpoint which wallpaper, icon set, widgets, launcher, and keyboard are the right fit for your Android phone.
March 13, 2017
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Google leak-hunting team put under unwelcome spotlight
Lawsuit reveals ominous warnings from former government special agent
May 22, 2017
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Google loses over 250 YouTube advertisers due to misplaced ads on extremist videos
An investigation led by the New York Times revealed yesterday that ads for the Guardian's membership scheme were being displayed on some extremist-related videos on YouTube. the situation developed after an advertiser company working for the Guardian used Google's AdX ad exchange to promote the newspaper subscription service.
March 27, 2017
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Google makes it easier for companies to transfer data to its cloud
Onstage today at Google's Cloud Next conference, the company announced a series of new tools to assist users with data preparation and integration. the updates bolster both the power and agility of Google Cloud for businesses.
March 9, 2017
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Google makes it easier for Indian users to get started with Maps
Google is making it easier for Indian customers to get started with Maps.
April 27, 2017
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Google makes it much easier to share AMP links
A huge proportion of web traffic comes from mobile devices these days, and this means people are often trying to access online articles when they have a slow data connection. for this reason, Facebook introduced Instant Articles, and Google introduced Accelerated Mobile Pages.
February 7, 2017
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Google makes its local reviews easier to use when traveling with automated translation
Google announced today it's making its business reviews easier to access and read when you're traveling by performing automatic translation. the company says it will now translate the user reviews that appear in Google Search results and Google Maps into the language you have set on your device, so you can read them in your own language.
April 24, 2017
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Google makes Public Their API Design Guide
Google has made public an API Design Guide for creating HTTP or RPC APIs. These design principles are recommended especially to developers creating gRPC APIs connecting to Google Cloud Endpoints.
March 10, 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 makes Translate more accurate and sophisticated
Here's a bit of news that will make your translation prowess a little more sophisticated.
November 15, 2016
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Google Map Maker is now dead
Google announced late last year that it would shut down Map Maker, its older, online tool that allowed anyone to contribute updates to Google Maps. the service, which had been around since 2008, let users correct or fill in missing map content -- like place details, roads, business information and more. this was especially useful in helping establish maps in emerging markets, where official, detailed local maps were often not available.
April 3, 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!
May 2, 2017
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Google Maps can now tell if a location has on-site parking, may offer more in future
Google Maps for Android started displaying parking availability information in metro areas for 25 cities throughout the US in January this year.
April 24, 2017
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Google Maps for iOS now supports multiple destinations
Google Maps is adding a very useful feature to iOS today: the ability to add multiple stops to a single trip. Rather than only directing you from point a to point B, Maps can now bring you from point B to point C, D, E, and so on, making it much easier to plan a trip if you intend to bounce around and make occasional pitstops.
July 29, 2016
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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 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 makes your favorite places social with launch of shareable lists
In an effort to make Maps more of a social tool than a directional tool.
February 13, 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 automatically translates reviews to your language
Now you're speaking my language!
April 24, 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 helps you travel abroad like a local
A new feature on Google Maps can translate local reviews into your language.
April 24, 2017
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Google Maps now Lets Users Order Food Delivery
Last month, Google announced that it would provide users with the ability to hail a ride from services like Uber and Lyft when searching for direction inside Maps. Now, the company is taking that idea and expanding it to food delivery: adding the option for users to order food when searching for restaurants on the Maps app.
October 26, 2016
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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 notes if a location is wheelchair accessible
It might not be a question you find yourself asking regularly – but for the 3 million+ wheelchair users in the U.S., it's a question that has to be considered. and starting now, it's one that Google Maps is trying to help answer.
December 16, 2016
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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 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 puts a focus on navigation inside the app
It'll now be easier to get real-time driving directions, transit times, and information about nearby restaurants.
February 6, 2017
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Google Maps will let you share your location with friends and family for a specific period of time
Google Maps has today announced a new feature to allow you to share your location with others. While that might seem creepy, it's not the first to add this type of functionality. Facebook tells you when a friend is nearby -- it even lets you "wave" at them and gives you the option to send a message if they holler back. Foursquare's Swarm lets you check in wherever you are and both Lyft and Uber give you the option of seeing where your friend is if they share their ride location with you.
March 22, 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 will now tell you how busy a place is in real time
Other data-driven tricks include projections about how long people stay at a place and more detailed hours from certain venues.
November 22, 2016
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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 marks Holi Festival with explosively colorful Doodle
Get your brightly colored powders at the ready. it's time to go and hurl them at strangers -- all in the name of good.
March 13, 2017
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Google mass logout riddle deepens: OAuth token fumble blamed
A status dashboard post about last week's cockup disappeared — but that's apparently normal
March 1, 2017
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Google Material Design principal Nicholas Jitkoff joins Dropbox as head of design
Dropbox today said it has named Nicholas Jitkoff former lead designer for Googles Material Design team as its VP of design.
February 7, 2017
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Google may be all-in on hardware, but it's all about search
The internet giant has its hand in a lot of things, from Wi-Fi routers to driverless cars. But the reason it makes so much money has nothing to do with devices. the company's CFO also gives more detail around the "pause" of Google Fiber.
October 27, 2016
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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 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 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 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 you book fitness classes
The search giant wants you to get off your butt.
March 30, 2017
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Google now mingles everything you've bought with everywhere you've been
(And everything you've seen) Welcome to 'Closing the Loop'
May 24, 2017
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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 now on Tap drops in some OCR features to the camera
The utility is rather sparse for now, but this indicates Google has deeper plans for how not on Tap could work with your device.
March 8, 2016
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Google nukes ad-blocker AdNauseam, sweeps remains out of Chrome Web Store
Web advertising giant declares plugin is malware
January 5, 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 new 'Always Free' cloud tier to attract users
Customers will be able to run tiny workloads free of charge
March 10, 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 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 ordered by US court to produce emails stored abroad
An appeals court had taken a different view in a lawsuit involving Microsoft
February 6, 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 Cuba for faster YouTube, Gmail
The search giant will install servers on the island to store data for its services.
December 12, 2016
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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 Photos update tweaks interface to put focus on album, device folders
The new update also includes some hidden references to cool new features on the way.
February 3, 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 End To PNaCl Support In Favor Of WebAssembly
The Portable Native Client (PNaCl) ecosystem hasn't been too vibrant for executing native code in web-browsers given its lack of adoption outside of Google/Chrome and other factors. With WebAssembly seeing much broader adoption and inroads, Google is planning to end PNaCl.
May 30, 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 better divide between ads, hateful content
After advertisers complained of appearing next to videos made by extremists, Google vows to revamp ad policy "starting today."
March 21, 2017
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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 publishes national security letters for the first time
The letters offer a further glimpse into law enforcement demands for user information
December 13, 2016
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Google pushes fake news, hate-speech workshops (and YouTube) on UK teens
After backlash over censored LGBTQ+ content, Google debuts "Internet Citizens" project.
April 24, 2017
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Google puts fake news about aliens at the top of search results
The truth is out there (but not here)
December 6, 2016
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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 rater fired after speaking to Ars about work conditions
After public revelations, workers report chaos, layoffs, and at least one firing.
May 2, 2017
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Google really wants you to use Android Pay online
The search giant announces partnerships with Visa and Mastercard to simplify mobile web purchases.
October 22, 2016
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Google redesigns play Newsstand and launches it on the web
The update brings personalized content and richer media
November 17, 2016
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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 autocomplete suggestions about Jews, women
The search giant will no longer suggest you search whether these groups are "evil."
December 5, 2016
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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 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 reportedly signs CBS for web TV service
Google has arrived at a deal with CBS to carry its broadcast content on its upcoming web TV offering, according to the Wall Street Journal. Locking in CBS will go a long way to making a compelling "skinny" TV bundle for people who aren't interested in signing up for cable, and Google is also nearing a deal with Fox and Walt Disney (which owns ABC).
October 19, 2016
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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 researchers help developers test cryptographic implementations
The new project provides more than 80 tests for common cryptographic attacks
December 20, 2016
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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 reveals Jamboard price and release date
If you're looking for an alternative to Microsoft's Surface Hub, Google has just the thing for you. Unveiled last October, Jamboard is a 55-inch whiteboard featuring a 4K touchscreen display, HD camera, speakers and integration with the search giant's G Suite productivity apps.
March 13, 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 'Street View ready' program for 360-degree cameras from Samsung, GoPro, and more
Google's Street View certification program lets you easily publish 360-degree content.
May 10, 2017
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Google ruins the Assistant's shopping list, turns it into a big Google Express ad
Op-ed: Google destroys a useful feature to push its lousy Amazon Prime clone.
April 11, 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 'raise the bar' for ad policies after controversy over extremist content
Google has announced plans to introduce safeguards for advertisers after complaints from many big names that their advertisements were appearing next to extremist content. the Guardian, the BBC, and the UK government are among those to have withdrawn advertising from Google and YouTube, and the company has been battling to get companies back on side.
March 21, 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 says it'll be fully powered by renewable energy in 2017
It's not about maintaining a public image–"We are convinced this is good for business."
December 6, 2016
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Google 'Scheduled Pause' is potentially dangerous
Parenting can be hard -- I get it. It can be a real hassle to monitor what a child is doing 24 hours per day. Nowadays, with the internet and many connected devices, your child could be online when you aren't aware. Luckily, there are tools to help you track their activity -- up all night surfing the web? Busted!
April 3, 2017
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Google scrabbles to appease advertisers after drawing ire for inappropriate ad placements
Yesterday, the Guardian withdrew advertising from Google and YouTube after its ads were placed next to extremist content. the British newspaper was not alone -- broadcaster Channel 4, and even the British government soon followed suit.
March 17, 2017
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Google Search gets new "Events' feature on iOS devices
Google is improving Search app on iOS with a new view and some additional filters that allow users to fine-tune their search for events and activities.
May 10, 2017
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Google search now casually highlights 'best torrent sites'
This is... helpful?
July 10, 2017
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Google search results will cure your boredom with a local events calendar
A new feature rolling out to the Google app and mobile browsers will create a new interface that helps you find local events.
May 10, 2017
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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 Search will now help you find nearby events
Google today is updating its app and mobile web experience in the U.S. to help web searchers more easily find things to do -- like concerts, art exhibits, lectures, festivals, meetups, sporting events, and more -- which are happening nearby, either now or in the future.
May 10, 2017
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Google Search will no longer tell you that the Holocaust didn't happen... sort of
After weeks of criticism, Google's search engine will no longer suggest to visitors that the Holocaust never happened – at least not part of the time, or on the front page. as Digital Trends reports, it initially appeared to have removed a result for the query "did the Holocaust happen" from white supremacist site Stormfront, which previously appeared at the top of the first page.
December 25, 2016
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Google selling Terra Bella satellite imaging business to Planet
Google will sell its Terra Bella business, which includes a group of SkySat Earth imaging satellites, to Planet Labs, the companies confirmed on Friday after TechCrunch's Ingrid Lunden first reported that a deal was going down on January 25. Google's space-high view of the world in its mapping software isn't going anywhere, however -- Google will continue to license Earth imaging for its use from Planet in a multi-year contract that's part of the sale arrangement.
February 3, 2017
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Google sells off Boston Dynamics to SoftBank
Four years on, it looks like Google's humanoid robotic ambitions were stillborn.
June 9, 2017
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Google serves Espresso link-ups for Cloud
Chocolate Factory's SDN aims for better connections to hosted machines
April 4, 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 set to hire 3,000 new employees in the UK despite Brexit
Google's CEO, Sundar Pichai, told the BBC in an interview that the company will open a new headquarters building in London soon and plans to create 3,000 new jobs by 2020. Despite the country's decision in June to leave the European Union, Pichai said that the UK was still an attractive place to do business, but said open borders and free movement of skilled migrants were important for the success of the technology sector in the UK.
November 15, 2016
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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 shuts down Google Maps' editing tools
Moderation problems kill Google Maps' editing tools.
April 3, 2017
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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 Starts Shaping Up "Unplugged," Its YouTube-Based Pay-TV Service
People looking to cut the cable TV cord will be getting more options in the months to come, with AT&T still planning to launch its DirecTV now streaming service by year's end, and news that Google is signing up broadcasters for the YouTube-based live-TV offering it hopes to launch in early 2017.
October 19, 2016
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Google still hasn't given up on Google+ and Topics is the latest attempt to keep people on the service
Google+ finds itself the butt of many a joke, but the company behind the service is happy to proclaim that "millions of people use" it. There are already numerous ways to discover content on Google+, and now there's yet another: Topics.
April 28, 2017
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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 Street View car snaps evidence of itself speeding
Google Street View seems to show a Google car triggering a speed-warning sign in a UK village.
November 30, 2016
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Google Street View takes you on a South African safari
Google's Mzansi Experience lets you see the wildlife without taking an expensive trip.
March 8, 2016
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Google sued by employee for confidentiality policies that 'muzzle' staff
Google says rules are intended to protect proprietary business information
December 21, 2016
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Google sued by Labor Department over pay data
Web giant says it is withholding some information to protect its employees' privacy.
January 4, 2017
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Google supercharges saved places in Maps with customization and sharing
A new update rolling out lets you save places and restaurants to custom lists, then share them with your friends.
February 13, 2017
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Google takes Symantec to the woodshed for mis-issuing 30,000 HTTPS certs
Chrome to immediately stop recognizing EV status and gradually nullify all certs.
March 23, 2017
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Google taps Van Jones and Anil Dash to discuss race and algorithmic bias
You may remember that time Google was under fire for wrongfully indicating that photos of black people were gorillas, and the time Microsoft's AI bot named Tay turned incredibly racist. Today at Google's Mountain View headquarters, the company acknowledged its shortcomings, as well as the shortcomings of other technologies in relation to racism and bias, at Decoding Race, the fourth installation of Google's Race@ series to address issues of race and racial justice.
December 12, 2016
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Google teams up with Kaggle to host $100,000 video classification challenge
Google and Kaggle today announced a new machine learning challenge that asks developers to find the best way to automatically tag videos.
February 15, 2017
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Google tests app for food delivery and home services
The Android app called Areo is being described by Google as an experiment
April 13, 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 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 launch a jobs search engine in the U.S.
Google announced today it's launching a jobs search engine in the U.S. The service will focus on all types of jobs -- from entry-level and service industry positions to high-end professional jobs. It will also leverage Google technologies like machine learning and A.I. to better understand how jobs are classified and related, among other things.
May 17, 2017
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Google to open the Web Store to Cuba, more than two years after it got Chrome
Google reached out to web developers via email late on Monday to let them know that from tomorrow, October 19, residents of Cuba will finally be able to access the Web Store "to install free extensions, themes and apps."
October 18, 2016
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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 touts big VR, AR advances
If the numbers are any indication, people like Google's Cardboard viewer in a very big way.
February 28, 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 Translate is Amazing Now, and that Should Terrify You
Translating languages is hard. If you're fluent in more than one, you already know that there's never any direct translation for a lot of phrases. Hell, I'll still use spanglish or other random blends to make sure I get the exact tone I'm looking for (And if my rather obvious humblebrag was a little off-putting, lo siento).
December 27, 2016
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Google Translate is tapping into neural networks for smarter language learning
Google says that it can translate entire sentences at once, which is far more accurate than just tackling one word at a time.
November 16, 2016
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Google Translate just got a lot smarter
The search giant says it's made a "leap" in giving you more natural translations. it's just one step in a big push in machine learning that Google detailed Tuesday.
November 15, 2016
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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 turns up the integration between Home, play Music with new personalized playlists
Google Home now uses machine learning and location services to deliver the perfect play Music mix for whatever you're doing.
February 13, 2017
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Google tweaks its Photos' info interface to quickly show who's in a pic
The newest update to the app includes a small feature that will make finding the people in your photos a whole lot easier.
April 5, 2017
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Google tweaks its Verify Apps security feature to show what's been scanned
You can now see the last four apps that were checked using Android's malware-detecting Verify Apps feature.
February 17, 2017
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Google tweaks search algorithms to fight fake news and 'offensive' content
The fight against fake news continues, with Google announcing not only changes to search algorithms to help prevent false information from rising to the surface, but also new tools to allow users to report "unexpected, inaccurate or offensive" results.
April 25, 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 '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 unveils super-resolution 'zoom-and-enhance' tech
One thing every futuristic detective show has in common is an amazing tool that reconstructs detailed images from unbelievably small, blurry images. In real life, various techniques have been used to restore detail to images, but so far they have tended to work with what's there.
February 8, 2017
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Google updates Earth Timelapse with massive amount of satellite imagery data
Google introduced a significant update to Google Maps in June, which brought massive amounts of new imagery data to the service. Now, Google has used the same techniques to improve Earth Timelapse, its "zoomable" creation for viewing Earth over space and time. this latest increment adds four years of imagery data to timelapses and shows data from 1984 all the way to present day.
November 30, 2016
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Google updates Developer Program Policies to fight incentivized app ratings, reviews and installs
Google has taken various steps over the years to try to combat dangerous apps in the Play Store, but this is far from being the only problem Google Play suffers from. There is also the ongoing issue of fake app reviews, incentivized activity, and other means of user manipulation.
June 7, 2017
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Google ups its image recognition game with Google Lens
At its I/O 2017 conference, Google today announced Google Lens, the next generation in its image recognition capabilities, allowing AI to easily identify objects and locations in your pictures, and in turn enabling you to do some really cool things with them.
May 17, 2017
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Google ups the cloud ante to go for gold
A new found enterprise maturity was on obvious display.
March 13, 2017
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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 finally lets you delete conversations
The first update to the Android app since January's redesign also brings the ability to toggle Do not Disturb and search for GIFs with Gboard.
March 17, 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 vows to change ad policy after boycotts in UK
After some ads in the UK were shown next to extremist YouTube content, the tech giant said it will give brands more control over where their ads appear.
March 17, 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 developers to claim "natural" voice commands for its expanding Assistant
Google's Assistant is about to get a lot smarter, as the company is opening up its platform and allowing third party developers to connect to the service. Originally, the expanded functionality will only be available on Google Home devices, and then move on to the Pixel smartphones.
December 9, 2016
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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 educate kids to help them 'Be Internet Awesome'
Google has developed an educational program with the aim of helping children make better use of the internet. It's a drive to "help kids learn how to be smart, positive and kind online, just like we teach them to be offline" and it's called Be Internet Awesome.
June 6, 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 help people find their perfect job, and companies to find the best talent
Closing out the Google I/O keynote, CEO Sundar Pichai talked about a new project that Google is working on, which should help employers find the right talent, and people to find the right job for them. According to stats that Mr. Pichai quoted, 46% of US employers are struggling with filling up vacant job spots, and Google decided to use the thing it does best -- search and machine learning -- in order to lend a helping hand to the job market.
May 17, 2017
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Google wants to help you get a job
The Google for Jobs feature aims to make searching for a job as easy as finding a good happy hour.
May 17, 2017
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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 teach teenagers how to use the internet with special workshops
Google is launching a series of Internet Citizens workshops as part of its YouTube Creators for Change program. Aimed at 13- to 18-year-olds, the workshops have been designed to teach teenagers how to spot fake news, how to stay safe online, and how to "make negativity bounce."
April 21, 2017
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Google Wants Women to Just Trust that It Pays Them the Same as Men
In the midst of an ugly legal battle with the Department of Labor over the gender wage gap, Google updated its blog on Tuesday to assert its commitment to paying women and men at the company equally. for a company with totally unremarkable diversity numbers, Google is weirdly nonspecific about how it addresses pay inequity in the post, saying both that it doesn't underpay women, but won't support having a third-party certify that.
April 11, 2017
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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 wants you to (what else?) use its search engine to find things to do
Feeling droll and aching for something new to do? Ask Google.
May 10, 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 automatically translate local reviews into your language
Thanks to the internet, consumers are less likely to visit a gross restaurant or other bad location. you see, by reading online reviews, they can avoid these negative experiences. this is particularly helpful when travelling to a new city, as you may be unfamiliar with the area.
April 24, 2017
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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 now let users pay with any card they have on file, not just those saved in Android Pay
Google is today making it easier for users to make payments within third-party apps and mobile website, as well as in Google Assistant, when they're out and about. No longer will the company rely that the card users want to pay with be preloaded in Android Pay -- they'll be able to choose from any payment card they've previously used with their Google Account.
May 17, 2017
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Google will offer digital skills training for free in UK
Google has just announced that it will be offering free digital skills training to everyone in the UK with the aim of ensuring that the country's population is able to take advantage of its online tools.
November 16, 2016
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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 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 try to combat fake news using search and user feedback
Search giant joins fight against "offensive or clearly misleading content."
April 25, 2017
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Google won't preload its apps in Russia after antitrust settlement
The company will also pay $7.8 million to settle the Android-related complaint
April 17, 2017
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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 with Qualcomm, HTC, and Lenovo on standalone Daydream VR headsets
Google's Daydream VR platform is breaking free from its phone-based confines with the standalone headsets, Google has revealed. Speaking on stage at Google I/O 2017, Google VP of Virtual Reality Clay Bavor announced it is working with partners to bring standalone Daydream headsets to market.
May 17, 2017
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Google works to make JPEG graphics smaller but not sucky
The Guetzli project shows there's room to improve the venerable compression tech. Too bad Google's software is slow and not so practical for most sites right now.
March 17, 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-parent Alphabet's drone project may not soar after all
The Titan drone project is cut after setbacks, according to reports.
January 11, 2017
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Google: Managers Matter after All
Based on internal data, Google researchers have come up with 8 traits that great managers have, providing guidance and tools to other organizations to find out if managers matter to them and how to train their managers.
February 10, 2017
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Google: Please don't Look at Our Very Tiny Ad Problem
It's been a tough few weeks for Google. Several companies have pulled their ads from its network after various news outlets revealed that those ads have appeared on extremist, racist, or otherwise offensive videos. But never fear. a Google executive says the problem is, actually, small. and not just very small, in fact. not even very, very small. But very, very, very small.
April 3, 2017
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Google's $5000 Jamboard collaborative whiteboard is now available in the U.S.
This is the future of office collaboration -- but it'll cost you.
May 23, 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 continues to crush humans at ancient game Go
In another win for the machines, AlphaGo has been secretly playing Go online and thrashing its human opponents.
January 5, 2017
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Google's AI Experiments help you understand neural networks by playing with them
Google's work in machine learning and artificial intelligence is often interesting, but it can be a bit academic. People like to get their hands on these things – as much as you can, anyway, with something intangible. to that end, Google is collecting a bunch of little demonstrations of this emerging category of tech in its AI Experiments showcase.
November 15, 2016
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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 AI translation tool seems to have invented its own secret internal language
All right, don't panic, but computers have created their own secret language and are probably talking about us right now. Well, that's kind of an oversimplification, and the last part is just plain untrue. But there is a fascinating and existentially challenging development that Google's AI researchers recently happened across.
November 22, 2016
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Google's AlphaGo AI beats world's best human Go player
Ke Jie tried to use AlphaGo's own moves and lost.
May 23, 2017
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Google's AlphaGo AI defeats team of five leading Go players
Are five human heads better than one computer brain? Not when it comes to playing Go. AlphaGo, the AI created to play the game of Go better than anyone alive, has defeated a team made up of five Go champions in a demonstration match on Friday.
May 26, 2017
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Google's AlphaGo Defeats World's Top Human Go Player
Computers mastered chess decades ago, but Google's DeepMind has its sights set on Go, a more complex game that pushes machine learning to its limits. After defeating several of the top players in the world, the "AlphaGo' AI has now bested Ke Jie, the current Go world champion. It was a narrow victory, and there are still two more games to play in the series. However, DeepMind has accomplished something that would have been impossible a few years ago.
May 23, 2017
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Google's AlphaGo is Slaying Unsuspecting Nerds Online
Over the last few days, an unknown Go player named "Master" has won 60 of 61 online matches against some of the best players in the world. Google has now fessed-up, admitting that "Master" is actually the AlphaGo AI, and that it has been secretly playing humans in order to test an improved version.
January 4, 2017
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Google's AlphaGo Trounces Humans--But It Also Gives Them a Boost
The day Thore Graepel joined Google's DeepMind artificial intelligence lab in the spring of 2015, his new colleagues sat him down for a game of Go. Over the previous year, they'd trained a neural network to play the ancient game, and Graepel happened to be a player himself, holding a one dan rank, the Go equivalent of a black belt.
May 26, 2017
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Google's Assistant learns to make payments on your behalf
Last month there were indications that Google's digital Assistant might be learning a new trick in the form of payments. Now, it looks like that functionality is starting to be rolled out and tested, even though it can't actually be used just yet.
February 16, 2017
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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 big Spanner in the works for price war against AWS
Shard this for a game for forks! Mega Mountain View SQL decision 'coming'
January 5, 2017
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Google's biggest apps, games, TV shows, books and songs of 2016
As the year draws to a close, it's traditional to look back and pick out some highlights. this is precisely what Google has done, drawing up a list of the 'Best of 2016' from Google Play.
December 2, 2016
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Google's Brotli Compression Format Nearing v1.0
This LZ77-derived open-source data compression library used by all the major web browsers has made much progress since its public debut in 2015 for HTTP compression and other purposes.
June 6, 2017
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Google's cloud clients now have full access to its speech recognition software
The latest version of the software is also more accurate.
April 18, 2017
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Google's Cloud Platform improves its free tier and adds always-free compute and storage services
Google today quietly launched an improved always-free tier and trial program for its Cloud Platform.
March 9, 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 Platform will get GPU machines in early 2017
Google's Cloud Machine Learning service launched earlier this year and, already, the company is calling it one of its "fastest growing product areas." Today, the company is announcing a number of new features for Cloud Machine Learning users and developers who want to run their own machine learning workloads in Google's cloud.
November 15, 2016
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Google's 'Cloud TPU' Does Both Training And Inference, Already 50% Faster Than Nvidia Tesla V100
At Google I/O 2017, Google announced its next-generation machine learning chip, called the "Cloud TPU.' The new TPU no longer does only inference--now it can also train neural networks.
May 17, 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 Compute Engine now offers machines with up to 64 CPU cores, 416GB of RAM
Google is doubling the maximum number of CPU cores developers can use with a single virtual machine on its Compute Engine service from 32 to 64. These high-power machines are now available in beta across all of Google's standard configurations and as custom machine types, which allow you to select exactly how many cores and memory you want.
March 9, 2017
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Google's Diane Greene says the singularity won't arrive in her sentient lifetime
Three out of four Google robots disagreed.
November 15, 2016
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Google's Espresso networking tech takes SD-WAN to internet scale
The service intelligently routes internet traffic in real time.
April 4, 2017
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Google's fact check feature goes global and comes to Google Search
We live in the age of fake news -- both the really fake news that's simply fake and the kind of news that some people like to call "fake" only because they don't like hard facts. as long as there's money to be made from fake news (or political gain to be had), the problem isn't likely to go away. and while there are plenty of fact-checking organizations, unless you are looking for their data, you aren't likely to see it.
April 7, 2017
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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 head of diversity is leaving the company
Google's head of diversity, Nancy Lee, is retiring from Google after several years of leading the company's global diversity and inclusion team, TechCrunch has learned.
December 12, 2016
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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 latest research aims to make mixed reality videos a little less alien
Consumer VR has been around for a nearly a year and there are a ton of questions floating around that still boggle even the sharper minds in the industry. One that's been answered (to some degree), however, is how on earth developers can show consumers what VR is actually like without needing them to experience it in person.
February 21, 2017
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Google's Motion Stills app now can make cinemagraphs and add motion text
Still not on Android, though
December 14, 2016
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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 neural network learns to translate languages it hasn't been trained on
First time machine translation has used true transfer learning
November 16, 2016
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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 "Android Things" OS hopes to solve awful IoT security
Google Brillo gets a new name, a developer preview, and a source code drop.
December 13, 2016
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Google's new bot-stopping reCAPTCHA is completely invisible
You may be certain you're not a robot, but a robot could be programmed to think that. Existential crises aside, determining which users are and are not robots is a complex task for web services. Go too easy and bots could flood in; make the test too hard and users will get frustrated and leave.
March 10, 2017
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Google's new Cloud Search is a Preview to a Future of Quantified Work
Just getting work done doesn't cut it anymore. your output needs to be measured, tracked, and analyzed, so as to ensure you're being as productive as possible.
March 24, 2017
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Google's new cloud service eases data preparation for machine learning
BigQuery gets a bunch of updates for big data, too
March 9, 2017
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Google's new Emoji Tweet Experiment Won't Give Me Porn
Today, Google launched a fun little Twitter experiment that spits back search results in response to emojis. Naturally, I decided to throw some sex stuff at it.
December 6, 2016
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Google's new Family Group enables sharing on Photos, YouTube TV, Calendar and Keep
New family-oriented features have just been announced by Google, aimed at users who like to share music, photos, and other entertainment. Family Group allows users to share stuff on various Google services like YouTube TV, Photos, Calendar and Keep. Let's have a look at how families can share to-do-lists, photos or practice schedules and more on these services.
May 23, 2017
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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 machine learning API recognizes objects in videos
At its Cloud Next conference in San Francisco, Google today announced the launch of a new machine learning API for automatically recognizing objects in videos and making them searchable.
March 8, 2017
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Google's new Playables ad platform lets you try out games before you download them
The new strategy works over HTML5 and lets users test limited versions of Android games.
March 1, 2017
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Google's new reCAPTCHA is Totally Invisible
It's never fun when sites make you prove that you're a human instead of a bot. Many used to make you type in specific characters, solve a simple math problem, or identify the numbers or letters shown in distorted images. Google's reCAPTCHA helped a bit by making you prove your humanity with a single click, but even that wasn't totally non-frustrating. So the company decided to improve reCAPTCHA by making it totally invisible.
March 14, 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 Spotlight Story, Rain or Shine, is an adorable summer short
Google has been releasing its beautifully immersive Spotlight Stories since 2013, with each showcasing the talents of acclaimed directors. the company's latest, released today, is no different. Rain or Shine is the company's latest 360-degree short, and it promises to pull Android users into a cute little story about a young girl and her seemingly cursed pair of sunglasses.
November 17, 2016
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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 new Timelapse satellite images show Earth in flux
Google sorts through 3 quadrillion pixels to give us a look at time unfolding everywhere from San Francisco to Antarctica.
November 29, 2016
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Google's next EU fine could be even bigger for Android violations
Google was hit with a record-breaking $2.7 billion fine last month by the European Commission for breaking antitrust laws. The EU says Google demoted rivals and unfairly promoted its own services in search results related to shopping. While the fine is the largest antitrust judgement ever, an even bigger fine could be on the way for Google.
July 6, 2017
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Google's official Wallpapers app is now in the play Store
The app works on any Android device running 4.1 or higher, giving you a chance to explore some Googly wallpaper options.
October 19, 2016
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Google's parental control software Family Link hits iOS
In March, Google introduced its own parental control software for parents of kids with Android devices called Family Link -- but there was a bit of a catch. In order for the system to work, it required that both parent and child use Android. that has now changed, as the parents' app for configuring and monitoring the child's device usage has just arrived on iOS devices.
April 14, 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 post-Brexit plans to include £1 billion investment in UK headquarters expansion, new jobs
Google is expanding in the UK, solidifying its presence for years to come.
November 15, 2016
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Google's Project Loon head is getting into nuclear power
Google X's raison d'être is embracing far-out ideas, so it's no surprise, really that former director Mike Cassidy is wading into the decidedly choppy and always controversial waters of nuclear energy.
April 3, 2017
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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 share of the search ad market is expected to grow
This is bad news for Yelp, Microsoft and AOL.
March 14, 2017
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Google's 'Speak to Go' lets you travel the globe with your voice
Today, Google showed off a host of VR web applications on its new WebVR Experiments page, one of which lets you explore the world using voice search.
April 12, 2017
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Google's stock rating downgraded as YouTube ad boycott contagion goes global
Advertisers, please help us build a better swamp
March 21, 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 surging Chromebooks will test Microsoft's new Windows 10 S PCs
Chromebook shipments are expected to increase by 15 percent this year.
May 2, 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 the latest to take on IoT management headaches
Google's Cloud IoT Core will manage devices and bring data into cloud services
May 16, 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's Trusted Contacts helps family keeps tabs on you -- if you want them to
Feel unsafe walking home from work alone late at night? Well, now your smartphone can escort you.
December 6, 2016
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Google's Unique Reach tells marketers when you've seen the same ad a gazillion times
We have all suffered the pain of seeing the same ad for a BBQ grill we can't fit in our apartment on our phone, tablet, laptop and work desktop. The duplication is not only annoying, it's wasteful for advertisers.
May 23, 2017
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Google's updated privacy policy means personally identifiable ad tracking is now go, go, go!
That Google encroaches on user privacy is not a startling revelation by any stretch of the imagination. But a recent change to the company's Privacy Policy means that information from DoubleClick ads can now be used to identify individuals and track them online.
October 22, 2016
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Google, Facebook, 2K score with NBA interns
A group of NBA players spent the off-season job-shadowing at some of tech's biggest companies, including Facebook and Google.
October 28, 2016
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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, Jigsaw seek to stop election hacks
While the US government investigates how Russians hacked the 2016 presidential race, Alphabet's Jigsaw and Google want to make sure it won't happen again.
March 21, 2017
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Google, NASA Upgrade to the new D-Wave 2000Q Quantum Annealing Computer
D-Wave announced that Google, NASA, and the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) have upgraded their 1,000-qubit D-Wave 2X quantum annealing computer to the latest 2,000-qubit D-Wave 2000Q. the new computer is supposed to be up to 1,000 times faster than the last generation for certain optimization problems.
March 13, 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.org grants $50 million to nonprofits striving for equal access in education
According to a report from Google.org, the search giant's philanthropic arm, 74 percent of students globally have little or no internet connectivity, 221 million students in schools are being taught in a language that is foreign to them and 32 million primary school-aged children can't even reach traditional classrooms because of violent conflict and displacement.
March 21, 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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OnePlus Weather app now available from the Google Play Store
OnePlus has just released its custom Weather application in the Google Play Store. The app has been installed on the OnePlus smartphones after some of the newest OxygenOS updates rolled out by the Chinese company.
July 18, 2017
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Here are our favorite things to do in Google Earth VR
What is there to do in Google Earth VR?
May 8, 2017
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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 how Evernote moved 3 petabytes of data to Google's cloud
70 days, 5 billion notes, 12 billion files, and a whole lot of engineering work
February 8, 2017
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Here's how you can edit roads right in Google Maps
The new feature in the Android app and on the web isn't so easy to find.
May 4, 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 why Google Cloud support is now priced per person
Per-user pricing should reduce costs for business customers and help streamline the support process
March 13, 2017
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Hiring Tools and Tips from Google
Google has published a number of tools useful for the hiring process, including advice on creating a job description, preparing the interviewer, best practices for interviews, and others.
April 14, 2017
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How Google made 'zoom and enhance' a reality
You know those shows where the cop looks at a pixilated image of the bad guys and asked the computer tech to zoom in and enhance the image?
February 8, 2017
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How Google's Project Zero made Apple refactor its kernel
MacOS, iOS task threading was open to hijack
October 27, 2016
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How Google's Search business and humanity's information is disappearing
Search, Google's crown jewel, and humanity's way of finding the world's information, has big problems. These problems threaten the internet as we know it; if they're allowed to continue developing, unchecked, the consequences will be far-reaching and severe. Collectively, these threats are called Dark Matter.
December 20, 2016
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How I deleted Google from my life
I realized handing over my entire life to one platform had its downsides.
June 7, 2017
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How to access and edit Google Calendar quickly with this must-have extension
If you rely heavily on Google Calendar, check out an extension that makes viewing and adding to upcoming events a snap.
October 22, 2016
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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 change your Google play store account country
There's lots of information available on how to change the country associated with a Google play account, but nothing works for me. I have been unable to switch to the US store despite following the recommended methods to the letter. Everything is in order, but when I open the Google play app on my Android smartphone afterwards I still see my local store. and I am not alone.
December 9, 2016
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How to connect multiple Google cloud accounts to Grive2
If you use Grive2 to sync your Google account to a Linux desktop or server and want to connect multiple accounts, here's how to do it.
December 6, 2016
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How to create and share lists in Google Maps
Google Maps lets you easily create and share lists of your favorite places.
March 13, 2017
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How to download your Flickr photo library and transfer it to Google Photos or iCloud Photo library
You can duplicate your Flickr library entirely, or even flee it and delete your account, but you'll leave a lot of data behind.
January 5, 2017
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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 secure your Google account
Make sure no one's getting in but you
April 6, 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 unsend Gmail messages with the Undo Send feature
We've all done it--hastily sent a terse email to a colleague or accidentally forwarded a dirty joke to "John' our boss instead of "John' our best friend (Thanks, autofill!). No sooner have you clicked "Send,' and you're overcome by a wave of horror.
May 30, 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 Google Earth and Street View to explore the planet
Globetrot from the comfort of the couch
June 6, 2017
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Hutchison's 3UK and Google push 3.5 GHz on both sides of the pond
Broaderband fight
February 15, 2017
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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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Inside Google Shop, where Google is reinventing how it sells devices
Google has significantly rethought its approach to hardware with the new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, devices designed and created by Google itself. it's also rethinking how it sells devices, with the new Google Shop.
November 18, 2016
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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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Intrusive Interstitials: Guidelines to Avoiding Google's Penalty
In 2015, Google announced that mobile searches surpassed desktop searches in at least 10 countries. 56% of traffic on major websites comes from mobile. In light of this, Google's decision to improve the mobile user experience by various means, such as AMP pages and a dedicated mobile index, comes across as a sound business move.
May 9, 2017
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Is a new Google Voice in the works?
Google Voice needs a little love and might be getting it.
January 9, 2017
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Is the Google Moonshot Dead?
Since Google morphed into a new company called Alphabet last year, there's been an apparent bloodbath for the tech giant's popular (and costly) "moonshot" projects. These longer-term, riskier ventures are suddenly being held to account for the amount of money they were losing. the result hasn't been pretty. Alphabet has since systematically killed many of the projects, and we can now add one more to the growing list.
January 11, 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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It's official: Samsung will scrap the Music app, use Google play Music as default
Today is the day when the Galaxy S8 and S8+ become in major markets across the world and Samsung has taken the time to announce that it has entered a special partnership with Google. Sammy will no longer include its own Music app on phones and will instead use Google play Music as a default player.
April 21, 2017
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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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Judge Says Google Must Do More to Disclose that It Intercepts, Scans Emails from Non-Gmail Users
Google recently tried to settle a class-action lawsuit with non-Gmail users who sued because their emails to Gmail users were being intercepted and scanned for the purposes of providing targeted advertising to the recipient. However, that settlement has been rejected by the judge in the case, who says it doesn't go far enough in requiring proper disclosures from Google about this invasive practice.
March 21, 2017
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Labor Dept. sues Google over wage data
Google has refused to comply with a request related to its federal contracts, the agency says
January 4, 2017
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Labor Department accuses Google of underpaying women
The company discriminates even more than the tech industry as a whole, the Labor Department testified Friday, according to the Guardian
April 10, 2017
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Latest update to the Google app beta hints at a new Google device
The Google app for Android's latest beta version, v7.0, was pushed out a few days ago, but Android Police's latest teardown of the app could have possibly revealed the code name of yet another upcoming Google device, following the recently-uncovered fishy names of the possible upcoming Pixel successors, which were found out in much the same way.
April 13, 2017
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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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Look out, Brussels: Google's moving the goalposts, barks price comparison rival
Paid ads and search? Go compare, says Foundem
December 12, 2016
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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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Love Google? you might be ditching Slack for Hangouts Chat soon
Google Hangouts Chat is getting the Slack treatment, just days before Microsoft Teams finally debuts.
March 9, 2017
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LXtory shares screenshots to Imgur, Gyazo, Puush, Dropbox, Google Drive and FTP
LXtory is an open-source tool for capture screenshots, saving the results locally or uploading them to Imgur or other sites. It's a familiar idea, and the program interface didn't impress us, either. Calling it "unfinished" would be a compliment -- it's so basic that it barely looks started.
May 31, 2017
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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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'Meet' Google's new videoconferencing service for the enterprise
The service appears to have been accidentally leaked a week before a major conference
March 1, 2017
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Microsoft and Google bury the hatchet in one small way
Google has joined the .Net Foundation, to help shape Microsoft's programming framework
November 16, 2016
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Microsoft refuses to join the Zero Outage brigade, Google and AWS keep mum
Heads in sand time. If service providers don't admit a problem exists, does it?
December 2, 2016
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Minn. police seek data on who Googled a victim's name
The warrant, issued to police in the city of Edina last month, is unconstitutional, says one legal expert
March 17, 2017
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Minnesota police seek data on who Googled a victim's name
The warrant, issued to police in the city of Edina last month, is unconstitutional, according to one legal expert
March 17, 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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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 Google Maps beta brings Contributions, notification changes
Launch your review page right from the home screen and toggle notifications you get from businesses.
December 14, 2016
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New Google Text-to-speech update brings improved narration voices and support for 6 new languages
Google Text-to-speech, the service that enables apps to speak to you or read content aloud, has received a sizable new update.
April 11, 2017
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New Google tool helps developers pick the right colors for their apps
With its Material Design guidelines, Google set out to create a unified set of ideas for how it wants developers to think about all the different aspects of their applications' design, ranging from the basic layout to how to use animations effectively. as part of those guidelines, it also offered some ideas about how to best use color. Today it's expanding on that with the launch of a new color tool meant to help developers and designers pick the right color palettes for their apps.
April 6, 2017
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New sign-in experience coming to Google accounts
If you've used email for any length of time, you'll know that the action of signing in is pretty much uneventful most of the time. that said, it doesn't mean the experience can't improve, and Google seems to be aware of that.
March 31, 2017
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New version of Google App Engine supports all programming languages
Google announced that an entirely overhauled version of App Engine was generally available as of today. It made the announcement at Google Cloud Next being held this week in San Francisco.
March 9, 2017
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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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No Really, Google Assistant is Dumb
Google Assistant is not intuitive. Gizmodo reporter Michael Nunez found that out the hard way when he tried to arrange a romantic date with it. I had less lofty goals when I played around with Google Assistant.
October 19, 2016
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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 Apr 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 anyone can use Google Duo for audio calling
If you have a bad hair day, you won't be forced to show your face on a call.
April 10, 2017
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Optimizing your website for Google's mobile-first index
Google have begun rolling out their new mobile-first index. this update will prioritize the mobile version of your website for its ranking signals, falling back on the desktop version when there is no mobile content. In short, this means Google will create and rank its search listings based on the mobile version of content (even for listings that are shown to desktop users).
December 9, 2016
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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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Paid-for Google Site Search to be phased out and replaced by free, ad-supported version
Emails to customers reveal that Google plans to kill off Google Site Search this spring. While customers who have paid for the service will continue to have access to it, no new licenses or renewals will be sold after 1 April, 2017.
February 22, 2017
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People are disappearing from Google Photos albums, but a fix is coming
Google is aware of the problem with the People folder and is working on a fix.
April 17, 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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Pinning down fraudulent business listings on Google maps
A partnership between academic computer scientists and Google has allowed the search giant to reduce by 70 percent fraudulent business listings in Google Maps. the researchers worked together to analyze more than 100,000 fraudulent listings to determine how scammers had been able to avoid detection -- albeit for a limited amount of time -- and how they made money.
April 18, 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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Privacy groups complain to FTC over Google's 'deceptive' policy change
The complaint alleges that Google changed its policy in June to combine personal and browsing data
December 20, 2016
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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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'Reserve with Google' helps you get into better physical shape with easy fitness class bookings
If you are anything like me, you want to get into better physical shape. While it is easy to cover up your flabby body during the colder months, before you know it, summer will be here. No one wants to be seen at the beach with an embarrassing body. Heck, everyone wants to look good and be healthy -- am I right?
December 13, 2016
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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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Rogers and Google partner to bring rich texting to Canada
It's not iMessage, but it's close enough.
December 13, 2016
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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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Say hello to .google and other branded internet addresses
New rules let companies build web and email names using .nike, .mcdonalds and .hbo, but tech giant Google is the most eager.
October 18, 2016
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Search Google with an emoji tweet -- no words necessary
Tweeting an umbrella emoji to Google will tell you if it will rain. There's also a great response for the peach emoji.
December 6, 2016
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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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Segment adds Google BigQuery to expand its customer data platform
Segment helps businesses manage all their data from services like Google Analytics, Mixpanel and Salesforce – and send that data to a variety of destinations, whether it's an attribution product or a data warehouse.
December 9, 2016
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Should Google buy Slack to bridge messaging gap?
As Slack continues to get more popular, Google's lack of a blockbuster app for team messaging could become a problem for the tech giant. Experts weigh in on whether or not a Slack acquisition makes sense for Google.
December 22, 2016
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Six Google search tips to find anything faster
Start searching smarter.
June 12, 2017
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Slack Engineering Director: Google should do "blind assessments" for hiring
Right now tech employees at Google are 81% male, 3% Hispanic, and 1% Black.
December 14, 2016
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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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Stacking up the cloud vendors: AWS versus Microsoft Azure, IBM, Google, Oracle
It's not easy tracking the girth of public cloud providers amid run rates, as-a-service sales projections, and a lack of transparency. Here's how AWS stacks up against Microsoft Azure, IBM, Google, and Oracle.
February 3, 2017
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Streetmap loses appeal against Google Maps dominance judgement
'A sad day for the internet' says cartographic Brit competitor
February 7, 2017
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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 Sees Google's Future in the Smartest Cloud
Two days before delivering the keynote at Google I/O, the company's annual State of the Union address, Sundar Pichai is worried about losing his voice.
May 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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Take a Very Cheap Trip Around the World Using Over 3,300 Google Maps Screenshots
Planning a trip is tiring, but planning a trip around the world is exhausting. Aren't vacations supposed to be relaxing? Instead, save yourself a bunch of time, stress, and money by visiting some of the world's most popular tourist destinations through this impressive hyperlapse video. it's assembled from 3,305 Google Maps screenshots, so strap in and get ready to armchair cruise.
February 8, 2017
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Talking fiber, drones and open-source hardware with Facebook's Yael Maguire
Facebook has been putting a lot of resources into improving internet connectivity in rural areas. at first, that may seem like a distraction for the social networking giant, but Facebook takes its mission to connect people pretty literally. and to do so, it's taking a building-block approach that involves lots of different projects that all attempt to solve different issues of this larger technology challenge.
April 19, 2017
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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 support Google's fight against FBI in foreign data storage case
Following a ruling by a Pennsylvania court that Google would have to turn over emails stored overseas, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon and Cisco have come together to file an amicus brief in support of the company.
March 16, 2017
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Tech titan pals back up Google after 'foreign server data' FBI warrant ruling
Means providers'll be 'forced to violate foreign privacy law'
March 14, 2017
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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 days of Google Talk are over
The days of Google Talk are quickly coming to an end. as the company announced today, the messaging service that allowed Gmail users to talk to each other since it launched in 2005, will now be completely retired.
March 24, 2017
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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 Voice website is hinting at a big redesign
Please don't be a bug
January 9, 2017
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The Guardian pulls its ads from Google and YouTube after placement next to extremist material
The Guardian has pulled all of its ads from both Google and YouTube. the British newspaper was unhappy to discover that advertisements for its membership scheme were placed next to extremist material.
March 16, 2017
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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 new Google Voice" is apparently on the way
You'd be forgiven for thinking that Google Voice was suffering a long, slow death given the company's neglect for the service. In 2014, it was rumored to get the chop, and by the end of that year, it seemed like its days were numbered as Google folded some of its functionality into Hangouts, suggesting that the standalone Voice offering might not be around much longer.
January 11, 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 Google AI video classifier is easily fooled by subliminal images
Google is currently in a bit of hot water with some of the world's most powerful companies, who are peeved that their ads have been appearing next to racist, anti-Semitic, and terrorist videos on YouTube. Recent reports brought the issue to light and in response, brands have been pulling ad campaigns while Google piles more AI resources into verifying videos' content. But the problem is, the search giant's current algorithms might just not be up to the task.
April 4, 2017
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To solve IoT security, look at the big picture, ARM says
ARM's new mbed Cloud for device management is part of its IoT strategy, and so are server and network chips
October 27, 2016
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Turn your doodles into Google satellite images with Land Lines
Looking for a moment of zen? we suggest spending a couple of minutes playing with Land Lines, a game that draws on Google's satellite images of Earth.
January 5, 2017
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Uber exec accused of stealing IP from Google made $120M, but worked on the side
Google hammers on Levandowski, who remains in charge of Uber's self-driving cars.
April 4, 2017
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Updates to Google's Duo, Allo, and Photos apps bring small but important features
Now you can make audio calls in Duo and send files in Allo.
March 23, 2017
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US companies start to pull ads from Google and YouTube over extremist content controversy
Last week saw the start of a backlash against Google after advertisers voiced concern that their ads were appearing next to extremist content. the Guardian, the BBC and the British government were among the first to start to pull their ads from the network, and the trend has spread to the US.
March 23, 2017
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US judges say you can Google Google, but you can't google Google
The Chocolate Factory is spared the aspirin treatment by the 9th District Court
May 16, 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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Watch out Facebook, Google -- the EU wants easy access to your data
So much for the European data fortress?
June 9, 2017
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Well into its second decade, Google's business is still booming
The search giant's profit and revenue continue to rise
October 27, 2016
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What Google Learned about Creating Effective Teams
Matt Sakaguchi addresses the research and the insights of a manager who worked with his own team and others to instill the findings and principles from a pilot program at Google in the real world.
December 6, 2016
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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 Happened to Google Fiber?
For a long time, Google Fiber was the most exciting broadband provider out there. Cities wanted it, tech people drooled over it; and on a loftier level, it even promised to help bridge the "digital divide" between rich and poor. But now, things are looking bleak: Yesterday, Bloomberg reported that Google Fiber is being scaled back dramatically (again) as it named Greg McCray its new CEO, with "several hundred" of its employees in that division being sent to other areas of the company.
February 16, 2017
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What to do about those 'government-backed attack" warnings from Google
Just kidding; please don't do that. Google regularly issues warnings to people whose accounts are or have been targeted by state-sponsored attackers, and every time it does, users get really nervous that their emails are going to wind up on WikiLeaks.
March 24, 2017
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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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Why did two of Google's most promising companies grow outside of Google?
Google could have owned Pokemon Go and self-driving trucks.
October 27, 2016
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Why Google was told to hand over emails stored overseas to the FBI
Well, a lot. But more recently, both companies have gone to court against FBI orders to hand over customer information stored outside the U.S. But the judges in each case have come back with differing decisions.
February 6, 2017
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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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WikiLeaks: Apple, Google, others will get CIA hacks first
Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, wants big players like Apple and Samsung to disarm the CIA's exploits before he releases them to the world.
March 9, 2017
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With 10 million Cardboard viewers in the wild, Google showcases new AR, VR apps and games
Google announces Sky VR for Daydream and the Sims for Tango as part of its continued push to get virtual and augmented reality off the ground.
February 28, 2017
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With Facebook shafted, India now belongs to Google
The path's clear for Loon, the stratospheric data slurper
March 8, 2016
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Wozniak Predicts Google, Facebook Still Vital in 2075
Apple, Google, and Facebook have stood the test of time--so far. But will the tech titans really live forever?
April 19, 2017
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You can finally buy Google Jamboard
Google announced the Jamboard way back in October of last year. Then, in March, the search giant revealed that the Microsoft Surface Hub competitor would go on sale in May of 2017. Unfortunately, May came and there was no Jamboard -- until today.
May 23, 2017
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You can now explore our beautiful planet in virtual reality with Google Earth VR
Escapism is perhaps the greatest appeal of virtual reality - being able to visit another world, or transport yourself through time to catch a glimpse of things that you'd never normally experience in everyday life. But Google is hoping to appeal to users' wanderlust by offering them the opportunity to explore our entire planet in virtual reality.
November 17, 2016
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You can now Tweet Emoji at Google for Local Search Results
If you're a big proponent of emojis, there's a brand new trick on the rise. as it turns out, you can now tweet at Google with your favorite emoji and get local search results in return.
December 6, 2016
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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 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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