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    The COVID Alert app helps you protect yourself, your family, and your community by notifying you if you’ve been exposed to #COVID19. Download it today⚡➡️ iPhone: https://t.co/TxCx8L7s7m ➡️ Android: https://t.co/A3O4YqsjuJ pic.twitter.com/yCeL0zftQB — CanadianPM (@CanadianPM) July 31, 2020 In the US Google says that 20 states and territories covering about 45 percent of the population are “exploring apps” based on the systems, and the first ones should launch “in the coming weeks.” The blog post points out a website explaining more about how ENS works, and even explains things like why it requires users keep their location on if it doesn’t track that (tl;dr — it’s a legacy Android setting that was not designed for this particular...
    Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, speaks in Brussels, on October 24, 2018.ARis Oikonomou | AFP | Getty Images Apple CEO Tim Cook plans to tell the House Antitrust Subcommittee on Wednesday that the company is in fierce competition with rivals for the smartphone market. "The smartphone market is fiercely competitive, and companies like Samsung, LG, Huawei, and Google have built very successful smartphone businesses offering different approaches," Cook said in prepared remarks released by the committee. "Apple does not have a dominant market share in any market where we do business."   Cook is one of four technology CEOs who will appear in Wednesday's hearing. He will be joined by Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and Facebook...
    A British company has developed an artificial voice that can speak with 'deep human emotion' — and even cry — with complete realism. The digital helpers that we are used to — like Alexa and Google Assistant — tend to speak in close-to monotones, without real inflection to convey emotion. While this may suffice for voice assistants, such flat computer-generated voices are unsuitable for applications like producing dialogue for video games or film.  However, technology developed by the ten-person team at the London-based firm Sonantic allows the creation of authentic-sounding lines of speech in minutes. The software can imbue its voices with various characteristics — from panic to sadness and even breathlessness. A British company has developed an artificial...
    Hong Kong (CNN Business)Google is teaming up with India's hottest tech company to win over new smartphone users. That should worry the Chinese firms who have long dominated the market in the world's second most populous nation. The Silicon Valley giant announced last week that it is pouring $4.5 billion into Jio Platforms, the mobile carrier-turned-tech juggernaut that has netted a slew of big investors this year. Some of that money will be used to develop a super cheap smartphone tailor-made for the local market — a device that could help Google and Jio capture some of the half a billion Indians who have yet to own their first smartphone, many in rural communities. Why Silicon Valleys biggest companies are...
    A glitch in Google’s search function that effectively quarantined a slate of conservative news websites was the result of a “technical error,” the online giant told Mediaite recently without explaining what led to the malfunction in the first place.  Google has not responded to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for more details about the bug, nor has the tech company explained why the problem impacted websites like The Drudge Report and the Daily Caller but not others. The problem with the search function manifested itself days before Google CEO Sundar Pichai is slated to testify in front of the House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee on topics related to an antitrust probe into the company.  Google has not yet...
    Many things will change with the arrival of the news recently announced at WWDC20 to iOS 14, as already demonstrated thanks to the first public beta available for download. But beyond the changes at a glance, this evolution also implies the destruction of a $ 1 billion business, which especially affects advertising companies. As many users are aware today, most apps have trackers of user activity for advertising purposes. In this way, they identify likes and interests that later allow creating campaigns supported by Google and Facebook, with the famous personalized ads that constantly haunt us in our time of using an app or Internet browsing. But, iOS 14 would be about to end this possibility. How the privacy conditions...
    Google has launched a hieroglyphics translator that uses AI to decipher images of Ancient Egyptian script. The new tool, called Fabricius, uses machine learning to give experts a fast way to decode hieroglyphics by uploading their files. But the tool is available to non-experts as a fun and interactive way to learn about and write in the ancient language. Anyone can type in messages and be provided with an instant hieroglyphic equivalent to share on social media. Users can also draw their own best attempt at an ancient hieroglyphic and see if Google’s machine learning technology can identify it from its database of hieroglyphs. The tool aims to ‘help bring people closer to ancient Egyptian heritage and culture’ and highlight...
    Experimental divisions at Google have been working on the next generation of wearables. As noted by CNET, the tech giant has quietly been funding or conducting its own research into a host of new wearables devices including an entirely novel 'smart tattoo' that turns one's skin into a temporary touchpad.  The technology, called SkinMarks, is being developed by Google and researchers at Saarland University in Germany and uses a small patch loaded with sensors. SkinMarks use conductive ink which is printed onto tattoo paper and then applied to the side of one's finger or knuckles. The technology uses sensors embedded onto paper that is printed with conductive ink to read gestures that might be used on a smart...
    GOOGLE has banned over 130 apps over the past six months after they were found to be riddled with malware. Android users are being advised to delete the apps if they have them on their smartphones. 1Google is in a constant battle with cybercriminalsCredit: Alamy The Google Play Store is battling almost constantly with cybercriminals trying to upload apps full of malware. Google does have extensive security measures but sometimes apps can slip through the net. This includes apps that are used to hack and steal data or ones that brick your phone withe adware. Google deletes malicious apps as soon as a problem is spotted but sometimes this is too late for people who have already downloaded them. Risky...
    The Google logo features the Eiffel Tower on the Google campus in Mountain View, CA.Susana Bates | Getty Images Google says it will no longer allow ads for products or services marketed for tracking or monitoring another person without their authorization.  In an ad policy update, Google said this will apply to spyware and technology used for intimate partner surveillance, including tech used to monitor texts, phone calls or browsing history. It also applies to GPS trackers marketed to spy on someone without their consent, along with surveillance equipment like cameras, audio recorders, dash cams and nanny cams marketed for the purpose of spying.  Google said private investigation services and products and services for parents to track or monitor their underage children...
    Android It is broad and it seems that users are opting for productivity rather than entertainment when it comes to shopping. “data-reactid =” 12 “> The fight for paid apps on Android is extensive and it seems that users are They are opting for productivity rather than entertainment when it comes to shopping. Because unlike what you might think, neither Tinder nor the most popular mobile video game, Fortnite, is one of the apps that generates the most income. Google One, the storage platform of the Mountain View giant, which beats Tinder and Disney Plus, according to a report by Sensor Tower. “data-reactid =” 14 “> Rather it is Google One, the storage platform of the Mountain View giant, which...
    It is no surprise that Apple is interested in the privacy of its users, although these advanced functions are not liked by other companies that live on our data, such as Google and Facebook. iOS 14 has introduced several privacy improvements, such as the one that reveals which applications access the clipboard. These types of privacy functions really alert us to what apps can do, since most users do not know how they work. Apple has introduced a novelty in iOS 14 related to privacy by a permission that users must accept in order to be tracked through the app and the web. It’s Apple’s move to make sure apps don’t track us without our consent, and this has caused...
    Researchers in Germany have compiled a list of more than 1,000 words that will inadvertently cause virtual assistants like Amazon's Alexa and Apple's Siri to become activated. Once activated, these virtual assistants create sound recordings that are later transmitted to platform holders, where they may be transcribed for quality assurance purposes or other analysis. According to the team, from Ruhr-Universität Bochum and the Max Planck Institute for Cyber Security and Privacy in Germany, this has 'alarming' implications for user privacy and likely means short recordings of personal conversations could periodically end up in the hands of Amazon, Apple, Google, or Microsoft workers. Researchers in Germany tested virtual assistants like Amazon's Alexa, Apple's Siri, Google Assistant, and Microsoft's Cortana, and...
    After months of rumors, Google has finally confirmed that its “Nearby Share” feature is on the way. Some Android users are already testing a beta version. “We’re currently conducting a beta test of a new Nearby Share feature that we plan to share more information on in the future,” Google told Android Police. “Our goal is to launch the feature with support for Android 6+ devices as well as other platforms.” The feature started showing up in Chrome OS Canary builds earlier this month, indicating that it will work on Chromebooks as well. “Our goal is to launch the feature with support for Android 6+ devices.” Nearby Share looks to function as an Android version of Apple’s AirDrop. You can...
    Sam RutherfordJust now•Filed to:Huawei P40 Pro ReviewHuawei P40 Pro ReviewP40 ProsmartphonesreviewsAndroidEMUISavePhoto: Sam Rutherford/Gizmodo It’s a weird situation when the second largest smartphone maker in the world is treated as persona non grata, but that’s precisely what Huawei is facing when it comes to selling gadgets in the U.S. And based on the current political climate, there’s very little chance that will change between now and November. However, that doesn’t mean Huawei’s latest flagship phone—the P40 Pro—isn’t worth checking out. Because even though the P40 Pro isn’t officially sold in the U.S. and its lack of support for Google Mobile Services can be a real pain sometimes (more on that later), it also has world-class components and some of the best...
    When Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin spoke to my colleagues at Stanford’s technology licensing office in the late 1990s, other search engines already existed. But Page and Brin, who were graduate students at the time, believed the page-rank algorithm they had developed at Stanford was superior, even though no other entrepreneurs saw its potential. So they decided to launch a start-up. The Stanford licensing office saw merit in their idea and licensed the algorithm — which was owned by the University — back to the entrepreneurs. The rest is history. It’s unlikely Google would have become the world’s most popular search engine without the sorts of patent protections provided by the Bayh-Dole Act, a little-known law passed in...
    When we reviewed the Smart Clock, we gave it a score of 87 for its compact, attractive design, useful alarm clock features and affordability. It also won Best of CES 2019 in the connected home product category. We appreciate that it doesn’t have a camera, which alleviates some privacy concerns, and you can toggle the microphone on or off via a switch on the back. That said, for some, the fact that the Smart Clock won’t play back videos or photos or make video calls may be a drawback.  Lenovo originally listed the Smart Clock for $80, but it’s been about a year since the device debuted, and at this point, the price tends to hover around $60. Best...
    (CNN)Google is paying tribute to Marsha P. Johnson -- a pioneering figure in the country's LGBT rights movement -- on the last day of Pride month. The company announced its June 30 Google Doodle will be dedicated to the late activist who was at the center of New York's gay liberation movement for more than 20 years. The doodle depicts Johnson in all her colorful, flower-in-hair, bright-red-lipstick glory. A petition wants to replace a New Jersey citys Christopher Columbus statue with Black trans activist Marsha P. JohnsonThe company said it chose June 30th to honor Johnson as it will be the first anniversary since she was posthumously honored as a grand marshal during WorldPride in New York."Thank you, Marsha P....
    By The Associated Press Google said Monday it has removed misleading and fraudulent ads targeting Americans looking for information about how to vote in November's presidential election. Some of the ads charged fees for registering people to vote, while others sucked up people’s personal information for marketing purposes. The ads were discovered by the nonprofit tech watchdog Tech Transparency Project. The group found that search terms such as “register to vote,” “vote by mail” and “where is my polling place” generated ads linking to websites that charge fees for voter registration, harvest user data, or plant unwanted software on people’s browsers. Google says such ads are prohibited on its platform. “We are committed to protecting users from abuse on our...
    MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) – Google said Monday it has removed misleading and fraudulent ads targeting Americans looking for information about how to vote in November’s presidential election. Some of the ads charged fees for registering people to vote, while others sucked up people’s personal information for marketing purposes. The ads were discovered by the nonprofit tech watchdog Tech Transparency Project. The group found that search terms such as “register to vote,” “vote by mail” and “where is my polling place” generated ads linking to websites that charge fees for voter registration, harvest user data, or plant unwanted software on people’s browsers. Google says such ads are prohibited on its platform. “We are committed to protecting users from abuse on our...
    Google said Monday it has removed misleading and fraudulent ads targeting Americans looking for information about how to vote in November’s presidential election. Some of the ads charged fees for registering people to vote, while others sucked up people’s personal information for marketing purposes. The ads were discovered by the nonprofit tech watchdog Tech Transparency Project. The group found that search terms such as “register to vote,” “vote by mail” and “where is my polling place” generated ads linking to websites that charge fees for voter registration, harvest user data, or plant unwanted software on people’s browsers. Google says such ads are prohibited on its platform. “We are committed to protecting users from abuse on our platforms,...
    State attorneys general met with the Justice Department on Friday to make preparations for an anticipated antitrust case against Google. However, sources say that search bias — which is crucial to Google’s ability to sway elections and control the flow of political information — is not yet a major part of the DoJ’s case. Politico reported on the gathering of state AGs and the Justice Department ahead of the meeting on Friday. Politico’s report suggests that the focus is currently on the criticisms of Google from its corporate competitors, namely its dominance of the digital ads market and its alleged tendency to favor its own products and services. Unlike previous probes into the tech company, prosecutors started by analyzing Google’s control over the technology used...
    Last Friday ended one of the most important weeks of the year for Apple and for developers of iOS, macOS and other systems. WWDC20 has already ended, and although the vast majority only pay attention to Monday’s conference, during the week Apple has had workshops and talks with developers to explain everything in much more detail.. Many summaries of WWDC20 can be done, but today we focus on various features that Apple has released that are direct competition from the most popular Google applications. Apple’s new software is a direct attack on Google in many ways, and we’ll see if it works for the apple company. Apple vs. Google at WWDC20 All Apple systems have been renewed with many new...
    Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., railed against Twitter, Google and Facebook tech giants, claiming they improperly wield power over the content Internet users view by censoring conservative-leaning content. Nunes currently suffered a loss in a defamation lawsuit he filed against Twitter, parody accounts known as "Devin Nunes' Mom" and "Devin Nunes' Cow," and a Republican strategist when a judge ruled that Twitter cannot be held liable for defamatory tweets because federal law classifies them as merely a platform, not a publisher. DEVIN NUNES' ATTEMPT TO SUE TWITTER OVER PARODY POSTS SHUT DOWN BY JUDGE "Google, Facebook, and Twitter, okay; they’re the tech oligarchs, they’re tech tyrants," Nunes told Fox News' "Sunday Morning Futures," accusing them of furthering a left-wing agenda by controlling which...
    New York (CNN Business)Almost every tech giant has its sights on gaming. Even Apple and Google, predominantly known for their hardware and operating systems, have made big bets in games.Microsoft, one of the earliest to get into games with its Xbox consoles in the early 2000s, announced last Monday that it will be shutting down its livestreaming service, Mixer, by July 22. The company acquired Mixer in 2016 and last year paid gaming stars like Ninja millions of dollars to sign exclusive contracts.Over the past year and a half, Google launched its cloud gaming service Stadia, Apple introduced subscription service Apple Arcade, and Amazon released a free-to-play PC game called "Crucible." Livestreaming platforms like Facebook Gaming also are vying for...
    If you’re using Google’s Phone app, you’ll soon be able to know why a business establishment is calling before you even pick up. In a new support page discovered by Android Police, the tech giant goes into detail about a feature called “Verified Calls.” Businesses that choose to go through and pass Google’s verification process will be able to send the dedicated Verified Calls server their phone number, your phone number and their reason for calling, such as “Scheduling your internet installati on” or “Your food delivery.” Google will then show all that information on your Phone app. The feature is switched on by default, but it won’t work if you haven’t added your phone number to your Google Account....
    Google Drive is an excellent cloud storage service. While it is true that Apple offers iCloud Drive and that it is perfectly integrated with its own ecosystem, the option proposed by Google has some interesting functions that you should try. Here are some Google Drive tips and tricks that make it a very attractive service. Convert PDF files to editable documents PDF is, without a doubt, one of the most universal formats. However, while viewing a PDF file is a very simple task, edit it in another sing. If we do not want to be looking for converters, Google Drive allows you to open PDF with Documents. We just have to go to the web version of Google Drive, select...
    A recent report from Kaspersky Lab outlines how hackers are using Google Analytics to steal credit cards, passwords, IP addresses, and more from unknowing users. SearchEngineJournal reports that a recent report from Kaspersky Lab has revealed new techniques being employed by hackers that use Google Analytics to steal users’ credit card numbers, user agents, passwords, IP addresses, and more. The trick being used by the hackers isn’t even the result of a bug in Google Analytics itself. Hackers are exploiting the trusted status that Google Analytics is given by all browsers in order to steal information from hacked websites. The hackers use the websites to transfer data trusted by Google Analytics directly to them. Kaspersky Labs states in its report:...
    Many applications are using the dark mode function which helps users to have a better interface experience. This dark mode can be used in various applications on both Android and iOS devices, and now it is also possible to use it in web browsers, this is on the websites that are visited. This is how Google looks with Chrome’s dark mode. Chrome has a dark mode that makes everything turn “black”, but not websites, so for this you need to install an extension to help us do this. The application that will make everything turn black is “Dark Reader” which is available for Chrome, Edge and Firefox browsers, and its operation is very simple to use...
    Google has made an effort to support SMEs in Mexico, so it announced various measures so that their businesses are not affected after the COVID-19 contingency. And so support the economic reactivation and that this be gradually. The search platform will give bonuses for ads, the possibility of highlighting in Maps, the option to show the inventory to close people, among others that promise to help the business stand out among users. Supports the local business Supports the local business Thanks to local businesses that have adapted to the digital world during these months. ↗️ Tag or name them in comments and let’s create a great list of recommendations Do you dare? – Google Mexico (@googlemexico)...
    Google’s Phone app appears to be getting a new Verified Calls feature that will show you a business’ name, logo, and the reason it’s calling you. News of the feature first appeared on a Google support page that was spotted by Android Police. The feature relies on businesses supplying its phone number, your phone number, and the reason for its call, directly to Google, which pushes this information to the Phone app. If the information lines up, then the phone app gives the call a Verified Call badge. It’s a feature that has the potential to be enormously helpful, not just for working out who’s calling you, but for knowing when a call is even worth picking up in...
    Victoria SongJust now•Filed to:I would not bet on consumer smart glassesI would not bet on consumer smart glassesnorthfocals by northsmart glassesaugmented realityARgoogle glassalphabetSaveImage: North Tough times seem to keep rolling for makers of augmented reality glasses. North, the Canadian startup behind the consumer-focused Focals by North smart glasses, is in the final stages of a $180 million sale to Alphabet, according to a Globe and Mail scoop. Citing anonymous sources, North is essentially being “stripped for parts” and that Alphabet views the acquisition as an easy way to potentially re-enter the consumer smart glasses market for minimal effort or cash. Part of the problem appears to be the company botched rollout of its Focals by North product. Despite its...
    Google’s previously leaked Android TV dongle appears to be edging closer to release. The 9to5Google team has discovered that a new Android 11 preview for the developer-only ADT-3 dongle shows the media player, nicknamed “Sabrina,” in a tutorial video. The clip suggests that the hardware design hasn’t changed in the months since the earlier material was created, including a simple egg-like design that hangs off one of your TV’s HDMI ports. More importantly, this suggests the dongle might ship with the next version of Android TV (not necessarily Android 11) — nothing is confirmed, of course, but it would make sense for the device to come with Google’s latest living room software. Previous discoveries have indicated that Sabrina may replace...
    U.S. tech companies need to import “top tier talent” so they can beat China’s aggressive companies, says a bait-and-switch message from ex-Google chief Eric Schmidt to the White House. “The ability to attract and retain top-tier talent from around the world is the backbone of a trifecta where the best talent comes to the U.S., to work at the best institutions on the most cutting-edge intellectual property,” Schmidt said an op-ed for Barron’s magazine. “Our nation’s own National Security Strategy says it best: ‘The United States must continue to attract the innovative and the inventive, the brilliant and the bold.'” But Schmidt used this “top tier” pitch as cover for his demand Presidnet Donald Trump allow many Fortune 500 companies and investors to import blocs...
    The feds are reportedly close to wrapping up their antitrust investigation of Google as they consider whether to bring a lawsuit against the tech giant. The US Department of Justice is waiting on a final set of documents before officials finish the probe, which is focused on Google’s dominance in online advertising, Reuters reported Friday. The feds have sought information from companies worried about Google’s abuse of its position on the market along with data that could back up a lawsuit, which could be filed this summer, according to the news agency. The information is reportedly due by the end of June, though the deadline may be pushed back. Federal officials are set to meet Friday with state attorneys...
    The feds are reportedly close to wrapping up their antitrust investigation of Google as they consider whether to bring a lawsuit against the tech giant. The US Department of Justice is waiting on a final set of documents before officials finish the probe, which is focused on Google’s dominance in online advertising, Reuters reported Friday. The feds have sought information from companies worried about Google’s abuse of its position on the market along with data that could back up a lawsuit, which could be filed this summer, according to the news agency. The information is reportedly due by the end of June, though the deadline may be pushed back. Federal officials are set to meet Friday with state attorneys general...
    William Barr believes certain social media companies are “censoring” conservative voices and in a recent interview, the attorney general said he’s looking at ways to bring antitrust charges against those firms. Harry Litman of the Los Angeles Times reported on Thursday that Barr sat down for an interview on Fox News where he talked about a number of goals he has for his Justice Department. Among those goals was to find a way to take down Internet companies that he feels have an anti-Republican bias. Litman said Barr is picking up the “bitter but unsubstantiated” criticism by President Donald Trump of companies like Facebook and Twitter. The reporter said the attorney general is determined to “rattle the saber” of the...
    By Diane Bartz and Paresh Dave WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department is seeking the final documents to complete an antitrust investigation of Alphabet Inc's Google , said three sources familiar with the probe, which is expected to end with a lawsuit this summer. State attorneys general have separate probes into Google, and the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee has ongoing investigations into Google, Amazon.com Inc , Facebook Inc and Apple Inc . The department has requested information by the end of June from companies concerned about Google's abuse of its advertising clout, as well as those with data that could be used to support a complaint against Google, the sources said, noting that the deadline...
    The phrases “Google” and “privacy” don’t specifically go hand in hand. It is not that I never have confidence in Google’s concepts or its means to supply. It is the actuality that these bulletins typically seem far better than they are. The worst issue about them is that Google genuinely isn’t completely ready to embrace the point that it collects user data and that it sells more high priced adverts the a lot more knowledge it has. Google would seem fearful to affirm these info, and Sundar Pichai’s privateness announcement is the hottest instance of that. It’s a lengthy web site put up that goes out of its way to prevent any mention of adverts, which is how Google...
    The words “Google” and “privacy” don’t exactly go hand in hand. It’s not that I don’t trust Google’s ideas or its ability to deliver. It’s the fact that these announcements often sound better than they are. The worst thing about them is that Google really isn’t ready to embrace the fact that it collects user data and that it sells more expensive ads the more data it has. Google seems afraid to affirm these facts, and Sundar Pichai’s privacy announcement is the latest example of that. It’s a long blog post that goes out of its way to avoid any mention of ads, which is how Google makes money. The only time “advertising” is mentioned comes later in the...
    BOSTON (CBS) – With the national unemployment rate over 13 percent, and over 16 percent in Massachusetts, some people worry the jobs lost this spring and summer may not return. One field that’s still growing is Information Technology, and Google is using this time to offer training at a steep discount. “I have so many friends who lost jobs. I made the right decision at the right time,” explained Sandra Massie. After working in restaurants for years, Sandra decided she wanted something different, so she enrolled in an online training program, designed by Google, to become an Information Technology consultant. “It’s awesome. I love my job,” she said. “I can’t see myself doing anything else.” “It has always been a...
    Google and Aclima, a company that maps hyperlocal air pollution, announced today that researchers can now access a treasure trove of new data that can bolster efforts to both combat climate change and clean up the air. It’s the result of four years of measurements taken by Google Street View vehicles in California outfitted with Aclima sensors. The dataset offers researchers a close-up look at changes in air quality from block to block. It includes more than 42 million measurements of smog, soot, black carbon, nitrogen oxides, carbon dioxide, and methane. The ability to zoom in to see differences on one street versus another is key to pinpointing where the most pollution is coming from and who it affects the...
    The latest apartment building approved just west of downtown San Jose will offer a public plaza, state-of-the-art amenities and even an on-site bicycle shop. But those who might be eyeing a brand new apartment in one of the city’s most sought-after neighborhoods will have to be interested in living small. The 226-unit apartment building — approved by city council earlier this week to be constructed on a 1.39-acre site at 259 Meridian Avenue — will feature 206 units that will average about 400 square feet. One of the main selling points for potential tenants will be the close proximity to San Jose’s Diridon Station and the planned Google Transit Village, which is expected to consist of 6 to 8 million...
    Shoshana WodinskyA minute ago•Filed to:articles that could be subtweetsarticles that could be subtweetsgoogleprivacySaveGraphic: Google Google’s push to become a privacy-positive company over the past year has been, depending on how you look at it, an act of genuine benevolence, a brilliant marketing decision, or straight-up bullshit. So when Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced the company’s latest moves in the privacy-protecting space on Twitter yesterday, the biggest surprise—at least to me—was the lack of skepticism I was seeing from other reporters in the privacy and policy spaces. In short: The update, as described in Pichai’s initial tweet and in a blog post regarding the rollout, broadly changes the way the company retains user data—not only making it easier to delete data,...
    Google has promised to change the default settings on its services to store less user browser history and location data on its servers. The default setting will only apply to new users — existing users will need to change the settings themselves. NBC News reports that Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced in a recent blog post that the web giant would be changing the default options on its services, claiming that users’ browsing history and location data would only be stored on Google’s servers for 18 months. Currently, users have to specifically state that they want their activity data to be deleted by Google, according to Pichai, the firm’s new default options will mean that users’ data is continuously being stored...
    After five years as the dominant solution for photo storage across platforms, Google Photos is getting a big new redesign. The refreshed look, which includes fresh ways to navigate the app and a simplified pinwheel icon, is designed to better highlight your favorite old pictures, Google said. It also answers the top feature request Google says it’s received: a map view that lets you explore the photos and videos that you’ve taken by location. “A lot of people really love the product, and the reason they love it is a little bit different than what we initially designed it for,” said David Lieb, product lead for Google Photos. “The thing they really love it for is this idea of...
    Victoria SongA minute ago•Filed to:googlegooglegoogle newsjournalismad techad revenueSavePhoto: Loic Venance (AFP via Getty Images) Faced with the increasingly vocal criticism that it’s one of the primary reasons why newsrooms are struggling, Google announced today a new licensing program that will pay certain publishers for content ahead of launching a “new news experience” later this year. In a blog, Brad Bender, Google’s vice president of news products, writes that the program will help publishers “monetize their content” via a vaguely described “enhanced storytelling experience.” To start things off, Bender says that Google has already inked deals with local and national publishers in Germany, Australia, and Brazil. Some of the participating media groups include the Spiegel Group, which publishes one of...
    Google says it will pay to license content from select overseas publishers as scrutiny from US regulators mounts over its dominance over the news industry. The search giant said in a Thursday blog post that it will pay media groups in Germany, Australia and Brazil for “high-quality content for a new news experience launching later this year.” Google says that it will “offer to pay for free access for users to read paywalled articles on a publisher’s site,” and said that publishers that enter agreements with it will be able to “grow their audiences and open an opportunity for people to read content they might not ordinarily see.” The new product will be available on Google News and Discover....
    There’s no special hardware involved, the API will work with all compatible Android devices running Android or Unity, and developers can get to work using open sourced code on GitHub. For end-users, there are already a number of depth-enabled AR experiences to try out, such as Lines of Play, which lets you design elaborate domino creations, topple them over and watch them collide with the furniture and walls in your room. Google says that more experiences using surface interaction will follow later this year, including SKATRIX, a new game from Reality Crisis that turns your home into a digital skate park, and SPLASHAAR from ForwARdgames, which lets you to race your friends as AR snails over surfaces in your room.
    In one new initiative, Google will pay publishers to give readers access to paywalled articles on sites that offer subscription services. “This will let paywalled publishers grow their audiences and open an opportunity for people to read content they might not ordinarily see,” Google wrote. Today, we are announcing a licensing program to pay publishers for high-quality content for a new news experience launching later this year. This program will help participating publishers monetize their content through an enhanced storytelling experience that lets people go deeper into more complex stories, stay informed and be exposed to a world of different issues and interests. We will start with publishers in a number of countries around the globe, with more to come...
    When it comes to smart assistants, we like Google Assistant over Amazon's Alexa here at WIRED. It's easier to set up and is just better at answering voice questions, hands-free. A growing number of smart speakers and smart displays support it, too. The Klipsch "The Three II" speaker costs $250 at Amazon right now. It was $574 and dropped down to $300 around March. Now it's the lowest we've seen, and the Amazon price is about $150 cheaper than other major retailers like B&H. It's now at a much more reasonable price for its size and hands-free Google Assistant capabilities. The Three speaker is one of the most expensive smart speakers we've seen, but it has a great retro style....
    The Google logo is seen January 8, 2020 at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada.ROBYN BECK /AFP Google will now pay news publishers directly to license their content, in a change of tack for the internet giant. The company said Thursday that it would introduce a licensing program that pays publishers for "high-quality content" to be posted on a new service expected to launch later this year. The service will launch on Google's News and Discover platforms. It will initially include local and national news publications, such as Germany's Der Spiegel, Australia's InQueensland and InDaily, and Brazil's Diarios Associados. Google said that, where available, it would also offer to pay for free access to paywalled articles...
    Google will pay for news content from select publishers as part of a new licensing program announced today. It says the content will form part of a “new news experience” coming later this year, launching first on its Google News and Discover services. In some cases, Google says it could offer free access to paywalled articles by paying content owners on the user’s behalf. Google says it’s starting the program with publishers in Germany, Australia, and Brazil, but says that it’s got “more to come soon.” Publishing partners include Der Spiegel in Germany, and Schwartz Media in Australia, according to the Financial Times. Google says a “new news experience” is launching later this year Google’s announcement comes after multiple countries...
    Justice Office officials will be meeting with several condition lawyers basic this Friday to examine “next steps” in a potential antitrust scenario towards Google, in accordance to several reports. The conference, first noted by the Wall Road Journal on Tuesday, will acquire position virtually between federal and condition officials. On the agenda will be the scope of the prospective lawsuit, however discussions will also be had about whether states would like to sign up for a Justice Division effort or file their have, the paper experiences. Not long ago, antitrust officers have been achieving out to information market executives to discipline issues about the tech giant. Reports have circulated for months that both of those the Justice Department and...
    As protests versus police brutality and systemic racism keep on throughout the place, Google staff members are demanding that their corporation overhaul its connection with regulation enforcement. A petition to CEO Sundar Pichai that started circulating Wednesday calls on the business to halt promoting all of its solutions to police and has garnered additional than 1,600 signatures. “Americans are grappling with the historic legacies of slavery and genocide that the region is designed on and have started to identify the position of the law enforcement forces in maintaining a fundamentally white supremacist program. The demand to defund the police has been elevated in metropolis right after city, as the 1st phase in ending that process permanently,” the petition states, for...
    iOS 14 operating system? We know it: Apple’s world is truly fascinating and tempting. Surely that is the main reason why many people join this bitten apple family every day, especially if it is their phones. However, the change can be a bit traumatic if you don’t know how to switch from Android to iPhone. But rest assured, that is what we are here for. “Data-reactid =” 12 “> Were you fascinated by the novelties of the iOS 14 operating system? We know it: the world of Apple is really fascinating and tempting. Surely that is the main reason why which many people every day join this bitten apple family, especially if it is their phones. However, the change can...
    Google will improve your privacy that will benefit new and existing users of the platform and will focus on the treatment of each user’s personal information. So now, it will limit the time in which you save the navigation and location data. And it will only keep for 18 months the data collected the first time the user decides to activate this option. Today we’re announcing updates designed to keep your private information private. From easier privacy settings to saving less data with new retention practices in Maps, Search and YouTube, we’re always working to make privacy simple for you. https://t.co/YtVF4r1jc8 pic.twitter.com/LdGhjxnQk0 – Google (@Google) June 24, 2020 So now the activity data will be deleted...
    Justice Department officials will be meeting with multiple state attorneys general this Friday to discuss “next steps” in a potential antitrust case against Google, according to multiple reports. The meeting, first reported by the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, will take place virtually between federal and state officials. On the agenda will be the scope of the potential lawsuit, though discussions will also be had about whether states would like to join a Justice Department effort or file their own, the paper reports. Recently, antitrust officials have been reaching out to news industry executives to field complaints about the tech giant. Reports have circulated for months that both the Justice Department and a group of state AGs were working...
    Apple first came up with its “Sign in with Apple” service last year as a privacy-focused alternative to Google and Facebook. These are often used as a convenient alternative to signing up for a new account every time you want to test a new app or read a news story. For a lot of people, it’s just easier to rely on a single login and password. Unfortunately, whenever you use a login from Google and Facebook, that allows the website in question to request data about you, such as your name, birthday, your internet activity, and more. Google and Facebook in turn get a lot of information about you, which they often use to serve you ads.  According to the...
    Zoom and Houseparty won the lead as the favorite video call apps, which had their boom in recent months due to the movement restrictions forced by the pandemic. However, it is a fact that despite the limitations these will remain for a long time and for this reason the most important companies have developed proposals with differential characteristics that manage to conquer users. Google joined this competition and presented its bet, leaving its videoconferencing service Google Meet, totally free Last month, and now the company has announced that it will bring Meet to the Gmail app for iOS and Android. Google Meet allows meetings of up to 100 people! Google Meet offers many of the features that have made Zoom...
    Breaking News — San Francisco (USA), Jun 24 . .- Google announced this Wednesday a change in its privacy policy by which it will delete by default after 18 months the search history both on the web and in the mobile application to new users, something that until now had to be done manually. It was the CEO of the firm, Sundar Pichai, who revealed the novelty in an entry on the company’s official blog, and although at first glance this may seem minor, the long-term implications are significant, since they are potentially It is about millions of new users whose histories will be deleted by default in the coming years. For those who already have active Google accounts,...
    Justice Department officials will be meeting with multiple state attorneys general this Friday to discuss “next steps” in a potential antitrust case against Google, according to multiple reports. The meeting, first reported by the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, will take place virtually between federal and state officials. On the agenda will be the scope of the potential lawsuit, though discussions will also be had about whether states would like to join a Justice Department effort or file their own, the paper reports. Recently, antitrust officials have been reaching out to news industry executives to field complaints about the tech giant. Reports have circulated for months that both the Justice Department and a group of state AGs were working on...
    At its Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday, Apple introduced a litany of new security and privacy features that fit into what the company calls its four privacy principles. Today, Google is announcing its own privacy-focused improvements as well, under what Google CEO Sundar Pichai says are "three important principles" of privacy. Google already announced security and privacy upgrades to Android 11 earlier this month. But Wednesday's changes focus on the data Google services like Maps and YouTube can access—and how long they keep it for. "We’re guided by the principle that products should keep information only for as long as it’s useful to you," Pichai wrote in a blog post. "Privacy is personal, which is why we’re always working to...
    On Wednesday, Google announced broad changes in its default data practices for new users, including a significant expansion in the company’s willingness to automatically delete data. In a blog post announcing the changes, CEO Sundar Pichai emphasized the company’s commitment to privacy, security, and user choice. “As we design our products, we focus on three important principles: keeping your information safe, treating it responsibly, and putting you in control,” Pichai wrote. “Today, we are announcing privacy improvements to help do that.” Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the changes were about “keeping your information safe… and putting you in control” Google’s auto-delete feature applies to search history (on web or in-app), location history, and voice commands collected through the Google Assistant...
    Officials from the DOJ and some state attorneys general are reportedly set to meet on Friday to discuss an antitrust probe of  Google. Reuters reports that U.S. Justice Department officials and some state attorneys general have set a meeting for Friday to discuss an antitrust probe of Google. The federal government and nearly all state attorneys general have now opened investigations into allegations that Google has broken antitrust laws. The federal probe is focusing heavily on search bias, advertising and Google’s Android mobile operating system. Breitbart News reported in November of 2019 that the attorneys general which are representing 48 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C will be writing up subpoenas known as civil investigative demands (CID) to support the investigations. Texas...
    As protests against police brutality and systemic racism continue across the country, Google employees are demanding that their company overhaul its relationship with law enforcement. A petition to CEO Sundar Pichai that began circulating Wednesday calls on the company to stop selling all of its products to police and has garnered more than 1,600 signatures. “Americans are grappling with the historical legacies of slavery and genocide that the country is built on and have begun to identify the role of the police forces in maintaining a fundamentally white supremacist system. The demand to defund the police has been raised in city after city, as the first step in ending that system permanently,” the petition states, per Gizmodo. The search giant...
    Self-diagnosing health symptoms via online symptom checkers, or “Dr. Google,” is wrong nearly three-quarters of the time, according to new Edith Cowan University research published in the Medical Journal of Australia. The study, which analyzed 36 symptom-checking apps and websites across the globe, said 74% of the sites failed to produce the correct diagnosis as the first result. The correct diagnosis was within in top three results only 52% of the time. Lead study author and ECU Masters student Michella Hill said in a release that the findings should prompt people to stop and think. “While it may be tempting to use these tools to find out what may be causing your symptoms, most of the time they are unreliable...
    Google is getting unwanted fat off the struggling information business by applying its posture as the nation’s dominant look for engine to power publishers into unfair agreements, according to a new analysis report. The Alphabet-owned web company has develop into these kinds of a potent pressure for driving World wide web traffic that it even dictates how news publications format their internet internet pages, the surprising information-field paper states. This has resulted in news companies staying “forced to establish mirror-graphic web-sites.” Google does this by telling news providers that they have “no option but to put into practice Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) conventional — or else get rid of important placement in cell look for and the resulting...
    Google and Apple are among several tech companies to express support for activists demonstrating against the death of George Floyd.  Google CEO Sundar Pichai promised to hire more black employees over the course of the next five years after ending a covert effort to create a censorship-compliant search engine in China in 2018.  Twitter changed its Twitter bio to a Black Lives Matter tribute shortly, but won’t respond to calls from cyber security experts to nix official Chinese accounts that promote coronavirus propaganda.  Several tech companies publicly expressed support for the Black Lives Matter movement amid mass protests against police brutality, yet many of these same mega companies have done little to oppose China’s censorship regime. Zoom, Apple,...
    U.S. Justice Department officials and some state attorneys general are set to meet on Friday to discuss next steps in a potential anti-trust case against Google.   According to the Wall Street Journal, federal and state officials will meet virtually to discuss the likely case and to assess whether the states wish to bring their own lawsuit against the internet giant or join one filed by the Department of Justice. They will also discuss the scope of any legal complaint.   The federal government and nearly all state attorneys general have opened investigations into allegations that Google has broken antitrust laws.   Google may face an anti-trust case from the Justice Department and state attorneys general The Justice Department and several state regulators...
    Google is getting fat off the struggling news industry by using its position as the nation’s dominant search engine to force publishers into unfair agreements, according to a new research report. The Alphabet-owned internet company has become such a powerful force for driving Web traffic that it even dictates how news publications format their web pages, the shocking news-industry paper says. This has resulted in news organizations being “forced to build mirror-image websites.” Google does this by telling news companies that they have “no choice but to implement Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) standard — or else lose critical placement in mobile search and the resulting search traffic,” according to the paper by News Media Alliance, which calls itself the...
    iOS 14 is here, and it brings a bunch of big new features to Apple’s operating system — including a few that should look pretty familiar to Android users who have had similar functionality for some time. It’s the eternal cycle of software platforms: Google’s good ideas will almost always end up on iOS at some point, even as the next version of Android will, no doubt, crib some ideas from Apple. Home screen widgets The big one: after years of keeping the iOS home screen static, Apple is finally allowing users to add widgets to their home screens. Widgets have been one of the core differentiating features between Android and iOS going back to the...
    Employees at tech giant Google are reportedly demanding that the company stop selling software to law enforcement agencies. Employees believe the company should be ” joining the millions who want to defang and defund these institutions.” Recode reports that more than 1,600 Google employees have signed an internal petition calling for the firm to stop selling its software to police. The petition comes as protests continue across the country relating to the recent death of George Floyd. The petition states: “We’re disappointed to know that Google is still selling to police forces, and advertises its connection with police forces as somehow progressive, and seeks more expansive sales rather than severing ties with police and joining the millions who want to defang...
    As protests against police brutality and systemic racism continue across the country, Google employees are demanding that their company overhaul its relationship with law enforcement. A petition to CEO Sundar Pichai that began circulating Wednesday calls on the company to stop selling all of its products to police and has garnered more than 1,600 signatures. "Americans are grappling with the historical legacies of slavery and genocide that the country is built on, and have begun to identify the role of the police forces in maintaining a fundamentally white supremacist system. The demand to defund the police has been raised in city after city, as the first step in ending that system permanently," the petition states, per Gizmodo. The search giant...
    Google Home is one of the most advanced smart assistant speakers on the market. Its booming audio quality, top-notch comprehension, and additional integrated services (like reading the news, playing your favorite music on Spotify, or controlling your smart home devices) all are a testament to this. But even so, Google Home devices have one major flaw that puts the gadget back in the dark ages: It has to be plugged into an outlet at all times. Though Google has yet to make a fully wireless version of its Home devices, it hasn’t stopped other brands from delivering where Google falls short. This includes the JOT Battery Base for Google Home Mini ($16.99) and the LOFT Battery Base for Google...
    A newspaper executive today criticised Google and Facebook for changing search algorithms without telling publishers and warned how they now have 'all the power' in online news and advertising. Peter Wright, editor emeritus at DMG Media, MailOnline's parent company, said the news industry has 'no idea how they work' and they 'behave in the way that market dominant companies do', accusing them of 'monopoly behaviour'. He slammed Google after MailOnline saw its daily traffic from the search engine fall by 50 per cent last June following an algorithm change 'without any warning'. Peter Wright, editor emeritus at DMG Media, spoke to a House of Lords commitee today Giving evidence to the House of Lords Communications and Digital Committee via...
    CALIFORNIA.- The company Google reported that since photos and videos proliferate on the internet that could represent a danger due to their lack of truthfulness and cause misinformation, it created a new tool for you to filter what is true and what may be false . “The power of visual media has its pitfalls⁠, especially when there are questions surrounding the origin, authenticity, or context of an image. Starting today, we are revealing factual verification information on Google Images globally to help people to navigate these problems and make more informed judgments about what they see on the web, “said Google on its corporate blog. In this sense, explain that when you search Google Images, you could see a...
    Victoria SongJust now•Filed to:google imagesgoogle imagesgoogle image searchgooglefact checkingSaveScreenshot: Google Misinformation is rampant online, but while it’s pretty easy to debunk a spurious article or rumor, it can be a bit harder to fact-check images. To fix that, Google says it’s adding information to help users fact-check images found via a Google Images search. When you rifle through thumbnails on Google Images, you might come across a “fact check” label. Tapping the result will bring up a larger version of the image, along with a summary of whatever claim may be associated with the image itself or the article it accompanies. For instance, the example image in Google’s blog shows a claim regarding a photo of a shark...
    SAN JOSE — A family trust that sold to Google the site of a dog daycare in downtown San Jose has used some of the proceeds from that transaction to buy a retail property a few miles away in the popular Willow Glen commercial district. In May, a trust led by Ilya Neitvestny, the owner of Pawin’ Around, a now-shuttered dog daycare in downtown San Jose, sold the property for the canine care business to Google, and now the trust has bought a Willow Glen commercial site. “Willow Glen, San Jose, that whole area, those are good locations,” Nietvestny said of the site his family trust has bought. “It’s a good property.” In the May transaction, the Neitvestny family trust...
    “Passwords are one of the worst things on the internet,” Mark Risher, Google’s senior director for account security, identity, and abuse told The News Brig. Though they’re essential for security and to help people log in to many apps and websites, “they’re one of the primary, if not the primary, ways that people actually end up getting compromised.” It’s a strange thing for a Google security executive to say because the last time you logged into Gmail, you probably typed in a password. But the company has been trying to nudge users away from the model for years, or at least minimize the damage. And in the coming weeks, one of Google’s quietest tools in that fight — the Password...
    Google CEO Sundar Pichai testifies before the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee.Liu Jie | Xinhua News Agency | Getty Images Tech leaders have criticized President Donald Trump's latest immigration crackdown on the visa programs that their companies rely on to employ thousands of staff.   Trump signed an executive order on Monday that suspends foreign work visas including the L-1 visa that allows firms to transfer staff from overseas offices and the H-1B visa that enables companies to hire highly skilled people in certain fields. Google's Sundar Pichai, YouTube's Susan Wojcicki and Tesla's Elon Musk were quick to condemn the restrictions, as were representatives from Amazon, Facebook and Twitter. "Immigration has contributed immensely to America's economic success, making it a...
    Blaney wins in photo finish after emotional day for NASCAR 14 things you wont see in hair salons anymore H-1B visa program: Silicon Valley slams Trumps executive order restricting immigration Silicon Valley is pushing back against President Donald Trump's latest immigration curbs, this time targeting visa programs that tech companies use to bring in thousands of skilled foreign workers. © David Paul Morris/Bloomberg/Getty Images Sundar Pichai, chief executive officer of Google LLC, speaks during the Google I/O Developers Conference in Mountain View, California, U.S., on Tuesday, May 7, 2019. Each year, Google pitches new ways its trove of user data can improve apps, websites and other services on smartphones. This year, the internet giant will try to convince the...
    GOOGLE Chrome users are being warned about downloads that could have left them vulnerable to spying hackers. The Google extensions were downloaded 32 million times and at least 70 have now been deleted from the Web Store. 2You should only download trustworthy extensionsCredit: Alamy Extensions are just extra features that people can add to their browser, such as those for ad-blocking or added security. Researchers at Awake Security told Reuters about the major flaw with some of the Chrome add-ons. Google spokesman Scott Westover told the news outlet: "When we are alerted of extensions in the Web Store that violate our policies, we take action and use those incidents as training material to improve our automated and manual analyses." Most...
              Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) said Google and its parent company, Alphabet, pose a “threat to a free and fair press in America” in a letter sent Sunday to U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr. The Department of Justice is currently investigating Google in an antitrust probe, but a recent report from The Daily Caller found that investigators do not appear to be examining claims of bias in the company’s search engine. “As your antitrust investigation of Google intensifies, I urge you to thoroughly scrutinize how the company’s anticompetitive practices could lead to the crippling of journalistic freedom. I also ask that your probe examine abuses in both the online advertising and online search markets,...
            by Peter Hasson and Chris White   Department of Justice investigators who are conducting an antitrust probe targeting Google do not appear to be scrutinizing claims that the tech giant manipulates its search function, leaks about the probe and a source familiar with it indicate. Google critics argue that Google Search must be a focus of the investigation, pointing to the company’s sheer dominance in the market: Google consistently accounts for roughly 90% of online information searches, and company employees have expressed a willingness to artificially manipulate search results on the platform. Google did not comment on allegations of search bias, or on the pending antitrust investigation. “We continue to engage with the ongoing investigations led by the Department of...
    On Monday, President Trump issued a proclamation suspending a range of visa programs — including the guest worker visas, like the H1-B, commonly used by tech companies to attract overseas talent. The new restrictions apply primarily to new visa applicants or H1-B holders who are currently out of the country. A range of tech companies and industry groups have already pushed back against the proclamation, casting the order as a threat to the tech industry and US innovation more broadly. In a statement to The News Brig, Google emphasized the contributions of immigrants to American public life, without directly addressing the new restrictions. “Immigrants have not only fueled technological breakthroughs and created new businesses and jobs but have...
    The Yomiuri Shimbun via AP Images For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters.In a new letter, over 1,600 Google workers are demanding that the company end its work with police departments across the country. “The past weeks have shown us that addressing racism is not merely an issue of words, but of actions taken to dismantle the actual structures that perpetuate it,” the workers wrote in a draft of the to-be-released letter addressed to Google CEO Sundar Pichai and obtained by Mother Jones. The letter was signed by 1,670 employees, according to a screenshot that was shared with Mother Jones by someone with access to the signature list, and was organized by Googlers Against...
    Over 1,650 Google employees have signed an open letter to CEO Sundar Pichai demanding the company stop selling its technology to police forces across the US. The letter comes as protests against police brutality, spurred by the killing of George Floyd, continue to spread for the fifth straight week. “The past weeks have shown us that addressing racism is not merely an issue of words, but of actions taken to dismantle the actual structures that perpetuate it,” the letter, written by the employee group Googlers Against Racism, reads. “While we as individuals hold difficult but necessary conversations with our family, friends and peers, we are also incredibly disappointed by our company’s response.” “We should not be in the business of...
    Sundar PichaiBloomberg | Getty Images Google employees are signing an internal petition, calling on the company to stop selling technology to police departments. The letter, with the headline "No Police Contracts," began circulating last week and has been signed by more than 1,100 employees, who identify themselves as part of "Googlers Against Racism." The document, which CNBC viewed, asks CEO Sundar Pichai to "take real steps to dismantle racism," and alleges that Google is "profiting" off racism with business contracts. "We as a society have moved past the point where saying Black Lives Matter is not enough, we need to show it in our thinking, in our words and in our actions that Black lives do matter to us," the...
    Despite being the network's chief media correspondent, CNN's Brian Stelter skipped over two of the biggest controversies that emerged last week on his industry-centric Sunday show "Reliable Sources." Last Saturday, ABC News confirmed that Barbara Fedida, one of its top talent executives, was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation on racist comments she reportedly made about prominent black anchors, including "Good Morning America" co-anchor Robin Roberts. And on Wednesday, NBC News was under fire for its report that urged Google to remove two conservative news sites including The Federalist from its ad revenue platform. However, both of those controversies were sidelined during Sunday's installment of Stelter's media show. WASHINGTON POST DEFENDS CRITICIZED REPORT ON WOMAN'S OFFENSIVE HALLOWEEN COSTUME AT STAFFER'S 2018 PARTY Instead, much of...
    Bryan MenegusA minute ago•Filed to:black lives matterblack lives matterblmtechwontbuilditgooglealphabetsundar pichaiSavePhoto: Getty/AFP In its enviable tradition of employee dissent, Googlers have used this moment of civil unrest to reassess their company’s relationship to police. The verdict, according to over 1,600 of them, is that there shouldn’t be one. Accordingly, a petition began circulating last Wednesday asking CEO Sundar Pichai to end all sales of its products to police. Yes, all—from the obviously nefarious on down to the enterprise versions of its ubiquitous Gsuite software, like Gmail and Google Docs. Past actions in the tech space have often focused what might be called Obviously Immoral Decisions by companies with outsized power and influence. Google’s short-lived drone work with the Department of Defense;...
    In what could be the dumbest conspiracy theory to hit the internet this year, Twitter users are claiming that Google is forcing coronavirus news onto the public by manipulating search results. The conspiracy, according to right-wing figure Jack Posobiec, is evident once an individual uses Google to search for “any three digit number” next to the phrase “new cases.” Jack Posobiec/Twitter Unsurprisingly, given the scope of coronavirus, searching a random number alongside the phrase “new cases” during the global pandemic brings up news articles regarding the coronavirus. But such a logical explanation doesn’t appear to have everyone convinced. The finding was immediately shared online as proof of Google’s nefarious intent. An article on the matter appeared not long after on...
    By Katie Paul SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google on Monday said it would start showing fact-checking labels on Google Images search results globally, as tech companies come under increasing pressure to combat the viral spread of misleading claims online. Google will display the "fact check" labels underneath thumbnails that appear in image search results along with a summary of third-party fact-checkers' findings, as it already does on its general search engine and on Google News results. The company started showing fact-checking labels to U.S. viewers on its video platform YouTube in April in a bid to curb coronavirus misinformation, which exploded on social media as the pandemic intensified. [nL3N2CG4M0] Tech companies have been facing calls to police content...
    Google’s advertising revenue is expected to drop in 2020 amid pandemics and a lull in international travel, according to a report from marketing research agency eMarketer. The drop is due in part to Google’s core search product’s reliance on the travel industry, which took a hit after the coronavirus pandemic effectively shut down travel, according to a forecast from eMarketer, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday. “The biggest single culprit here is the travel industry, which has been both hardest hit by the pandemic generally,” Nicole Perrin, principal analyst at eMarketer, told TheWSJ. (RELATED: ANALYSIS: DOJ Investigators Involved In Antitrust Probe Don’t Appear To Be Scrutinizing Claims Of Bias In Google’s Search) The company’s gross U.S. advertising revenue will likely...
    Google Maps is working on a new feature that will show you how to reach the nearest public transport connection, according to new leaked screenshots. The new Maps filter would let users choose what mode of transportation they’d use at the very beginning of their daily commute, the screenshots show. Maps would overlay routes for the various different transport options, such as bus, car, taxi, motorbike, ride-sharing vehicles such as Uber and even auto rickshaws – motorised passenger carts. Once rolled out, the feature will allow commuters to work out their preferred route to various transport connections, such as the train station, when they return to the workplace after the coronavirus pandemic. Also revealed are an option to get more...