Report: Russian agents bought Google ads during US election

Google has discovered evidence that Russian operatives purchased ads on its services to meddle with the 2016 US presidential election, according to a new report.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/10/09/report-russian-agents-bought-google-ads-during-us-election.html

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DeepMind’s WaveNet Voice Synthesizer Is Live in Google Assistant

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No one knew exactly what DeepMind was up to when it was acquired by Google a few years back. Now DeepMind is an Alphabet company, working on big machine learning problems like how to beat humans at Go, improving AI problem solving, and making computer-generated speech more realistic.

The post DeepMind’s WaveNet Voice Synthesizer Is Live in Google Assistant appeared first on ExtremeTech.

The original article can be found here: https://www.extremetech.com/extreme/257110-deepminds-wavenet-voice-synthesizer-live-google-assistant?source=Computing

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Lawyer takes on Google, Facebook, Twitter over terror videos

Keith Altman claims that Google, Facebook and Twitter have allowed their social media platforms to be used to recruit jihadists and that these companies have even profited from advertisements on terrorist propaganda.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/10/06/lawyer-takes-on-google-facebook-twitter-over-terror-videos.html

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Google exec discusses new Pixel devices, privacy, artificial intelligence and more

Google has stepped up the competition between itself and Apple and Amazon for consumers’ hard-earned dollars, launching several new products, including the Pixel XL 2. While the products generally have similar features, the search giant is trying to use artificial intelligence as its hook.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/10/05/google-exec-discusses-new-pixel-devices-privacy-artificial-intelligence-and-more.html

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Google unveils new Pixel phones, smart speaker as tech competition heats up

Google unveiled a bevy of new devices, including two new Pixel smartphones and new smart speakers, as the battle between Apple, Amazon and Google for consumer dollars continues to rage.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/10/04/google-unveils-new-pixel-phones-smart-speaker-as-tech-competition-heats-up.html

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Google Adds a Brick to Online Publishers' Paywalls


Google on Monday announced that it was dropping its decade-old policy of requiring media and news publishers to provide a limited amount of free content. The so-called “first click free” policy meant that publishers had to make a certain amount of content available to users who conducted a search on Google, even if their stories, videos or images otherwise were behind a paywall. Media publishers had been required to provide at least three free stories or similar content before those clicking on links via Google would have to pay.

The original article can be found here: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/84849.html?rss=1

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Google ordered to delete app used by Catalan separatists

Google has been ordered to delete an application that a Spanish court said Catalan separatists were using to spread information about the disputed independence vote this Sunday.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/09/29/google-ordered-to-delete-app-used-by-catalan-separatists.html

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An Ex-Google Engineer Is Founding a Religion to Worship AI. He’s Decades Too Late.

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Disagraced one-time Google engineer Anthony Levandowski wants to found a religion based on the veneration of artificial intelligence. If he’d paused to consider the concept, he might have realized he’s decades late to the party.

The post An Ex-Google Engineer Is Founding a Religion to Worship AI. He’s Decades Too Late. appeared first on ExtremeTech.

The original article can be found here: https://www.extremetech.com/computing/256646-former-google-engineer-wants-form-religion-people-worship-ai-hes-decades-late?source=Computing

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Huge specs leak tells us everything about Google's Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

Google is less than a week away from telling us all about its new toys, but there’s still plenty of info left to leak ahead of Google’s October 4th press conference.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/09/28/huge-specs-leak-tells-us-everything-about-googles-pixel-2-and-pixel-2-xl.html

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Google hit with class-action gender pay lawsuit

Google faces a new lawsuit accusing it of gender-based pay discrimination. A lawyer representing three female former Google employees is seeking class action status for the claim.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/09/15/google-hit-with-class-action-gender-pay-lawsuit.html

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Ex-Google employee James Damore: 'Underground conservative network' in Silicon Valley being hunted by leftists

James Damore who was fired from Google for posting a controversial memo about bias and discrimination in the workplace, claims there is an “underground conservative network” in Silicon Valley.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/09/11/ex-google-employee-james-damore-underground-conservative-network-in-silicon-valley-being-hunted-by-leftists.html

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Google Is Replacing the Desktop Google Drive App With Two New Apps

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Google has announced the impending shutdown of the desktop Drive app, which some have interpreted as a massive loss of functionality. What’s actually happening is that Google is moving users to a pair of new desktop apps, which it began testing a few months ago.

The post Google Is Replacing the Desktop Google Drive App With Two New Apps appeared first on ExtremeTech.

The original article can be found here: https://www.extremetech.com/computing/255283-google-replacing-desktop-google-drive-app-two-new-apps?source=Computing

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Tech execs slam Trump administration's decision to end DACA

Tech executives ranging from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to Google CEO Sundar Pichai have slammed the White House’s decision to end DACA, an immigration policy founded by the Obama administration in 2012.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/09/05/tech-execs-slam-trump-administrations-decision-to-end-daca.html

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Google critic reportedly ousted from think tank funded by company

Barry Lynn, a scholar who wrote a critical assessment about Google on a think tank’s website, reportedly said the piece cost himself and his team their jobs due to pressure from the tech giant.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/08/31/google-critic-reportedly-ousted-from-think-tank-funded-by-company.html

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Google tool for hate crimes questioned by conservative media

Google is attempting to help reporters find hate crime stories with machine learning – though it remains to be seen how impartial the effort is.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/08/25/google-tool-for-hate-crimes-questioned-by-conservative-media.html

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Ad Tech's Future Beyond Facebook and Google


Advertising technology, or ad tech, is a relatively new business segment. Both Google and Facebook have been very successful with this new advertising model. Going forward, will ad tech be important and rapidly expand to a wider segment, or will it be limited to the way certain companies show value and grow? Advertising has gone through wave after wave of change over the decades. Considering its long history, ad tech is still a new area. hen Google went public, it needed to show it could be profitable, so it started selling advertising.

The original article can be found here: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/84761.html?rss=1

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Walmart, Google Enter Voice-Shopping Fray


Walmart and Google, two of Amazon’s biggest rivals, on Wednesday announced a partnership that will let customers use Google’s Home speaker and a number of voice-assisted mobile devices to shop online at Walmart. Their mutual goal is to eat away at Amazon’s dominant share in the e-commerce shopping space and the smart speaker space, in order to curb the growth of its giant ecosystem, which threatens to smother competition in both industries. The partnership is an indication of just how powerful a rival Amazon has become.

The original article can be found here: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/84760.html?rss=1

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Google may take on Surface and MacBook laptops with the Chromebook Pixel

Google may have moved over some of its Project Bison plans to a newly rumored Chromebook Pixel laptop. If true, it would mean new competition for the likes of Apple’s MacBooks and Microsoft’s Surface range.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/08/23/google-may-take-on-surface-and-macbook-laptops-with-chromebook-pixel.html

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Google doodle celebrates the historic Great American solar eclipse

Google is commemorating today’s (Aug. 21) epic total solar eclipse with a special animated doodle showing the moon blotting out the sun — with the help of two playful aliens, who bounce Earth’s nearest neighbor back and forth with their spacecraft. (Go to the Google search page to get the full effect.)

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/08/21/google-doodle-celebrates-historic-great-american-solar-eclipse.html

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