Google questioned by UK election watchdog over Russian meddling in Brexit

The U.K.’s election watchdog has asked Google for information related to Russia’s alleged meddling in Brexit and the broader problem of fake news.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/11/28/google-questioned-by-uk-election-watchdog-over-russian-meddling-in-brexit.html

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Google collects data on Android users' locations when location services are turned off, report says

A new report shows that Google has been accessing data about Android users’ locations, even when the user believes that the data is being kept private.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/11/21/google-collects-data-on-android-users-locations-when-location-services-are-turned-off-report-says.html

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Google Gives Job Searchers Salary, Location Details


Google on Wednesday announced the addition of new functionality for its recently launched job search portal, including features that display salary range and street-level location information. Salary information — among the things users have requested most, according to Google — will improve the likelihood of matching qualified applicants with the jobs they desire. The new tools will give job-posting sites that include estimated salary information increased brand awareness and increased referral traffic.

The original article can be found here: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/84959.html?rss=1

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Google will revamp algorithm after surfacing fake news tweets on Texas church shooter

Google says it will improve its algorithm after surfacing fake news tweets on Texas gunman Devin Patrick Kelley, who killed 26 people in a horrific church attack Sunday.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/11/09/google-will-revamp-algorithm-after-surfacing-fake-news-tweets-on-texas-church-shooter.html

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Silicon Valley's 'car people' push homeless crisis to the brink

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — In the same affluent, suburban city where Google built its headquarters, Tes Saldana lives in a crowded but tidy camper that she parks on the street.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/11/08/silicon-valleys-car-people-push-homeless-crisis-to-brink.html

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Google Aims to Turbocharge Online Checkout


Google on Monday rolled out an online payment service that’s designed to accelerate the online checkout process. While the new offering isn’t quite Amazon One-Click, it will eliminate many of the annoying steps that can slow down the online purchase process and often result in abandoned shopping carts. Pay with Google uses address and credit or debit card information users provide to Google to speed them through checkout. Instead of a merchant collecting that information from the customer, it’s sent behind the scenes by Google.

The original article can be found here: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/84905.html?rss=1

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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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