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NFE/5.0en-USnews-webmaster@google.com2018 Google Inc.Fri, 14 Dec 2018 03:06:05 GMTGoogle News
Google is adding more parental controls to Chromebooks  The Verge

A new feature for parents: Family Link now has more controls for Chromebooks, including access to Android apps, screen time limits, and usage tracking for ...

The Verge
Tesla loses head of digital to Google  Electrek

Tesla has had a lot of turnover in its digital team over the past two years, but now we learn that they've lost their head of digital product to Google.

Electrek
Google Assistant learns how to speak Australian  CNET

Your Google Home can now speak with a British or Australian accent.

CNET
Google is wading into India's huge online shopping market  CNN

Google will now allow Indians to look at shopping deals and compare prices through its platform.

CNN
Google's Cloud Unit Won't Sell a Type of Facial Recognition Tech  Bloomberg

Google said its cloud business won't sell a general type of facial recognition software until questions around the controversial technology have been answered.

Bloomberg
Fears about artificial intelligence are ‘very legitimate,’ Google CEO Sundar Pichai says  The Mercury News

By Tony Romm,Drew Harwell and Craig Timberg | The Washington Post. Google CEO Sundar Pichai, head of one of the world's leading artificial intelligence ...

The Mercury News
Google updates related searches to show image thumbnails, featured snippet-style results  Search Engine Land

Google has rolled out a couple of changes to the related searches section in mobile search results. The two changes include image thumbnails next to some of ...

Search Engine Land
How I Quit Apple, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, and Amazon  Motherboard

A reflection on my month without Apple, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, and Amazon, plus a how-to guide if you want to quit the biggest companies in tech.

Motherboard
Google Sign-in screen now fully adopts the Google Material Theme  9to5Google

The Google Material Theme was announced at I/O 2018. One element new to the visual revamp is an outline text field that is now on the Google sign-in page...

9to5Google
Google Home 2.8 adds Assistant Routines shortcut, preps ‘Photos Restricted Mode’ [APK Insight]  9to5Google

Google Home 2.8 continues work on controlling smart home devices with a new Routines shortcut to manually invoke macros, and more options for devices...

9to5Google
Google: More On When To Ignore Bad Links  Search Engine Roundtable

The other day I reported that Google said in most cases it is perfectly safe to ignore, not act, on bad links pointing to your site. That caused a bit of a ripple ...

Search Engine Roundtable
Sundar Pichai, Google's C.E.O., Testifies on Capitol Hill  The New York Times

Google's chief is getting his turn under the Washington bright lights, appearing before lawmakers to explain his company's practices, which some critics say are ...

The New York Times
Google widens scope of downtown San Jose transit village  The Mercury News

In an unexpected purchase, Google has widened its areas of interest in downtown San Jose, where the company has proposed a transit-oriented village, with ...

The Mercury News
Google’s Own Email Filters Flag Google’s Party Invite as Malicious  Motherboard

A cybersecurity reporter says his own Google-provided email app flagged an email about a Google party because it included *content* “typically used to steal ...

Motherboard
Grace Millane: New Zealand anger over Google naming murder suspect  BBC News

Google named the man accused of killing UK backpacker Grace Millane in an email, which could be illegal.

BBC News
Google, Netflix, Costco ranked among top companies for diversity by workers  USA TODAY

Ford, Facebook, Microsoft and Starbucks are among other large companies that made Comparably's annual list for their focus on diversity.

USA TODAY
Google reveals 2018's top searches  Fox News

World Cup. "Black Panther." Election Results. Meghan Markle. Those are some of the top trending searches for 2018 as determined by Google.

Fox News
Revealed: Google's 'two-tier' workforce training document  The Guardian

Exclusive: internal document shows how Google employees are trained to treat temps, vendors and contractors.

The Guardian
Google's most searched athletes of 2018: Tristan Thompson surprisingly tops global, U.S. trends list  CBS Sports

A lot of people wanted to keep up with Thompson in 2018.

CBS Sports
Google Visits the Resistance Factory  The Wall Street Journal

A rough day at the office for the Democrats' impeachment expert.

The Wall Street Journal
Google: The Year in Search 2018  Search Engine Roundtable

Google has published their annual "Year in Search" - their old Google digest, which sums up the most searched for keyword phrases over 2018. To be clear ...

Search Engine Roundtable
Russia threatens to ban Google if it doesn't ban certain websites  New York Post

Russian officials have threatened to block Google's access in Russia unless it complies with a law that asks it to ban certain websites.

New York Post
Google’s top-trending searches for 2018: This is what we searched for  WAVE 3

Google's top-trending search lists are based on search terms that had the highest spike in traffic this year as compared to the previous year.

WAVE 3
Duck.com now points to DuckDuckGo, not Google  TechCrunch

Non-tracking search engine, DuckDuckGo, is now a little easier to find online after the company acquired the premium generic domain name duck.com ...

TechCrunch
Baidu: No Google Threat  Seeking Alpha

Google CEO confirmed the company wasn't planning on entering the Chinese search market. Oddly, Baidu ended down on the day despite this bullish news.

Seeking Alpha
10 burning questions Americans asked Google in 2018  Business Insider

Google measured this year's most trending topics that started with the words "How to," reflecting all the things Americans needed help with this year.

Business Insider
Google’s AI Guru Wants Computers to Think More Like Brains  WIRED

WIRED: Canada's prime minister Justin Trudeau told the G7 conference that more work is needed on the ethical challenges raised by artificial intelligence.

WIRED
Stanley Cup-winning Capitals included in Google's emotional 'Year In Search' video  Russian Machine Never Breaks

The Washington Capitals won their first Stanley Cup championship in June. Tuesday, tech giant Google included the hockey team in their “Year In Search” video ...

Russian Machine Never Breaks
I'm a diehard iPhone user who switched to Android for a week — here's what I loved and hated about the Google Pixel 3 XL  Business Insider

Business Insider's Michelle Yan has used Apple iPhones for six years. She switched to the Google Pixel 3 XL for a week to see what Android has to offer.

Business Insider
Google will let Android users donate directly to nonprofits through the Play Store  The Verge

Google is launching a new feature for Android phones tomorrow through its Play Store app marketplace that will let anyone donate to a number of US nonprofits, ...

The Verge
Google’s top 10 ‘how to’ questions of 2018 answered – from deleting Facebook to doing the floss  The Guardian

Countless people wanted to know how to quit social media, bleed a radiator and solve a Rubik's Cube. Look no further …

The Guardian
‘What Is Bitcoin?’ Topped Google's 2018 What Asked Trending List  Bloomberg

Bitcoin's mesmerizing rise and fall in the past year has left investors and regulators asking what just happened? Many are also asking an even more ...

Bloomberg
Rhode Island sues Google after latest Google+ API leak  ZDNet

A day after Google announced a Google+ API leak that could have exposed the personal information of over 52.5 million users, a Rhode Island government ...

ZDNet
Google is a tricky case but conservatives please stay strong -- Reject the temptation to regulate the internet  Fox News

Conservatives are tempted to use the tools of big government to make sure Google and Facebook don't restrict conservative speech. But in the end, that ...

Fox News
Google Lens arrives in iOS search app  TechCrunch

Google is bringing its Lens visual search feature to the iOS Google app, giving iPhone users a new way to search the web on mobile. By tapping on the Google ...

TechCrunch
Google to Accelerate Closure of Google+ Social Network After Finding New Software Bug  The Wall Street Journal

Google said it would close the consumer version of its Google+ social network earlier than planned, after a second software glitch this year exposed the profile ...

The Wall Street Journal
Google Chrome’s casting interface testing redesign with new UI, easier source selection  9to5Google

For quite a while now, the casting experience baked into Google Chrome has looked and functioned the same. It works, but has been overdue for a...

9to5Google
Google's top trending searches in 2018: World Cup, Hurricane Florence, Mac Miller, Kate Spade  USA TODAY

World Cup and Hurricane Florence take the top spots overall, but other favorite searches might surprise you (like, "how to get the old Snapple back").

USA TODAY
Google is shutting down Allo  The Verge

Google has officially announced that it's shutting down Allo, ending the run of yet another failed Google chat app experiment. The news isn't entirely unsurprising ...

The Verge
Kubernetes has become 'boring' and that's good, Google tells devs  The Register

Kubernetes "is now very, very boring," declared Janet Kuo, software engineer at Google, at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2018 in Seattle, ...

The Register
Review: Pixel 3 makes a strong case for Google's ecosystem  Fast Company

You shouldn't deepen your ties to Google without considering the implications. But it's gotten really good at melding hardware, software, and services.

Fast Company
The top 10 Google searches of 2018  Business Insider

Google has unveiled its annual Year in Search for 2018, which includes the top-trending searches of the year.

Business Insider
Top 36 SEO Insights of the Year from Google’s John Mueller  Search Engine Journal

Google's John Mueller shared some important SEO insights this year on mobile-first, *content*, crawling, indexing, JavaScript, linking, and more!

Search Engine Journal
Google still has no answers for YouTube’s biggest problem  The Verge

At a House Judiciary Committee hearing, Sundar Pichai dodged questions about YouTube's ongoing moderation problem. It's an issue that YouTube CEO ...

The Verge
Google has acquired one of India’s most popular train-tracking apps  TechCrunch

Google is increasing its efforts in India after it snapped up the team behind popular transportation app “Where is my Train.” The app claims 10 million registered ...

TechCrunch
Google’s Most Popular Trending Beauty Searches of 2018  Allure Magazine

Google just released its trending topics for 2018, including the most searched questions and phrases related to beauty. Curious to see what made the cut?

Allure Magazine
Red Hat talked with Microsoft, Google, Amazon before IBM acquisition  Business Insider

Red Hat turned down IBM's first offer, then made a list of other possible acquirers.

Business Insider
Pixel Sounds 2.0 rolling out w/ visualizations and downloadable ringtones by Google [Gallery]  9to5Google

A Play Store listing leaked that Google was planning a revamp of the ringtone experience on Made by Google devices. Sounds 2.0 is rolling out today...

9to5Google
Google Marks Geminid Meteor Shower With Doodle  Economic Times

Today's Google Doodle celebrates one of the most exciting astronomical events that almost anyone can enjoy for themselves - the Geminid meteor shower.

Economic Times
These were the top 10 Google searches in South Africa in 2018  Business Insider South Africa

Google South Africa has just released the top searches in the country over the past year. The list is dominated by questions on music stars and royals: ...

Business Insider South Africa
World Cup, Avicii and Meghan Markle: Ireland’s top Google searches in 2018  The Irish Times

Google's Year in Search reveals Ireland's conflicted attitude to eating.

The Irish Times
This Is Why You See Amazon Ads When You Search Google For "Neiman Marcus"  BuzzFeed News

It may be a familiar result for avid online shoppers — an Amazon ad appears when you search for a totally different company. Type "Target" or "Walmart" into the ...

BuzzFeed News
Amazon Alexa & Google's Assistant are inexcusably terrible at knowing when they're called  AppleInsider

As smart speakers continue to encroach into our lives, the cheaper ones from Google and Amazon need to get better at knowing when we do and don't want ...

AppleInsider
Google’s search data shows YouTube’s influence over this season’s hottest toys  TechCrunch

If there was any doubt about YouTube's power to influence children, look no further than this year's list of the hottest holiday toys, based on Google shopping ...

TechCrunch
Google and Facebook push back on Vietnam’s sweeping cyber law  Financial Times

Hanoi joins global push to rein in power of the technology giants.

Financial Times
Google Hearing to Preview Democrats’ Strategy on Big Tech  The New York Times

WASHINGTON — Democrats and Google executives worked arm in arm for years, particularly during the Obama administration. But when Sundar Pichai, ...

The New York Times
What Filipinos searched for on Google in 2018  ABS-CBN News

Filipinos love online gaming, if this year's top trending searches on Google in the Philippines are any indication.

ABS-CBN News
Apple Watch, Google Pixel 3, Amazon Fire TV: Talking Tech's 10 favorite gadgets of 2018  USA TODAY

Amazon, Google, Apple and Facebook, yes, the social network, make the cut for top honors of 2018. What's on your list?

USA TODAY
Google and Levi’s smart jacket can now remind you to not leave your phone behind  The Verge

Google and Levi's Jacquard smart jacket has introduced a new function designed to stop you from mistakenly leaving your phone behind, as spotted by Android ...

The Verge
Revealed: What UAE searched most for on Google in 2018  wknd.

Google on Wednesday shared their annual list of most searched *content* globally. The list also showcases the most trending topics people in the UAE searched ...

wknd.
Google's massive expansion plan: Its own village with up to 8,000 homes  ZDNet

Google reveals plans for a huge development in Mountain View, California, to bring its employees closer to work.

ZDNet
Google Maps’ new personalized suggestions come to iOS  TechCrunch

A more personalized version of Google Maps is now arriving on iOS. At Google's I/O developer conference earlier this year, the company introduced a series of ...

TechCrunch
The Friendship That Made Google Huge  The New Yorker

Coding together at the same computer, Jeff Dean and Sanjay Ghemawat changed the course of the company—and the Internet, James Somers writes.

The New Yorker
Review: Google's Pixel Slate Tablet Left Us Searching for More  TIME

Google's latest tablet, the $599-and-up Pixel Slate, is its answer to a future wherein devices pull double-duty. Like Apple's iPad Pro and Microsoft's Surface Pro, ...

TIME
Google’s Night Sight is subtly awesome in the daytime, too  The Verge

Testing out Google's Night Sight mode for the Pixel camera in daytime produces surprising results. Sharpness and resolution are improved with the Pixel 3, ...

The Verge
Google TVCs: contracts send letter to CEO Sundar Pichai  Vox

Thousands of contractors who work at Google, known as TVCs, are demanding equal pay and benefits to full-time employees.

Vox
How do you optimize for Google Discover?  Search Engine Land

In fact, until very recently, Discover was actually called Google Feed. Like other feeds, Google's comes in the form of a series of cards meant to keep users up to ...

Search Engine Land
The long, tortured quest to make Google unbiased  The Verge

As Google CEO Sundar Pichai prepares to testify before Congress, the debate over search engine bias is fueled by a decade-long legal dispute.

The Verge
Google is getting into AI-curated news playlists  The Verge

Soon, you'll be able to listen to an audio news playlist curated by Google Assistant to inform you on topics you care about. Google Assistant has used AI to help ...

The Verge
Google’s China Problem Is America’s China Problem  Bloomberg

The controversy over the company's 'Dragonfly' project is about much more than search results.

Bloomberg
Google's Mountain View development plans include affordable housing  Engadget

Google is still tweaking its Mountain View expansion plans, and the public just got a clearer glimpse of what those changes could entail. The city has published...

Engadget
Software engineer found dead in Google's NYC offices  CBS News

Scott Krulcik's Linkedin page says he began working at Google in August after serving as an intern in the summer of 2017.

CBS News
Google, Allegedly: Snitches Get Stitches  Gizmodo

After a year of protests by its own staff against its work with the military, alleged plans to build a censored Chinese search engine, and handling of sexual ...

Gizmodo
Grace Millane: Google breaks name suppression in mass email  Stuff.co.nz

Google says it didn't know it was breaking name suppression when it sent an email identifying the man accused of murdering Grace Millane. The search engine ...

Stuff.co.nz
Google has huge plans for its home city — here's a look at the massive development  CNBC

Google just released its plans for a massive development in its home city of Mountain View, California.

CNBC
Google's Android file manager now supports USB drives  Engadget

Files by Google (formerly Files Go) is helpful if you want an official means of managing the files on your Android phone, but there's been an obvious limitation...

Engadget
Google releases Chrome 71 with features to block abusive ads  The Verge

Google has announced that Chrome 71 has left beta and is publicly rolling out for Windows, Mac, and Linux. The latest version of Google's browser was in the ...

The Verge
Google Chrome is set to treat Android fans with this handy new feature  Express.co.uk

GOOGLE Chrome is braced to treat Android fans with a very handy feature that will surely be adored by anyone that has myriad tabs open at once.

Express.co.uk
Google Searches Could Predict Heroin Overdoses  Scientific American

Scientific American is the essential guide to the most awe-inspiring advances in science and technology, explaining how they change our understanding of the ...

Scientific American
Protests Inside Google Are Growing—and Now Its Massive “Shadow Workforce” Has Demands, Too  Slate

More than half of Google's workers are on contract, not staff.

Slate
Rights groups and tech workers unite to swat down Google's Dragonfly  Fast Company

An engineer who resigned in protest joins Tibetan, Uyghur, and Chinese groups to launch a campaign against Google's proposed China project, just as its CEO ...

Fast Company
Senator slams Google's censored search engine work in China  CNBC

Sen. Warner said tech companies need to do more to support cybersecurity in the U.S. and to fight information warfare from U.S. rivals.

CNBC
Google welcomes Microsoft's move to Chromium, but Mozilla doesn't  The Verge

Microsoft is moving its Edge Windows browser to Google's open source Chromium rendering engine. The move will mean Edge will be far more compatible with ...

The Verge
Google may shut down Hangouts for consumers in 2020  The Verge

The days of Google Hangouts for consumers may be coming to an end in 2020. The change was part of Google's new focus for Hangouts, which will stay safe for ...

The Verge
Google's New AI Is a Master of Games, but How Does It Compare to the Human Mind?  Smithsonian.com

For humans, chess may take a lifetime to master. But Google DeepMind's new artificial intelligence program, AlphaZero, can teach itself to conquer the board in ...

Smithsonian.com
Multimillion-Dollar Oops! Google Will Pay Publishers For ‘The Night Of The Yellow Ad’  AdExchanger

From 7 pm to 7:45 pm on Tuesday, publishers saw mysterious yellow 300×250 ads blanket their sites. Paying CPMs north of $20, the yellow square ad elbowed ...

AdExchanger
Google keeps failing to understand tablets  The Verge

Google's Pixel Slate is the latest in a long line of failed tablet products from the Mountain View company. The root cause for this run of embarrassing defeats has ...

The Verge
Google’s cross-platform Flutter UI toolkit hits version 1.0  TechCrunch

Flutter, Google's UI toolkit for building mobile Android and iOS applications, hit its version 1.0 release today. In addition, Google also today announced a set of ...

TechCrunch
The World's Biggest Game Is Coming for Apple and Google's App Stores  Bloomberg

Epic Games Inc., maker of the monster hit Fortnite, announced a new online store this week that could eventually put pressure on Apple and Google to relinquish ...

Bloomberg
Disney and Google Ink Broad, Multiyear Digital Advertising Deal  Variety

The Walt Disney Co. is moving all its digital brands and properties to Google's Ad Manager platform.

Variety
Google Assistant will now be nicer if you say ‘Please’ and ‘Thank you’  TechCrunch

Is barking orders at our AI-powered voice assistants turning us into jerks? Are our kids growing accustomed to commanding the Google Homes and Siris of the ...

TechCrunch
Google is ending Play Service support for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich  The Verge

Pour one out for Android 4.0, aka Ice Cream Sandwich: Google announced today that it's dropping support for Ice Cream Sandwich for future Play *Service* API ...

The Verge
Googlers organized against Dragonfly with listserves and Google Forms  The Verge

Google employees used listserves and Google forms to push back against Dragonfly, the company's censored Chinese search engine project.

The Verge
Google call screening transcriptions start rolling out to Pixel owners  The Verge

Google has started rolling out transcriptions for Android's call screening *service* (via 9to5Google). The Call Screen feature uses Google Assistant to answer the ...

The Verge
Google village could bring 25,000 jobs to downtown San Jose: study  East Bay Times

Google's transit-oriented village could bring more than 25000 new jobs into downtown San Jose -- an eye-popping 65 percent increase in the number of jobs in ...

East Bay Times
Project Fi is now Google Fi, and it will work with iPhones and most Android devices  The Verge

Google is getting serious about providing cellphone *service* with a new name and new support for a wider range of phones.

The Verge
macOS Mojave’s dark mode is coming to Google Chrome  Ars Technica

Apple added dark mode to macOS with its Mojave software update in September. Since then, third-party apps have been adding dark themes to go along with it, ...

Ars Technica
A Google director who runs a team of 150 people says she doesn't hire people who act like 'rock stars' but can't back it up — here are 3 qualities she looks for instead  Business Insider

Lilian Rincon, director of product management for Google Assistant, looks to hire people who are humble, care about the people with whom they work, and focus ...

Business Insider
Google employees: We no longer believe the company places values over profits  CNBC

In an open letter, Google employees are calling on the company to cancel its efforts to create a censored version of its search app for the Chinese market.

CNBC
 

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