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Google to showcase AI advances at its big conference

Google to showcase AI advances at its big conference

Google is likely to again put artificial intelligence in the spotlight at its annual developer’s conference Thursday. The company's digital concierge, known only as the Google Assistant, could gain new abilities to handle tasks such as making restaurant reservations without human...

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Google overhauls Gmail to lure businesses away from Microsoft

Google overhauls Gmail to lure businesses away from Microsoft

Alphabet Inc.’s Google unveiled on Wednesday its first Gmail redesign since 2013, capping what the company says was an expensive overhaul two years in the making to adopt security and offline functionality and better resemble Microsoft Outlook. It is Google's most extensive update to...

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Google launching artificial intelligence research center in China

Google launching artificial intelligence research center in China

Alphabet Inc’s Google said on Wednesday it is opening an artificial intelligence (AI) research center in China to target the country’s local talent, even as the U.S. search firm’s products remain blocked in the country. Google said in a statement the research center is the first...

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Google to acquire HTC's Pixel smartphone division in $1.1 billion deal

Google to acquire HTC's Pixel smartphone division in $1.1 billion deal

Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google said it would pay $1.1 billion in cash to acquire the division at Taiwan’s HTC Corp (2498.TW) that develops the U.S. firm’s Pixel smartphones, its latest push into hardware manufacturing. Google has sought to beef up its hardware capability with...

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Google says it has no evidence of Russian ads about U.S. election

Google says it has no evidence of Russian ads about U.S. election

Search engine Google said on Thursday it had seen no evidence on its advertising platforms of the kind of suspected Russian propaganda campaign that Facebook Inc (FB.O) says appeared on its network before and after last year’s U.S. presidential election. “We’re always monitoring...

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Twitter no longer at 'death's door' as earnings report approaches

Twitter no longer at 'death's door' as earnings report approaches

Twitter Inc. heads toward its quarterly earnings report on Thursday with a stock that has risen more than 40 percent since April when much of Wall Street was ready to write off the tech company. The company's share price popped after its most recent earnings report in April, when Twitter...

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EU increases pressure on Facebook, Google and Twitter over user terms

EU increases pressure on Facebook, Google and Twitter over user terms

European Union authorities have increased pressure on Facebook, Twitter and Google to amend their user terms to bring them in line with EU law after proposals submitted by the tech giants were considered insufficient. The European Commission and consumer protection authorities in the bloc...

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Google redesigns mobile search app with personalized 'feed'

Google redesigns mobile search app with personalized 'feed'

Google on Wednesday announced an overhaul of its search app on mobile phones to include a personalized feed of links about hobbies, travel, sports and other topics, a move that puts the search company into more direct competition with social networks such as Facebook. Google, the world's...

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News outlets seek to negotiate with Google, Facebook on ads

News outlets seek to negotiate with Google, Facebook on ads

News outlets are seeking permission from Congress for the right to negotiate jointly with Google and Facebook, two companies that dominate online advertising and online news traffic. The News Media Alliance, which represents nearly 2,000 news organizations, says that because of those two...

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Facebook now deleting 66,000 posts a week in anti-hate campaign

Facebook now deleting 66,000 posts a week in anti-hate campaign

Facebook is deleting about 66,000 posts a week as the social media giant cracks down on what it considers to be hate speech. The company says in a blog post Tuesday that deleting posts can "feel like censorship," but that it is working on explaining its process better. Facebook says it...

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EU fines Google record $2.7 billion in first antitrust case

EU fines Google record $2.7 billion in first antitrust case

EU antitrust regulators hit Alphabet (GOOGL.O) unit Google with a record 2.42-billion-euro ($2.7 billion) fine on Tuesday, taking a tough line in the first of three investigations into the company's dominance in searches and smartphones. It is the biggest fine the EU has ever imposed on a...

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Google 'faces record EU anti-trust fine'

Google 'faces record EU anti-trust fine'

The EU's powerful anti-trust regulator will decide a historic case against Google in the coming weeks that could see the Internet giant hit with a record fine, sources said on Friday. "We are heading towards a decision this summer," one source close to the matter told AFP on condition of...

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Microsoft adds tools to flag bad content in Amazon, Google face-off

Microsoft adds tools to flag bad content in Amazon, Google face-off

Microsoft Corp on Wednesday turned up the heat on other technology giants by launching new image and video recognition products which could help it court businesses worried about running ads next to offensive content. The Redmond, Washington-based company said its new Video Indexer can...

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Turkey blocks access to Wikipedia website

Turkey blocks access to Wikipedia website

Turkish authorities on Saturday blocked access to online encyclopedia Wikipedia, an internet monitoring group said, the latest in what government critics say is a crackdown on free speech on the internet. A block on all language editions of the Wikipedia website was detected at 8:00 a.m....

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Tech firms race to spot video violence

Tech firms race to spot video violence

Companies from Singapore to Finland are racing to improve artificial intelligence so software can automatically spot and block videos of grisly murders and mayhem before they go viral on social media. None, so far, claim to have cracked the problem completely. A Thai man who broadcast...

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Google targets 'fake news,' offensive search suggestions

Google targets 'fake news,' offensive search suggestions

Google has sprinkled some new ingredients into its search engine in an effort to prevent bogus information and offensive suggestions from souring its results. The changes have been in the works for four months, but Google hadn't publicly discussed most of them until now. The announcement in...

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Apple sparks row with pledge to drop Imagination Tech graphics

Apple sparks row with pledge to drop Imagination Tech graphics

 Apple has given Imagination Tech notice that it will stop using its graphics technology in the iPhone and other products in up to two years' time, dealing a major blow to the British company. Imagination said Apple, its biggest customer, had not presented any evidence to substantiate...

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Samsung faces 'biggest test' with Galaxy S8 launch

Samsung faces 'biggest test' with Galaxy S8 launch

The world's biggest smartphone maker Samsung will unveil its latest flagship, the Galaxy S8, Wednesday in New York as it seeks to move on from last year's humiliating recall crisis. Samsung Electronics was forced to discontinue the Galaxy Note 7, originally intended to compete with Apple's...

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