YouTube shuts down 210 channels posting about Hong Kong

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Google announced Thursday that it had disabled 210 YouTube channels that were uploading videos “in a coordinated manner” about the ongoing protests in Hong Kong.The announcement came three days after Twitter and Facebook announced they had shut down a network of hundreds of accounts that were posting content aimed at undermining pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. Some of the accounts… Read more »

Today’s Google Doodle uses AI to let you write music in the style of Bach

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Ever wanted to write music like Johann Sebastian Bach? In honour of the composer’s 334th birthday, today’s Google Doodle uses artificial intelligence to turn a simple melody into a four-part chorale arrangement. The machine-learning model that powers the Doodle, Coconet, was developed by Anna Huang. She’s an AI resident at Google and worked on the project while… Read more »

France to go it alone on digital tax

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France has said it will introduce its own tax on big technology firms from 1 January after EU-wide efforts stalled. French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said he expected it to bring in €500m (£450m) in 2019. France, along with Germany, had been pushing for the European Commission to agree measures by the end of… Read more »

Alphabet Aims to Win Over Toronto With Affordable Housing

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Alphabet Inc.’s digital city on Toronto’s waterfront will be made out of wood, heated by geothermal wells and offer a swathe of affordable housing as it seeks to win over a skeptical public concerned about privacy issues at the development. Sidewalk Labs LLC, the urban innovation unit of Google parent Alphabet says about 40 percent of the 2,500… Read more »

Why tech is taking a hammering

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Technology stocks have had a very bad week. For the FAANGs (Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google) which have led the charge in growth over the past decade, it was grim. At their lowest point, all five were down more than 20 per cent from their peaks. This translates to hundreds of billions of dollars… Read more »

Google Ad Chief Ramaswamy Exits; Search, AI Veteran Replaces Him

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Google is replacing its top advertising executive, Sridhar Ramaswamy, the first major management shakeup at the company’s most important business in half a decade. Prabhakar Raghavan, head of Google’s business-applications unit, will step into the role on Friday, the company said. A veteran of search technology and artificial intelligence research, Raghavan will now oversee product… Read more »

Google tracks users who turn off location history

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Google records users’ locations even when they have asked it not to, a report from the Associated Press has suggested. The issue could affect up to two billion Android and Apple devices which use Google for maps or search. The study, verified by researchers at Princeton University, has angered US law-makers. Google said in response… Read more »

Google Assistant to make phone calls for owners

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    Google has unveiled artificial intelligence software that books appointments over the phone on behalf of users by conducting voice-based conversations on their behalf. Chief executive Sundar Pichai said that Google Duplex would launch as an “experiment” over the coming weeks. The facility was unveiled at the firm’s annual IO developers conference. Experts have… Read more »