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UK Newspaper The Telegraph Goes All-in On Google’s Cloud

UK newspaper The Telegraph goes all-in on Google’s cloudMike Wheatley / SiliconANGLE - 7 months ago
  • Google LLC is highlighting some of the capabilities of its public cloud infrastructure after landing a major new customer: Telegraph Media Group Ltd., which publishes The Telegraph, one of the U.K.’s most popular newspapers.
  • The Telegraph said today it’s migrating its entire information technology infrastructure to Google Cloud Platform after using its G Suite productivity platform since 2008.
  • “We have always worked closely with Google as they help us to provide our readers with great experiences on our digital products, collaboration software and internet scale through search,” said The Telegraph Chief Information Officer Chris Taylor.
  • The newspaper said it believes that by running its operations on Google Cloud, it can deliver content faster, provide more compelling experiences for its readers and reduce its environmental footprint.

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Chinese E-commerce Challenger Pinduoduo Is Raising Over $1 Billion More

Chinese e-commerce challenger Pinduoduo is raising over $1 billion moreJon Russell / TechCrunch - 7 months ago
  • The price of competing with e-commerce giants Alibaba and JD.com is immense.
  • The company announced plans to sell 37 million shares in a move that will raise over $1 billion, going potentially as high as $1.25 billion if underwriters exercise their full share purchase option.
  • PDD went public in July when it raised $1.6 billion through a Nasdaq listing.
  • Founded in September 2015 by ex-Googler Colin Huang, it adds a social twist to e-commerce by offering discounts for shoppers who gang up with friends or family to make group orders.

Google Launches Squoosh, An Open Source Online Image Conversion App

Mark Wycislik-Wilson / BetaNews - 9 months ago
  • Google Chrome Labs has released a new online image conversion app by the name of Squoosh.
  • Showcased at the Chrome Dev Summit, Squoosh is not limited to working only in Chrome -- other browsers are also supported.
  • On the face of things, Squoosh is a pretty simple tool, but it works very well, and there are some powerful technologies working away in the background -- and there's no denying that it is fast.
  • You can reduce the physical dimensions of an image, reduce the color palette, and use a range of compression techniques.

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Google Goes Down After Major BGP Mishap Routes Traffic Through China

Google goes down after major BGP mishap routes traffic through ChinaDan Goodin / Ars Technica - 9 months ago
  • Google lost control of several million of its IP addresses for more than an hour on Monday in an event that intermittently made its search and other services unavailable to many users and also caused problems for Spotify and other Google cloud customers.
  • The leak started at 21:13 UTC when MainOne Cable Company, a small ISP in Lagos, Nigeria, suddenly updated tables in the Internet’s global routing system to improperly declare that its autonomous system 37282 was the proper path to reach 212 IP prefixes belonging to Google.
  • The redirections, BGPmon said on Twitter came in five distinct waves over a 74-minute period.

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Google Announces .dev Top-level Domain

Google announces .dev top-level domainKyle Bradshaw / 9to5Google - 9 months ago
  • Today was Day 1 of the 2018 Chrome Dev Summit, and among the other announcements shared, this one seemed to slip under the radar.
  • Back in 2015, Google caused some minor outrage in the developer community over their new rights to the .dev top-level domain, as many companies used .dev domains for internal testing websites.
  • Fast forward to today, Google is now opening .dev, which was previously a private, Google-only top-level domain, to the public starting early next year.
  • From February 19th through the 28th, an Early Access phase will take place, allowing registration at a higher cost.

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Clearbanc Raises $70M To Loan Startups Ad Money For A Rev Share

Clearbanc raises $70M to loan startups ad money for a rev shareJosh Constine / TechCrunch - 9 months ago
  • Selling equity to buy Facebook and Google ads is a bad deal for startups.
  • “As a business successfully scales, we continue to provide them ongoing capital” co-founder and CEO Andrew D’Souza tells me.
  • After largely flying under the radar since being found in 2015, now Clearbanc has some big funding news of its own.
  • Clearbanc emerged from an angel investing alliance between two serial entrepreneurs.

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China Can Apparently Now Identify Citizens Based On The Way They Walk

China can apparently now identify citizens based on the way they walkJon Russell / TechCrunch - 10 months ago
  • China is home to the world’s largest network of CCTV cameras — over 170 million — and its police have adopted Google Glass-like ‘smart specs’ to seek out suspects in crowds, but now its surveillance efforts have hit a new level with technology that can apparently identify individuals based on their body shape and the way they walk.
  • The ‘gait recognition’ technology is already being used by police in Beijing and Shanghai where it can identify individuals even when their face is obscured or their back is turned, according to an AP report.
  • The technology is developed by Chinese AI startup Watrix, which recently picked up a $14.5 million funding round to further develop its systems.
  • The positive impact is in finding criminals but there’s a less savory edge. Besides law enforcement, media reports have shown that China has deployed surveillance technology for more sinister purposes that include controlling its people.

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Korean AI Startup Skelter Labs Raises $10M To Expand To Southeast Asia

Korean AI startup Skelter Labs raises $10M to expand to Southeast AsiaJon Russell / TechCrunch - 10 months ago
  • Korean AI startup Skelter Labs is expanding to Southeast Asia after it pulled in $10 million in new funding led by Singapore-based VC firm Golden Gate Ventures.
  • Skelter Labs was founded in 2015 by founded by Ted Cho, the former engineering site director at Google Korea.
  • The startup raised a $9 million seed round earlier this year, and those investors have returned to join Golden Gate this time around.
  • More specifically, Seoul-based Skelter Labs works on AI in the context of vision and speech, conversation, and context recognition, while it goes after customers in areas that include manufacturing, customer operations, device interaction, and consumer marketing.

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Only Google And Facebook Rival Foursquare On Data Precision

Only Google and Facebook rival Foursquare on data precision CNBC - 10 months ago
  • Few companies have the capacity to take on Foursquare, a location discovery platform that leverages its massive database to provide users with personalized recommendations, Foursquare CEO Jeff Glueck said Friday.
  • "Other than Google and Facebook, we are the Switzerland," Glueck said in an exclusive "Mad Money" interview with CNBC's Jim Cramer.
  • "We are the sort of platform that everyone who's not Google or Facebook want to use because we understand the whole world's places and we understand different floors of buildings, where you go in malls," he continued.
  • Since Foursquare broke into the big data space, the company has used its deep data to help other companies enhance their location-based technology.

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Google Walkout Draws 20,000 Googlers, Sundar Pichai Plans To Review Demands

Google Walkout draws 20,000 Googlers, Sundar Pichai plans to review demandsAbner Li / 9to5Google - 10 months ago
  • Yesterday, Googlers around the world staged a walkout to protest several issues that were catalyzed by an expose into the company’s handling of sexual misconduct.
  • The movement was organized entirely in the span of a week following a New York Times report into Google shielding senior executives at the center of sexual misconduct scandals.
  • Protest organizers say they were disgusted by the details of the recent article from The New York Times which provided the latest example of a culture of complicity, dismissiveness, and support for perpetrators in the face of sexual harassment, misconduct, and abuse of power.
  • The day before the event a report pegged the protestors at 1,500 Googlers.

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Google Launches AdaNet For Combining Algorithms With AutoML

Google launches AdaNet for combining algorithms with AutoMLKhari Johnson / VentureBeat - 10 months ago
  • Google today introduced AdaNet, an open source tool for combining machine learning algorithms to achieve better predictive insights.
  • “AdaNet builds on our recent reinforcement learning and evolutionary-based AutoML efforts to be fast and flexible while providing learning guarantees,” Google AI software engineer Charles Weill said in a blog post.
  • AdaNet uses an approach called ensemble learning to combine and improve algorithms, a method that previously required domain expertise or too much time for training, Weill said.
  • To make it easier to implement AdaNet, the framework plugs into the TensorFlow Estimator to bring essential information into a single place, as well as TensorBoard, which delivers visual feedback when an AI model is being trained.

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Google Kicks Off $25M Competition To Boost ‘AI For Social Good’

Google kicks off $25M competition to boost ‘AI for Social Good’Alan Boyle / GeekWire - 10 months ago
  • California high-school students Sanjana Shah and Aditya Shah built a device that uses AI to identify areas in a forest that are susceptible to wildfires.
  • Google today unveiled a $25 million initiative called the Google AI Impact Challenge, aimed at soliciting and supporting projects that make use of artificial intelligence to solve some of the world’s greatest social, humanitarian and environmental problems.
  • The global challenge is open to nonprofit organizations and public charities — and to for-profit businesses as well, as long as their projects have a charitable purpose.
  • Google’s call to humanitarian action is part of its broader “AI for Social Good” campaign, and comes just weeks after Google Cloud decided not to bid on the Pentagon’s $10 billion JEDI cloud computing project due to ethical concerns.

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InboxIt Is A New App That Replaces The Departed ‘Save To Inbox’ Feature

InboxIt is a new app that replaces the departed ‘Save to Inbox’ featureScott Scrivens / Android Police - 10 months ago
  • Inbox by Gmail is going the way of the dodo, and there's nothing we can do about it.
  • As well as sending yourself links, you can also use the app to add reminders to your inbox, which is another feature we'll be missing when Inbox goes away completely.

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Google Home Can Now Add Sound Effects To Story Time With Certain Disney Children’s Books

Google Home can now add sound effects to story time with certain Disney children’s booksRose Behar / Android Police - 10 months ago
  • Some of Google Home's best features are the ones that are just for fun, like playing the "I'm feeling lucky" game show, listening to different animal sounds, and asking for interesting facts.
  • Google's library of Disney books includes some classics, as well as newer movie-related titles.
  • Google notes that if you have to skip ahead in the book, it will recognize and jump ahead (great for jumping over the too-scary section), and, if you pause, it will just play ambient music.

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IBM To Acquire Open-source Software Firm Red Hat For $34B

IBM to acquire open-source software firm Red Hat for $34BSteven Musil / CNET - 10 months ago
  • IBM has agreed to acquire open-source software company Red Hat for $34 billion, the company announced Sunday.IBM hopes the acquisition will help it expand its position in the enterprise cloud computing market to better compete with the likes of Amazon, Google and Microsoft.
  • The Raleigh, N.C.-based software company will operate as a distinct unit within IBM's Hybrid Cloud team.
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Google Adds More Machine Learning Features To Firebase

Google adds more machine learning features to FirebaseMike Wheatley / SiliconANGLE - 10 months ago
  • Google LLC is adding new capabilities to its Firebase mobile and web application development framework in order to make it more appealing to users from large enterprises.
  • Google has been steadily rolling out updates to Firebase ever since it bought the service back in 2014, with the aim being to create a full-fledged platform for building apps that can run on its Google Cloud Platform.
  • The latest announcements, introduced at Google’s Firebase Summit in Prague early Monday, should inspire a bit more creativity among developers thanks to the beta release of a new machine learning kit, called Face Contours.
  • Staying with machine learning, Google also said the Firebase Predictions service is now generally available.

Google Brags About Gmail’s 1.5 Billion Users

Mark Wycislik-Wilson / BetaNews - 10 months ago
  • Apparently around a fifth of the world's population has a Gmail account -- 1.5 billion in total.
  • The new figure means that Gmail user base (or at least the number of addresses) has jumped by 50 percent in three years -- the last time Google updated us about usage numbers.
  • Taking to Twitter, Google shared the news with a tweet that was deserving of a #humblebrag hash tag

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Google Sacks Dozens Over Sexual Harassment

Google sacks dozens over sexual harassmentBBC Technology / BBC - 10 months ago
  • Google has sacked 48 people including 13 senior managers over sexual harassment claims since 2016.In a letter to employees, chief executive Sundar Pichai said the tech giant was taking a "hard line" on inappropriate conduct.
  • The letter was in response to a New York Times report that Android creator Andy Rubin received a $90m exit package despite facing misconduct allegations.A spokesman for Mr Rubin denied the allegations, the newspaper said.
  • Sam Singer said Mr Rubin decided to leave Google in 2014 to launch a venture capital firm and technology incubator called Playground.He was given what the paper described as a "hero's farewell" when he departed.Google sued over 'male discrimination'
  • Mr Pichai's letter said the New York Times story was "difficult to read" and that Google was "dead serious" about providing a "safe and inclusive workplace"."We want to assure you that we review every single complaint about sexual harassment or inappropriate conduct, we investigate and we take action," he continued.None of the employees dismissed in the past two years had received an exit package, Mr Pichai added.
  • According to the New York Times report, two unnamed Google executives said then-chief executive Larry Page asked Mr Rubin to resign after the company confirmed a complaint by a female employee about a sexual encounter in a hotel room in 2013.A Google investigation found the woman's complaint to be credible, the paper reported, but the company has not confirmed this.

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Alphabet Revenue Grows 21% To $33.7 Billion For Q3 2018, But Shares Slips

Alphabet revenue grows 21% to $33.7 billion for Q3 2018, but shares slipsReuters / VentureBeat - 10 months ago
  • Google parent Alphabet on Thursday reported slower third-quarter revenue growth than analysts had expected, with ad sales barely topping estimates and other revenue missing forecasts, sending shares down more than 4 percent after hours.
  • Rising expenses also brought down the company’s operating margin to 25 percent from 28 percent a year ago.
  • The tech company’s third-quarter results fanned investor concern that big investments in new businesses, increasing regulatory scrutiny and emerging competition are delivering slow an unpredictable returns.
  • “Google’s earnings momentum remains strong,” said Haris Anwar, senior analyst at Investing.com.

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Over A Decade, Google Handsomely Paid 3 Men Accused Of Misconduct, Per Report

Over a decade, Google handsomely paid 3 men accused of misconduct, per reportCyrus Farivar / Ars Technica - 10 months ago
  • The famed creator of Android was ushered from Google in October 2014 when the company found allegations against him of having committed sexual misconduct against a co-worker to be credible, according to The New York Times.
  • In an account that left us thunderstruck, The New York Times reported Thursday that Andy Rubin is just one of three top executives who have received massive payouts over the past decade despite being accused of similar behavior.
  • "Each time Google stayed silent about the accusations against the men," the newspaper concluded, noting that the company had the option of dismissing them with far less recompense or even nothing at all.