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Google adds a slew of new Assistant features for app developers
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 In order for Google Assistant to be a real contender against the likes of Alexa, it needs third party app support. In order to get more developers on-board, the company needs to add a lot more features to incentivize development, even as Amazon’s home AI continues to dominate marketshare. This morning Google took a key […]

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Facebook teen-in-residence defects to Google and launches “Lies”
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 At age 17, Michael Sayman was Facebook’s youngest employee ever. Having already launched 5 apps, he wowed Mark Zuckerberg, earned a demo spot on stage at Facebook F8 conference, and scored a full-time engineering gig as the social network’s go-to teen. Over the past three years, he helped Facebook try to crack the middle school […]

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Google Fiber now sells $55-per-month gigabit Internet (in one city)
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Enlarge / A Google Fiber installation box in Kansas City, Kansas. (credit: Julie Denesha/Bloomberg via Getty Images) Google Fiber’s gigabit Internet service has consistently been priced at $70 a month since it launched in 2012, but it’s now available for just $55 in the ISP’s latest city. Google Fiber in San Antonio, Texas, comes in […]

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Google sets the stage for Home Max with its updated app     – CNET
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Google’s new look app will help you find something to watch across all of your services, and refined sound controls set the stage for its new high-end Google Home Max speaker

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Facebook, Google: We're committed to fighting Russian meddling     – CNET
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Facebook, Google and Twitter tell lawmakers what they’re doing to ensure foreign entities don’t use their sites to influence future US elections.

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Google Has a New Plan for China (and It's Not About Search)
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An anonymous reader shares a report: More than seven years after exiting China, Google is taking the boldest steps yet to come back. And it’s not with a search engine. Instead, Google’s ingress is centered around artificial intelligence. The internet giant is actively promoting TensorFlow, software that makes it easier to build AI systems, as […]

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Google auto-detects your whereabouts to get local search results
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The country codes in Google's top-level domain names don't mean anything anymore. The tech titan has moved away from relying on country-specific domains to serve up localized results on mobile web, the Google app for iOS, as well as Search and Maps f…

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Google plans software update to fix another Pixel 2 audio issue
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Google just announced software updates are incoming to deal with issues Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL owners are reporting with their screens and speakers, and now there's another one on the list. Its audio recordings seem to have an issue that makes them s…

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Google extends Pixel 2 warranty to ease burn-in fears     – CNET
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The tech giant is trying to alleviate concerns that its new smartphone’s screen has a problem with image remnants.

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