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Google may add public comments for searches
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Google+ is shutting down in the wake of a data privacy flaw, but that doesn't mean Google is now uninterested in social features. The 9to5Google crew has discovered what appears to be in-testing support for comments on search results. The feature w…

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Black Friday 2018 smart home deals: Google Home Hub, Facebook Portal, Apple HomePod, Alexa gadgets and more     – CNET
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We’re tracking the best smart home bargains from Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Target and more. Here’s our running list — including the deals you can buy right now. Expect regular updates.

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Google Shows Off New Android Dev Tools
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Google has announced support for a range of new Android tools for application developers, chief among them the creation of a new support category for foldable devices. After years of speculation, it finally looks as though foldable screen smartphones are headed to market. Google’s dev announcement followed closely on the heels of Samsung’s announcement of […]

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Nigerian Firm Takes Blame For Routing Google Traffic Through China
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Earlier today, it was reported that Google suffered a brief outage on Monday that pushed some of its traffic through networks in Russia, China, and Nigeria. Soon after Google said it would conduct an investigation, Nigeria’s Main One Cable Company fessed up to the incident. According to Reuters, the company says it “accidentally caused the […]

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Google adds GIF and emoji recommendations to Gboard
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Users of Gboard are about to see their keyboard get a lot smarter. Google announced that its first-party keyobard will use artificial intelligence to recommend GIFs, emoji and stickers based on the context of the conversation you're having. The new s…

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Black Friday 2018 smart home deals: Bargains on Echo Dot, Google Home Hub, Facebook Portal, Apple HomePod and more     – CNET
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‘Tis the season for discounted smart home gadgets, and we’re keeping a running list of the best deals from Amazon, Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Lowe’s and more. Check back for regular updates.

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Instacart nabs Google execs as VPs of engineering and corp dev, acqui-hires MightySignal
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After raising $600 million at a $7.6 billion valuation a few weeks ago, Instacart is doubling down on expanding its talent pool to square up against Amazon and others with ambitions in online grocery ordering and delivery. The company has appointed Varouj Chitilian as it first VP of engineering and Dave Sobota as its first VP […]

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Google Chrome's new crackdown on bad ads begins in December     – CNET
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No more ads that don’t close when you tap or click the close box.

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iRobot, Google Team Up To Understand Your Smart Home
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iRobot and Google are looking for ways to integrate the Roomba-maker’s home maps with Google Assistant to extend instructions to other gadgets. “The collaboration centers on iRobot’s Roomba i7+ vacuum models’ ability to map home floor plans and remember room names,” notes TechCrunch. From the report: As it is, Google Home users or anyone with […]

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