House, Senate intel committees receive briefing from Google

Google has briefed the House and Senate intelligence committees ahead of two Nov. 1 hearings that will examine Russian efforts to influence U.S. elections through social media. Officials from Google talked to investigators behind closed doors in recent weeks as part of the committees’ probes into Russian meddling in last year’s election, according to people familiar with the briefings. The […]

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Google buys short-form audio startup to bolster its podcast efforts

60Db, the short-form podcast app, looks like it’s shutting down. The app’s developer Tiny Garage Labs has joined Google, according to a post on Medium. Haven’t heard of it? Well, then you probably won’t miss it much come November 10th. In the past year though, the team worked with some 80 editorial partners to produce “hundreds of audio stories.” What […]

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Google unveils new phones, speakers to counter Amazon, Apple

Google on Wednesday unveiled new phones, smart speakers and other devices infused with artificial intelligence in its bid to claim the high ground against rivals Amazon and Apple. ___ NEW PHONES The second generation of Google’s Pixel phones unveiled Wednesday feature larger, brighter screens that take up more of the phone’s front, changes that Apple is also making with its iPhone […]

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Google taps Xiaomi for its most powerful Android One phone

You’d be forgiven for thinking Android One was dead and gone. Google’s initiative to bring stock Android to emerging nations through cheap, local handsets roared to life in 2014. By 2015, however, it was already being rebooted, with the tech giant promising to further lower prices. That same year it came to Africa, and is currently available in Japan, Turkey, and the […]

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Google is said to work on news product competing with Snapchat

Alphabet Inc.’s Google is working with publishers on a news product called Stamp that would serve up articles in a mobile magazine-like design, similar to Snapchat’s Discover service, according to a person familiar with the matter. Stamp evolved from media relationships Google already has for another one of its products, called AMP, which is meant to help load articles faster. […]

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