Google Opens its Digital Assistant to Developers in Race Against Amazon’s Alexa

Two months after rolling out its digital assistant, Google is opening its doors to outside developers to help the company chase rivals, particularly Amazon.comInc., in a critical technology race. On Thursday, the Alphabet Inc. unit launched a system for developers to build chatbots that work with Google Assistant, its voice-based virtual helper. The tools, called Conversation Actions, will let companies and other third parties interact […]

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Slack expands Google partnership with new Google Drive integrations

Slack’s push to become the de facto communications portal in the enterprise workflow got a boost on Wednesday with the announcement of an expanded partnership with Google Cloud. The workplace collaboration platform said the latest tie-up is a continuation of a long established alliance — Google Docs and Drive were among the earliest Slack integrations and remain among the most […]

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More than one million Google accounts hit by malware

More than one million Google accounts have been breached by malware that infiltrated older Android devices, cyber security firm Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. announced Wednesday. The researchers traced the malware back to dozens of what they called “legitimate-looking” apps — with names “Wi Fi Enhancer,” “GPS,” “Beautiful Alarm, “Battery Monitor,” and even “Google”— on third-party Android app stores. In general, […]

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Google Has Quietly Dropped Ban on Personally Identifiable Web Tracking

When Google bought the advertising network DoubleClick in 2007, Google founder Sergey Brin said that privacy would be the company’s “number one priority when we contemplate new kinds of advertising products.” And, for nearly a decade, Google did in fact keep DoubleClick’s massive database of web-browsing records separate by default from the names and other personally identifiable information Google has […]

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Google and Facebook put their differences aside to build better computer servers

Back in March, Google finally joined up with the Open Compute Project — the Facebook-led effort to build better computer hardware that’s shaking up a $140 million industry. Today, we see the first fruits of that partnership, as Google announces a new proposed standard, called Open Rack 2.0, built collaboratively with Facebook. With Open Rack 2.0, Google has contributed to […]

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