Google Brings Lens To Google Images

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Google announced Thursday (October 25) that it is making Google Images more useful by bringing Lens, its image-recognition mobile app, to Google Images. Lens is a natural fit for Google Images,” wrote Broitman.

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Google Backs Away From Chatbots

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Mostly when people refer to “chatting” with an AI, they mean they are talking to Alexa, the Google Assistant, Siri or maybe even Bixby. Since then, the Google Assistant has literally found its voice, moving on to Google Home and other connected devices.

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Google Cloud Collabs On Enterprise Analytics With ThoughtSpot

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Google Cloud has announced a partnership with artificial intelligence and data analytics firm ThoughtSpot to develop cloud analytics solutions for the enterprise. The company also revealed additional integrations into the Google Cloud Machine Learning Engine.

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Advertisers Abandon Google For Amazon

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Amazon is getting a leg up over Google when it comes to advertising, with CNBC reporting that some advertisers are moving more than half of their budget earmarked for Google to the eCommerce giant. That, according to CNBC, represents 86 percent of all of Google’s revenue.

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Google Launches Overhauled Discover Feed For Mobile

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Google is rolling out an overhauled Discover feed on google.com for Android and iOS devices. The overhauled Discover comes at the same time that Google is expanding its image search tools. Lens is a natural fit for Google Images,” wrote Broitman.

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EU ‘Link Tax’ May Shutter Google News Abroad

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A “link tax” might mean the end of Google News in the EU. He told the Guardian that the future of Google News in the region could depend on whether the EU was willing to make changes to the legislation. “We There’s no advertising in Google News. In July, Google was hit with a $5.1

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AGs Probe Google Data Breach

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The New York Attorney General and the Connecticut Attorney General are investigating the Google data breach that may have exposed the private data of at least 500,000 users. In the meantime, Google has attempted to explain why it didn’t disclose the breach to the public.

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Google Debuts Devices To Blunt Amazon Alexa Threat

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As is often the case with big hardware events by Big Tech, the Made by Google Event was both surprising and not. Google Home Hub is that answer, a product described as combining all the voice function of the Google Home smart speaker with all the convenience of a tablet screen interface.

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Google Assistant Can Now Book Users An Uber, Lyft Ride

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Google Assistant can now help users book a car from Uber , Lyft , Ola , Grab , GO-JEK and other ridesharing services. Once you decide which company to go with, Google Assistant will then transfer you to that rideshare’s mobile app to complete the booking.

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Google Shopping Partners With Nike, Best Buy, Sephora

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Google has announced new Shopping Actions partnerships with Nike , Best Buy and Sephora that allow shoppers to search and shop for tens of thousands of products, just in time for the holidays. In fact, a recent study shows that Google is the first place U.S.

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PayPal Expands Google Pay Relationship

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PayPal said Thursday (May 24) that it has expanded its partnership with Google Pay, with a focus on the United States, where users can pay for Google services directly using PayPal. who add PayPal to any one of Google’s services will be able to pay across the Google ecosystem, anywhere that PayPal is offered as a payment method, with only minimal setup.”. users can also choose PayPal as an option where peer-to-peer payments are offered by Google.

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Facebook And Google Opt Into Berners-Lee Data Privacy ‘Contract’

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Facebook and Google have signed up for new internet standards, which will require internet companies to respect data privacy and “support the best in humanity.”

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Google Chrome Update Targets Mobile Subscription Scams

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A new update to Google Chrome will help prevent consumers from being scammed by unclear mobile subscription services. According to Google, websites need to provide sufficient details within the billing page so that users know what to expect.

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Google Takes On Facebook With Biz ‘Follow’ Option

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Google has announced two updates to Google Maps that will make it easier for users to follow preferred places, as well as find out about new businesses coming soon. This is just the latest update to Google Maps.

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Google P2P Payments Via QR Codes In The Offing?

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Google is working on using QR codes to allow its users to send peer-to-peer (P2P) payments. While Google Pay already enables P2P payments, XDA-Developers revealed that the company is adding support for QR codes to make that process a bit easier, at least if a user needs to pay someone they just met and make a quick transaction. The leaked screenshots show that people will be able to see the QR code option in the “Send” section of the Google Pay app.

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Google Moves To Add Transparency To Travel

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Google is hoping to answer one of the longest-running consumer questions in travel booking (Am I really getting the best deal?) The new Google Flights feature lets users see their prices stacked up against others and on a gradient: low, typical, and high.

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Google To Appeal Record EU Fine Over Android OS

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Google is readying an appeal of the European Union’s record €4.34bn fine, which it was slapped with in July over its Android mobile operating system. The ruling outlawed contract restrictions that enabled Google to maintain its dominant search position over the years.

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Ecosystems: Google, Disney And The Power Of Parental Spend

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But what might be a bit unexpected is that this time around, Google and its Google Home Assistant are along for the ride. For the 2018 version, Google – in partnership with Disney and Random House – is rolling out an interactive storytelling feature in its Google Home technology.

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Google Search Case Could Impact Class-Action Payouts

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A case involving Google Search could change the way that class-action settlements are paid out, assuming the U.S. Eventually, Google agreed to pay $8.5 At issue Wednesday was the distribution of those payments, not Google’s search practices.

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Google Tracker: Doing Gooooooood

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While America was busy watching the solar eclipse (hopefully with the appropriate protective eyewear), Google rolled out its new Android OS and created the world’s first crowdsourced “Eclipse Megamovie” using footage from across the U.S. Following its longstanding tradition of naming its mobile operating systems after desserts, Google announced Monday that the new Android OS, version 8.0, It rolls out first to the Google Pixel and Nexus 5X and 6P devices.

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Google Defends Google Home At CES

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For the first time in years, Google had an official stand-alone booth at CES – a sign to buyers that it is ready to collaborate with both top brands and startups in the race for voice assistant dominance. Google’s presence at CES is equally designed to reach not only consumers, but also developer ecosystems as well,” said research analyst Werner Goertz, as reported by The Washington Post. Google Alexa Amazon CES Google Home News siri smart speakers voice assistants What's Hot

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Maison Me Receives $1M From Google Assistant Investments

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Maison Me announced that it has received a $1 million funding round from backers including Founders Fund, Google Assistant Investments, Gagarin Capital and other unnamed investors. In addition, a Google Assistant action made specifically for visual displays is set to launch soon, and will help people decide what to wear every day. “A Sartan said that the startup will use its new funding to continue optimizing its services and building for new platforms such as Google Home.

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Now Pay With Google Everywhere, With Anything Android

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To that end, Google said Monday that online checkout is going to get a bit speedier. The concept, rather simply, is: Google as mobile wallet. Users transact using credentials linked to their Google accounts spanning Gmail, Google Play, YouTube and Chrome.

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Google Search Executive Manber Jumping Ship For Anthem Health

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Anthem, the health insurance company, has landed Udi Manber, the Google executive who ran engineering for its core search products, as its new head of artificial intelligence. Business Anthem artificial intelligence Google health insurance News personnel What's Hot

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Google Assistant Becomes More Conversational

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Google has made talking to Google Assistant easier with the launch of Continued Conversation. For the Google Assistant to have a natural conversation, it should be able to understand when it’s being spoken to and should be capable of responding to several requests during an interaction,” wrote Jaclyn Konzelmann, Product Manager of Google Assistant. “We’re The feature became available on Thursday (June 21) on Google Home, Google Home Mini and Google Home Max.

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Google Buys IoT Platform

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Google announced Wednesday (Feb. In a blog post , Antony Passemard, product management lead for the Google Cloud platform, said that the acquisition will complement Google Cloud’s effort to provide a fully managed IoT service that can connect easily and securely. The executive noted that with Xively as part of Google’s cloud offering, it will be able to help customers create turnkey IoT products and solutions in a fast manner.

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Google Buys Customer Service Automation Startup

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Google has acquired customer service automation startup Onward for an undisclosed sum. According to reports , Onward Co-founders Rémi Cossart and Pramod Thammaiah, as well as CTO Aaron Podolny, will be joining Google as part of the deal. “With Google, we’ll be able to expand the reach of the technologies that power Onward,” the company wrote in a blog post. This is the most recent acquisition for Google.

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Google Dumps Zagat

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The Infatuation, the restaurant discovery platform, announced Monday (March 5) it is acquiring the restaurant review brand Zagat from Google , nearly seven years after it paid $151 million for it. After all, it doesn’t get more tech-focused than Google, who is selling the business. Zagat has helped us provide useful and relevant dining results for users across our various products,” said Jen Fitzpatrick, VP of product and engineering for Google.

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Google Assistant Becomes Virtual Travel Companion

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Google has rolled out a new feature in which flight, hotel and car rental bookings are now part of Google Assistant ‘s settings. According to a report in Android Police , when users access their travel reservations via the Google app or the Home app, they will see a new Reservations item under account settings. According to Google, the upgrades were focused on making it easier for users to toggle between flights and hotels with a new tabbed layout.

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Google Adds More Security, Privacy To Google Account

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Google announced last week it is overhauling its privacy and security settings service — dubbed Google Account — to make it more secure and easier to use. Billions of people have now visited their Google Account, and over 20 million people do so every day. We’ve added new features in your Google Account to make it even easier to review and control this data. Google Google account News privacy security & fraud What's Hot

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Google Moves To Ad Transparency To Travel

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Google is hoping to answer one of the longest running consumer questions in travel booking – am I really getting the best deal – by making it clear to consumers what the average price of their ticket based on historical pricing information on ticket pricing so far that year.

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Google Backtracks After Chrome Login Controversy

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For Google, a bit of backtracking. While Google claims sync isn’t automatically enabled, the change has been interpreted as a method to trick users into inadvertently sharing more data,” said the report. Google’s response came through a blog post by Google’s Zach Koch, Chrome product manager, on Sept. Google is also changing its sync user interface to communicate users’ sync states. “We

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Google Gets Into eInvoicing

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In addition, the Google Calendar mobile app now integrates with QuickBooks Online and QuickBooks Online Accountant. According to news from eInvoicing Platform , prior to the integration, SMBs had to manually enter each activity from their Google Calendar into QuickBooks — wasting time and increasing the chance of human error. This new integration allows business owners to schedule client work and appointments with Google Calendar.

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Google, Facebook Rivalry Now Extends To Events

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Google has updated its events feature to include personalized suggestions and a new design that puts more event information in the search results. Last year, Google announced updates to its app and mobile web search that enable people to use them to find things to do. ” The move was a way for Google to better compete with Facebook , which said last fall that 100 million people were using Facebook Events on a daily basis, and 650 million were using it across the network.

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Google Provides EU With Second Shopping Report

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Google has handed over a second report to European Union (EU) antitrust regulators, detailing its proposal to allow more shopping rivals to bid for ads on top of its search page. billion USD) antitrust fine after EU officials determined Google cooked its search results to benefit its own shopping services — and disadvantage the services of others. As a result, Google came up with an offer that would allow its rivals to find a place at the top of the search engine’s page.

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Google Assistant Comes To Home Depot

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Google has added a new partner to its Google Home voice ordering portfolio. 7) it is the newest retailer to team up with Google as it looks to expand its digital sales horizon. Home Depot has confirmed it will now begin selling products on Google Home devices as well as via the Google Express commerce portal online and on mobile. At present, Google Home owns about 24 percent of the voice-activated market and is working hard to close the gap.

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Google To Charge Hardware Companies To Use Its Apps To Comply With EU

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Alphabet’s Google is gearing up to charge hardware companies as much as $40 per device to use its mobile apps as part of a new licensing system that will replace one the European Union found was anticompetitive. As a result of the ruling, Google was fined $5 billion, a record.

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Google Hits Motor Vehicle Milestone

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That’s the milestone that Google’s self-driving car program is celebrating, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. Unlike some of their competitors, Google’s cars have been traveling frequently in cities and other populated areas.

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Analyst: Google Could Pay Apple $9B To Remain Default Search Engine

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In order to remain Safari’s default search engine, Google reportedly has an arrangement with Apple. If that is the case, analysts claim the deal could be worth billions, 9to5 Google reported. Neither Apple nor Google have publicly discussed such a tie-up, but Analyst Rod Hall claims the search engine platform could end up paying Apple nearly $9 billion this year. Currently, Google is the default search engine for Apple’s iOS version of Safari.

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Pay Back IOUs With Google Assistant

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Google has announced that Google Assistant can now be used to pay people back with Google Pay. When the weekend’s over, chances are someone owes you (or you owe someone) money for something – Friday night’s concert tickets, Saturday afternoon’s barbecue supplies, or Sunday’s matinee at the movies,” wrote Sam Kansara, product manager, Google Pay, in a blog post. Google Google Assistant Google Pay money transfer News P2P payments voice assistant What's Hot

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Google Home Arrives In India

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Google expands the market for its voice-activated smart speakers by rolling out its Google Home devices in India. According to news from BGR , the Google Assistant-powered Google Home will sell for 9,999 rupees, while the Home Mini will go for 4,499 rupees. It understands Indian accents and will respond to users with uniquely Indian contexts,” Google VP of Product Management and General Manager of Home Products Rishi Chandra said at a press conference covered by BGR.

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Google Lens Brushes Up Against Contextual Commerce

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That’s one angle through which you can view a recent development involving Google Lens. The product, which is Google’s object recognition platform, has taken on new duties. It will function as part of Google Image Search to, in the words of one report , tap into “the company’s computer vision work to figure out the contents of an image and provide more details about exactly what you’re looking at.”.

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Amid New Google Pay Features, Users Can Split The Bill

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Google Pay is rolling out new features that, among other things, let users send and request money, through the merging of the Google Pay and Google Pay Send apps. In a blog post on Tuesday (July 10), Product Management Director Gerardo Capiel said that a slew of updates, which have just started rolling out, allow users in the United States to send and request money using the Google Pay app, a feature that will soon debut in the United Kingdom.

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