Google Launches Gaming Service

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Google has launched its cloud gaming platform, a service called Stadia , with the introduction coming as payments is commanding a bigger role in online and mobile games. Google is not the only large global tech firm that wants to do more with games and capture more of that market.

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Trump Blacklist Prompts Google To Cut Some Ties With Huawei

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Google is halting a business relationship with Huawei , the Chinese telecommunications company, in what is seen as a blow to the company that has been on the radar of the U.S. It will also lose access to Google Play Store, YouTube and Gmail, noted the report.

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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 Gets EU eMoney License

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Google Payment Lithuania, a unit of Alphabet’s Google, was granted an electronic money institution license by The Board of the Bank of Lithuania. Finextra , citing Google, reported that with the license Google can issue and redeem electronic money and provide payment services.

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Google Assistant Predicts Flight Delays

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Google Assistant is now using historic flight status data and machine learning to predict whether a traveler’s flight will be delayed — before the airline even notifies customers. To access the feature, users can simply ask, “Hey Google, is my flight on time?”

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Google Assistant Becomes Charitable

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Google has a new solution for those feeling particularly charitable, according to reports. Google Assistant , Google’s proprietary voice-activated AI helper, has added a feature that lets users donate to charities via voice from any smart device using the company’s software.

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Some YouTube Videos Now Have Google Shopping Links Under Them

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Google is testing a new feature that has shopping links placed underneath YouTube videos, according to reports. The company displays a recommended product along with its price, and clinking on the link will take a user to Google Express, a marketplace where they can complete the purchase.

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Google Pay Is Coming To eBay

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Very soon, eBay shoppers will be able to choose Google Pay as their payment method when checking out. Shoppers who prefer to use Google Pay will be able to do so within the eBay app, mobile website and desktop site, regardless of operating system or device.

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Google Set To Announce Game Streaming Service

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Google is getting ready to announce its own game streaming service. Google’s streaming service would allow users to stream games directly to devices they already own instead of having to spend money on an expensive gaming system and physical game discs.

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Google Could Add Filters To Lens

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Google is overhauling Lens , its image search technology, reportedly adding so-called filters to the technology. While Google may never include it in an update, it does provide a glimpse into where Google may be heading.

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Google Assistant Comes To Select Sonos Speakers

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Google Assistant is now available on select Sonos speakers. Sonos announced that Google Assistant has been integrated into Sonos One and Sonos Beam via a free software update, available now in the U.S.

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Google Parent Firm Creates AI Ethics Committee

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Now, Google ’s parent company, Alphabet , is creating what Reuters called “a global advisory council to consider ethical issues around artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies.”. Google is positioning itself as a major player in artificial intelligence.

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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 Gets Back Into Robotics

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Google is reportedly back in the robotics game , according to a The New York Times report. However, Google never made its ambitions for the company clear. Before Boston Dynamics was acquired by Google, it was largely funded by the U.S. If at first one doesn’t succeed ….

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India Google Pay Users Can Now Buy 24-Karat Pure Gold

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Google has joined forced with gold bullion refiner MMTC-PA to let Google Pay users in India purchase and sell gold on the app, according to reports. Gold can be bought or sold at the latest price, which is refreshed every few minutes on the Google Pay app.

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Google Tests Shoppable Ads With Images

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Google is expanding its advertising reach, bringing shoppable ads to Google Images search results. He said Google is well aware that people use images to shop. Google isn’t the only tech company focused on shoppable ads.

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Google Assistant Skills Trail Alexa By 52K

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When it comes to the competition for developer mindshare in voice apps, Amazon is well ahead of Google. But new analysis from Voicebot reveals that Google is far behind with its own voice apps, called Google Assistant Actions, which come to 4,253 in the U.S.

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Google Makes It Easier To Plan Trips

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Google is launching a product that will make it easier for users to plan and organize their travel plans. When you need to pick up planning again, we’ll keep track of your trip research across Google. In addition, Google will showcase things to do, restaurants and more via Google Maps.

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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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Some Smartphones Adding Dedicated Google Assistant Button

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Google has announced that LG , Nokia , Xiaomi , TCL and Vivo will soon launch smartphones with dedicated Google Assistant buttons. Google button Google Assistant LG mobile News nokia Smartphones TCL vivo What's Hot Xiaomi

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Google Launches New Shopping Platform In India

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Google has released Google Shopping in India to aid customers with a streamlined online shopping experience. According to a report , Google Shopping will allow customers to sift through offers and review costs between multiple merchants.

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Continued Conversation Comes To Google Assistant Displays

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To help users make follow-up queries or ask additional questions, Google has brought the Continued Conversation feature to smart displays such as the Google Home Hub and the JBL Link View. Users turn on Continued Conversation feature in the Google Home app through its settings section.

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Google Pay Redesign Launches

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Google Pay is getting an overhaul with a new user design being launched on Monday (July 9), reported BGR. According to BGR, Google Pay is the new name for Android Pay, Google’s digital payment service. With the new interface, users of Google will be able to check out a Hub page to see the latest announcements and trending games on its Play Games app. Google Pay, Bhat said, is different.

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Google Pauses Facial Recognition Commercialization

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Google has vowed not to sell its facial recognition products until it can make sure the technology will not be abused. The announcement comes after Google was hit with resignations earlier this year over a contract with the Pentagon for Maven, which uses AI for drone footage analysis.

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Google Assistant Launches Support For Siri Shortcuts

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Google Assistant has launched support for Siri Shortcuts with the release of its latest update. For example, if the iPhone is unlocked, it can be accessed hands-free by saying “Hey Siri,” then “OK Google.” Google Assistant now supports 15 languages total.

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Google Loses Walmart In eCommerce Bid vs. Amazon

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And according to recent news on the eCommerce front, Google has lost a friend, seemingly, in at least part of its ongoing eCommerce battle against Amazon. As reported on 9to5google.com , Google has confirmed to users that Walmart products are no longer available through Google Express.

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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 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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Google Enhances Hotel Search With Vacation Rentals

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Google has added an option to search for vacation rentals in its Hotel Search user interface, and has also reconfigured and updated the UI so it is more intuitive and easier to use, according to reports. Google Flights Google Assistant News search travel rentals vacation rentals What's Hot

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Google Looks For Hardware Engineering Wearables Exec

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While wearables based on Google ’s Wear OS are designed by other companies, that could someday change: The tech company is apparently looking for a vice president of hardware engineering, wearables, VentureBeat reported. As it stands, Google offers a wireless earbud product called Pixel Buds.

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Google Sees Payments Potential In Subscription Gaming

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And Google wants a bigger piece — making a move that seems similar to a recent announcement from Apple. When it comes to streaming, the report said that “Google is leveraging its large cloud infrastructure to compete against the likes of Nvidia and soon Microsoft.”

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Google To Open Safety Engineering Center In Munich

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Google has announced that it is opening the Google Safety Engineering Center (GSEC) in Munich, Germany, which will be a global hub for the company’s cross-product privacy engineering efforts.

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Google Backs Competitors Amid EU Antitrust Probe

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In an apparent effort to appease European Union antitrust regulators, Google is attempting to boost rivals like Kelkoo, a French price-comparison service, according to report by Reuters. Last week, Google has announced a new Ad placement on its search pages: Comparison Listing Ads (CLAs).

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Google CEO, Trump Discuss Gov’t Cooperation

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai met with President Donald Trump on Wednesday (March 27) to discuss the tech company’s dealings with the U.S. I just met with Sundar Pichai, president of Google, who is obviously doing quite well,” Trump tweeted after the meeting. “He

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Mississippi AG Preps Antitrust Suit Against Google

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The Mississippi Attorney General (AG) revealed that his office is preparing an antitrust case against Google , accusing the tech giant of controlling a “pipeline” of data. “We Google Attorney General data protection data regulation Lawsuit Legislation News tech companies What's Hot

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.

Google Buys Fossil Smartwatch Tech For $40M

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Fossil Group has announced that it is selling $40 million of intellectual property (IP) related to smartwatch technology to Google. Together with Google, our innovation partner, we’ll continue to unlock growth in wearables.”.

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Google Fined $57M By French Regulator In Largest GDPR Action

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’s Google was hit with a $57 million fine Monday (Jan. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal , France’s National Data Protection Commission fined Google, saying it didn’t do enough to get the consent of users when gathering data used for targeted advertising.

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Hackers Exploit Google Chromecast Bug

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Despite being warned years ago about a bug in its Chromecast media streaming stick, Google has yet to fix it and hackers are still taking advantage. We have received reports from users who have had an unauthorized video played on their TVs via a Chromecast device,” a Google spokesperson said.

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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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Goodbye, Google Wallet Card

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Google Wallet Card, the sad offspring of Google’s original mobile payments dreams, will shut down June 30, as Android Police reported on March 28. Emails have now gone out to Google Wallet cardholders. The card came about in 2013 because Google was blocked from Read More.

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Google Brings Its ‘For You’ Tab To Google Maps

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Google announced Monday (Dec. 10) that it has transferred its “For You” tab to Google Maps in more than 40 countries on iOS and more than 130 new countries on Android. In a blog post , Google said the “For You” tab helps users find fun new places to discover. Google said the For You tab will be rolled out more widely as of Dec. Updating Google Maps isn’t the only enhancement Google has made to its features in recent months.

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