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Jun 12, 2020. 1 comments

Once Friends, Google and Sonos Are Now Suing Each Other

Once Friends, Google and Sonos Are Now Suing Each Other

Google, bored of constantly duking it out with Apple and

Amazon , is now suing Sonos—though, to be fair, Sonos did sue Google first .

Google filed its countersuit in the Northern District of California on Thursday, alleging that Sonos infringed on five of the company’s patents covering networking and audio personalization. But, basically, the search company is just real mad that Sonos took the...

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May 28, 2020. 17 comments

Federal Appeals Court Says Facebook, Twitter Aren't Conspiring to Suppress Conservative Views

Federal Appeals Court Says Facebook, Twitter Aren't Conspiring to Suppress Conservative Views

Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington dismissed a lawsuit that claimed major tech companies including Twitter, Facebook, Google, and Apple worked together to “intentionally and willfully suppress politically conservative content” online. According to Bloomberg, the federal appeals court said nonprofit group Freedom Watch and Laura Loomer, a right-wing YouTube personality, failed to...

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May 02, 2020. 3 comments

Google's Fighting a Losing Battle Against Coronavirus Scammers

Google's Fighting a Losing Battle Against Coronavirus Scammers

Among all of the other ills currently dumped on us by the current pandemic, swindlers and scam artists have come out in full force. And while we can’t speak to how many hucksters are out there trying to profiteer off the pandemic, now we have something of an idea.

According to a blog post released yesterday by Google’s advertising team, the company blocked “tens of millions” of...

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May 01, 2020. 6 comments

Apple and Google's Coronavirus Efforts Remind Us How Little Control We Have Over Our Health Data

Apple and Google's Coronavirus Efforts Remind Us How Little Control We Have Over Our Health Data

joint poll between University of Maryland researchers and the Washington Post released this week found most consumers, for a variety of reasons, are either unable or unwilling to download the proposed contact-tracing tech Apple and Google are

developing to track the spread of the coronavirus. While some consumers in the study resisted adopting the tech, for many, it just came down to their...

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Apr 30, 2020. 4 comments

Digimon Universe: App Monsters Is Better Than You Remember

Digimon Universe: App Monsters Is Better Than You Remember

Every

season of Digimon has more or less followed the same basic formula, introducing different groups of chosen children who embark upon epic adventures into physical manifestations of the world’s digital telecommunication infrastructure. But no two seasons have been exactly the same as they’ve each had unique overarching themes and novel takes on the “Digital World.”

While most people live...

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Apr 28, 2020.

Pass the Time and Soothe Your Mind With Google's Legacy Doodle Games

Pass the Time and Soothe Your Mind With Google's Legacy Doodle Games

Many of us are spending considerably more time at home than we were just a few months ago, and that means looking for ways to pass the endless time we suddenly all have on our hands. If you’ve got a soft spot for puzzles and low-level gaming, Google’s coming through with a handful of legacy Google Doodle games to help keep you occupied.

Over the course of the next two weeks, Google will roll...

Apr 24, 2020.

Google Will Make All Advertisers Prove They Are Who They Say They Are

Google Will Make All Advertisers Prove They Are Who They Say They Are

Google will soon begin vetting all advertisers with the same identity verification requirements that previously only applied to political advertisers, John Canfield, Google’s director of product management for ads integrity, announced in a blog post Thursday.

With so many online

conspiracy theorists , scammers , and grifters trying to make a buck off this coronavirus pandemic, this increased...
Apr 20, 2020. 5 comments

Australia Plans to Make Google and Facebook Share Ad Revenue With Publishers

Australia Plans to Make Google and Facebook Share Ad Revenue With Publishers

The Australian government aims to force Google and Facebook to share advertising revenue with newspaper publishers in Australia, according to the country’s top financial authority, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg. The details of an ad sales sharing plan still need to be worked out, but if it’s successfully implemented, it would be the first time in the world that online tech giants would be...

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Apr 20, 2020.

Penis Plushies, Zoom’s Google Problem and Lessons From Apollo 13: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

Penis Plushies, Zoom’s Google Problem and Lessons From Apollo 13: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

To echo something I’ve been seeing on social media this week: Today is Sunday. Yes, I am very sure. Has anyone else found that their sense of time has been skewed by the lockdown or is it just me? I have been wrong about what the day it was at least twice this week.

Let’s get down to business. We had a lot of great stories on Gizmodo this week, and not all of them were about the coronavirus...

Apr 20, 2020. 3 comments

Facebook Will Take on Twitch and YouTube With Its Own Gaming App

Facebook Will Take on Twitch and YouTube With Its Own Gaming App

With so many people turning to video games to while away their newfound time stuck indoors, Facebook is releasing a dedicated mobile app for Facebook Gaming months ahead of schedule to try to capitalize on the recent surge of viewership seen on other livestreaming platforms like Twitch and YouTube.

The free app launches on Monday in Google’s Play Store, the New York Times reports, and a...

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Apr 19, 2020. 3 comments

Major European Players Push for Coronavirus-Tracking App Platform

Major European Players Push for Coronavirus-Tracking App Platform

Several preeminent states in the European Union are backing Bluetooth-based, contact-tracing technology to help map the spread of the novel coronavirus outbreak via smartphone apps, Reuters reported this week. This news comes courtesy of German tech entrepreneur Chris Boos, a major coordinator behind the project dubbed the Pan-European Privacy-Preserving Proximity Tracing (PEPP-PT)...

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Apr 19, 2020. 3 comments

Google Wants You To Know Where the Nearest Coronavirus Testing Center Is

Google Wants You To Know Where the Nearest Coronavirus Testing Center Is

Coronavirus testing is a confusing and challenging topic in the U.S., and Google knows that. That’s why the next time you search for a topic in Google related to covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, you’ll also see information on more than 2,000 testing centers in 43 states in the U.S.

According to the Verge, Google is only displaying information about specific testing...

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Apr 16, 2020. 16 comments

Google Does the Bare Minimum to Keep Industry It Destroyed on Life Support

Google Does the Bare Minimum to Keep Industry It Destroyed on Life Support

Despite surging traffic and readership as coronavirus keeps people in their homes and on the internet, the media layoffs and pay cuts just keep coming. Now, here to save journalism in its hour of need, Google has launched the Journalism Emergency Relief Fund to “deliver urgent aid to thousands of small, medium and local news publishers globally.” OK, Google—this relief fund is a drop in the...

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Apr 15, 2020. 4 comments

Wear OS Smartwatches Will Now Remind You to Wash Your Damn Hands

Wear OS Smartwatches Will Now Remind You to Wash Your Damn Hands

Washing your hands is a basic front-line defense against not only the novel coronavirus, but you know, a whole host of germs and general nastiness. And apparently, a disturbing number of people don’t do it as often as they should. To help the crustiest among us to wash their damn hands in this dire time, Google has updated Wear OS smartwatches with a handy handwashing timer.

The timer is part...

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Apr 14, 2020. 1 comments

Apple, Google Will Require Case Verification for Coronavirus Contact Tracing Tech

Apple, Google Will Require Case Verification for Coronavirus Contact Tracing Tech

Last week, Apple and Google announced they were

teaming up to build contact-tracing technology that could help track how the novel coronavirus spreads. The news was immediately met with questions from privacy and security experts, despite promises from Apple that “privacy, transparency, and consent [would be] of utmost importance in this effort.” Now, both companies are saying the...

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Apr 12, 2020. 7 comments

Google's AR Easter Bunny Can Still Visit This Holiday Weekend, Even if You're Stuck Inside

Google's AR Easter Bunny Can Still Visit This Holiday Weekend, Even if You're Stuck Inside

With large portions of the country under shelter-in-place orders due to the coronavirus outbreak, I’m betting Easter plans for most folks look a lot different now than they did back in the

bygone era of March . Seemingly with this in mind, Google rolled out several holiday-themed Easter eggs, per tradition, including an Easter Bunny that doesn’t have to worry about social distancing.

This...

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Apr 11, 2020. 4 comments

Apple and Google Are Teaming Up to Build Coronavirus-Tracking Tech. Hold Your Applause.

Apple and Google Are Teaming Up to Build Coronavirus-Tracking Tech. Hold Your Applause.

As the global coronavirus pandemic continues to spread and testing remains criminally limited, Apple and Google have announced a partnership to roll out contact-tracing technology to track the spread of covid-19. And Apple is promising that privacy is baked in from the start. Forgive our skepticism, but we’ll believe it when we see it.

Apple said in an announcement on its website that the...

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Apr 10, 2020. 1 comments

Google Teams Up With New York to Beef Up Its Struggling Unemployment Website

Google Teams Up With New York to Beef Up Its Struggling Unemployment Website

As unemployment claims spike across the country, it’s no surprise that state websites have struggled to keep up, with systems crashing under the load. The problem is particularly bad in New York, where shuttered businesses and layoffs have resulted in a 16,000 percent increase in phone calls and a 1,600 percent increase in web traffic, according to the New York State Labor Department. In...

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Mar 28, 2020. 17 comments

Google Boots InfoWars App Off Play Store Over Bogus Coronavirus Claims

Google Boots InfoWars App Off Play Store Over Bogus Coronavirus Claims

Google has finally kicked the Infowars app from its Play Store, the company confirmed to multiple outlets Friday. The tech giant’s app store was one of the last major bastions for conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, as his show (and all the extremist views and

tainted supplements it touts) has been booted from nearly every mainstream online platform .

As first reported by Wired, the Android app’s...

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Mar 28, 2020. 3 comments

Google Sees Rise in State-Sponsored Hackers Posing as Journalists

Google Sees Rise in State-Sponsored Hackers Posing as Journalists

Government-backed hackers intent on spreading malware and disinformation online are masquerading increasingly as members of the press, according to new claims by Google’s threat analysis group. The team, known as TAG, tracks state-sponsored hackers and works to uncover zero-days that could undermine its users’ security worldwide. Its latest report focuses largely on state-sponsored phishing...

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