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Google to add eye detection to Pixel 4 after privacy concerns

Update will prevent new smartphone being unlocked using owner’s sleeping faceGoogle has said it will update its new Pixel 4 phones to prevent them being unlocked using the sleeping faces of their owners.The phones, which are not yet in shops, are the first from Google to include a secure face unlock feature, in place of the fingerprint sensor used on previous iterations. The feature is also used to confirm payments and sign in to apps. Continue reading...
Tags: Google, Smartphones, Alphabet, Mobile phones, Technology, Telecoms, Privacy, World news, Consumer affairs, Hacking, Money, iPhone X, Apple, Facial recognition, Computing

Griefer terrorizes baby by taking over their Nest babycam...again

Nest is a home automation company that Google bought in 2014, turned into an independent unit of Alphabet, then re-merged with Google again in 2018 (demonstrating that the "whole independent companies under Alphabet" thing was just a flag of convenience for tax purposes); the company has always focused on "ease of use" over security and internecine warfare between different dukes and lords of Google meant that it was never properly integrated with Google's security team, which is why, over and ...
Tags: Post, Alphabet, Breaches, Business, Credential Stuffing, Google, Infosec, Internet Of Shit, Iot, Kids, Nest, Parenting, Security

Alphabet’s Wing begins making first commercial drone deliveries in the US

Alphabet -owned drone delivery spin-out Wing is starting to service U.S. customers, after becoming the first drone delivery company to get the federal go-ahead to do so earlier this year. Wing is working with FedEx Express and Walgreens on this pilot, and their first customers are Michael and Kelly Collver, who will get a “cough and cold pack,” which includes Tylenol, cough drops, facial tissues, Emergen-C and bottled water (do people who have colds need bottled water?). The Collvers are re...
Tags: Startups, TC, Transportation, Technology, Virginia, US, UPS, Walgreens, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Drone, United States, Faa, Aerospace, Fedex, Michael, Alphabet

Hands-on with the new Pixel 4

After the onstage presentation at Made by Google 2019, we got our hands on a Pixel 4. In this video, you can watch us do a quick run-through of the major new features — like Motion Sense, which provides gesture controls that don’t require you to touch your phone, and improved Night Sight, which allows you to take high-quality photos in dark environments.   The Pixel 4 will start shipping on October 24, with a starting price of $799.  
Tags: Google, Startups, Mobile, Hardware, Alphabet, Pixel 4

Google launches cheaper Pixel 4 to undercut Apple's iPhone

Smartphone comes with radar tech and is joined by revamped Nest Mini, Pixelbook Go and other devicesGoogle has launched its latest iPhone-competitor, the Pixel 4 and 4 XL, with new radar technology, dual-camera and a lower price.Google’s consumer hardware division unveiled a series of new devices in New York, led by the Pixel 4 smartphone and including an updated Nest Mini smart speaker and Nest Wifi system, among other products. Continue reading...
Tags: Apple, Google, Android, New York, Technology, Software, Mobile Phones, Chromebook, Computing, Laptops, Alphabet, Pixel

Meet The Trade Desk's Jeff Green, ad-tech's most loved CEO, who thinks he can save targeted advertising

The Trade Desk is one of the biggest public ad-tech companies and an increasing threat to Google, which is facing antitrust concerns about running an advertising business for both publishers and advertisers. CEO Jeff Green talked to Business Insider about how he grew The Trade Desk into a company with 2019 expected revenue of $653 million and why he thought his firm had the best chance of chipping into Google's programmatic business. He's also trying to set the ad-industry standard for ad tar...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Hong Kong, Microsoft, China, Trends, Green, Aol, Shanghai, Department Of Justice, Adweek, DSP, Shopify, Twilio

Disgraced Google Exec Andy Rubin Quietly Left His Venture Firm Earlier This Year

Andy Rubin, the former Google senior vice president whose $90 million exit package caused a worldwide employee walkout at the search giant last year, quietly left Playground Global, the venture firm he founded in May, BuzzFeed News reported today citing internal documents. From the report: The revelation comes as Rubin, who was accused of coercing a subordinate into sexual acts while at Google before being given a hero's send-off in 2014, attempts to make a public comeback with Essential Product...
Tags: Google, Tech, Larry Page, Alphabet, BuzzFeed News, Rubin, Andy Rubin

How The Trade Desk’s Jeff Green became ad-tech’s most-loved CEO and one of Google’s biggest critics, and how he plans to save targeted advertising

The Trade Desk is one of the biggest public ad-tech companies and an increasing threat to Google as it faces antitrust concerns about running an advertising business for both publishers and advertisers. CEO Jeff Green talked to Business Insider about how he grew The Trade Desk into a company with 2019 expected revenue of $653 million and why his firm has the best chance of chipping into Google's programmatic business. He's also trying to set the ad industry standard for ad targeting with a ne...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Hong Kong, Microsoft, China, Trends, Green, Aol, Shanghai, Department Of Justice, Adweek, DSP, Shopify, Twilio

Verily, Alphabet’s other money-making, non-Google business, partners with Color on genetic analysis

Color Genomics, the genetics testing company, is partnering with Alphabet’s health technology focused subsidiary, Verily Life Sciences, to provide information from its genetic tests to the company’s Baseline Health Study participants. The emphasis from both companies is on providing “actionable” results. While genetic testing services have caught the public’s imagination for their ability to provide insights into an individual’s ancestry, the technology has proven to be less effective in providi...
Tags: Google, TC, Medicine, Tech, Genetics, Genomics, Genetic Testing, Alphabet, Verily, Color Genomics, Project Baseline Health

Waymo to customers: “Completely driverless Waymo cars are on the way”

Waymo, the autonomous vehicle business under Alphabet, sent an email to customers of its ride-hailing app that their next trip might not have a human safety driver behind the wheel, according to a copy of the email that was posted on Reddit. The email entitled “Completely driverless Waymo cars are on the way” was sent to customers that use its ride-hailing app in the suburbs of Phoenix. It isn’t clear if the email was sent to members of its early rider program or its broader Waymo One serv...
Tags: Google, TC, Technology, California, Tech, X, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Arizona, Transport, Reddit, Chrysler, Self-driving Cars, Alphabet, Emerging-technologies, Autonomous Car

Google is going through a slow-motion employee revolt and its cofounders are missing in action (GOOG, GOOGL)

As tensions have mounted between Google employees and leadership, the company's cofounders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, are missing in action. None of the thirteen current and former employees we spoke to know exactly why Page and Brin have receded into the background, though some speculate the billionaires simply don't want to be bothered with the growing criticism the company faces. In their absence, vocal employee organizers have stepped up their efforts to overturn controversial projects l...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, China, New York City, America, Trends, Bloomberg, Larry Page, New York Times, Sergey Brin, SEC, Silicon Valley, Pentagon, CBP, Times, Eric Schmidt

Google's cleaners in London are threatening to go on strike over working conditions (GOOG)

A group of cleaners employed by a contract cleaning company used by Google is threatening to strike over what they allege are poor working conditions at its London offices. These workers are accusing the contractor of withholding bonus payments, refusing to provide contractual sick pay, and cutting the workforce, and are now threatening to strike. Their concerns highlight the growing frustration caused by Google's heavy reliance on contract workers, creating a two-tier workforce in which many ...
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Waymo is creating 3D maps of Los Angeles to better understand traffic congestion

Waymo, the autonomous vehicle company under Alphabet, has started creating 3D maps in some heavily trafficked sections of Los Angeles to better understand congestion there and determine if its self-driving vehicles would be a good fit in the city. For now, Waymo is bringing just three of its self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivans to Los Angeles to map downtown and a section of Wilshire Boulevard known as Miracle Mile. Waymo employees will initially drive the vehicles to create 3D maps of ...
Tags: Google, Transportation, Florida, California, Washington, La, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, AV, X, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Chrysler, Mountain View, Michigan

Facebook’s Latest Move Should Terrify You

The biggest risk facing the rise of tech giants such as Facebook, Google, and Amazon isn’t privacy, it’s this. If you fear the conversation about the loss of privacy, which has brought companies such as Facebook to the forefront of our collective psyche, then this should terrify you. You’ve likely seen news coverage about the ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Technology, Privacy, Big Data, Innovation, Alphabet, Facebook Google, Privacy Protection

GV is weighing the sale of its stake in Uber at the end of its lockup period next month

Today at TC’s Disrupt show in San Francisco, we took the stage with David Krane, a longtime veteran of Google who took the reins as the CEO of its venture arm, GV,  three years ago but hasn’t spoken publicly since. We asked him why he’s been in hiding before diving into some questions about Uber — one of GV’s most lucrative bets to date — and trying to understand better how GV is organized under his leadership. Krane, who earlier in his career was Google’s global head of PR, is accustomed ...
Tags: Google, TC, Facebook, Uber, Asia, Europe, London, India, Softbank, San Francisco, Tech, David, Venture Capital, Travis Kalanick, WeWork, Google Ventures

Waymo Refocuses on Semis, Heads Back to Phoenix for Testing

Alphabet’s Waymo probably operates the most successful autonomous fleet in North America right now. While we can debate its technical prowess versus its rivals forever, it’s still one of the only companies offering a commercial taxi service using autonomous vehicles in North America. It also has an enviable safety record. The company has also worked […] The post appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Google, Testing, Autos, Alphabet, News Blog, Self-Driving Vehicles, Autonomous Trucks, Semi-Trucks, Waymo, Autonomous Testing, Semis, Road Tests

Targeted ads offer little extra value for online publishers, study suggests

How much value do online publishers derive from behaviorally targeted advertising that uses privacy-hostile tracking technologies to determine which advert to show a website user? A new piece of research suggests publishers make just 4% more vs if they were to serve a non-targeted ad. It’s a finding that sheds suggestive light on why so many newsroom budgets are shrinking and journalists finding themselves out of work — even as adtech giants continue stuffing their coffers with massive profits. ...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Media, Privacy, Advertising Tech, Marketing, Tech, United States, Alphabet, Digital Advertising, Adtech, Targeted Advertising, Online Advertising, Digital Marketing, Iab, Richard Blumenthal

Quantum Computing 101: Brilliant, Google, Microsoft Training Workers

From Microsoft and IBM to Alphabet’s unit X and Canada’s D-Wave Systems, companies are racing to build powerful quantum computers that may solve problems beyond the capacity of the most sophisticated conventional processors, and do it much faster.It’ll be some years before such uber-computers are robust and reliable enough for broad commercial use. But tech companies are already writing the novel kinds of software these revolutionary computers will need in order to operate—and businesses are ev...
Tags: Google, Startups, Mobile, Hardware, Education, Microsoft, Entrepreneurship, Funding, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Web, It, Intel, Encryption, Artificial Intelligence

The Slack origin story

Let’s rewind a decade. It’s 2009. Vancouver, Canada. Stewart Butterfield, known already for his part in building Flickr, a photo-sharing service acquired by Yahoo in 2005, decided to try his hand — again — at building a game. Flickr had been a failed attempt at a game called Game Neverending followed by a big pivot. This time, Butterfield would make it work. To make his dreams a reality, he joined forces with Flickr’s original chief software architect Cal Henderson, as well as former Flick...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Apps, Enterprise, Yahoo, Entrepreneur, Tech, Software, Canada, Computing, Flash, Venture Capital, Search Engine, Vancouver, Flickr, Stewart Butterfield

CrowdStrike IPO: Cybersecurity Firms Defend Themselves, and You

Of the many risks facing a cybersecurity company that’s trying to raise money through an initial public offering, here’s one that might surprise some investors: cyber attacks.Cybersecurity is important for everyone as hackers and governments continue to develop new and unique ways of stealing or compromising private information, which is more accessible than ever. Cloud computing creates more access points vulnerable to hacking, such as mobile and remote workers’ laptops, smartphones, and other...
Tags: Google, Deals, Startups, Mobile, Hardware, Internet, Entrepreneurship, Ipo, Funding, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Web, It, Cybersecurity, Russian hackers

Waymo is bringing its self-driving trucks back to Arizona

Waymo, the autonomous vehicle company under Alphabet, is bringing its self-driving trucks back to Arizona. The company’s autonomous Chysler Pacifica hybrid vehicles, which are used in its Waymo One ride-hailing service, are a common sight on public streets in Chandler and other suburbs of Phoenix . But its self-driving Class 8 big rig trucks haven’t been in Arizona for more than year. Waymo integrated its self-driving system into Class 8 trucks and began testing them in Arizona in August...
Tags: Travel, Google, Transportation, San Francisco, Atlanta, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Arizona, Alphabet, Phoenix, Tucson, Chandler, Autonomous Trucks, Waymo, Chysler Pacifica, Atlanta Waymo

Big Tech: "If the USA enforces antitrust laws against us, it means China will win!"

Mark Zuckerberg offered to let Chinese premier Xi Jinping name his firstborn (seriously), Apple purged the Chinese App Store of privacy tools at the request of the politburo; Google secretly built a censoring search-engine for use in China, but America's Big Tech companies are sounding the alarm that they will no longer be able to promote America's global dominance if any of the US Big Tech breakup plans are executed. Which is hilarious, because breaking up monopolies makes industries stron...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Post, Business, Japan, Usa, News, Washington, China, US, America, United States, Xi Jinping, Standard Oil

Famed founder Daphne Koller tells it straight: “With most drugs, we do not understand why they work”

Daphne Koller doesn’t mind hard work. She joined Stanford University’s computer science department in 1995, spending the next 18 years there in a full-time capacity before cofounding the online education giant Coursera, where she spent the following four years and remained co-chairman until last month. Koller then spent a little less than two years at Alphabet’s longevity lab, Calico, as its first chief computing officer. It was there that Koller was reminded of her passion for applying machi...
Tags: TC, UK, Tech, Bloomberg, Ireland, Finland, National Institutes of Health, Estonia, Andreessen Horowitz, Iceland, Biotech, Pharma, Stanford University, Alphabet, Gilead Sciences, Calico

Sebastian Thrun and Udacity Launch New Self-Driving Nanodegree

[Corrected 5/21/19, 11:04 am. See below.] Sebastian Thrun first made his mark on autonomous vehicle development at the dawn of that industry, when he led a Stanford team whose robot car Stanley won the $2 million DARPA Grand Challenge in 2005 by racing driverless through the Mojave Desert for 132 miles.These days, Thrun seems just as excited by another imprint he’s made on the still-forming AV industry—not as a researcher, but as an entrepreneur in online education. Thrun (pictured) says many s...
Tags: Google, Deals, Mobile, Lyft, Uber, Hardware, Talent Gap, Education, Workplace, Internet, Entrepreneurship, Stanford, Funding, San Francisco, Trends, Tesla

A-Z As Game Of Thrones Characters By Kerry Bell Is The Most Creative Thing You’ll See Today

Artist Kerry Bell as per hero bio likes to draw cats and silly things, but these drawing are amusingly realistic and represent just a fraction of her work. Running such an account takes a lot of effort, do visit here profile and support for such simply amazing content! More: Instagram, Shop View this post on Instagram B is for Bran. Things began with a fall, . Warning: there will be Game of... Source
Tags: Design, Game Of Thrones, Got, Alphabet, Inspirations, Kerry Bell

Pressure mounts on Google to pull ads for anti-abortion clinics that 'deceive women'

‘Appalled’ Democrat urges action after Guardian revealed Google has given $150,000 in free ads to opaque anti-abortion groupGoogle is facing pressure in Washington to immediately remove online advertisements for “fake medical clinics” that are designed to “mislead” women who are seeking an abortion. Related: Google has given $150,000 in free ads to deceptive anti-abortion group Continue reading...
Tags: Google, Technology, Washington, World news, US news, US politics, Abortion, Alphabet

Alphabet’s Wing drone deliveries are coming to Finland next month

Slowly but surely, Wing is spreading. Just last month, the one-time Google moonshot started deliveries for select locales in Australia’s capital city, Canberra. Now it’s moving into Finland, taking on that country’s own capital, Helsinki. Drone deliveries will start just month — which may just make the “spring” timeframe it announced late last year. Like the Australian deliveries, this is considered a “pilot” program, with select goods and limited geography. Specifically things are being test dr...
Tags: Google, Transportation, Australia, Tech, Finland, Canberra, Alphabet, Helsinki, Wing, Helsinki Drone, Vuosaari, Herkku Food Mark

Pixel 3a XL review: the cheaper Google phone to buy

Great camera, top software, OK battery and performance, in a plastic body that’s a bit too wideWith a price-tag of £469, the Pixel 3a XL tries to offer the best of Google, but costing £400 less than its top-end siblingThe bigger brother of Google’s other lower-cost phone, the Pixel 3a, the new Pixel 3a XL offers the same winning combination of great camera and software. It offers practically everything that makes Google’s top £869 Pixel 3 XL good, shrunk in both cost and weight. Continue reading...
Tags: Google, Android, Technology, Smartphones, Mobile Phones, Alphabet, Pixel

Apptio Continues Acquisition Spree With Deal to Buy Cloudability

Apptio, a Bellevue, WA-based company that helps corporate technology leaders manage their IT spending, announced Thursday it has agreed to acquire Cloudability, a Portland, OR-based developer of software for tracking cloud-computing expenditures.Apptio’s news release announcing the deal did not disclose any of its financial terms.The deal, which comes on the heels of other acquisitions Apptio has made in recent years, would create a combined company able to offer customers a “mature and powerfu...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Deals, Microsoft, Trends, Tech, Analytics, It, Software, Portland, Aws, Bp, Seattle, Amazon Web Services, Slack, Alphabet

We got our hands on filings that show $3.2 billion health-insurance startup Oscar Health is plotting an expansion into another city

Oscar Health just posted its financials for the first quarter of 2019. The company said Wednesday that it had taken in $354 million in gross premium revenue.  According to filings reviewed by Business Insider, Oscar has filed as an insurer in three new states: Illinois, Georgia, and Pennsylvania. In Pennsylvania, plans to operate plans in Philadelphia and Delaware counties.   Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Oscar Health is headed for another metro area.  The startup health...
Tags: Health, Google, Trends, Georgia, Fbi, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, New Jersey, Oscar, Philadelphia, Fda, Illinois, Delaware, Axa, Alphabet, Clover Health