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Google’s $20 Million Xprize Moonshot Is About to Crash Back to Earth Without a Winner Google’s $20 Million Xprize Moonshot Is About to Crash Back to Earth Without a Winner

Google promised $20 million to the first private company that could land on the moon, roll around a few hundred meters, and then beam the achievement back to Earth. But it looks like none of the competing companies have landed on that sweet lunar surface—and Google isn’t going to give them more time.

Google CEO Reaffirms Firing James Damore Was the Way to Go, 'I Don't Regret It' Google CEO Reaffirms Firing James Damore Was the Way to Go, 'I Don't Regret It'

Google CEO Sundar Pichai isn’t rattled by former engineer James Damore’s lawsuit against the tech giant for alleged discrimination against white, conservative men, at least according to remarks he made this week to MSNBC and Recode .

Twitter Alerts Nearly 680,000 Users They May Have Been Duped by Russian Accounts Twitter Alerts Nearly 680,000 Users They May Have Been Duped by Russian Accounts

Twitter admitted on Friday evening that its investigation into suspected Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential elections had turned up what it believes were over 50,000 automated accounts linked to the Kremlin—and that it had identified 677,775 other accounts that “followed one of these accounts or retweeted or…

Apple, Google Reroute Employee Buses After Series of Alleged Attacks Near San Francisco Apple, Google Reroute Employee Buses After Series of Alleged Attacks Near San Francisco

Apple and Google have rerouted shuttle buses which carry employees from San Francisco to their out-of-town headquarters after a series of possible attacks broke the vehicles’ windows in the past week.

How Google Fights Password Thieves How Google Fights Password Thieves

Google and researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, teamed up to study how Google accounts become compromised, shedding light on how the company finds new ways to fight back.

Google Has Made It Simple for Anyone to Tap Into Its Image Recognition AI Google Has Made It Simple for Anyone to Tap Into Its Image Recognition AI

Google released a new AI tool on Wednesday designed to let anyone train its machine learning systems on a photo dataset of their choosing. The software is called Cloud AutoML Vision. In an accompanying blog post, the chief scientist of Google’s Cloud AI division explains how the software can help users without machine…

YouTube Unveils New Monetization Rules Killing Ad Revenue for Small Creators  YouTube Unveils New Monetization Rules Killing Ad Revenue for Small Creators 

Amid seemingly endless controversies about content on YouTube (including, most recently, a Logan Paul video shot in Japan’s “suicide forest”), Google announced major changes last night to how videos would be monetized on the site. Going forward, the company says big channels included in its coveted Google Preferred…

The Very Good Reason Why You Can't Get That Google Art-Selfie Feature in Illinois or Texas The Very Good Reason Why You Can't Get That Google Art-Selfie Feature in Illinois or Texas

Some residents of Illinois and Texas are angry that they can’t easily determine which work of art looks 42 percent like them while allowing Google to capture their biometric souls.

Why Google's Half-Assed Fact-Checking Widget Was Destined to Piss Off Conservatives Why Google's Half-Assed Fact-Checking Widget Was Destined to Piss Off Conservatives

Last week, conservatives cried foul over Google’s latest attempt to provide past examples of fact-checking for news outlets. Right-wing pundits at The Daily Caller insisted that Google was targeting conservative outlets and giving left-leaning publications a pass. The answer is, expectedly, a bit more complicated than…

4 Ways Google's Android Beats Samsung's Android and 3 Ways It Doesn't 4 Ways Google's Android Beats Samsung's Android and 3 Ways It Doesn't

Google and Samsung are locked in a battle at the premium end of the Android smartphone market, and one of the reasons why you might pick a Google Pixel 2 over a Samsung Galaxy Note 8—or vice versa—is the on-board software. We put the two flagship devices side by side to see how Pixel Android compares to Samsung…

Your Chromecast or Google Home Might Be Screwing Up Your Wi-Fi [Updated] Your Chromecast or Google Home Might Be Screwing Up Your Wi-Fi [Updated]

Google Home and Chromecast devices are reportedly killing peoples’ Wi-Fi. The problem, first reported by Android Police, originally seemed localized to users of the Google Home Max speaker and the cheap, but usually excellent, TP-Link Archer C7 router. However since Android Police first reported the problem, it seems…

Google Can Now Tell You Which Works of Art You Look Like Google Can Now Tell You Which Works of Art You Look Like

If you’ve seen a lot of people suddenly sharing uncannily similar artistic doppelgängers of themselves recently, Google’s facial recognition abilities and massive database of art are to blame. The tech giant recently recently added a new feature to its Arts and Culture app which allows users to snap a photo and…

Pretty Soon a Smart Assistant Won't Be a Choice Pretty Soon a Smart Assistant Won't Be a Choice

This winter I bought three Google Home Minis—two for me, and one for my lovely parents.

Google Pulls 60 Apps From Play Store After Malware Exposes Kids to Porn Google Pulls 60 Apps From Play Store After Malware Exposes Kids to Porn

Security researchers on Friday disclosed the existence of malicious code buried inside dozens of apps that displayed pornographic images to users. Many of the apps are games reportedly geared toward young children.

Ex-Google Employee's Memo Says Executives Shut Down Pro-Diversity Discussions Ex-Google Employee's Memo Says Executives Shut Down Pro-Diversity Discussions

A memo written by a former Google engineer claims that the company’s human resources department and a senior vice president pressured him to stop discussing diversity initiatives on company forums, interactions that ultimately motivated him to leave the company.

5 Design Trends We’d Like to See More of This Year 5 Design Trends We’d Like to See More of This Year

Looking ahead to 2018, there’s plenty to be excited about when it comes to design. From technology companies who are finally starting to own their responsibility, to the rest of us saying goodbye to boring hardware—here are five design trends we’d like to see more of this year.

Conservatives Are Now Getting Angry About Google's Fact-Checking Module Conservatives Are Now Getting Angry About Google's Fact-Checking Module

Paranoid conservatives have increasingly become certain Google is trying to silence them, citing its firing of engineers who allegedly created hostile work environments and a largely illusory panic about YouTube censorship. Now, according to Tucker Carlson’s flagship site the Daily Caller, they’re worried Google’s new…

The First Standalone VR Headset From Google and Lenovo Is a Beauty The First Standalone VR Headset From Google and Lenovo Is a Beauty

Every major VR player has made the same promise. A VR headset that would be completely wireless. One that would let you go anywhere without tripping over cords or being tethered to a computer/phone/PS4. Google, which has spent more than a year quietly improving its VR platform, Daydream, is now the first company to…

Amazon and Google's Dumb Fight About YouTube Videos Makes More Sense Now  Amazon and Google's Dumb Fight About YouTube Videos Makes More Sense Now 

The slap fight between Google and Amazon, in which the two corporations fought over whether the Amazon Show could display YouTube videos, just started to make a whole lot more sense. Google is pushing a whole range of Show-like devices out through Lenovo, Sony, LG, and JBL. They’ll all have YouTube baked right in.

Anti-Diversity Memo Author Sues Google for Alleged Discrimination Against White Conservative Men Anti-Diversity Memo Author Sues Google for Alleged Discrimination Against White Conservative Men

James Damore, the former Google engineer who wrote a lengthy memo outlining what he perceived as innate gender differences that made women less equipped to work in tech than men, is suing the company for discrimination.

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