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Google's Home Hub Is a Great Start to a Smarter Home Google's Home Hub Is a Great Start to a Smarter Home

The idea of a smart home console is exciting. A little screen where you can turn all your lights on and off and turn on the TV and see who’s at the door and crank the oven up to 500-degrees to roast that garlic and broccoli for dinner? That’s cool! It’s also what Google promises with the new Home Hub. Google doesn’t …

Whoops, YouTube Is Hella Broken Right Now [Update: It's Been Fixed] Whoops, YouTube Is Hella Broken Right Now [Update: It's Been Fixed]

Video giant YouTube appeared to be suffering a massive outage on Tuesday night, with users reporting widespread problems attempting to connect to the site. The cause is not yet clear, but reports indicate that viewers are experiencing a number of glitches including “500 Internal Server Error” messages (a generic HTTP…

Google, Burned by $5 Billion Fine, Tells Europe That Phone Makers Will Have to Pay to Preload Apps Google, Burned by $5 Billion Fine, Tells Europe That Phone Makers Will Have to Pay to Preload Apps

In response to the record-setting $5 billion fine recently levied against Google by the European Union, the search giant is making some changes. On Tuesday, it announced that manufacturers will soon have to pay a licensing fee to ship devices into the European Economic Area (EEA) with Google apps pre-installed.

Google Pulls Out of Saudi Conference as the World Still Wonders What Happened to Jamal Khashoggi Google Pulls Out of Saudi Conference as the World Still Wonders What Happened to Jamal Khashoggi

Google has become the latest tech company to pull out of a high-profile conference in Saudi Arabia commonly referred to as Davos in the Desert. Google didn’t give a reason for the decision but other companies have pulled out while citing the October 2 disappearance of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, last…

Employees Protest Microsoft Bid for Huge Military Contract, Saying It Could Cause 'Human Suffering' Employees Protest Microsoft Bid for Huge Military Contract, Saying It Could Cause 'Human Suffering'

Last week, Google dropped its bid for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI), a massive military cloud computing contract potentially worth up to $10 billion, amid employee backlash and concern the project could violate their “AI principles.” Now an open letter claiming to be from an unspecified number of…

Chromecast Is Bumming Me Out Chromecast Is Bumming Me Out

Google quietly released a new Chromecast device at its big event this week. And by quietly, I mean the company didn’t mention it at all. It was just sitting in the bottom of the bag that someone gave me when I left the venue. But hey, it’s new and it’s nice-looking. It’s just a bummer Google still hasn’t made…

Pixel 3: Everything About Google's Great Android Phone Hope (Update: First Impressions) Pixel 3: Everything About Google's Great Android Phone Hope (Update: First Impressions)

Google’s third-gen Pixels might be the most leaked phones ever. From numerous Russian tech sites getting their hands on production-ready devices to stores in Hong Kong selling handsets a week ahead of the official announcement, there’s a lot info about the new Pixels floating around. But one thing all of the leaks…

We're Liveblogging the Google Pixel 3 Event Right Here We're Liveblogging the Google Pixel 3 Event Right Here

As is the custom, Google’s big hardware day is here, and there have been so many leaks about the new Pixel phone, it practically feels like we’ve used it. Heck, some people say they’ve already bought one. But don’t let a few leaks spoil the fun. There are still bound to be some surprises.

Google Drops Bid for Massive Military Cloud Computing Contract Amid Employee Pressure Google Drops Bid for Massive Military Cloud Computing Contract Amid Employee Pressure

Google has dropped out of the competition for a Pentagon cloud computing project that could be worth as much as $10 billion and last up to a decade, citing a possible clash with its corporate values, Bloomberg reported on Monday.

Google Not Sure Which Google+ Users Had Personal Data Exposed Google Not Sure Which Google+ Users Had Personal Data Exposed

Following a report Monday alleging that Google kept secret a data breach potentially impacting hundreds of thousands of Google+ users, the company is offering only a meager defense of why it kept silent for so long.

Google's Failed Social Network, Google+, Will Be No More Google's Failed Social Network, Google+, Will Be No More

Google+, a social network that we can certainly say existed and not much more, is slated for a long-overdue trip down the memory hole.

Capping Off Endless Leaks, the Pixel 3 XL Is Already on Sale in Hong Kong Before Launch Event Capping Off Endless Leaks, the Pixel 3 XL Is Already on Sale in Hong Kong Before Launch Event

Google has had a rough time ahead of its October hardware launch event—namely, spoilers about the upcoming Pixel 3 line keep leaking online via Russian tech bloggers, Imgur posts, and even the backseats of Lyft cabs. It’s gotten so bad some have cooked up wild theories Google is deliberately leaking inaccurate…

Alphabet's New App Aims to Tackle Government Censorship Caused by DNS Poisoning Alphabet's New App Aims to Tackle Government Censorship Caused by DNS Poisoning

The Alphabet incubator tasked with tackling “some of the toughest global security challenges,” from online extremism and cybersecurity to government censorship, has rolled out new tool aimed at defending against attacks on free speech around the globe.

Google Faces Lawsuit in Belgium for Not Blurring Military Sites and Nuclear Power Plants on Maps Google Faces Lawsuit in Belgium for Not Blurring Military Sites and Nuclear Power Plants on Maps

Belgium plans to sue Google over the tech giant’s refusal to blur sensitive military sites and nuclear power plants on the company’s various mapping platforms. Military leaders in Belgium have not yet filed a formal complaint but confirmed to Reuters that they intend to sue.

Tech Execs Offer Senate Help Writing a Toothless National Privacy Law Tech Execs Offer Senate Help Writing a Toothless National Privacy Law

Executives at six of the nation’s largest internet and technology companies gathered Wednesday on Capitol Hill for a data-privacy hearing called in response to growing concerns over the comparatively inadequate protections offered to consumers under U.S. law.

Google Now Says It Will Update Chrome to Let Users Opt-Out of Forced Auto-Logins Google Now Says It Will Update Chrome to Let Users Opt-Out of Forced Auto-Logins

Earlier this week, controversy arose around the latest release of Google’s Chrome web browser because it’s far too easy for users to be forced to log in without realizing they’re doing it. Google now says it’ll be making some changes to solve the problem.

Google Is Letting Some Cryptocurrency Ads Back on Its Platform Google Is Letting Some Cryptocurrency Ads Back on Its Platform

Google, which banned cryptocurrency advertisements from its platform earlier this year, will be partially rolling back that policy as of October.

Jeff Sessions' Big Meeting on Big Tech Regulations Was Good for Everyone But Jeff Sessions Jeff Sessions' Big Meeting on Big Tech Regulations Was Good for Everyone But Jeff Sessions

According to the president, Jeff Sessions is not the Attorney General of the United States. But he keeps showing up to work and doing something. On Tuesday, he held a much-anticipated meeting with state attorneys general to discuss “political bias” on tech platforms. The transparent move to please his boss didn’t go…

Google Is Bringing a Bunch of Changes to Search Google Is Bringing a Bunch of Changes to Search

In honor of its 20th anniversary, Google is making a load of changes to search, some you’ll notice and others will be more subtle. All will likely leave some users asking: “Do I really want this?”

Report: Trump May Order Antitrust Probe of Tech Companies Over BS Claims of Bias Report: Trump May Order Antitrust Probe of Tech Companies Over BS Claims of Bias

For months, our Twitter-addicted and conspiracy-addled president has become increasingly convinced that just like the media, Silicon Valley tech companies he barely understands are out to get him. Claims that the largely West Coast-based tech world is secretly undermining the conservative movement have long been a…

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