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Google proposes moving ad business to Alphabet to keep regulators at bay

EU upholds Google’s 4.1B euro fine for bundling search with Android

Enlarge / Let’s see, you landed on my “Google Ads” space, and with three houses… that will be $1,400. Ron Amadeo / Hasbro Google has lost its latest battle with European Union regulators. This morning, the EU General Court upheld Google’s record fine for bundling Google Search and Chrome with Android. The initial ruling was …

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There’s a plan for Google’s failed balloon-based internet, and it involves lasers

There’s a plan for Google’s failed balloon-based internet, and it involves lasers

Alphabet’s Loon project, which aimed to provide internet via a series of balloons, was shut down last year — but the tech associated with it has been spun off into a startup that ditches the floating platforms and aims to use lasers and the cloud to provide internet to remote places. The company inheriting the …

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Google’s Project Nimbus is the future of evil

Google does a lot of stupid things. All giant corporations are the same in that regard. But it takes special effort to do something truly terrible. That’s where Google’s Project Nimbus comes in on the spectrum. Project Nimbus is a joint effort of Google, Amazon, and the Israeli government that provides futuristic surveillance capabilities through …

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Google’s open-source bug bounty aims to clamp down on supply chain attacks

Google’s open-source bug bounty aims to clamp down on supply chain attacks

Google has introduced a new vulnerability rewards program to pay researchers who find security flaws in its open-source software or in the building blocks that its software is built on. It’ll pay anywhere from $101 to $31,337 for information about bugs in projects like Angular, GoLang, and Fuchsia or for vulnerabilities in the third-party dependencies …

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Google’s Fuchsia OS is taking over smart displays, now on its second device

Google’s Fuchsia OS is taking over smart displays, now on its second device

Enlarge / Google’s Nest Hub Max is a 10-inch smart display designed for viewing photos, making video calls, controlling smart home devices, and accessing the Google Assistant, among other tricks. The speakers aren’t the best, though, and there’s no physical shutter for the built-in camera. Google The kingdom of Google’s third major operating system, Fuchsia, …

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Google's new helpful content update targets sites creating content for search engines first

Google’s new helpful content update targets sites creating content for search engines first

Google is about to launch a new and large search algorithm update, called the helpful content update. The helpful content update will target websites that have a relatively high amount of unsatisfying or unhelpful content, where the content has been written for search engines rather than humans. This update, which will start rolling out soon, …

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We stress-tested the microphones on Samsung and Google’s new earbuds

We stress-tested the microphones on Samsung and Google’s new earbuds

A couple of months ago on The Vergecast, we wanted to answer a question: which wireless earbuds should you buy to use for phone calls, Zoom meetings, or chatting with your voice assistant? So The Verge’s Chris Welch went to a noisy coffee shop in Brooklyn and hopped on a call with Vergecast co-host David …

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Google’s big plans for wearables could include workouts from your TV

Google’s big plans for wearables could include workouts from your TV

Google has yet to launch its first smartwatch, but the company may already be working on the next steps for its wearable plans. According to a Protocol report, Google is planning to integrate fitness trackers into Google TV and Android TV as part of a broader push to strengthen its product ecosystem. The question is …

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Ordinary computers can beat Google’s quantum computer after all

If the quantum computing era dawned 3 years ago, its rising sun may have ducked behind a cloud. In 2019, Google researchers claimed they had passed a milestone known as quantum supremacy when their quantum computer Sycamore performed in 200 seconds an abstruse calculation they said would tie up a supercomputer for 10,000 years. Now, …

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