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Google starts highlighting key moments from videos in Search

Google starts highlighting key moments from videos in Search Google today announced an update to how it handles videos in search results. Instead of just listing relevant videos on the search results page, Google will now also highlight the most relevant parts of longer videos, based on timestamps provided by the video […]

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Sources say China used iPhone hacks to target Uyghur Muslims

Sources say China used iPhone hacks to target Uyghur Muslims A number of malicious websites used to hack into iPhones over a two-year period were targeting Uyghur Muslims, TechCrunch has learned. Sources familiar with the matter said the websites were part of a state-backed attack — likely China — designed to target […]

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Google Search gets expanded college search features

Google Search gets expanded college search features Google today announced a number of new features for students looking for more information about U.S. colleges. Last year, Google Search introduced new widgets with information about 4-year universities. Today, it is expanding this to 2-year colleges. The company says that searches for ‘community colleges […]

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Amazon’s lead EU data regulator is asking questions about Alexa privacy

Amazon’s lead EU data regulator is asking questions about Alexa privacy Amazon’s lead data regulator in Europe, Luxembourg’s National Commission for Data Protection, has raised privacy concerns about its use of manual human reviews of Alexa AI voice assistant recordings. A spokesman for the regulator confirmed in an email to TechCrunch it […]

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Google Travel adds flight price notifications and a limited time flight price guarantee

Google Travel adds flight price notifications and a limited time flight price guarantee Google is building out its travel product with more features to convince you to use it to book flights and plan trips directly, instead of having to go anywhere else. The company is adding more sophisticated pricing features, including […]

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Google is shutting down its Trips app

Google is shutting down its Trips app Google is shutting down its Trips app for mobile phones, but is incorporating much of the functionality from the service into its Maps app and Search features, according to a statement from the company. Support for the Trips app ends today, but information like notes […]

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Amazon develops a new way to help Alexa answer complex questions

Amazon develops a new way to help Alexa answer complex questions Amazon’s Alexa AI team had developed a new training method for the virtual assistant that could greatly improve its ability to handle tricky questions. In a blog post, team lead Abdalghani Abujabal details the new method, which combines both text-based search […]

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The Google News tab in Search is being redesigned for readability

The Google News tab in Search is being redesigned for readability The Google News tab is getting a makeover. Google announced this week, by way of a tweet, a significant redesign of the Google.com News tab on the desktop, which will organize articles in a card-style layout, while also better emphasizing publisher […]

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Google brings release channels and Windows Container support to its Kubernetes Engine

Google brings release channels and Windows Container support to its Kubernetes Engine At KubeCon + CloudNativeCon, the bi-annual gathering of cloud-native computing boffins, Google today announced that it now offers three release channels for its Google Kuberentes Engine (GKE): Rapid, Ragular and Stable. With these, Google Cloud users can decide whether they […]

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The Google Assistant on Android gets more visual responses

The Google Assistant on Android gets more visual responses About half a year ago, Google gave the Assistant on phones a major visual refresh. Today, the company is following up with a couple of small but welcome tweaks that’ll see the Assistant on Android provide more and better visual responses that are […]

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