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Google makes a big change to search results to stop users clicking irrelevant videos

Google has made a significant change to search results, which have started playing short previews of videos. They’re replacing the static image thumbnails Google has traditionally used for video results, with the move designed to help you find relevant content even faster.  The main issue with Google’s previous approach was that it allowed misleading thumbnails...
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Google shows how easy it is for software to remove watermarks from photos

Google’s research division today detailed just how easy it is for computer algorithms to bypass standard photo watermarking practices, stripping those images of copyright protection and making them vulnerable to reposting across the internet without credit. The research, presented at a leading computer vision conference in Hawaii back in July, is described in detail in...
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Google is testing a data-friendly version of its Search app

Google might soon release a data-friendly version of its search app for mobile. That’s because the company is currently piloting such an app in Indonesia, as the eagle-eyed team at Android Police first spotted. “Search Lite” — which TechCrunch understands is not the name of the app, but it is certainly an accurate description of...
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Google buys startup that turns smartphones into health diagnostic tools

Google has bought Senosis Health, a startup that turns smartphones into medical devices and collects various health stats, reports GeekWire. The Senosis apps can monitor lung health and hemoglobin counts, among other things, using functions on a smartphone including its accelerometer, microphone, flash and camera. For example, to measure the hemoglobin, Senosis’ app uses the...
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Google Is Reportedly Copying Snapchat’s Discover Feature

First Facebook copied Snapchat’s Stories feature. Now, Google is working on a project to let publishers package content for mobile devices in a way that mimics Snapchat Discover, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing anonymous sources. Google’s project is called “Stamp,” a combination of the AMP acronym for Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages with “st” (for “stories”),...
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Google and MIT’s new machine learning algorithms retouch your …

It’s getting harder and harder to squeeze more performance out of your phone’s camera hardware. That’s why companies like Google are turning to computational photography: using algorithms and machine learning to improve your snaps. The latest research from the search giant, conducted with scientists from MIT, takes this work to a new level, producing algorithms...
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Watchdog Group Files Complaint Over Google Tracking In-Person Purchases

Google CEO Sundar Pichai delivers the keynote address at the Google I/O 2017 Conference at Shoreline Amphitheater on May 17 in Mountain View, Calif. Google’s new tool for tracking how online ads connect to in-person sales has been criticized by a privacy watchdog group. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Google...
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Google is aping Facebook features to catch up in mobile – CNBC.com

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Google launches SOS Alerts to help keep you safe

Google wants to help you stay safe. The company on Tuesday unveiled a new feature called SOS Alerts for Search and Maps that will provide information on emergency situations. When you search for information on a crisis, you may now see an SOS Alert that includes emergency phone numbers, news, translations of useful phrases or...
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Google is having trouble pushing its Facebook-like newsfeed to …

Google released a personalized news feed for phones this week, showing a stream of content based on people’s location, search histories and topics they’ve selected to follow. It’s a significant new update that represents a very different tack for Google. The feed is designed to make the user aware they’re on Google, and to proactively...
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