Tag: Alphabet

Google report assesses how AI can best serve humanity

Google.org is today releasing a report that details how social impact startups, nonprofits, government policymakers, and academics can use machine learning to address some of humanity’s biggest problems. The assessment is the result of analysis of more than 2,600 applications — from 119 countries — to the $25 million Google AI Impact Challenge, a global […]

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U.S. states launch antitrust investigation into Google

(Reuters) — Attorneys general from 48 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico formally opened an antitrust probe on Monday into Alphabet’s Google, in a sign of growing government scrutiny of U.S. technology giants. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who is leading the probe, said it will focus on Google’s “overarching control of […]

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Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs leads $20 million round into Ori’s robotic furniture for small spaces

The world will be home to an estimated 10 billion people by 2050, one-quarter more than the Earth’s population today — and two-thirds of those will live in cities, according to United Nations figures. To combat overcrowding, the need to optimize space within urban dwellings will become an increasingly pressing issue, which is where Ori is […]

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How rejecting incremental innovation can solve trillion-dollar problems

“The biggest thing I learned at Google was that every problem is a trillion-dollar opportunity,” said Mo Gawdat, former chief business officer at Google X, who left the company in 2018. “If you can solve a problem, you can actually change the world — and make a lot of money in the process.” Speaking at […]

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U.S. DoJ indicts former Alphabet engineer for stealing self-driving car secrets from Waymo

(Reuters) — The U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday filed criminal charges accusing Anthony Levandowski, a former high-ranking engineer at Alphabet, of stealing the company’s self-driving car technology before joining rival Uber. The 33-count indictment largely mirrors allegations that Alphabet’s Waymo unit, where Levandowski had worked, had made in a civil lawsuit against Uber in 2017, […]

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DeepMind details OpenSpiel, a collection of AI training tools for video games

Reinforcement learning, the AI training technique that’s brought to fruition systems capable of defeating world poker champions and guiding self-driving cars, isn’t the simplest thing in the world to wrangle. That’s particularly true in the gaming domain, where cutting-edge approaches sometimes require bespoke tools that aren’t publicly available. Fortunately, that’s changing. In a paper recently […]

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GV leads $60 million investment in Ethos for data-driven life insurance

Ethos, a company that’s using predictive analytics and big data to issue life insurance policies, has raised $60 million in a series C round of funding led by Alphabet’s venture capital (VC) arm GV, with participation from Sequoia Capital, Accel, and Goldman Sachs. An Ethos spokesperson told VentureBeat that it was valued at nearly $500 […]

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Google shuts down Android phone data service for wireless carriers

(Reuters) — Alphabet’s Google has shut down a service it provided to wireless carriers globally that showed them weak spots in their network coverage, people familiar with the matter told Reuters, because of Google’s concerns that sharing data from users of its Android phone system might attract the scrutiny of users and regulators. The withdrawal […]

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Google Assistant now lets you assign reminders to other people

You will soon be able to assign reminders to specific members of your household with Google Assistant on Android phones and Nest Home smart speakers and smart displays, a company spokesperson told VentureBeat in an email. You can schedule assigned reminders by saying: “Hey Google, remind Jamal to take out the trash at 8 p.m.” […]

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Google Accounts now let Android web users authenticate themselves with their fingerprint

Google is making it easier for Android users to authenticate themselves through the mobile web by allowing them to verify their identity using only their fingerprint. A leading cause of data breaches is compromised passwords, whether through poor password hygiene or more sophisticated attacks, which is why technology companies and online service providers are exploring […]

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Google opens auction for default Android search engine in Europe

Google has opened up an auction process for alternative search engines to become the default providers on mobile devices in Europe. Beginning in early 2020, anyone setting up a new Android device in the European Economic Area (EEA) will see a choice screen, where they will be asked to select which search engine they wish […]

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DeepMind’s AI predicts kidney injury up to 48 hours before it happens

Acute kidney injury, or AKI, is a condition in which the kidneys stop filtering waste products from the blood. It occurs quickly (in two days or less) and debilitates an estimated 1 in 5 hospitalized patients in the U.K. and 1 in 4 hospitalized patients in the U.S. Worse still, because it’s difficult to detect, […]

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Alphabet’s revenue rebounds, easing doubts on growth and boosting shares 8%

(Reuters) — Alphabet shares rose about 8% after the company reported quarterly results that eased investors’ concerns about growth challenges facing its Google advertising business. Driven by ad sales, second-quarter revenue and earnings beat analysts’ expectations. In addition, the world’s largest online search and ads firm, unlike No. 2 online ad player Facebook a day […]

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Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs backs Umbrella, a community marketplace for boomers

Roughly 55 million people in the U.S. are 65 or older, which comes to around 16% of the population. Between the 2000 and 2010 census, the 65+ age group increased by 15.1% — notably greater than the 9.7% growth rate attributed to the broader population. As people get older, key questions around living arrangements inevitably […]

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Indian Google antitrust probe was sparked by junior researchers at India’s own competition commission

(Reuters) — Two junior Indian antitrust research associates and a law school student were behind a complaint that sparked a probe into Google’s alleged anti-competitive practices in the country, in what has become another regulatory challenge for the U.S. firm. The Competition Commission of India (CCI) ordered a full-blown investigation into Alphabet Inc’s Google in […]

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Alphabet’s Waymo adds Wi-Fi to its driverless taxis

(Reuters) – Waymo is rolling out amenities to entice riders to use its self-driving taxis, creating a potential route to profitability in a money-losing industry. The Alphabet subsidiary is testing complimentary Wi-Fi in its robotaxis in greater Phoenix, where hundreds of the company’s identical, driverless minivans have been carrying paying riders since December. In late […]

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Google’s internet balloons face doubts from potential customers

(Reuters) — Google’s bet on balloons to deliver cell service soon faces a crucial test amid doubts about the viability of the technology by some potential customers. Loon says its balloons will reach Kenya in the coming weeks for its first commercial trial. The test with Telkom Kenya, the nation’s No. 3 carrier, will let […]

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Google announces Equiano, a privately funded subsea cable that connects Europe with Africa

Google has announced its fourteenth subsea cable investment, and the third international cable funded entirely by the internet giant. Equiano, as the cable will be known, will have three touchpoints, starting in Portugal’s capital Lisbon and running down Africa’s west coast to connect with South Africa. This will be Google’s first cable stretching from Europe […]

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Google Cloud swallows Alphabet’s Chronicle

Google today announced that Alphabet’s Chronicle is joining Google Cloud “in the coming weeks.” Google expects to complete the integration “this fall.” The enterprise security company that uses big data to detect vulnerabilities and aimed to sell software to Fortune 500 companies is no longer independent. But was it ever? Google acquired the malware analysis […]

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Google Maps now predicts how crowded your bus or train will be

Google is introducing a new predictive feature to Google Maps, one that tells travelers how busy their bus, train, or subway ride will likely be. The company announced today that it will be rolling out “crowdedness predictions” in around 200 cities globally, on both Android and iOS — this means that if you request a […]

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