Tag: Google Inc

Huawei’s European Customers Are Put on Hold by U.S. Ban

LONDON — Europe has been one of Huawei’s biggest success stories. Now it is on the front line of the trade and technology war between China and the United States. The move by Google this week to cut off Android support to phones made by Huawei, the Chinese telecom giant, will hobble their European users […]

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Google’s Duplex Uses A.I. to Mimic Humans (Sometimes)

ALBANY, Calif. — On a recent afternoon at the Lao Thai Kitchen restaurant, the telephone rang and the caller ID read “Google Assistant.” Jimmy Tran, a waiter, answered the phone. The caller was a man with an Irish accent hoping to book a dinner reservation for two on the weekend. This was no ordinary booking. […]

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Mobile Carriers in Britain and Japan Begin to Turn Away From Huawei

LONDON — Google’s decision to cut off support to Huawei, the Chinese telecommunications giant blacklisted by the Trump administration, is rippling across the globe as companies suspend ties to the handset maker. In Britain, where Huawei is one of the most popular cellphone brands, two of country’s biggest mobile networks, EE and Vodafone, announced they […]

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Google Changes Abortion Ad Policy

Advertisers planning to run ads on Google referring to abortion services in the United States, Britain and Ireland must first get clearance from the search giant, the company said in an online post. After outrage over recent reports of misleading abortion-related ads, Google said it would require advertisers dealing with the topic to be certified […]

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The Internet Security Apocalypse You Probably Missed

This article is part of a limited-run newsletter. You can sign up here. Instead of my usual monologue, this week I’ve invited my colleague, the editorial writer Sarah Jeong, to have a conversation about the biggest story from last week that you probably missed. Charlie: Sarah, Welcome to Privacy Project ThunderDome! We had a rather […]

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U.S. Restrictions on Huawei Expose a High-Tech Achilles’ Heel for China

BEIJING — For all of China’s efforts to become a global force in high technology rivaling the United States, it has mostly failed to produce top-flight contenders in one crucial area: the industry that gave Silicon Valley its name. Last year, China imported more than $300 billion worth of computer chips, the backbone of all […]

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A.I. Took a Test to Detect Lung Cancer. It Got an A.

Computers were as good or better than doctors at detecting tiny lung cancers on CT scans, in a study by researchers from Google and several medical centers. The technology is a work in progress, not ready for widespread use, but the new report, published Monday in the journal Nature Medicine, offers a glimpse of the […]

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U.S. Tech Suppliers, Including Google, Restrict Dealings With Huawei After Trump Order

LONDON — The Chinese technology giant Huawei on Monday began to feel the painful ripple effects of a Trump administration order that effectively bars American firms from selling components and software to the company, ramping up a cold war between the two countries over technology and trade. The fallout began when Google cut off support […]

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The New New World: As Huawei Loses Google, the U.S.-China Tech Cold War Gets Its Iron Curtain

China has spent nearly two decades building a digital wall between itself and the rest of the world, a one-way barrier designed to keep out foreign companies like Facebook and Google while allowing Chinese rivals to leave home and expand across the world. Now President Trump is sealing up that wall from the other side. […]

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Google Restricts Huawei’s Access to Android After Trump Order

LONDON — The Chinese technology giant Huawei on Monday began feeling painful ripple effects of a Trump administration order that effectively bars American firms from selling components and software to the company. Huawei said that Google was cutting off its access to support for many Android hardware and software services. The move, in response to […]

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If We Care So Much About What Google Knows, Why Do We Keep Telling It Everything?

At first blush, it seems safe to say that most of us harbor inconsistent — if not neurotically contradictory — notions about our personal privacy. We claim to treasure it, yet want badly to be known and seen (posting on Instagram, preening on Twitter). We’re spooked when the same set of advertisements tailgate us, yet […]

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The Trump Administration Turns Its Back on a Chance to Fight Online Extremism

The White House on Wednesday announced it would not sign the Christchurch call to action, an informal international pact among France’s and New Zealand’s leaders and social media platforms to combat online extremism. The call to action is a broad statement of intent, rather than a detailed policy proposal. It urges nations and private tech […]

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Trump Wants Your Tales of Social Media Censorship. And Your Contact Info.

The Trump administration escalated its conflict with the tech industry on Wednesday, unveiling a website that asks people who think their viewpoints have been censored by social media platforms to share their stories — and their contact information. President Trump, who seems to relish little more than a tweet storm, has repeatedly attacked Google, Facebook […]

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White House Says It Won’t Sign Global Pact for Tougher Measures on Online Violence

PARIS — The White House said on Wednesday that it would not sign an international accord intended to pressure the largest internet platforms to eradicate violent and extremist content, highlighting a broader divide between the United States and other countries about the role of government in determining what content is acceptable on the internet. Citing […]

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Throw Your Laptop Into the Sea, the Surveillance Economy Will Still Win

This article is part of a limited-run newsletter. You can sign up here. You can’t solve a problem that you can’t define. That’s why I love this dual definition of privacy by Maciej Ceglowski, one of my favorite writers and thinkers on technology. It’s from his written testimony submitted to the Senate Banking Committee last […]

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Attention, Amazon Shoppers: Google Wants Some of Your Spending Money

SAN FRANCISCO — For years, Google and Amazon stuck to their strengths. Google’s search monopoly and universe of online services seemed to present little overlap with Amazon’s web commerce empire. But as the ambitions of each has expanded, it is becoming unavoidably, inescapably, clear that the technology giants are heading for a collision. On Tuesday, […]

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Russia Is Targeting Europe’s Elections. So Are Far-Right Copycats.

LONDON — Less than two weeks before pivotal elections for the European Parliament, a constellation of websites and social media accounts linked to Russia or far-right groups is spreading disinformation, encouraging discord and amplifying distrust in the centrist parties that have governed for decades. European Union investigators, academics and advocacy groups say the new disinformation […]

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Tech Fix: Google Pixel 3A Review: The $400 Smartphone You’ve Been Waiting For

Dear readers, I hear you: Plenty of you are making it loud and clear that you are frustrated with today’s smartphone prices, which are approaching the cost of a decent used car. I’ve read your testy emails about skyrocketing prices for devices like Apple’s $1,100 iPhone XS Max and Samsung’s $2,000 Galaxy Fold. I’ve seen […]

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