Google is recording and listening to customer voice interactions

Devices like Google Home, Google Assistant or Amazon’s Alexa have risen in popularity in recent years. Their main purpose is to make life easier for people, by answering questions or controlling certain functionality such as music playback.The devices are powered by activation phrases. Google customers need to say “Okay Google” to activate the device and…

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Report: Google News Does Not Have an Anti-Conservative Predisposition Even a Pro-Credible Source One

Google offices in London.Photo: Alastair Grant (AP)It’s pretty much conservative dogma at this point: Silicon Valley is secretly discriminating against Republicans and conspiring to push left-wing propaganda on everyone! Donald Trump throws out unsubstantiated bile on the topic left and right, while Republicans in Congress and right-wing media parrot it nonstop. That’s all been despite…

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Google Browse will offer better news protection, and soon, support for podcast search

Google Search is getting an upgrade with better news coverage and now, podcast indexing. At the company’s developer conference, Google I/O, this morning, CEO Sundar Pichai kicked things off with an announcement that Google News’ “Full Coverage” feature, first launched last year, would now make its way directly to Google Search. Additionally, the exec said…

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Google Tracks What You Purchase Online With Gmail

Michael Nagle/Bloomberg/Getty ImagesThe week started out with a bang, or several of them, really. Remember Meltdown and Spectre, the vulnerabilities that affected basically every Intel processor from the past decade? There’s a related attack called ZombieLoad—yes, ZombieLoad—with similarly broad and bad impact. Serious stuff! But honestly, that’s not even the worst disclosure of the week.That…

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