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Factmata gets backed by eyeo, maker of Adblock Plus, and takes over its Trusted News app

Posted on: April 8, 2020, in News

“Fake news” — news content that either misleads people with half-truths, or outright lies — has become a permanent fixture of the internet. Now, as tech and media platforms continue to search for the best way to fight it, Factmata — a London startup backed by Biz Stone, Craig Newmark, Mark Cuban, Mark Pincus and […]

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Facebook announces new program for premium video ads

Posted on: April 3, 2020, in News

Facebook is expanding its efforts around premium video advertising with a new program called Facebook Showcase. This follows the announcement last fall of what the company calls In-Stream Reserve advertising — video ads with a curated list of hundreds of publishers, at a set price, with Nielsen-verified audiences. In fact, Facebook said at a press […]

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Googles newest Cloud TPU Pods feature over 1,000 TPUs

Posted on: March 31, 2020, in News

Google today announced that its second- and third-generation Cloud TPU Pods — its scalable cloud-based supercomputers with up to 1,000 of its custom Tensor Processing Units — are now publicly available in beta. The latest-generation v3 models are especially powerful and are liquid-cooled. Each pod can deliver up to 100 petaFLOPS. As Google notes, that […]

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Next-generation Google Assistant is coming to new Pixel phones this year

Posted on: March 25, 2020, in News

A next-generation Google Assistant that can handle more complex tasks across apps — quickly switching from hailing a ride, to checking the weather, to taking a selfie — is coming to new Pixel phones later this year. An early demonstration of the more robust Google Assistant was shown Tuesday at Google I/O 2019, the company’s […]

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Daily Crunch: Y Combinator heads north

Posted on: March 21, 2020, in News

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. The Silicon Valley exodus continues Many of the investors that touted the exclusivity of “The Valley” have moved north to San […]

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The Google Assistant gets a button

Posted on: March 20, 2020, in News

Traditionally, the Google Assistant always lived under the home button on Android phones, but as the company announced at MWC today, LG, Nokia, Xiaomi, TCL and Vivo are about to launch phones with dedicated assistant buttons, similar to what Samsung has long done with its Bixby assistant. The new phones with the button that are […]

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Google now lets you auto-delete your app activity, location and web history

Posted on: March 18, 2020, in News

It’s no secret that unless you are very careful about what you opt-in to, Google keeps a very detailed record of your location history and a log of the web sites you visit in Chrome and apps you use. There have always been ways to fully opt out of this or to painstakingly delete these […]

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Facebook adds new background location privacy controls to its Android app

Posted on: March 16, 2020, in News

Facebook is updating its privacy settings on Android to make it easier for users to control what location data is sent to and stored by the company. In its announcement, Facebook acknowledged that Android users have expressed concern over the app’s ability to continuously log location data in the background. Due to Android’s all-or-nothing system of […]

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Twitter updates twttr prototype app with engagement swipes, conversation tweaks, better Dark mode and more

Posted on: March 10, 2020, in News

Twitter’s new prototyping app twttr, which it created to test and get feedback on new features — and new approaches to old features — has been out in the wild for a month. Now, with Twitter taking in the first wave of responses from users, twttr is getting an update. The move highlights how Twitter continues to […]

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Gmail on mobile gets a fresh coat of Material Design paint

Posted on: March 2, 2020, in News

Gmail on mobile will soon get a new look. Google today announced that its mobile email apps for iOS and Android are getting a redesign that is in line with the company’s recent Material Design updates to Gmail, Drive, Calendar and Docs and Site. Indeed, the new UI will look familiar to anybody who has […]

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