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DeepMind’s Mustafa Suleyman joins Google AI


DeepMind and co-founder Mustafa Suleyman have decided to go their separate ways. Earlier this year there were disputed reports the two were arguing, some even suggested he’d been placed on leave. But now it seems he’s actually left the UK-based enterprise. And for its sister. Ouch. After a wonderful decade at DeepMind, I’m very excited to announce that I’ll be joining @Kent_Walker, @JeffDean and the fantastic team at Google to work on opportunities & impacts of applied AI technologies. Can’t wait to get going! More in Jan as I start the new job! — Mustafa Suleyman (@mustafasuleymn) December 5, 2019…

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YouTube completely gives up trying for Rewind 2019


YouTube today released Rewind 2019, its year-end video summing up the biggest things that happened on the site this year. And it’s… kind of sad, honestly. The number of dislikes is rocketing up – the dislike ratio is rapidly approaching last year’s, and it’s been less than 6 hours – while the comments are unerringly critical. It feels as though YouTube is playing it way too safe after the disaster that was Rewind 2018 — almost to the point of pettishness. Compared with Rewinds of years past, this one — titled “For the Record” — is almost depressingly sedate. It’s…

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Pichai is a mistake


Silicon Valley is still politely shrugging after the mildly interesting, but definitely important news broke yesterday that Alphabet’s founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, also the founders of Google, were “stepping aside” from their leadership positions. In a company blog post, the duo said it was time to simplify the two company’s command structures and that both of them would be replaced by Google’s current CEO Sundar Pichai, who has now assumed control of both companies. Well, at least on paper anyway. This story is both exciting – Alphabet is probably the most important company in the world – and boring. Did…

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These are the 6 best phones of 2019


Humans are more divided than ever. The world’s literally on fire. And people won’t stop asking Billie Eilish stupid questions. But, amidst all the bullshit that 2019 threw at us, there has been at least one ray of sunshine: phones. Okay, yeah, that might not be the biggest consolation, but you’ve got to find something positive in this world, right? Anyway, over the past 12 months, TNW’s crack team of reporters, writers, reviewers, and editors, got their hands on a gamut of the freshest phones around. The following list contains six of our favorite handsets of the year, which basically means…

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Fired Google employees will charge the company with ‘unfair labor practices’


Over the past month, Google has found itself in yet another problematic situation with its employees. It started when some employees of the tech giant protested outside its HQ offices in San Francisco over the suspension of two activist employees, Rebecca Rivers and Laurence Berland, who were put on leave for — what some employees are arguing — speaking out against the company.  Since then, Google fired both employees, as well as two others involved in the initial protest. But now, those fired former-Googlers plan to file labor charges against the tech giant, accusing the company of letting them go…

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Google rolls out a chat feature in Google Photos — use it before it’s axed


Google has a notorious habit of launching a new messaging app now and then. The lineup includes – both active and inactive – names such as Google Talk, Hangouts, All, Duo, SMS Messenger, and RCS-based Chat app. Now, it’s launching a messaging function in one of the unlikeliest places – Google Photos. You heard it right. You’ll be able to send your photos and videos through a chat interface in the app.   Google said it was always possible to share photos through links or albums, but it wanted to make the experience of sharing one-off photos easier: You’ve always been able…

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Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin step aside as Pichai becomes Alphabet CEO


It’s a big day in Mountain View. Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin today announced they are stepping down from their roles as CEOs of parent company Alphabet. Sundar Pichai, previously Google’s head honcho, now takes the reins and becomes CEO of both Google and Alphabet. Page and Brin note that now that Alphabet is established and its various companies are operating independently, “it’s the natural time to simplify [the company’s] management structure.” While Alphabet was founded in 2015 and became Google’s parent company then, the big G remains the face of the company in the public eye; it…

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Google removed over 300 Trump ads for ‘violating company policy’


With just over a year until the 2020 US presidential elections, social media giants have been updating their policies on the spread of misinformation to better protect the democratic process.  Last month, Google finally took a stance on how it will handle political ads on its platforms, including YouTube. Now, the internet giant will limit political advertisers from targeting ads based on voters’ political leanings or public voter records.  Over the summer, Google and YouTube reportedly removed over 300 ads from President for “violating company policy.” As first reported by 60 Minutes, when correspondent Lesley Stahl asked YouTube’s CEO Susan…

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey uses DuckDuckGo over Google


Unlike the late 90s and early 00s, search engines currently aren’t at war with each other.. Google is a clear giant in the field and others orbit around it like small planets around the sun. While someone ‘Googling’ stuff is not surprising, it’s quite unusual when a big company’s CEO says they prefer some other search engine. In a big endorsement, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted he loves DuckDuckGo and it’s his default search engine. I love @DuckDuckGo. My default search engine for a while now. The app is even better! — jack 🌍🌏🌎 (@jack) November 27, 2019 The search engine positions…

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Google fires 4 activist employees over alleged ‘data-security’ violations


Last week, over 200 Google employees and supporters protested outside the tech giant’s HQ offices in San Francisco over the suspension of two activist employees.  Rebecca Rivers and Laurence Berland were put on leave for allegedly violating the company’s policy by accessing and sharing confidential documents — fellow Google employees contested the company’s reasoning, saying Berland and Rivers had done so only because they were involved in various activism efforts within the company. I was just informed by @Google that I am being terminated. — Rebecca Rivers (@Tri_Becca90) November 25, 2019 Now, as first reported by Bloomberg, Google has fired…

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