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Google to open artificial intelligence centre in China

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Google said the facility would be the first its kind in Asia and would aim to employ local talent. Silicon Valley is focusing heavily on the future applications for AI. China has also indicated strong support for AI development and for catching up with the US. Research into artificial intelligence has the potential to improve a range of technologies, from self-driving cars and automated factories to translation products and facial recognition software. In a blog post on the company's website, Google said the new research centre was an imp... Read More »

The four companies that shape our lives

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The four most important tech companies aren’t even just tech companies anymore. They each have embedded themselves in our lives, hugely influencing us by playing to our basic human instincts: from the eternal human search for answers to our need for love. That’s what Scott Galloway, professor of marketing at New York University, argues in his new book, The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google. He also says that the companies’ deep pockets and massive customer base are what allow the companies to start competing in d... Read More »

Google faces mass legal action in UK over data snooping

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It focuses on allegations that Google unlawfully harvested information from 5.4 million UK users by bypassing privacy settings on their iPhones. The group taking action - Google You Owe Us - is led by ex-Which director Richard Lloyd. He estimates the users could get as much as "several hundred pounds each". The case centres on how Google used cookies - small pieces of computer text that are used to collect information from devices in order to deliver targeted ads. The complaint is that for several months in 2011 and 2012 Google placed ad-track... Read More »

GOOGLE EARTH JUN 26, 2017 Harry Potter casts his spell on Google Earth

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Conjured up by author J.K. Rowling, "Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone" (called "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone" in the U.S.) has sold more than 450 million copies in 79 languages since its initial publication on June 26, 1997. The worldwide pop-culture phenomenon grew to include six more Harry Potter books, a few literary spinoffs, a movie franchise, and a hit two-part play. To celebrate this anniversary, Google Earth’s storytelling platform, Voyager, takes you on a global tour (no portkey needed) of real-world places inspired... Read More »

CSquared gets new investors to expand internet access in Africa

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In 2011, a team of Googlers identified a major barrier to affordable, reliable broadband in Africa: the lack of fiber optic networks in large cities. This led to Project Link, an initiative to build world-class, high-speed urban fiber networks in Africa’s metropolises. In 2013 we folded these efforts under a new Google brand called CSquared with the aim of bringing other companies into the market, expanding access and lowering costs. CSquared has built more than 800 km of fiber in the cities of Kampala and Entebbe; and 840 km of fiber in the Gh... Read More »

Your Assistant for all seasons

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Here are some questions to ask: How long does it take to bike to Prospect Park? Play my spring cleaning playlist from Google Play Music. When’s the first day of summer? When does the Cherry Blossom Festival end? How do you say “flower” in Japanese? Show my photos from the Cherry Blossom Festival in April. So plan your spring adventure—or hunker down and finally clean out the kitchen drawers—with your Google Assistant by your side.  ... Read More »

AkzoNobel, DSM, Google and Philips to purchase green energy from wind farm Bouwdokken

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The Krammer and Bouwdokken wind farms have a total capacity in excess of 140 MW – sufficient to supply around 140,000 households. Speaking on behalf of the consortium, Marcel Galjee said, “With this new contract, we are taking the next big step towards a new way of generating energy for the Netherlands’ leading industries. It shows that we really are serious about promoting sustainability and creating a future without carbon emissions.” As part of the Dutch Energy Agreement, the Netherlands is working towards a target of using 14% renewable ... Read More »

Cast a spell with Google and Warner Bros. Pictures

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You can also explore the world of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” with Google Street View. Visit New York in 1926 as brought to life in the film, as well as the real locations today. Fans can visit MACUSA (Magical Congress of the USA); Steen National Bank, where Newt first meets Jacob Kowalski; the underground speakeasy The Blind Pig; and the magical apartment of Tina and Queenie Goldstein, two of the film’s key characters. Once you’ve mastered charms and found the lay of the land, help Newt find his escaped beasts before they come... Read More »

A personal Google, just for you

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From mobile first to AI-first When I look at where computing is heading, I see how machine learning and artificial intelligence are unlocking capabilities that were unthinkable only a few years ago. This means that the power of the software — the “smarts” — really matter for hardware more than ever before. The last 10 years have been about building a world that is mobile-first, turning our phones into remote controls for our lives. But in the next 10 years, we will shift to a world that is AI-first, a world where computing becomes universally ... Read More »

Google Science Fair 2016: a look back, and a giant leap ahead

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Today 20 of the world’s brightest young scientists have that same chance ahead of them, and I am so excited and grateful to be here with them in Mountain View to re-live that experience.   Meeting President Obama(!) Official White House photo by Pete Souza   For me, the Google Science Fair took my passion for science and gave me a global platform to share it with the world. I went on to do my undergraduate studies at Harvard University, majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology with a minor in Global Health... Read More »

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