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Live from the Google I/O 2016 keynote

It’s Google I/O Keynote day! It’s the day Google finally shows off just about everything they’ve been working on in secret for the past few months.

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Live from the Google I/O 2016 keynote

It’s Google I/O Keynote day! It’s the day Google finally shows off just about everything they’ve been working on in secret for the past few months.

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Daydream is Google’s Android-powered VR platform

For phones that can handle it, Google is baking a feature called Android VR Mode into the latest version of its operating system. Hinted at in leaks before the show, VR Mode includes a series of optimizations that will improve apps' performance. But it's also an ecosystem that users will be able to navigate inside virtual reality. A Daydream home screen will let people access apps and content while using the headset; an early look shows a whimsical forest landscape with the slightly low-poly look that Google has used in Cardboard apps. Inside this environment, Google has created special VR versions of YouTube, Street View, the Google Play Store, Play Movies, and Google Photos. It's also recruited a number of outside media companies to bring apps to Daydream,  including streaming platforms like Netflix and gaming companies like Ubisoft and Electronic Arts.

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All the Biggest Announcements From Google I/O 2016

What if apps worked like websites? Somebody sends you a text link to a screen within an app, you tap it, and your phone loads only the pieces of the app required to get that single bit of content. That’s Instant Apps—it seamlessly loads select app components. To you, it just looks like a website is loading. Android Pay will work inside these Instant Apps, which will be a big deal for shopping apps. Unlike on the web, you’ll be able to buy something with a verified fingerprint. If you happen to think the Instant App is pretty cool, you can install the real version with two taps.

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Say 'Hello' to Allo, Google's New AI-Powered Messaging App

The bot inside Allo is known, at least for the moment, as the Google search assistant (lowercase “s,” lowercase “a”). And in Google’s grand vision, this assistant won’t just live within Allo. Later this year, sometime after Allo is released, the company says, it will also roll out a device that sits in your living room and lets you chat with the Google search assistant using your nothing but your voice. It’s called Google Home, and it’s a bit like the Echo, a device from online retail giant Amazon. With Google Home, the company says, you can not only interacts with the Google search engine and other Google services, but control other devices around the house, including TVs and stereos, thermostats and smoke detectors.

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Shared, Collaborative and On Demand: The New Digital Economy

A national Pew Research Center survey of 4,787 American adults – its first-ever comprehensive study of the scope and impact of the shared, collaborative and on-demand economy – finds that usage of these platforms varies widely across the population. In total, 72% of American adults have used at least one of 11 different shared and on-demand services. And some incorporate a relatively wide variety of these services into their daily lives: Around one-in-five Americans have used four or more of these services, and 7% have used six or more.

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Daydream is Google’s Android-powered VR platform

For phones that can handle it, Google is baking a feature called Android VR Mode into the latest version of its operating system. Hinted at in leaks before the show, VR Mode includes a series of optimizations that will improve apps' performance. But it's also an ecosystem that users will be able to navigate inside virtual reality. A Daydream home screen will let people access apps and content while using the headset; an early look shows a whimsical forest landscape with the slightly low-poly look that Google has used in Cardboard apps. Inside this environment, Google has created special VR versions of YouTube, Street View, the Google Play Store, Play Movies, and Google Photos. It's also recruited a number of outside media companies to bring apps to Daydream,  including streaming platforms like Netflix and gaming companies like Ubisoft and Electronic Arts.

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Google wants Android to take over your entire car

The company is demonstrating a Maserati Ghibli that has been completely retrofitted in partnership with Qualcomm to have a 15-inch, 4K center touchscreen (mounted vertically, a lot like a Tesla) and a 720p digital instrument cluster. The car isn't a production vehicle — it doesn't even really involve Maserati or its parent company, Fiat Chrysler — but it's intended to show what's possible when Android is running everything in the car from navigation to heating and cooling to the speedometer.

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It’s official: Android apps and the Play Store are coming to Chrome

Today we announced that we’re adding the best mobile app experiences in the world, Android apps and the Google Play store, to the best browser in the world, Chrome! Come to this session and test your Android apps for Chrome OS. You will get hands on help from our friendly engineers on how to optimize your Android app for Chromebooks. Oh, and we will also be giving the first 50 developers to show up a free Chromebook so they can get a head start bringing their apps to Chrome!

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All the Important Stuff Google Announced at I/O 2016 Today

Google isn’t content letting Amazon be the only one with a smart gadget sitting in your home awaiting your voice command. Today, the company announced Google Home. Much like Amazon’s Echo, Google Home is a stylish speaker and microphone combo that sits in any room in your home. It can field your voice commands from anywhere. If reception to the Echo is any indication, this could be a lot cooler than it sounds. And it already sounds pretty cool.

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Google teases Daydream, a platform for ‘high-quality’ mobile virtual reality, launching this fall

One thing the new system will have in common with Cardboard is the reliance on a mobile operating system — specifically Android, although last year Cardboard did get iOS support. Android has more than 1.4 billion monthly active users, so it’s something that many people are already familiar with. It’s also something Google has a lot of control over. Even on iOS, Google commands a lot of power, through the Google search integration and its many native apps. While desktops can provide power to VR systems, Google doesn’t have the leadership that Microsoft and Apple do with Windows and OS X, respectively, and one could argue that mobile is a higher priority than desktop company-wide at Google. And so it goes — VR from Google will remain mobile-first and, at least for now, Android-first.

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Zuckerberg calls Facebook ‘a platform for all ideas’ after meeting with conservatives

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg  met with prominent US conservatives today to address concerns his social network was censoring news from right-leaning outlets. In a post published on his personal account, Zuckerberg painted the meeting in an uplifting light, saying, "I want to do everything I can to make sure our teams uphold the integrity of our products." He called Facebook "a platform for all ideas," and said the meeting was a way to have an open conversation about building trust and continuing to give everyone an equal voice.

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Google Patented a Sticky Car Hood That Traps Pedestrians Like Flies

Yesterday, Google was awarded a patent that proposes placing a strong adhesive on the hood of its autonomous cars. This way, pedestrians or cyclists who happen to find themselves being struck by a Googlemobile would be protected from what’s called “secondary impact.” This is the part of a crash, when a person is thrown back off the moving vehicle, usually hitting the roof of the car, the hard surface of the street, or another car. It’s often the part that causes the most serious injuries.

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Live from Google I/O 2016! - The Verge

This year at Google IO, we're fully expecting virtual reality to take center stage — but something tells us Sundar Pichai has some other tricks up his sleeve

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Tesla updates Summon mode for all Model X and Model S owners

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Hacker puts up 167 Million LinkedIn Passwords for Sale

LinkedIn's 2012 data breach was much worse than anybody first thought. In 2012, LinkedIn suffered a massive data breach in which more than 6 Million users accounts login details, including encrypted passwords, were posted online by a Russian hacker. Now, it turns out that it was not just 6 Million users who got their login details stolen. Latest reports emerged that the 2012's LinkedIn data breach may have resulted in the online sale of sensitive account information, including emails and passwords, of about 117 Million LinkedIn users. Almost after 4 years, a hacker under the nickname "Peace" is offering for sale what he/she claims to be the database of 167 Million emails and hashed passwords, which included 117 Million already cracked passwords, belonging to LinkedIn users. The hacker, who is selling the stolen data on the illegal Dark Web marketplace " The Real Deal " for 5 Bitcoins (roughly $2,200), has spoken to Motherboard, confirming these logins come from the 2012 data breach. Since the passwords have been initially encrypted with the SHA1 algorithm, with "no salt," it just took ' LeakedSource ', the paid search engine for hacked data, 72 hours to crack roughly 90% of the passwords.

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A patient reportedly went to the emergency room based on a blood test that Theranos had to retract

The Journal report indicates that physicians in Phoenix have gotten corrected results from Theranos in recent weeks. In fact, one patient went to the emergency room in 2014 based on a Theranos blood-test result, says the report — a result that's now been amended.

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Nokia announces return to mobile phones and tablets, as Microsoft sells feature-phone unit for $350M

Microsoft has announced an agreement to sell its feature-phone business to FIH Mobile, a subsidiary of Taiwan-based electronics giant Foxconn, along with another entity, called “HMD Global, Oy,” for about $350 million. The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2016.

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Watch the New Ghostbusters Trailer - IGN

The new trailer features a kind of evil that "no one should have to encounter," except for the ladies of the Ghostbusters, who can surely handle it. Kristen Wiig also gets puked on.

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MyHyundai to bring brand-specific features to Android Auto - Roadshow

The app gives drivers access to information like vehicle health reports, local service centers and roadside assistance without having to use a phone or leave Android Auto.

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Star Wars: Episode VIII May Include This Amazing Action Scene

If what you’re about to read is true, you may want to save it for the theater on December 15, 2017. A source claims to have seen Rian Johnson filming a crucial action scene for Star Wars Episode VIII and it sounds jaw-droppingly cool.

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Here's how Google Home could be Amazon Echo's worst nightmare

Google jumped into the smart assistant game today with its new Google Home device : an answer to  Amazon's Echo and the rise of personal-assistant things that sit in your kitchen and listen to everything you do. Amazon had a breakout hit with Echo, and Google has shamelessly copied the concept with its new pear-shaped Home speaker. Of course, nothing about Echo was entirely novel: wireless speakers (Jambox), ambient listening (Kinect), natural language queries (Google), and buying lots of things (Amazon), were all ideas floating in the ether, Amazon just managed to pack them into the perfect combo product and put a friendly name on its AI: Alexa.

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Live from Google I/O 2016! - The Verge

This year at Google IO, we're fully expecting virtual reality to take center stage — but something tells us Sundar Pichai has some other tricks up his sleeve

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Grindr For Equality's Director On How To Infuse Your Work With Meaning

What does a typical day look like for you? One of my favorite things about this job is that there are no "typical days." Last week I spent a couple of days sitting in a café in Istanbul with a small group of interlocutors from the Middle East and North Africa processing survey data we collected through Grindr to create one of the first large-scale surveys of gay and bi voices from the region. Next week, I’ll be presenting at ILGA Oceania in Wellington, New Zealand, about the potential for Grindr to distribute health messaging across the island nations of the South Pacific. And today, I’m meeting with the League of United Latin American Citizens to work through how to improve our trilingual outreach to U.S. Latinos.

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Google announces Android Wear 2.0 with standalone app support and tiny keyboard

Google today announced Android Wear 2.0, the biggest update to its wearable operating system since its release back in September 2014. The biggest change with the software, which releases this fall, is apps can be run standalone without the need for a phone nearby. In fact, Google's David Singleton, the company's head of wearables, says the onstage demo shown today at its I/O developer conference was done with the accompanying Android smartphone turned off the entire time. Android Wear watches will now connect to Wi-Fi networks on their own, or rely completely on cellular when you're on the go.

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Google doesn't know what to call the next version of Android

Still, the boilerplate for the contest confirms that there's no prize for the winner. Indeed, it looks like there won't even be a poll: Google is looking for ideas; there are almost definitely going to be multiple people submitting the same "N" name.

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Google I/O kicks off at 1PM ET, follow our liveblog here!

Google I/O kicks off at 1PM ET, follow our liveblog here!

31 Google gets smart with Google Assistant and Google Home

"When I walk into my house, I want to interact with the Google Assistant, but I want to do it hands free," said Mario Queiroz, a Google vice president, speaking during today's keynote. "That's why we're creating Google Home, a device we're releasing later this year. It will manage entertainment and your everyday tasks. It will let anyone in the family, kids or adults, have a conversation with Google."

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33 Google Home: a speaker to finally take on the Amazon Echo

Instead, Google Home is going to work with a smaller set of home automation devices — Google wouldn't say which, but it will include at least some thermostats and lights. And it will be able to do all the stuff that Google's voice assistant can currently do (plus perhaps a bit more, we'll know when we get a chance to really try it). Fortunately for Google, that's quite a lot — thanks in no small part to the Knowledge Graph. It's a kind of super database that understands thousands of "entities" and their relation to one another. So if you ask for a basketball player's jersey number, Google can just give you the answer and then stand at the ready for more related questions without needing you to walk it through the current context.

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Google is bringing custom tensor processing units to its public cloud

Google has begun to build its own custom application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) chip called tensor processing units (TPUs), Google chief executive Sundar Pichai said today at the Google I/O developer conference in Mountain View, California. The name is inspired by Google’s TensorFlow open source deep learning framework. But the technology is one of a kind — something that makes sense only at Google scale.

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The Best and Worst From Google I/O So Far

The first Google I/O keynote just wrapped up and Sundar Pichai & Co had lots to say. New smart home gadgets! New all-powerful AI bots! New VR goodies! Next-generation messaging apps! Dad jokes and hijinks! Whoa.

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Google's extra-secure Allo chat uses familiar encryption tech

Does the extra-private messaging in Google's Allo seem familiar? Your eyes don't deceive you -- you really have seen it before. Open Whisper Systems has confirmed that Allo uses its Signal protocol for end-to-end encryption when you're in Incognito Mode. Yes, that means that Google and Facebook-owned WhatsApp are sharing the same underlying security technology. Not that there's much reason to complain. The protocol is strong enough that privacy advocates like Edward Snowden approve, and its open source nature can make it relatively ubiquitous.

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Google Home is an Amazon Echo competitor coming later this year

For Google, this is probably one of the most obvious products to come out with — the company just needed a sufficient reason to do it, like the runaway success of the Echo. Google already has the widely used Google Now assistant that supports voice queries and responses, and fairly well at that. Google has also demonstrated its interest in home audio market through the launch of the $35 Chromecast Audio device last year.

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Well that’s not creepy: Google Duo lets you peep at callers before you answer

With Facebook, Skype, and FaceTime already available, one would think Google is late to the party, but the company already offers video calling through the Hangouts messaging app. The one advantage to Hangouts is that it can handle multiple users at the same time, including live events. Duo seems to be more of an intimate way for two people to video chat easier. It’s unclear though, if the existence of Duo (and Allo) will mean the end to the Hangouts app.

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How to install the Android N beta

Google has said that the Android N beta is stable enough for everyday devices, but it is by no means perfect, and you may still run into bugs and other problems. Installing Android N isn't a permanent decision; however you should be prepared to set up your device as brand-new should you want to go back.

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Google reveals plans for new VR headset and motion controller

With what appear to be volume buttons and a round pad at the top, this remote looks similar to the one that ships with Oculus' high-end Rift headset. But Google's design actually has basic motion sensing capabilities as well. A demo video shows someone waving it like a wand, firing off boomerangs, and navigating a VR app menu like a laser pointer, all powered by an orientation sensor inside the device. It's unlikely to be as full-featured as the motion controllers that HTC and Oculus use with the Vive and Rift headsets respectively, nor is it likely to have the same range — both those controller setups rely on external tracking systems instead of internal sensors. Google says that it's focusing on making the headset and controller "comfortable and intuitive," whatever their final feature set ends up being.

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Tesla to raise $1.4 billion with public offering to fund Model 3 production

Tesla will raise at least $1.4 billion through a secondary stock offering,  the company announced in SEC filings today, and an additional 5.5 million shares will be purchased by CEO Elon Musk via a stock option exercise. The funds will be used to "accelerate the production ramp of Model 3," according to the filing, with Tesla moving its 500,000 vehicle per year build plan to 2018 from 2020.

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Google announces Duo, a video calling app with end-to-end encryption coming this summer

It’s a “live video stream of the caller before you’ve even picked up,” Kay said. You “not only see who’s calling, but what they’re up to and why they’re calling. A smile, a beach, and a newborn baby can all draw you into the moment, making calls feel spontaneous and natural, and once you pick up Duo it puts you right into the call.”

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Nokia will return to mobile with Android phones and tablets

We don't know a lot about HMD yet, but Arto Nummela, currently a Microsoft mobile executive, will leave the company to be HMD's CEO when the deal closes. Before joining Microsoft Nummela worked at Nokia for over a decade. Florian Seiche, another Microsoft mobile executive with a Nokia past, will join HMD as president. If the pair's involvement is anything to go by, it seems that HMD will feature some faces familiar to those that followed Nokia in its heyday.

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Choose Your Own News: Readers Want to Drive Coverage on Facebook, Traditional Outlets - Morning Consult

Thirty-one percent of registered voters said “reader interest” should determine what news stories show up on social media platforms, versus 11 percent who say editors should pick what’s visible to users. The numbers break down similarly when it comes to what respondents want from traditional media outlets. Only slightly more registered voters, 15 percent, think editors should pick what gets covered at traditional media outlets. Twenty-six percent think reader interest should be the top driver of news at traditional media outlets.

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Elon Musk vows to 'make it right' after report of Tesla using foreign workers paid $5 per hour

In short, Tesla was multiple steps removed from the underpaid workers in question, which may insulate it from legal blame, but nonetheless raises concerns about the level of oversight when moving fast and tackling new areas (like paint shops) that it does not understand.

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Tesla update helps users avoid self-parking mistakes

Tesla previously issued a " dead-man's switch " safety fix for the Summon feature that requires a user to continuously press the key fob or smartphone. If you release your finger, the car stops immediately. Reddit users point out that the feature is on by default, so the Utah driver must have disabled it. In that case, he would have activated the feature by double pressing the "park" button, as Tesla says, and to stop it, he'd have to press a smartphone icon or key fob button.

48 LinkedIn user? Your data may be up for sale | ZDNet

However, a hacker called "Peace" told the publication that this information is being sold on the dark web for roughly $2,200, and paid hacker data search engine LeakedSource also claims to have the data. Both sources say there are approximately 167 million accounts in the data dump, 117 million of which have both emails and encrypted passwords.

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Google Isn’t Playing Games With New Chip

When Google’s AlphaGo computer program bested South Korean Go champion Lee Se-dol in March, it took advantage of a secret weapon: a microprocessor chip specially designed by Google.

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Bots Are Hot!

DeadelviS, aka John Leth-Nissen, an IRC hacker who maintains an ftp archive of bot source code, defines botas being "short for robot, which sounds cooler than program." And that about sums it up. A bot is a softwareversion of a mechanical robot – defined by Webster's as an "automatic device that performs functions normally ascribed to humans." Like mechanical robots, bots are guided by algorithmic rules of behavior – if this happens, do that; if that happens, do this. But instead of clanking around a laboratory bumping into walls, software robots are executable programs that maneuver through cyberspace bouncing off communications protocols. Strings of code written by everyone from teenage chat-room lurkers to top-flight computer scientists, bots are variously designed to carry on conversations, act as human surrogates, or achieve specific tasks – such as seeking out and retrieving information. And, as the above example illustrates, bots can also be used as weapons.

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52 Tesla is selling $2 billion of shares
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57 The internet thinks Google Home looks like an air freshener
58 Android Wear is getting a massive overhaul this fall
59 Netflix's New Speed Test Shows How Much Your ISP Is Screwing You Over
60 PornHub's 'Bangfit' program uses sexy exercise to build muscle
61 Apple Eyes India Expansion With iOS Development Center
62 Xiaomi’s Mi Box gives Android TV lovers their 4K fix, and it’s headed stateside
63 2. On-demand: Ride-hailing apps
64 Fitbit buys wearable tech from Coin, looks toward NFC payment integration in future devices
65 What if famous movie guns were replaced with selfie sticks?
66 Xiaomi brings Mi Box, a 4K Android TV-powered set-top box, to the US
67 Willow Smith made a song with her hero, the divine Michael Cera
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69 Amazon Plans More Stores, Bulked-Up Prime Services
70 Google doubles down on artificial intelligence with Home and Allo
71 Now there's a Kim Kardashian-esque Britney Spears game
72 What the Fuck is Happening With John McAfee’s New Company?
73 Google says it won't kill Hangouts — even though it just released a competing app
74 Apple reminds developers of impending iAd App Network shutdown, APIs to be deprecated
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84 Waze is coming to Android Auto
85 Jeff Bezos fires back at Trump with crack about John Miller
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87 Robin Wright used Claire Underwood's popularity to fight for equal pay
88 Rockstar Games has shipped more than 65 million copies of Grand Theft Auto V
89 Google's new 'Family Library' pinches from Apple's playbook for shared app purchases