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Google boffins tease custom AI math-chip TPU2 stats: 45 TFLOPS, 16GB HBM, benchmarks

If you've been curious about the potential performance of Google's TPU2 – its second-generation custom neural-network math acceleration chip – well, here's an early Christmas present. Google engineering veteran Jeff Dean and fellow Googler Chris Ying unveiled a few more details [PDF] about the silicon at the Neural Information …
Katyanna Quach, 14 Dec 2017

Google lies about click-fraud refunds and tried to destroy us – ad biz

AdTrader, an online ad agency, has accused Google of reneging on promised ad payments, stealing clients, and fraud. In a complaint filed in a US district court in San Jose, California, on Wednesday, the ad biz claimed Google failed to refund almost $500,000 paid to place ads on websites that drove invalid traffic, in violation …
Thomas Claburn, 13 Dec 2017
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No one saw it coming: Rubin's Essential phone considered anything but

Andy Rubin's ambitions to create a new consumer electronics ecosystem are floundering at base camp. Sales of Essential's phone, which forms a key part of the strategy, are tepid. Google Play reports a mere 50,000 download of Essential's Camera app so far, the Android Police blog notes. This doesn't paint the full picture, but …
Andrew Orlowski, 13 Dec 2017

Big biz: Algorithms are too complicated, but also too easy to game, to open the black box

Large tech company reps quizzed over their use of algorithms have said they'd like to be transparent with users... just not too transparent. Four representatives from corporates whose business models rely on data slurping and processing today gave evidence to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee as part of its …
Rebecca Hill, 12 Dec 2017

Why is Wikipedia man Jimbo Wales keynoting a fake news conference?

Comment The co-founder of the website that has propagated some of the internet's most enduring falsehoods on an industrial scale will address a Westminster conference about "fake news". Jimmy Wales of Wikipedia will keynote a Westminster Media Forum entitled "Next steps for tackling fake news". Among the topics is "collaboration, …
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Dec 2017
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Google's Project Zero reveals Apple jailbreak exploit

Ian Beer of Google's Project Zero has followed up on a “coming soon” Twitter teaser with a jailbreakable iOS and Mac OS vulnerability. Beer went public after Apple worked out a fix for the kernel memory corruption bug. He even launched a Twitter account for the occasion: If you're interested in bootstrapping iOS 11 kernel …

Google pauses accessibility service crackdown

Google seems to be taking a softer stance on its “accessibility crackdown”, pausing the program for a review. In late November, the Chocolate Factory warned Android developers not to use accessibility features outside their intended use. The accessibility framework is useful to simulate text entry or screen taps, but ad …

Hitchcock cameo steals opening of Oracle v Google Java spat

Oracle's long-running legal battle to get what it believes is it's fair share from Google's Android reopened this week – the second time an Appeals Court on Federal Circuit has examined the issue. The first hour overran with a bumpy ride for Google. In under an hour we got an idea of the battle lines, and the judge's …
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OK Google: A stranger with stash of pirated films is spamming my Google Team Drive

Google seems powerless to stop its Google Drive file sharing service being exploited by a spammer who has linked other users to their stash of pirated movies, among other dubious files, users have complained. Team Drives is part of Google’s G Suite offering, aimed at businesses, education and other professional organisations. …
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The search for the 'next billion' users also targets the first billion

Google's efforts to find its “next billion” users has been revealed to also be an effort to build services for the first billion. The Chocolate Factory's revealed this in a few ways of late. Last week it announced that it's taken a mobile-data-number-crunching app called “Datally” from the Philippines to the world. The …
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Google pushed update that broke managed Chromebooks' Wi-Fi

A Google slip-up left educators scratching their heads after schools' Chromebooks developed mass wireless network SSID amnesia. The issue came to light in four rather cross Reddit threads (here, here, here and here). What happened was an apparent update slip-up resulting in devices forgetting Wi-Fi settings managed through …
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Mozilla and Yahoo! trade sueballs over Firefox-Google search deal

The Mozilla Foundation and Yahoo! have flung sueballs at each other, after the former ended its deal to have the latter provide search results in the Firefox browser amid claims it hadn't been paid. Deals with search providers are big money-spinner for Mozilla, bringing in around US$300m a year and contributing around ninety …
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Google learns to smile, because AI's bad at it

Google's taken a small step towards addressing the persistent problem of bias in artificial intelligence, setting its boffins to work on equal-opportunity smile detection. In a paper published at arXiv December 1, Mountain View trio Hee Jung Ryu, Margaret Mitchell and Hartwig Adam laid out the results of research designed to …
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Tech giants at war: Google pulls plug on YouTube in Amazon kit

Google is trying to stop Amazon Echo Show devices from streaming YouTube videos – and from January, it will block Amazon’s Fire TVs from accessing the vid service, too. It appears the ad giant is killing off access to the YouTube app on Amazon's gadgets. From today, opening the YouTube application on an Echo Show or Fire TV …
Shaun Nichols, 5 Dec 2017

Facebook, Twitter, Google cleared in Dallas shooting lawsuit

A US judge says social networks cannot be held accountable for the murderous actions of their users. A district court in Dallas, Texas, dismissed with prejudice this week the idea that the major social networking sites in America harbored the sentiment that lead to the shooting and death of five Dallas police officers in July …
Shaun Nichols, 5 Dec 2017
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Bring me your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to see behavioural advertising

Just because you earn a dollar a day shouldn’t mean you're lost to the behavioural advertising industry. Not to be confused with Android One, Google has introduced a featurephone-sized package of Android, called Android Go Oreo Edition, aimed at phone makers targeting emerging economies. And like Nokia’s short-lived Android …
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Google prepares 47 Android bug fixes, ten of them rated Critical

Google has teased 47 Android patches for Nexus and Pixel devices. Among the critical bugs in the Android Security Bulletin, five concern the media framework, one is system-level, four hit Qualcomm components. The worst, Google said, is one of the media framework bugs, not yet fully disclosed, but it “could enable a remote …

Android Wear hardware boss bails

The engineering chief and public face of Google's wearables efforts has bailed. Belfast-born David Singleton was previously described as "the Engineering VP leading the Android Wear, Google Fit, Android Essentials apps and Google Store teams." He's joining digital payments company Stripe. The operation, started by two bright …

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