• Donald Trump Nov 21, 2019

    Google Changes Rules on How Political Ads Target Audiences

    Google is making it harder for political advertisers to target specific types of people. The company said that as of January, advertisers will only be able to target U.S. political ads based on broad categories such as gender, age and postal code. Currently, ads can be tailored for more specific groups — for instance, using information gleaned from public voter...

  • Amazon Jul 12, 2019

    Human Workers Can Listen to Google Assistant Recordings

    Google contractors regularly listen to and review some recordings of what people say to artificial-intelligence system Google Assistant, via their phone or through smart speakers such as the Google Home. The company acknowledged that humans can access those recordings after some of its Dutch language audio snippets were leaked. Google product manager David Monsees acknowledged the leak in a blog...

  • Amazon Jul 12, 2019

    Human Workers Can Listen to Google Assistant Recordings

    Google contractors regularly listen to and review some recordings of what people say to artificial-intelligence system Google Assistant, via their phone or through smart speakers such as the Google Home. The company acknowledged that humans can access those recordings after some of its Dutch language audio snippets were leaked. Google product manager David Monsees acknowledged the leak in a blog...

  • Associated Press Jun 4, 2019

    Is ‘Big Tech' Too Big? A Look at Growing Antitrust Scrutiny

    Is Big Tech headed for a big breakup? The U.S. Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission are moving to investigate Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple over their aggressive business practices, and the House Judiciary Committee has announced an unprecedented antitrust probe , promising “a top-to-bottom review of the market power held by giant tech platforms.” In addition, at least...

  • social media Apr 26, 2019

    Be Wary of Robot Emotions: ‘Simulated Love Is Never Love'

    Research has shown that people have a tendency to project human traits onto robots, especially when they move or act in even vaguely human-like ways. Designers acknowledge that such traits can be powerful tools for both connection and manipulation. That could be an especially acute issue as robots move into our homes — particularly if, like so many other home...

  • Netflix Mar 26, 2019

    The Good, Bad and the Unknown of Apple's New Services

    It took a while, but finally — and with the carefully curated help of Oprah, Big Bird and Goldman Sachs — Apple has at last unveiled a new streaming TV service, its own branded credit card and a news subscription product. The moves have been largely expected and so far don’t appear to drastically alter the competitive landscape the way...

  • internet Feb 21, 2019

    Say What? Google Forgot to Mention Its Nest Hub Has a Mic

    Google said Wednesday it forgot to mention that it included a microphone in its Nest Secure home alarm system, the latest privacy flub by one of the tech industry’s leading collectors of personal information. The company said earlier this month that its voice assistant feature would be available on the system’s Nest Guard, which controls home alarm sensors. But Google...

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