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Google will push Hangouts users to Chat in 2021

Google Google is, once again, changing up its messaging app strategy. The company plans to make Chat, its Slack-like app, free for everyone in 2021, when it will push people currently using Hangouts to use Chat instead.  If you’re having trouble keeping track (understandable considering Google notoriously confusing messaging strategy) Chat is the company’s enterprise …

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Google’s ‘Search On’ event will reveal new AI-powered features on Thursday

Google If you’re not done with presentations after Apple’s iPhone 12 launch earlier, set some time aside on Thursday afternoon to find out what’s new in search. Google just sent out invites for a live stream event on October 15th at 12 PM PT / 3 PM ET where “you’ll hear about the latest ways …

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Google’s Nest thermostat gets a redesign and a bunch of new features

The new Nest thermostat is operated with a touch-sensitive ring interface. Google The thermostat comes in four different color options. Google Roughly five years have passed since the third-generation Nest thermostat was introduced, and a lot has happened since then—like an acquisition of Nest by Google. Today marks the first big overhaul to the Nest …

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Google drops curated news plans in Australia over ‘unworkable’ policy

PETER PARKS/AFP via Getty Images Google’s dispute with Australia over online news is about to claim a major feature as a casualty. The internet giant has decided to freeze plans to launch its curated News Showcase in Australia over claims the draft News Media Bargaining Code is “unworkable.” It still objected to what it called …

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Google Fi starts selling 5G phones from Samsung

Cherlynn Low / Engadget Google Fi customers have been able to use unlocked Samsung phones on the MVNO’s network for years, but now those same customers can now buy a Samsung Galaxy device directly from the search giant. On the Fi website, the company has started selling the Note 20, the Note 20 Ultra, S20, …

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Google Cloud Does Not Intend to Take EOS Rewards as a Block Producer

Google Cloud is not getting into EOS for the tokens.  “Google Cloud is not getting into crypto mining. This is really an infrastructure play for us,” Google Cloud Developer Advocate Allen Day told CoinDesk via a spokesperson. On Tuesday, Block.one, the company that made the EOSIO software that runs the EOS blockchain, announced that Google …

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Google apps will add notifications for ‘critical’ security issues

Google Google’s latest effort to protect the safety and privacy of its users involves more prominent security alerts. Moving forward, when the company detects a potentially serious issue with your account, it will notify you directly through the Google app you’re using at the moment.     There’s a good reason for Google to make its already …

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House: Amazon, Facebook, Apple, Google have “monopoly power,” should be split

Enlarge / The United States Capitol Building, the seat of Congress, on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Omar Chatriwala | Getty Images Last June, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law began an in-depth investigation into four major firms—Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google. The subcommittee wanted to answer one key question: …

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Google Arts & Culture app lets you turn yourself into a Van Gogh painting

Google If you’ve ever wondered what your portrait would look like if Van Gogh or Frida Kahlo were to paint it, Google can help you find out. The company’s latest Arts & Culture app update is a set of augmented reality Art Filters you can apply to your face to transform yourself into a famous …

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Google delays its 30-percent Play Store cut in India after pushback

Sankalp Phartiyal / reuters Google will delay enforcement in India of a new billing policy that will force some developers to pay a 30 percent commission on in-app purchases, the company announced (via TechCrunch). The new rules are set to go in effect globally by September 2021, but after facing pushback from an alliance of …

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