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Google rolls out new addition to ‘Mute This Ad’ feature

Alphabet’s Google rolled out a new addition to its ads settings that will enable users to mute reminder ads in apps and on websites that partner with the company to show the ads. Reminder ads are reminders of a website that users have browsed in the past for a product. With the new feature, Google users will be able to mute the reminder ads. Google plans to expand the new tool to control ads on YouTube, Search, and Gmail in the coming months, Jon Krafcik, group product manager for data privacy and transparency wrote in…

The Trump A to Z, from America First to ‘Zero’

This is a look at President Donald Trump's first year in office, from A to Z: AMERICA FIRST: Trump's most sacred mantra. BAN: As in travel. With the stated goal of keeping out terrorists, Trump decreed successive bans -- always challenged in court -- on arrivals of people from half a dozen mainly Muslim countries. CLIMATE CHANGE: He shocked the world by pulling the United States out of the Paris global warming accord, arguing it would hurt the US economy. DREAMERS: A term for hundreds of thousands of immigrants…

Google ditched autopilot driving feature after test user napped behind wheel

ATWATER, USA: Alphabet’s self-driving car unit stopped developing features that required drivers to take control in dangerous situations, its chief executive said on Monday, as autopilot reliance left users prone to distractions and ill-prepared to manoeuvre. The decision followed experiments of the technology in Silicon Valley that showed test users napping, putting on makeup and fiddling with their phones as the vehicles travelled up to 56 mph. John Krafcik, the head of Waymo, which was formed in 2009 as a project…

Lawsuit accuses Google of bias against women in pay, promotions

SAN FRANCISCO: Three female former employees of Alphabet's Google filed a lawsuit on Thursday accusing the tech company of discriminating against women in pay and promotions. The proposed class action lawsuit, filed in California state court in San Francisco, comes as Google is facing an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labour into sex bias in pay practices. The plaintiffs are a former Google software engineer, a former communications specialist and a former manager who worked in various roles at the Mountain…

Alphabet’s Verily unit launches study to track health data

Verily, Alphabet Inc's life sciences business, said it was launching a four-year study with about 10,000 participants to understand how people transition from being healthy to becoming sick, and to identify additional risk factors for diseases. Verily is partnering with Duke University and Stanford Medicine in the United States to enroll participants from varying backgrounds at sites in California and North Carolina within the next few months. The study is the first initiative of Project Baseline, a broader effort to…

Alphabet’s Verily makes smartwatch for health research

Alphabet's life sciences unit Verily on Friday unveiled a wrist-worn "Study Watch" designed to gather complex health data in clinical studies. Study Watch is meant for research and will be put to work in several studies including a multi-year study to identify patterns in the progression of Parkinson's disease, according to a blog post by Verily team members David He, Tushar Parlikar, and Harry Xiao. "The ability to passively capture health data is critical to the success of continuous care platforms and clinical…

Google adds audio-only calls to Duo, file sharing to Allo

SAO PAULO: Google said on Wednesday it would offer an audio-only option on its Duo video calls service to help users communicate using poor-quality connections, and was adding a feature to permit file sharing in group chats on its Allo messaging App. The company launched Google Duo in August, providing video calls for users on Android and iOS, pitting it against Apple Inc's FaceTime, Microsoft Corp's video-calling app Skype and Facebook Inc's Messenger. Google, owned by Alphabet Inc, said audio-only calls on Duo would…

Alphabet lawsuit against Uber cements end of uneasy marriage

SAN FRANCISCO: When Uber was raising venture capital in 2013, it was one of the hottest deals around – and no one was more eager to write a check than Bill Maris and David Krane of Google's venture capital arm. Not everyone at Google Ventures, since renamed GV, agreed. The firm already had an investment in a competitor, Sidecar, and Uber was demanding what then looked like a sky-high valuation. Maris and Krane prevailed, and the deal is now regarded as GV’s greatest success. On paper, the firm's initial 2013 investment…