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Google uncovers ads by Russian operatives: Report

Google uncovers ads by Russian operatives: Report

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Russian operatives likely spent tens of thousands of dollars on ads across Google products, including YouTube and Google search, according to reports. Accounts connected with the Russian government spent $ 4,700 on search and display ads, while another $ 53,000 was spent on ads with political material that were purchased from Russian territory, from Russian internet addresses, or with Russian currency, The New York Times reported . The Times cited an unnamed person familiar with the ongoing inquiry by the search giant. The Washington Post earlier reported that the technology behemoth uncovered the Russian-backed disinformation campaign as it considers whether to testify before Congress next month, also citing anonymous sources familiar with the investigation. Social media companies Facebo...
Google Pixel 2 phones take portrait-mode selfies

Google Pixel 2 phones take portrait-mode selfies

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceGoogle's second-generation Pixel mobile phones are able to take "portrait mode" photos via both their front and rear single-lens cameras.Other handsets have been able to auto-blur image backgrounds for some time, but they typically rely on using two-lens cameras on the phones' backs to create realistic effects.Google said its innovation meant it could make more space for the battery and introduce front-facing speakers.But it has dropped the headphone jack.Instead of using a dedicated 3.5mm port, users will either need to use wireless headphones - Google is selling a pair called the Pixel Buds - or the USB-C charging socket.At the launch of the original Pixel phones, the search firm had mocked Apple's abandonment of the traditional socket and made...
Google expands smartphone business in $1bn deal

Google expands smartphone business in $1bn deal

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Google has bought part of Taiwanese technology company HTC in an effort to further expand its smartphone business.The Silicon Valley tech giant announced that it is spending $ 1.1bn (£820m) to acquire the team that developed its Pixel smartphone, released in 2016.About 2,000 employees, which represent half of HTC's existing smartphone development workforce, will move to Google as a result of the acquisition.The deal is a cash transaction and won't see Google take a stake in HTC, as had been speculated earlier in the week.Image:Google has previously outsourced the development of its Pixel smartphone range to HTCShares in HTC were suspended on Wednesday as rumours of an all-out buyout deal by Google's parent company Alphabet abounded.Google has been pushing its new Pixel phone as an increasi
Google set to unveil new Pixel smartphones

Google set to unveil new Pixel smartphones

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Google is believed to be about to unveil its next smartphone to rival Apple's iPhone X. The technology giant has announced it will host a live event at the beginning of October, where new versions of the firm's Pixel and Pixel XL will be unveiled.A teaser video on the company's Twitter feed shows a series of questions about phone performance being typed into a Google search barIt includes queries about poor battery life, before a message appears reading: "Answers are coming. Oct 4."It will be exactly 12 months since the original Pixel was announced. At the time, it was marketed as Google's first own-built phone, which had virtual helper Google Assistant at its centre.Reports are now naming Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL as the likely new devices to be unveiled.The event follows Apple's latest live...
Google reveals users' most frequently searched 'how to' questions

Google reveals users' most frequently searched 'how to' questions

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Google has revealed its most popular "how to" searches over the past 13 years. The Google Trends team has developed a site that analyzes the most-asked questions on the search engine, and global searches that begin with "how to" are on the rise. Its data reveal that many people don't know how to make pancakes or boil an egg, according to Google Trends. "How to" searches are up more than 140 percent since 2004, Google's data editor Simon Rogers told U.K. Esquire. Here are Google's top "how to" searches from 2004 to 2017. 1. How to tie a tie 2. How to kiss 3. How to get pregnant 4. How to lose weight 5. How to draw 6. How to make money 7. How to make pancakes 8. How to write a cover letter 9. How to make French toast 10. How to lose belly fat 11. How to write a resume 12. How to boil e...