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Google's job hunting service comes to UK

Google's job hunting service comes to UK

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Google has secured several of the UK's largest recruitment services for a local version of its jobs-hunting tool.Reed, Guardian Jobs, Haymarket and Totaljobs.com are among those providing listings, in addition to global sites such as LinkedIn and Glassdoor.The facility automatically shows the "freshest and most relevant" openings based on a user's location when they type relevant terms into Google Search.But one expert said those involved might come to regret the tie-up.For now, the US tech giant is not charging employment sites to feature their listings nor using the service to place any extra adverts beyond those that normally appear within its results. In addition, ap...
Tomorrow's cities: Google's Toronto city built 'from the internet up'

Tomorrow's cities: Google's Toronto city built 'from the internet up'

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On Toronto's Eastern waterfront, a new digital city is being built by Sidewalk Labs - a firm owned by Google's parent Alphabet.It hopes the project will become a model for 21st-Century urbanism.But the deal has been controversial, representing one of biggest ever tie-ups between a city and a large corporation.And that, coupled with the fact that the corporation in question is one of the largest tech firms in the world, is causing some unease. Sidewalk Labs promises to transform the disused waterfront area into a bustling mini metropolis, one built "from the internet up", although there is no timetable for when the city will actually be built.Dan Doctoroff, the company's ...
Google's self-driving car involved in Honda smash

Google's self-driving car involved in Honda smash

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Police are investigating a car crash involving a self-driving vehicle owned by Google's Waymo.The Waymo vehicle was hit when a Honda sedan swerved to avoid another car and drove into the opposing traffic lane.Police in Chandler, Arizona, said the Waymo car was in autonomous mode, although there was an occupant in the driver's seat.A video released by Waymo shows how the oncoming sedan swerves across multiple lanes before the crash.[embedded content]Questions will be raised regarding whether a human driver would have been able to move out of the Honda's way.Waymo said: "Our team's mission is to make our roads safer - it is at the core of everything we do and motivates every member of our team."We are concerned about the well-being and safety of our test driver and wish her a full recovery."...
Critics wary as Google's Chrome begins an ad crackdown

Critics wary as Google's Chrome begins an ad crackdown

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On Thursday, Google will begin using its Chrome browser to eradicate ads it deems annoying or otherwise detrimental to users. It just so happens that many of Google's own most lucrative ads will sail through its new filters. The move, which Google first floated back in June, is ostensibly aimed at making online advertising more tolerable by flagging sites that run annoying ads such as ones that auto-play video with sound. And it's using a big hammer: Chrome will start blocking all ads — including Google's own — on offending sites if they don't reform themselves. There's some irony here, given that Google's aim is partly to convince people to turn off their own ad-blocking software. These popular browser add-ons deprive publishers (and Google) of revenue by preventing ads from displaying.
Google's most searched terms of 2017 revealed

Google's most searched terms of 2017 revealed

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Google remains the most used search engine on the web and its annual list of the most popular searches always offers an excellent glimpse into the zeitgeist.The company's trends data reveals that people asked "how" more than any other question.As the political and natural environment erupted in turmoil this year, Google users asked: How do wildfires start? How to calm a dog during a storm? How to make a protest sign?Alongside its video of the year's trends, Google said: "These questions show our shared desire to understand our experiences, to come to each other's aid, and, ultimately, to move our world forward."Interestingly, differences between the UK and US show peculiar differences in focus.Despite North Korea's threat to attack the US mainland with a nuclear-tipped intercontinental bal...