Europe dials up pressure on tech giants over election security

The European Union has announced a package of measures intended to step up efforts and pressure on tech giants to combat democracy-denting disinformation ahead of the EU parliament elections next May. The European Commission Action Plan, which was presented at a press briefing earlier today, has four areas of focus: 1)…

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Google walkout organizer: I hope I still have a career in Silicon Valley after this

Shouting “women’s rights are worker’s rights” and a number of other #TimesUp and #MeToo chants, upwards of 1,000 Google employees gathered at San Francisco’s Harry Bridges Plaza Thursday to protest the company’s handling of sexual harassment and misconduct cases. Staffers from all of Google’s San Francisco offices were in attendance.…

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Google tweaks Android licensing terms in Europe to allow Google app unbundling for a fee

Google has announced changes to the licensing model for its Android mobile operating system in Europe,  including introducing a fee for licensing some of its own brand apps, saying it’s doing so to comply with a major European antitrust ruling this summer. In July the region’s antitrust regulators hit Google with…

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Google Slides gets real-time automated captions

Google is adding an interesting new feature to its Slides presentation tool today that allows you to enable real-time automated captions to your live presentations. That’s a great feature for those who are hard of hearing or deaf, as well as those who understand better when they can read instead…

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Here’s how to make your ‘Mini’ (me) sticker in Google Gboard

Image: jake krol/mashable There’s no shortage of personalized stickers and avatars to choose from on your mobile device: Apple Memojis, Snapchat Bitmojis, and the list goes on and on. Now, Google is launching its own version. Google’s Gboard (a keyboard extension for iOS and Android) is launching Minis, a sticker…

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How To Spider-Proof Your House This Fall

Arachnophobes, be prepared for a tough few months. In the last weeks of September, when the summer starts to cool off and damper weather draws in, your home will become a prime hook-up spot for the autumnal spider mating season, so you can expect a few more eight-legged friends than usual…

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Google Fit redesigned to reward you for moving and getting your heart rate up

The new Google Fit focuses on two new activity metrics: Move Minutes and Heart Points.Image: raymond wong/mashable Raise your hand if you walk 10,000 steps a day or complete 75 minutes of vigorous physical activity or 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week as recommended by the American Heart…

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Gmail for iOS and Android now lets you turn off conversation view

When Gmail launched with its threaded conversation view feature as the default and only option, some people sure didn’t like it and Google quickly allowed users to turn it off. On mobile, though, you were stuck with it. But here’s some good news for you conversation view haters: you can now turn…

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Apple is rebuilding Maps from the ground up

I’m not sure if you’re aware, but the launch of Apple Maps went poorly. After a rough first impression, an apology from the CEO, several years of patching holes with data partnerships and some glimmers of light with long-awaited transit directions and improvements in business, parking and place data, Apple Maps…

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Google changes salad emoji to make it inclusive for vegans, the internet reacts

On the left, old salad emoji. On the right, new salad emoji.Image: Google Google’s salad emoji is now egg-free, and more inclusive for vegans.  This is according to Google UX Manager at Expression design team Jennifer Daniel, who tweeted about the change Wednesday, but likely didn’t expect the amount of…

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