LTA Research and Exploration airship patent
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Sergey Brin’s airship aims to use world’s biggest mobile hydrogen fuel cell

Sergey Brin’s secretive airship company LTA Research and Exploration is planning to power a huge disaster relief airship with an equally record-breaking hydrogen fuel cell. A job listing from the company, which is based in Mountain View, California and Akron, Ohio, reveals that LTA wants to configure a 1.5-megawatt hydrogen …

Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp face tougher rules in India
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Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp face tougher rules in India

India announced sweeping rules to regulate social media firms, streaming services, and digital news outlets on Thursday, posing new challenges for giants such as Facebook, Twitter, Google and Netflix that count Asia’s third-largest economy as their key overseas market. Ravi Shankar Prasad, India’s IT, Law, and Justice minister, said in …

After Facebook’s news flex, Australia passes bargaining code for platforms and publishers
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After Facebook’s news flex, Australia passes bargaining code for platforms and publishers

A week after Facebook grabbed eyeballs globally by blocking news publishers and turning off news-sharing on its platform in Australia, the country’s parliament has approved legislation that makes it mandatory for platform giants like Facebook and Google to negotiate to remunerate local news publishers for their content, to take account …

'OK Google' has apparently been broken on Wear OS devices for months, but a fix is coming
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‘OK Google’ has apparently been broken on Wear OS devices for months, but a fix is coming

Has Google neglected its Wear OS platform for smart wearable devices? Well, you be the judge: The company just told The Verge it’s working to fix the issues numerous users have encountered with the “OK Google” and “Hey Google” invocations on Wear OS devices.  The issues, reported by Droid Life, …

Australian Parliament passes law that requires Google, Facebook to pay for news
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Australian Parliament passes law that requires Google, Facebook to pay for news

The Australian law that makes it mandatory for companies like Google and Facebook to pay for news they use is ready to be enforced. Australia's Parliament has passed the final amendments to the News Media Bargaining Code, and according to AP, the… Continue Reading…

What's going on at Google AI?
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What’s going on at Google AI?

AI and ML systems have advanced in both sophistication and capability at a staggering rate in recent years. They can now model protein structures based only on the molecule’s amino-acid sequence, create poetry and text on par with human writers — eve… Continue Reading…

Spotify Free users can no longer cast audio to Google smart speakers, displays
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Spotify Free users can no longer cast audio to Google smart speakers, displays

If you rely on a Spotify Free account to listen to music and podcasts, your options for how to listen have diminished this week without any warning. As 9To5Google reports, it looks as though Spotify decided to quietly remove the ability to cast audio using a Spotify free account to …

Android’s latest update will let you schedule texts, secure your passwords and more
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Android’s latest update will let you schedule texts, secure your passwords and more

Google today announced the next set of features coming to Android, including a new password checkup tool, a way to schedule your texts, along with other improvements to products like its screen reader TalkBack, Maps, Assistant and Android Auto. This spring 2021 release is latest in a series of smaller …

Area 120 is beginning to use Google’s massive reach to scale HTML5 GameSnacks platform
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Area 120 is beginning to use Google’s massive reach to scale HTML5 GameSnacks platform

Hundreds of millions of users, especially in developing markets, don’t own high-end smartphones and can’t afford fast data plans to enjoy much of anything on the web. Google has been exploring multiple ways to better serve this segment of the user base. It has tried partnerships to make the internet …

Pixel 5a leaks, looks pretty much the same as Pixel 4a 5G
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Pixel 5a leaks, looks pretty much the same as Pixel 4a 5G

Google’s Pixel 5a is coming, and its design will surprise absolutely no one.  Leaker of smartphone things Steve Hemmerstoffer has produced detailed renders of the upcoming affordable Pixel phone, together with a fairly comprehensive list of specs.  According to the report, the Pixel 5a will have a unibody rear panel …