The self-driving whizzkid who stole trade secrets from Google just got 18 months in prison — now wants to sue Uber for $4B

It seems we hadn’t heard the last from the case in which Google‘s former head of self-driving stole trade secrets, joined Uber, and declared bankruptcy after getting sued left, right, and center. The autonomous vehicle whizkid, Anthony Levandowski, has now been handed an 18-month prison sentence for theft of those trade secrets, TechCrunch reports. The judge hearing the case said it was the “biggest trade secret crime [they] had ever seen.” [Read: Rallycross is going electric in 2021 with a chaotic new race series across Europe] US district attorneys working the case originally proposed a 27-month-long prison sentence, claiming that… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google,Uber...
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Android’s AirDrop rival, Nearby Share, is finally here

While I’ve always been an Android user, if there’s one feature I’ve long been jealous of people in Apple’s walled garden, it’s probably AirDrop. Today, after years of waiting, Google has finally started to roll out its answer: Nearby Share. We first heard rumblings of such a feature last year, when it was rumored to be called ‘Fast Share.’ Google confirmed the feature was on the way, and today’s announcement finally made it a reality. Rather than having to open your messaging app or a dedicated file sharing app and go through the hassle of setup and locating the right file, Nearby… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Android...
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Google Play Music will officially abdicate to YouTube Music by December

So this is farewell: Google is officially killing off Play Music in favor of YouTube Music at the end of this year. While we’ve known for a while that the shutdown was coming, this is the first time we’ve had a concrete timeline on its imminent demise. By the end of the year, YouTube Music is replacing Google Play Music as Google’s home for music listening & discovery ➡️ https://t.co/6pnCjH29ez To make the transition as easy as possible for Google Play Music members, we’re walking you through everything to know & do here ⬇️ — TeamYouTube (@TeamYouTube) August 4, 2020… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google Play,YouTube,Google...
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Hey Google, can you sort out the Docs iPad app please?

You want niché content? Then damn, you’ve got it — because this is a call for Google to sort out the Docs iPad app. Look, it’s not bad. It works. But it’s driving me mad. Why? Because it’s not completely compatible with iPad Magic Keyboard. Yes, I can type, but selecting text is a nightmare. And this isn’t on. Let’s backtrack though. Recently, I’ve been on a bit of a tablet renaissance. After using an iPad properly for the first time in years, my whole opinion on the technology changed and, since then, it’s become my lockdown life companion. Now, alongside… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iPad,Google...
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We charted the screen-to-body ratio of Google Pixel phones

One of the most noticeable differences between today’s phones and those of five years ago is the screen-to-body ratio. Bezel sizes have dropped and we now have a lot more screen. The other week I looked at how this had changed on iPhones, but I’m currently intrigued about other phone manufacturers. Specifically, I wanted to learn about the screen-to-body ratio of Google Pixel phones over time. Before we go on though, a definition. The screen-to-body ratio is simply a number that shows what percentage of a phone’s front is screen compared to, well, not screen. The bigger the number, the bigger… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google...
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Google’s top search result? Surprise! It’s Google

In Google’s early years, users would type in a query and get back a page of 10 “blue links” that led to different websites. “We want to get you out of Google and to the right place as fast as possible,” co-founder Larry Page said in 2004. Today, Google often considers that “right place” to be Google, an investigation by The Markup has found. We examined more than 15,000 recent popular queries and found that Google devoted 41 percent of the first page of search results on mobile devices to its own properties and what it calls “direct answers,” which are… This story continues at The Next Web...
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Congress fumbles through antitrust hearing with big tech CEOs

The four horseman of the techpocalypse – the CEOs of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google – joined the US House of Representatives today for an antitrust hearing. We watched every second of the more than five and a half hours of Congress’ grilling of some of the richest men in the world so you wouldn’t have to. Let’s start with the ending. House Antitrust Committee Chairman David Cicilline closed today’s hearing with the following statement: This hearing has made one fact clear to me: these companies as they exist today have monopoly power. Some need to be broken up, all… This story continues at The Next Web...
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We charted the battery life of Google Pixel phones

One of the biggest stories around the launch of the Pixel 4 was its reduced battery life in comparison to the previous model. Now, with the Pixel 4a still in purgatory — but supposedly coming out soon (??) — I had a thought: what would a comparison of the battery life of Google Pixel phones look like? Did the Pixel 4 range have a battery that was that bad? How has this evolved across different devices? Well, we made some graphs to find out. Because, well, yes, I’ve got little better to do. And what of it? First though, the methodology. How we… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google...
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Android 11 is codenamed Red Velvet Cake — but Google won’t call it that

After ditching the dessert-based nomenclature for Android versions with Android 10, Google is bringing it back for the next one — internally, at least. Android 11 is known to engineers working on the project as Red Velvet Cake, or RVC. That’s from Dave Burke, VP of engineering at the company, who revealed the internal codename in an interview on the All About Android podcast. But you’re not going to see it called that publicly; the only bit of color Android 11 will get is that it’ll be referred to as ‘Android R’ in open-source code for the OS. You can… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Android,Google...
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Google ad portal equated ‘Black girls’ with porn

This article contains graphically sexual language. Google’s Keywords Planner, which helps advertisers choose which search terms to associate with their ads, offered hundreds of keyword suggestions related to “Black girls,” “Latina girls,” and “Asian Girls” — the majority of them pornographic, The Markup found in its research. Searches in the keyword planner for “boys” of those same ethnicities also primarily returned suggestions related to pornography. Searches for “White girls” and “White boys,” however, returned no suggested terms at all. Google appears to have blocked results from terms combining a race or ethnicity and either “boys” or “girls” from being returned… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google...
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