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  • YouTube tightens rules on kid-related content

     YouTube, that strange stew of the best and worst content on the web, is cracking down on abuse and error relating to kid-focused video. Jokers and questionably ethical creators who targeted kids or used them in their videos will have a harder time getting viewers and getting money. Read More

  • Google Lens in the Assistant starts rolling out to all Pixel users

     We knew this was only a matter of time, but Google today confirmed that Google Lens as part of the Google Assistant is now rolling out to all Pixel phone owners. That’s something Google already announced at its hardware event, but until now, the timing was unclear. If you don’t see it when you call up the Google Assistant, though, don’t worry. The company says that this… Read More

  • YouTube returns to the Amazon Echo Show

     When the Amazon Echo Show first debuted, it included a YouTube feature, as is right and proper for a device with a screen capable of playing video and connecting to the internet. But Google quickly nixed the Echo Show YouTube player, since it was a non-standard presentation of the company’s stuff which did not comply with their terms of use. Now, YouTube is back on Echo Show (via… Read More

  • Android devices seen covertly sending location data to Google

     An investigation by Quartz has revealed that Android devices send cell tower location data to Google even if the user has disabled location services for apps in their device settings.  Read More

  • Google Cloud Platform cuts the price of GPUs by up to 36 percent

     Google today announced that it’s cutting the price of using Nvidia’s Tesla GPUs through its Compute Engine by up to 36 percent. In U.S. regions, using the somewhat older K80 GPUs will now cost $0.45 per hour while using the newer and more powerful P100 machines will cost $1.46 per hour (all with per-second billing). The company is also dropping the prices for preemptible local SSDs… Read More

  • Toronto begins sharing traffic data with Waze, and vice versa

     The city of Toronto has begun sharing its traffic data with navigation service provider Waze. Google-owned Waze will also provide access to its real-time traffic and road conditions data back to the city, in exchange, and both parties expect to improve navigation around the city thanks to the new collaborative effort. Waze offers turn-by-turn navigation to users and drivers, compiling… Read More

  • Google promises a software fix for the Pixel 2’s buzzing phone call problem in ‘the coming weeks’

     Google’s hardware team can’t catch a break this year. In spite of solid reviews (us included), the company’s new Pixel 2 handsets have been plagued by glitches, including a buzzing sound heard in the ear piece during phone calls. A company rep issued a short response to a lengthy thread about the problem on Google’s Pixel User Community board, noting that the company… Read More

  • The battle for control of data could be just starting

     Companies like Facebook, Google and Amazon happily take our data in exchange for convenience, lower prices or free services, but individuals and businesses are beginning to understand the value of controlling their data instead of simply handing it over to the world’s largest technology companies. The battle to regain control over that data could be starting in earnest. I saw a couple… Read More

  • YouTube terminates exploitive ‘kids’ channel ToyFreaks, says it’s tightening its child endangerment policies

     Following consumer outrage over YouTube’s handling of disturbing videos aimed at children on its network, the company has now banned one of the more controversial kid channels it hosted, Toy Freaks. The channel, the 68th largest on YouTube with over 8.5 million subscribers, was often criticized for its vile and seemingly exploitive videos featuring a dad and his daughters, which many… Read More

  • Crunch Report | The tech companies helping to educate the public on fake news and how to get free Postmates Unlimited

     Today’s Stories: These tech companies want to get rid of fake news; Say goodbye forever to Facebook app invites; Apple is giving out free Postmates Unlimited; Mashable sells to Ziff Davis; Virgin Hyperloop One goes to India. Read More