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Is Google Trying to Replace City Buses With Uber?

Sidewalk Labs wants to change parking and transportation in US cities

(Newser) - Is Google trying to destroy America's public transportation system? It's possible, reports the Guardian , which obtained documents from Sidewalk Labs, a Google spinoff and "secretive subsidiary" of Alphabet. Columbus, Ohio, beat out more than 70 other cities for a chance to work with Sidewalk Labs and its... More »

What the UK's Late-Night Brexit Googling Reveals

People were trying to learn the basics, but AFTER the vote

(Newser) - So the United Kingdom voted for Brexit , PM David Cameron announced his resignation , and scores of people starting frenetically Googling "What happens if we leave the EU?"—just a few hours after they already voted en masse to do so, the Verge reports. Google Trends tweeted there was... More »

Google Launches New Feature to Give Better Medical Advice

It doesn't want to keep scaring users with unreliable search results

(Newser) - You know how it is: You wake up with a sore throat, then after five minutes of googling, you're convinced you have super-Ebola. Well, Google wants to do something about that. Consumerist reports the company is launching a "Symptom Search" feature this week to give better medical advice.... More »

Grandma Wins Internet With Politest Google Search Ever

England's May Ashworth thought there was a person at Google HQ answering queries

(Newser) - When Ben John went to his grandma's house last week to do laundry, he decided to surf the Internet on her laptop while he was waiting. What he found on the Web page she had open blew his millennial mind, the Guardian reports. "Omg opened my Nan's... More »

Google's Self-Driving Cars Are Learning How to Honk

Engineers are teaching the autonomous vehicles

(Newser) - If you thought self-driving cars might cause honking to become a thing of the past, think again. Google engineers are teaching Google's autonomous vehicles how to honk, a company report from May reveals, per USA Today . "Our self-driving cars aim to be polite, considerate, and only honk when... More »

Here's What Each State Googles Weirdly Often

'Is Mr. T dead?'

(Newser) - Ever want to know what questions keep your neighbors up at night? Be careful what you wish for. Estately figured out what questions residents of each state Google more often than the others, and the results are both "inspiring and depressing." Estately used Google autocomplete to get a... More »

Google Patents 'Pedestrian Glue' for Self-Driving Cars

Invention aims to reduce secondary impacts

(Newser) - If you're unlucky enough to be hit by one of Google's self-driving cars, the company wants you to stay glued to the front of it, according to a patent that's dated May 17—not April 1. The patent describes an adhesive layer that "may be a... More »

Philly PD Admits Its SUV Was Masked as Google Maps Vehicle

SUV decked out with technology to spy on drivers (and fake Google decal)

(Newser) - The Philly PD has a "mystery" on its hands, and it involves one of its own vehicles. On Wednesday, a University of Pennsylvania professor spotted an SUV near the Philadelphia Convention Center, souped up with two high-tech license-plate readers and a placard linking it to the Pennsylvania State Police—... More »

Google Bans 'Deceptive' Ads for All Payday Loans

Some lenders say it's unfair to punish entire industry for predatory 'bad actors'

(Newser) - In a move that earned Google a big "huzzah!" from Wired , the company took a big step Wednesday against predatory lending practices. Starting July 13, no more ads will appear on the site for what it calls "deceptive" payday loans, the AP reports—the first time it'... More »

13 New Emojis Aim to Empower Women

Google team hopes they'll be available this year

(Newser) - Emojis recently became more diverse, but they're still lacking in representing women in the workforce. There's a flamenco dancer, a ballet dancer, and a princess, but that's about it, author Amy Butcher recently wrote in the New York Times . "We are told we are the new... More »

Google Really Wants Someone to Hack Chromebook

Not a single person has been able to, so the company has doubled the reward to $100K

(Newser) - For six years Google has been leaning on some of the world's best hackers to find problems in a wide range of its products through its bug bounty program, paying $2 million to hundreds of winners last year alone. But after announcing a $50,000 reward for the persistent... More »

Man Finally Triumphs Over AI in Ancient Game

Lee Sedol pulls a win out after 3 losses against AlphaGo

(Newser) - A champion Go player scored his first win over Go-playing computer software on Sunday after losing three straight times in the ancient Chinese game. Lee Sedol's victory over AlphaGo served as a reminder that Google's Go-playing program is not perfect. Lee had said that he lost earlier games... More »

Champion 'in Shock' After Losing Ancient Game to AI

Google machine wins first game in historic match

(Newser) - South Korea's Lee Sedol is ranked fifth in the world at Go, an ancient board game that relies on a player's intuition to surround and capture an opponent's stones on a grid. Yet he's just been schooled by a relative newbie. Google's 2-year-old computer program... More »

Google Self-Driving Car Blamed for Crash

Bad judgment caused 2mph collision with bus

(Newser) - After six years and millions of miles of driving, one of Google's self-driving cars has become a self-crashing car. The company has admitted that a self-driving Lexus SUV bears some responsibility for a Feb. 14 crash in Mountain View, Calif., the Verge reports. But no people—or robots—were... More »

Google's 'Robot' System Can Now Be Considered Legal Driver

This could be a big step

(Newser) - Up until recently, Google's self-driving cars have been limited to real-world activity only in certain states (i.e., not on the federal level), and only under certain conditions, Quartz notes. But this week the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration posted a Feb. 4 letter saying Google's self-driving system,... More »

America Has a New Highest-Paid CEO

Alphabet awarded Google chief $199M in shares

(Newser) - Google's parent company appears to be satisfied with how Sundar Pichai has performed during his four months as Google CEO, judging by the gargantuan $199 million equity award revealed in a securities filing. Alphabet stated that Pichai was awarded 273,328 Class C Google stock units on Feb. 3,... More »

Google Hands Out $6,006.13 Reward, an Inside Joke

Sanmay Ved actually bought Google.com for $12 in September—for a minute

(Newser) - Google handed out more than $2 million to more than 300 people in 2015 who spotted bugs and security issues, but one award in particular stands out, reports Beta News . The odd sum of $6,006.13 went to Sanmay Ved, a former Google employee and current MBA candidate at... More »

Google Just Made a Giant Leap in Artificial Intelligence

A human has lost a game of Go to a computer for the first time in 2.5K years

(Newser) - It seems Skynet is one step closer … if all the Terminator wanted to do is play a 2,500-year-old game. On Wednesday, Google DeepMind announced the creation of an artificial intelligence that successfully beat a professional Go player five games in a row, Wired reports. According to a study... More »

Google Slipped Apple $1B to Show Search Bar

Both companies freaked out that figure paid for iPhone display was disclosed

(Newser) - An Oracle copyright lawsuit against Google offered up a coveted nugget about Google and another big company. Rumors have circulated for some time about how much Google pays Apple to keep its search engine bar as the default on the iPhone, and a transcript from the Oracle court proceedings now... More »

Google Translate Hits Russia With Lord of the Rings-Inspired Burn

Also, Russia's foreign minister is actually a 'sad little horse'

(Newser) - Everyone knows Google Translate can be a bit iffy at times. But it's not often that its mistranslations burn an entire country. Vocativ reports the service was recently caught changing "Russian Federation" into "Mordor" when translating from Ukrainian to Russian. As the Telegraph explains, Mordor is "... More »

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