Google Earth Now Shows You Our Planet’s Slow Deterioration

Google Earth Now Shows You Our Planet’s Slow Deterioration

Today, Google announced a new 3D time-lapse feature in its Google Earth platform.Google says the time-lapse feature draws from 20 petabytes of satellite imagery, combined to create a 4.4-terapixel video (that's 4.4 million megapixels) that maps to the surface of the globe.

Hackers Hosed by Google Were a Counterterrorism Operation

Hackers Hosed by Google Were a Counterterrorism Operation

In an attempt to cut down on the threat posed by browser-related attacks, companies like the internet infrastructure firm Cloudflare are developing a new generation of “browser isolation” tools that keep malicious code from running directly on your computer, while being faster and more usable than past iterations.

A Better Path to Tech Reform? Felony Charges

A Better Path to Tech Reform? Felony Charges

On March 25, the CEOs of Google, Facebook, and Twitter will once again testify before a committee of the House of Representatives, this time about the spread of disinformation on their platforms.

The Departure of 2 Google AI Researchers Spurs More Fallout

The Departure of 2 Google AI Researchers Spurs More Fallout

“Google has shown an astounding lack of leadership and commitment to open science, ethics, and diversity in their treatment of the Ethical AI team, specifically Drs. Gebru and Mitchell,” he wrote in his own email to the workshop’s organizers, asking them to pass his decision and comments up to Google’s leadership.

How You Can Use Google Maps Like a Social Network

How You Can Use Google Maps Like a Social Network

When your profile is restricted, only your followers will be able to see your reviews and ratings on Google Maps, as well as the list of who you're following.

Privacy-First Browser Brave Is Launching a Search Engine

Privacy-First Browser Brave Is Launching a Search Engine

Two years after publicly launching a privacy-focused browser, Brave, founded by former Mozilla executive Brendan Eich, is taking on Google’s search business too.Bing’s own index of the web also helps to provide results in other Google rivals, such as DuckDuckGo which uses it as one of 400 sources that feed into search results.

How Google's Grand Plan to Make Stadia Games Fell Apart

How Google's Grand Plan to Make Stadia Games Fell Apart

But sources familiar with Stadia’s operations believe that after pouring tens of millions of dollars into two game studios, Google couldn’t stomach the expensive and complicated creative process necessary to build high-caliber video games—especially considering Stadia’s unremarkable subscription numbers.“I question how much the execs above Stadia leadership understand what they got into—the commitments made and overcommitments and the inability to keep those commitments,” says one current Stadia employee.

Sex Tapes, Hush Money, and Hollywood’s Economy of Secrets

Sex Tapes, Hush Money, and Hollywood’s Economy of Secrets

A few Googles later, she had her answer: a man named Kevin Blatt, who called himself a “celebrity sex tape broker.” She squinted at the avatar on his Instagram profile.

A Second AI Researcher Says She Was Fired by Google

A Second AI Researcher Says She Was Fired by Google

On Friday, researcher Margaret Mitchell said she had been fired from the company’s AI lab, Google Brain, where she previously co-led a group working on ethical approaches to artificial intelligence.

Australia Is Fighting a Platform War on the Wrong Battlefield

Australia Is Fighting a Platform War on the Wrong Battlefield

Though the law doesn’t seem terribly specific about the issue, Australian lawmakers seem to have accepted the long-voiced Murdochian claim that Google and Facebook are stealing news content by linking to articles, sometimes even providing snippets.

A Barcode Scanner App With Millions of Downloads Goes Rogue

A Barcode Scanner App With Millions of Downloads Goes Rogue

“It is frightening that with one update an app can turn malicious while going under the radar of Google Play Protect,” Collier wrote.The researcher wrote:No, in the case of Barcode Scanner, malicious code had been added that was not in previous versions of the app.

Government Demands for Amazon Data Shot Up 800 Percent in 2020

Government Demands for Amazon Data Shot Up 800 Percent in 2020

This week, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok took part in a coordinated action to reclaim hundreds of accounts that had been used to facilitate trading of those ill-gotten handles within the so-called OGUsers community.Google says that it patched a so-called zero-day bug that hackers had been actively exploiting.

Chrome’s Cookie Update Is Bad for Advertisers but Good for Google

Chrome’s Cookie Update Is Bad for Advertisers but Good for Google

For most people, the change will be invisible, but behind the scenes, Google is planning to put Chrome in control of some of the advertising process.Google’s plan to replace third-party cookies comes from its Privacy Sandbox, a set of proposals for improving online ads without obliterating the ad industry.

He Made a Viral Bernie Meme Site. Now He Has to Keep It Going

He Made a Viral Bernie Meme Site. Now He Has to Keep It Going

Just a half hour earlier, still steeped in the afterglow of Joe Biden’s inauguration, Sawhney had pushed live a website that lets you put a viral image of Bernie Sanders—seated, mittened, alone—atop any Google Street View image.

Google’s New Union Is Already Addressing Political Issues

Google’s New Union Is Already Addressing Political Issues

“This model opens up a lot of possibilities, and it creates a dynamic where workers can leverage their power through an organization,” says Wes McEnany, the East Coast lead for CWA’s Campaign to Organize Digital Employees.

Chatroulette Is On the Rise Again—With Help From AI

Chatroulette Is On the Rise Again—With Help From AI

User traffic has nearly tripled since the start of the year, to 4 million monthly unique visitors, the most since early 2016, according to Google Analytics.The new team tapped the surge in traffic to conduct user research and test ways to moderate content, including AI tools from Amazon and Microsoft .

How to Set Up Your New Android Phone

How to Set Up Your New Android Phone

Being signed into your Google account makes it easy to set up a new phone from there, especially if you've previously owned an Android device.

Google’s Antitrust Cases: A Guide for the Perplexed

Google’s Antitrust Cases: A Guide for the Perplexed

The states argue that Google has accordingly made changes over the years to how search results appear in order to keep more traffic flowing to Google’s own properties rather than vertical search.

Texas Accuses Google and Facebook of an Illegal Conspiracy

Texas Accuses Google and Facebook of an Illegal Conspiracy

Facebook, the complaint says, agreed to “curtail its header bidding initiatives” and send the millions of advertisers in its Facebook Audience Network to bid on Google’s platform.

How Cyberpunk 2077 Sold a Promise—and Rigged the System

How Cyberpunk 2077 Sold a Promise—and Rigged the System

CD Projekt Red is a game developer, but it’s also an expectation machine.8 years of hype to launch what looks like an Early Access game.” It was not the game of the future; playing it on PC made me so nauseous that I had to Google frame rate hotfixes.

The Dark Side of Big Tech’s Funding for AI Research

The Dark Side of Big Tech’s Funding for AI Research

Last week, prominent Google artificial intelligence researcher Timnit Gebru said she was fired by the company after managers asked her to retract or withdraw her name from a research paper, and she objected.

Behind the Paper That Led to a Google Researcher’s Firing

Behind the Paper That Led to a Google Researcher’s Firing

Earlier this year, Google artificial intelligence researcher Timnit Gebru sent a Twitter message to University of Washington professor Emily Bender.“This article is a very solid and well-researched piece of work,” says Julien Cornebise, an honorary associate professor at University College London who has seen a draft of the paper.

Which Google Pixel Phone (and Gear) Should You Buy?

Which Google Pixel Phone (and Gear) Should You Buy?

Google's Pixel phones are our favorite Android phones here at WIRED, and they have been for a few years.The Best Pixel for Most of Us. Pixel 4A ($350)Photograph: Google The Pixel 4A (9/10, WIRED Recommends ) is our favorite Android phone at the moment.

A Prominent AI Ethics Researcher Says Google Fired Her

A Prominent AI Ethics Researcher Says Google Fired Her

The paper discussed ethical issues raised by recent advances in AI technology that works with language , which Google has said is important to the future of its business .

Giving Gadgets As Gifts? Get Ready to Answer These Questions

Giving Gadgets As Gifts? Get Ready to Answer These Questions

Giving someone an Amazon Echo or Google Nest speaker is a relatively easy way to inject some smarts into a home.Do they have a smart speaker to listen to that Spotify gift subscription that supports it?

88 Absolute Best Black Friday Deals Still Going (2020): Amazon, Walmart, Target, Etc.

88 Absolute Best Black Friday Deals Still Going (2020): Amazon, Walmart, Target, Etc.

Absolute Best Black Friday Deals Deals on Covid-19 Supplies Deals Under $50 TV and Soundbar Deals Laptop Deals Home Office Deals Phone and Tablet Deals Headphone and Audio Deals Home, Kitchen, and Parenting Deals Self-Care and Sex Toy Deals Fitness and Outdoors Deals Video Game Deals Mattress Deals Amazon Deals and Google Deals Eco-Friendly Deals Small Business Saturday If you buy something using links in our stories, we may earn a commission.

The Absolute Best Black Friday Deals Online This Weekend

The Absolute Best Black Friday Deals Online This Weekend

Deals Under $50 TV and Soundbar Deals Laptop and PC Deals Home Office Deals Phone and Tablet Deals Headphone and Audio Deals Home, Kitchen, and Parenting Deals Self-Care and Sex Toy Deals Fitness and Outdoors Deals Video Game Deals Mattress Deals Amazon Deals and Google Deals Eco-Friendly Deals Small Business Saturday If you buy something using links in our stories, we may earn a commission.

31 Black Friday Phone and Tablet Deals We Love (2020)

31 Black Friday Phone and Tablet Deals We Love (2020)

And please note that our favorite Android phone is the Google Pixel 4A ($350).It's not discounted further for Black Friday but is still the best deal going.

Every Great Black Friday Deal on Google Devices

Every Great Black Friday Deal on Google Devices

Retailers tend to use sale holidays as an excuse to clear out old stock, but Google cut prices on some of its brand-new hardware for Black Friday this year—like its Pixel 5 phone and Nest Audio speaker that just launched last month.

How to Make Multiple Smart Speakers Work Together

How to Make Multiple Smart Speakers Work Together

To put two Nest speakers together as a stereo pair, they need to be in the same room: Tap any speaker, then the cog icon, then Room to set this.David Nield via GoogleWith that done, tap on the first speaker, then the cog icon, then Speaker pair .

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