Friday, February 12, 2016

Around The Net

  • AdWords Automated Bidding Gets An UpdateGoogle

    Google plans to roll out an updated version of its AdWords automated biding tool with new names on existing tools and adjustments to its workflow. ...Read the whole story

  • Google Invites University Researchers To IoT PilotGoogle Research

    Google is inviting university researchers to participate in the Internet of Things (IoT) Technology Research Award Pilot. The pilot provides select researchers with Google IoT-related technologies such as beacon platform, Physical Web, Brillo and Weave, among others, with a goal to foster collaboration. The experiments should run between four and eight weeks. ...Read the whole story

  • Streetmap Loses 'Anticompetitive' Suit Against Google The Guardian

    In the UK, Streetmap just lost a High Court action accusing Google of abusing its search dominance to promote Google Maps over itself and other rivals. “Streetmap, which launched in 1997 as one of the first online mapping services, had claimed Google was engaging in ‘anticompetitive conduct’ contrary to provisions of the Competition Act 1998,” The Guardian reports. ...Read the whole story

  • Google Working On New VR HeadsetWall Street Journal

    Google is reportedly developing an all-in-one virtual-reality headset that doesn’t rely on a smartphone, computer or game console. “That would be a first in the rapidly evolving field,” The Wall Street Journal reports. “Google also plans to release later this year a more advanced version of its $20 cardboard virtual-reality viewer that uses a smartphone as a screen.” ...Read the whole story

  • Google Tax Row Harming Brand Image And Staff Morale, MPs ClaimCampaign

    MPs have suggested that Google's tax avoidance row is harming the morale of its 4,000 UK employees and that will undermine staff retention. Google EMEA president Matt Brittin faced repeated criticism from MPs on the Commons Public Accounts Committee when quizzed yesterday, alongside Google Vice President of Finance Tom Hutchinson, about the Internet giant's GBP130 million settlement in UK back taxes over ten years. "This is staining your reputation," Richard Bacon, a Conservative MP, told Brittin. ...Read the whole story

Google's Censorship Compromise Panned By Digital Rights Group

Google's decision to censor its site more broadly in response to Europeans' requests to delete information about themselves sets a dangerous precedent, the digital rights group CDT says. ...More

  • Machines Of Loving Grace: Messaging, Personalization & AI

    On Feb. 1, WhatsApp announced a major milestone: 1 billion active monthly users, sending a total of 42 billion messages per day. Facebook, which owns WhatsApp, also has 800 million active monthly users for its Messenger. ...More

  • Smart, Connected Devices Open More Doors To Personal Networks

    The Internet of Things will cause countless new connections to many devices. There will devices for monitoring, sensing, anticipating and measuring. Internet-connected devices in the home typically tap into that home's network, the same one that ...More