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Google to ramp up AI efforts to ID extremism on YouTube

Last week Facebook solicited help with what it dubbed “hard questions” — including how it should tackle the spread of terrorism propaganda on its platform. Yesterday Google followed suit with its own public pronouncement, via an op-ed in the FT newspaper, explaining how it’s ramping up measures to tackle extremist content. Read More

Crunch Report | Samsung Heir Apparent Found Guilty

Samsung heir apparent is found guilty of embezzlement, Go-Jek closes a $1.2 billion round and the Google Pixel could be coming October 5th. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

Algorithmia raises $10.5M Series A round led by Google’s new AI fund

Word recently spread that Google had quietly launched a new fund for investing into AI companies. Now this fund has made its first (or at least its first public) investment, leading a $10.5 million Series A into Algorithmia, a marketplace and enterprise solution that allows developers to easily tap into its catalog of 3,500 algorithms, functions and machine-learning models. Read More

A Waymo filing leaks lidar tech details in Uber lawsuit

Anthony Levandowski took his seat in a conference room one sunny Friday morning in April and proceeded to read the same phrase from a sheet of paper for the next five hours. “On the advice and direction of my counsel, I respectfully decline to answer. And I assert the rights guaranteed to me under the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.” Read More

Google tweaks Search to help combat ‘fake news’

Google has made some adjustments to how Search works, which are aimed at improving the general quality of returned results, and more specifically at fighting the problem of “fake news,” which Google takes to mean “content on the web [that[ has contributed to the spread of blatantly misleading, low quality, offensive or downright false information,” according to a blog… Read More

Google wins ‘right to be forgotten’ battle in Japan

Google has won a long-standing battle in Japan that drew parallels with Europe’s “right to be forgotten” ruling. The Japanese Supreme Court today dismissed a case against the U.S. company seeking the removal of allegedly defamatory results from its search engine, including one case of a man who sought to remove details of his arrest on child prostitution charges,… Read More

Cooking with Google Home just got easier

The Google Home and Amazon Echo are pretty useful devices to have in the kitchen, where clean hands are often at a premium. Until now, though, when you asked Google Home for a recipe, it would happily tell you all about it — but unless you are the president of the U.S. and have the world’s greatest memory, you probably forgot more than half of the ingredients by the time it… Read More

Google ends its Hands Free mobile payment pilot after less than a year, but...

That’s kind of the thing about pilot programs – they don’t always result in a successful launch. Less than a year after beginning testing at select locations in the San Francisco Bay Area, Google is pulling the plug on its Hands Free payment system. The company notified users of the unceremonious wind down via email and a notification on its site. A week from yesterday,… Read More

Google’s Tensor2Tensor makes it easier to conduct deep learning experiments

Google’s brain team is open sourcing Tensor2Tensor, a new deep learning library designed to help researchers replicate results from recent papers in the field and push the boundaries of what’s possible by trying new combinations of models, datasets and other parameters. The sheer number of variables in AI research combined with the fast pace of new developments makes it difficult… Read More

Google tweaks Search to help combat ‘fake news’

Google has made some adjustments to how Search works, which are aimed at improving the general quality of returned results, and more specifically at fighting the problem of “fake news,” which Google takes to mean “content on the web [that[ has contributed to the spread of blatantly misleading, low quality, offensive or downright false information,” according to a blog… Read More

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