The Verge: Google’s latest Roboto variant is a font customizable to its core

The Verge: Google’s latest Roboto variant is a font customizable to its core. “As someone who is really into fonts, I know that most people don’t share my passion — but I genuinely think that anyone who cares at all about typography will have some interest in what Google announced on Thursday. If you’ve ever used anything made by Google, you’ve seen Roboto. Now, Google’s introducing something called Roboto Flex. As the name implies, it’s a version of its famous font that you can tweak and customize in a ton of ways.”

Tom’s Guide: Google AR glasses could have a clear advantage — here’s why

Tom’s Guide: Google AR glasses could have a clear advantage — here’s why. “Google hardware boss Rick Osterloh has confirmed the company has acquired Raxium, a five-year old startup specializing in Micro LED technology. The company claims that its display tech is five times more efficient than the current record holder. If true, that could prove to be a huge boon for augmented reality devices.”

Search Engine Watch: Google blocked 3.4 billion ads, suspended 5.6 million accounts in 2021

Search Engine Land: Google blocked 3.4 billion ads, suspended 5.6 million accounts in 2021. “Google blocked or removed 3.4 billion ads in 2021, according to its annual Ads Safety Report, which was released today. Google also tripled the number of account-level suspensions for advertisers in the last year. 3.4 billion ads blocked or removed. The top three categories of bad ads were abusing the ad network (652 million); adult content (287 million); and trademark (137 million).”

The Verge: Twitter Circle is in testing for the tweets you’d rather keep to ‘select people’

The Verge: Twitter Circle is in testing for the tweets you’d rather keep to ‘select people’. “Twitter’s pending acquisition hasn’t put a freeze on all product testing, as we’ve seen hints of the upcoming edit tweets feature leak out. And, now, the company has announced a limited test for Twitter Circle. It’s a function that’s similar to Instagram’s Close Friends feature or, if you’ve been around for a while, Google Plus.”

Travel+Leisure: Google Has a New Tool That Helps Travelers Find a Hotel Near a Landmark, Attraction, or Event

Travel+Leisure: Google Has a New Tool That Helps Travelers Find a Hotel Near a Landmark, Attraction, or Event. “Now, you can … quickly find places to stay within walking or driving distance of a particular landmark, attraction, or event, making it simple to find the right place to stay near a wedding venue, or any other event you’ve got going on, whether it’s a family reunion or a music festival. You can also use the tool to find a hotel near the top landmark on your travel list — which might mean searching for Paris hotels in walking distance of the Eiffel Tower.”

International Consortium of Investigative Journalists: The inside story of how the Offshore Leaks Database became a go-to resource on offshore finance

International Consortium of Investigative Journalists: The inside story of how the Offshore Leaks Database became a go-to resource on offshore finance. “After steadily expanding the database since 2013 with information from 2016’s Panama Papers project and four other leaks, ICIJ today releases the last batch of data, which includes new data on more than 9,000 offshore companies, foundations and trusts, from the Pandora Papers, the massive leak from 14 so-called offshore service providers that powered last year’s largest-ever journalism collaboration of the same name. As we close the final chapter of the Pandora Papers in the Offshore Leaks Database, we share what it took to bring it to life — and why it has become an essential tool in the global fight to dismantle offshore secrecy.

Android Police: Google is testing a new intelligent shortcut in Chrome

Android Police: Google is testing a new intelligent shortcut in Chrome. “Google Chrome’s interface is mostly fully matured. The layout and design haven’t substantially changed the past few years, and it doesn’t look like they’re going to anytime soon—the highly anticipated bottom bar interface, which would have been the biggest change since the launch of the mobile browser, was sunset before it ever became a standard feature. There are always some smaller tweaks Google is working on, though, and the latest in line is a new button in the app bar next to the address field, intelligently adjusting based on your usage of the browser.”

TechCrunch: Twitter latest filing admits to risk of losing advertisers and staff due to Musk takeover

TechCrunch: Twitter latest filing admits to risk of losing advertisers and staff due to Musk takeover . “Just ahead of its presentation to media ad buyers later this week at the 2022 NewFronts, Twitter acknowledged in a new SEC filing that its core advertising business could now be at risk as a result of the Elon Musk takeover, in addition to employee hiring and retention efforts and other factors.”

Reuters: Google makes $100,000 worth of tech training free to every U.S. business

Reuters: Google makes $100,000 worth of tech training free to every U.S. business. “Alphabet Inc’s Google will provide any U.S. business over $100,000 worth of online courses in data analytics, design and other tech skills for their workers free of charge, the search company said on Monday. The offer marks a big expansion of Google’s Career Certificates, a program the company launched in 2018 to help people globally boost their resumes by learning new tools at their own pace.”

Good E-Reader: The Amazon Kindle will support EPUB in late 2022

Good E-Reader: The Amazon Kindle will support EPUB in late 2022. “Amazon has announced that all of the modern Kindle e-readers will support the most popular ebook format in the world, EPUB. The company recently updated their Send to Kindle documentation and stated that it will add support for EPUB later this year. Send to Kindle will suspend the ability to load in MOBI, since it is an older file format and won’t support the newest Kindle features for documents. If you have MOBI books already on your Kindle, they will continue to be accessible. Amazon is also disabling to the ability to send AZW to the Kindle.”

Bloomberg: Facebook Plans to Leave the Podcast Business After Just a Year

Bloomberg: Facebook Plans to Leave the Podcast Business After Just a Year. “Facebook is pulling out of podcasts and plans to remove them altogether from the social-media service starting June 3. Part of Meta Platforms Inc., Facebook will stop letting people add podcasts to the service starting this week, according to a note sent to partners. It will discontinue both its short-form audio product Soundbites and remove its central audio hub.”

Search Engine Roundtable: Possible Google Search Algorithm Update May 1st With Rumbles All Week

Search Engine Roundtable: Possible Google Search Algorithm Update May 1st With Rumbles All Week. “For the past week, I have been seeing a different pattern with a possible Google search ranking algorithm update. The forums and SEO discussion around a possible Google update was brewing a good part of last week but the automated tracking tools, most of them, didn’t really pick up signs of a Google update.”