VentureBeat: Google’s Area 120 launches Tables, a rules-based automation platform for documents

VentureBeat: Google’s Area 120 launches Tables, a rules-based automation platform for documents. “Google’s Area 120 incubator today launched Tables, a work-tracking tool with IFTTT-like automation features and support for Google products, including Google Groups, Google Sheets, and more. Currently in beta in the U.S., Tables automates actions like collating data, checking multiple sources of data, and pasting data into other docs for handoff.”

9to5 Google: Google Takeout now lets you select Photos albums for direct Flickr, OneDrive transfer

9to5 Google: Google Takeout now lets you select Photos albums for direct Flickr, OneDrive transfer. “Google Takeout has long let users export and download local copies of their data. With the Data Transfer Project, Google made it so that you could directly move an image library to a third-party service. Google Takeout now lets you select specific Photos albums to transfer.”

BNN Bloomberg: U.S.’s Google Antitrust Suit Nears With Briefing of States

BNN Bloomberg: U.S.’s Google Antitrust Suit Nears With Briefing of States. “The U.S. Justice Department is poised to brief states on Wednesday on its pending antitrust lawsuit against Alphabet Inc.’s Google, according to people familiar with the matter. By the end of September, the federal investigation into the company is expected to produce the most significant antitrust lawsuit since the U.S. case against Microsoft Corp., which was filed in 1998.”

News 18 World: Australia To Amend Law Making Facebook, Google Pay For News

News 18 World: Australia To Amend Law Making Facebook, Google Pay For News. “The author of proposed Australian laws to make Facebook and Google pay for journalism said Thursday his draft legislation will be altered to allay some of the digital giants concerns, but remain fundamentally unchanged. Australias fair trade regulator Rod Sims, chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, said he would give his final draft of the laws to make Facebook and Google pay Australian media companies for the news content they use by early October.”

University of Utah: Analyzing COVID-19 Through Google Street View

University of Utah: Analyzing COVID-19 Through Google Street View. “It sounds like a monumental task. Take the 164 million photos taken of America’s roads and neighborhoods for Google’s Street View and identify in each picture the environmental characteristics like the type of buildings, roads, and sidewalks. It is certainly impossible to do by hand, but not for a computer.”

Google Blog: Easier access to Search, Chrome and Gmail in iOS 14

Google Blog: Easier access to Search, Chrome and Gmail in iOS 14. “iOS 14 has launched, and with it comes new features that make it easier to access some of the Google apps you use most often. Starting today, you can add a Google Search Widget to your Home Screen to let you find information even faster. You can also set Chrome as your default browser app on your iPhone or iPad, and in the coming days, you’ll be able to set Gmail as your default email app.”

BBC: Google and Facebook under pressure to ban children’s ads

BBC: Google and Facebook under pressure to ban children’s ads. “Tech firms have been urged to stop advertising to under-18s in an open letter signed by MPs, academics and children’s-rights advocates. Behavioural advertising not only undermines privacy but puts ‘susceptible’ youngsters under unfair marketing pressure, the letter says. It is addressed to Google, Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft.”

Retail Dive: Google’s new search features let shoppers see curbside, in-store pickup offerings

Retail Dive: Google’s new search features let shoppers see curbside, in-store pickup offerings. “Google’s decision to modify its shopping tools stems in part from search patterns the platform witnessed during the COVID-19 pandemic. The tech giant saw Google searches for terms like ‘curbside pickup’ and ‘safe shopping’ spike ‘tenfold’ over the past few months, Swati Trehan, product manager of Google Shopping, wrote in a blog post.”

Georgia Tech: Google Funds Study of How Vulnerable Populations Seek Pandemic Info

Georgia Tech: Google Funds Study of How Vulnerable Populations Seek Pandemic Info. “Georgia Tech will receive $155,000 from Google’s Covid-19 AI for Social Good program to investigate patterns and impact of pandemic information-seeking amongst vulnerable populations, such as older adults, low-income households, and Black and Hispanic adults. These populations have experienced disproportionately high rates of Covid-19-related death, severe sickness, and life disruptions like job loss.”

Google It: Quantum Chemistry Problem Solved (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory: Google It: Quantum Chemistry Problem Solved. “We are a bit closer to an era where quantum computers will provide answers to questions too difficult for conventional computers, according to new research featured on the cover of the journal Science. A large research team that included Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) quantum computing pioneer Nathan Wiebe and colleagues at Google AI Quantum published the proof-of-concept for quantum computing of tough chemistry problems.”

CNBC: Google is tightening rules on internal message boards as ‘new world creates urgency’

CNBC: Google is tightening rules on internal message boards as ‘new world creates urgency’. “Google is asking employees to take a more active role in moderating internal message boards, as those discussions get more heated and employees remain working from home, according to documents obtained by CNBC.”

Breaking up is hard to do: Chrome separates from Chrome OS (ZDNet)

ZDNet: Breaking up is hard to do: Chrome separates from Chrome OS. “Ever since day one, people have thought Chromebooks just ran the Chrome browser and that was it. Actually, it was always more complicated than that. Underneath that Chrome browser was a thin Linux distribution, Chrome OS. Now, Kent Duke, a writer and hardcore Chrome OS fan, has found that Google is teasing apart the browser and the operating system into two separate entries.”

ZDNet: Google ‘formally’ bans stalkerware apps from the Play Store

ZDNet: Google ‘formally’ bans stalkerware apps from the Play Store. “Google has updated its Play Store rules to impose a ‘formal’ ban on stalkerware apps, but the company has left a pretty huge loophole in place for stalkerware to be uploaded on the official store as child-tracking applications.”