Reuters: Facebook and tech giants to target attacker manifestos, far-right militias in database

Reuters: Facebook and tech giants to target attacker manifestos, far-right militias in database. “A counterterrorism organization formed by some of the biggest U.S. tech companies including Facebook and Microsoft is significantly expanding the types of extremist content shared between firms in a key database, aiming to crack down on material from white supremacists and far-right militias, the group told Reuters.”

Google Blog: Learn more – and get more – from Search

Google Blog: Learn more – and get more – from Search. “When you search for information on Google, you’re probably accustomed to seeing a lot of relevant results in a fraction of a second. But maybe you’ve found yourself wondering how Google connected those results to the words you typed, especially if you didn’t get exactly what you were expecting to find. Now, there’s a quick and easy way to see useful context about how Google returned results for your query, and to find helpful tips to get more out of Google Search.”

Google Scholar Blog: 2021 Scholar Metrics Released

Google Scholar Blog: 2021 Scholar Metrics Released. “Scholar Metrics provide an easy way for authors to quickly gauge the visibility and influence of recent articles in scholarly publications. Today, we are releasing the 2021 version of Scholar Metrics. This release covers articles published in 2016–2020 and includes citations from all articles that were indexed in Google Scholar as of July 2020.”

Reuters: Google is starting to tell you how it found Search results

Reuters: Google is starting to tell you how it found Search results. “Alphabet’s Google will now show its search engine users more information about why it found the results they are shown, the company said on Thursday. It said people googling queries will now be able to click into details such as how their result matched certain search terms, in order to better decide if the information is relevant.”

9to5 Google: Google will shut down ‘Bookmarks’ in September, won’t affect Maps ‘starred’ locations [U]

9to5 Google: Google will shut down ‘Bookmarks’ in September, won’t affect Maps ‘starred’ locations [U]. “After 16 years of service, Google is about to shut down a service that isn’t very well known. On September 30, 2021 ‘Google Bookmarks’ will be closed off for all users. The announcement has been fairly quiet, but as was spotted this week, a banner now appears on Google Bookmarks explaining that the service will ‘no longer be supported’ later this year.”

Cultural Pit-Stops: making hours of boring travel time fly by (Google Blog)

Google Blog: Cultural Pit-Stops: making hours of boring travel time fly by. “We plan our journey ahead with chills of excitement, eagerly choosing which swimsuits will make it into our suitcase or dreaming of days blurring into long naps and lemonade-sipping, counting down the moments until we can finally hit the road. But then the long-awaited day arrives and time shifts as hours seem to stretch long while we wait to board a plane, travel hundreds of kilometers or miles by car (sometimes with kids or pets) or embark on multiple train rides. How can we make it go faster? Google Arts & Culture and its partners have got you covered with Cultural Pit-Stops: a series of fun and educative activities you can do alone or with a group to help speed up time while you travel.”

VentureBeat: Google’s Translatotron 2 removes ability to deepfake voices

VentureBeat: Google’s Translatotron 2 removes ability to deepfake voices. “In 2019, Google released Translatotron, an AI system capable of directly translating a person’s voice into another language. The system could create synthesized translations of voices to keep the sound of the original speaker’s voice intact. But Translatotron could also be used to generate speech in a different voice, making it ripe for potential misuse in, for example, deepfakes.”

AFP: Google parent launches new ‘moonshot’ for robotics software

AFP: Google parent launches new ‘moonshot’ for robotics software. “Google’s parent Alphabet unveiled a new “moonshot” project to develop software for robotics which could be used in a wide range of industries. The new unit, dubbed Intrinsic, will ‘become an independent Alphabet company,’ and seek industrial partners to advance their work helping to make everything from solar panels to cars, the new unit’s chief, Wendy Tan-White, said in a blog post.”

The Verge: Google’s new Tokyo Olympics Doodle is an homage to 16-bit video games

The Verge: Google’s new Tokyo Olympics Doodle is an homage to 16-bit video games. “The 2020 Olympic Games are currently still on in Tokyo, Japan — against all odds — and in celebration of Japanese culture and sports in general, Google is debuting a new interactive Doodle on Thursday with art from Japanese animation house Studio 4°C. The new Doodle, called Doodle Champion Island Games, is actually a series of Olympic event-themed 16-bit mini-games that you can play, contributing to the scores of four teams Google will track on a global leaderboard.”

Tech Policy Press: Facebook, Google political ad bans not effective, researchers say

Tech Policy Press: Facebook, Google political ad bans not effective, researchers say. “Two researchers at the Duke University Center on Science and Technology Policy conclude that bans on political advertising put in place by the tech platforms just before and in the period after the November 2020 U.S. elections were not necessarily effective, and had a number of negative side effects.”

9to5 Google: Google Lens coming to desktop Chrome as new integrated image search tool

9to5 Google: Google Lens coming to desktop Chrome as new integrated image search tool. “This is a significant expansion of Google Lens. It’s already available on mobile web in Image Search, but integration with desktop Chrome is much more significant. It comes after Google added Lens to Photos on the web in April for OCR text capabilities. On Android, long-pressing on any picture in Chrome gives you a similar ‘Search with Google Lens’ option that is powered by the Google app.” It doesn’t appear that the desktop version is quite as powerful as the mobile version, but it’s more than it was.