Google will make page speed a factor in mobile search ranking starting in July

Google today announced a significant change in how it ranks websites for mobile searches: it will now take page speed into consideration as one of its signals, the company says. The change, which Google is referring to as the “Speed Update,” will go into effect in July 2018, and will downrank very slow websites under certain conditions. […]

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Google will reportedly vet premium YouTube videos more closely

Google will reportedly start more strictly vetting YouTube channels that are part of its Google Preferred premium advertising program, reports Bloomberg Technology. Anonymous sources tell Bloomberg that the company will use both human moderators and machine learning to identify videos that shouldn’t be part of Preferred bundles. The move is supposedly a response to advertisers’ concerns over inappropriate videos featuring […]

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Researchers can now make neighborhood voting predictions from Google Street View images

In a sign that computers will be able to perform image analysis as fluently as text analysis, a group of Stanford-based researchers were able to make accurate predictions about neighborhood voting patterns based on millions of pictures collected from Google Street View, reports The New York Times. While other academic projects have used artificial intelligence to […]

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Google brings on former Apple chip designer

Google‘s shift from its Nexus line to its current Pixel line was a big shift for the company. However, bigger changes could be in store for the search giant, as Manu Gulati, who worked as a micro-architect at Apple and was instrumental in the company’s chip development, announced his move to Google. As Variety reported, Gulati announced […]

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Google is opening a China-based research lab focused on artificial intelligence

Google has officially announced that it is opening an AI center in Beijing, China. The confirmation comes after months of speculation fueled by a major push to hire AI talent inside the country. Google’s search engine is blocked in China, but the company still has hundreds of staff in China which work on its international services. In […]

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Google Audiobooks Will Launch Soon

Google is intending on getting involved in the audiobook sector and they will be selling them in the Play Store sometime in the next few months. Google will likely handle the playbook of the audio through their Play Books or Play Music app, but this has not confirmed. Play Music currently handles podcasts, but many […]

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Google brings play and pause buttons back to the Home Mini

Google is bringing play and pause buttons back to the Home Mini today, after initially removing them due to an issue that could cause the device to constantly record users. Instead of tapping the top of the Home Mini to start and stop playback as had been originally planned, owners will now be able to […]

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