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Google hits Pixel resellers with ‘digital death sentence’

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Some of Google’s unwitting users are learning a harsh lesson: If you violate the company’s policies, it can abruptly cut you off from your Gmail account, online photos and other vital digital services. Several people who recently bought Google’s new Pixel phone on behalf of a New Hampshire dealer are now suffering that punishment after the company detected their online purchases and judged they violated its terms of service. Those rules, outlined in a document that few people read closely , forbid the purchase of the Pixel for "commercial" resale. "There isn’t an hour that...

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Google teaches machines to become more fluent translators

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is promising that its widely used translation service is now even more fluent, thanks to an advance that’s enabling its computers to interpret complete sentences. That may sound simple, but it took years of engineering to pull off. Until now, Google’s technology analyzed phrases in pieces and then cobbled together a sometimes stilted translation. Now that Google’s machines can interpret entire sentences, the translations of extended passages of text should read and sound much more like a native speaker of the language. The technology, dubbed "neural machine translation," is similar to what Google has...

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Google readies new phones, gadgets featuring its software

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google may be getting serious about selling its own hardware gadgets. On Tuesday, the search giant will ramp up its consumer electronics strategy with expected announcements of new gadgets including new smartphones and an internet-connected personal-assistant for the home similar to Amazon‘s Echo speaker. All are intended to showcase Google‘s software and online services. A new virtual reality headset and other devices, such as a home router, could also be on tap, according to analysts and industry blogs. Google has declined to confirm any specifics, although it previously described some of these products back in...

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Who inherits a selfie? States seek to fill privacy law gaps

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — When a loved one dies, laws cover how their houses, cars, and other property are passed on to relatives. But the rules are murkier – and currently far more restrictive – when it comes to pictures on Facebook, emails to friends or relatives and even financial records stored in online cloud accounts. Google, Facebook and other companies have said a federal privacy law approved decades before digital storage became common prevents them from releasing electronic memories or records unless the account owner grants permission – even if the person is dead. Without an estate plan,...

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Facebook is pushing more people to an app they didn’t choose

  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook is once again getting pushy about how people message one another. Two years ago, the social-media giant forced its users to adopt its Messenger app for direct communication, a change it enforced by deactivating messages in the main Facebook app and steering users to the app. There was an uproar ; some users thought Messenger violated their privacy, while others just resented having to add yet another app. Still, the plan worked; more than 900 million people use the app, roughly four times the number in 2014. But some continued to resist, exploiting...

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Verizon buys Yahoo for $4.83B, marking end of an era

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Verizon is buying Yahoo for $4.83 billion, marking the end of an era for a company that once defined the internet. It is the second time in as many years that Verizon has snapped up the remnants of a fallen internet star as it broadens its digital reach. The nation’s largest wireless carrier paid $4.4 billion for AOL last year. Yahoo will be rolled into Verizon’s AOL operations and CEO Marissa Mayer may be reunited with AOL CEO Tim Armstrong, who worked with her as executives at Google for years and tried unsuccessfully to convince...

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‘Pokemon Go’ Digital Popularity Is Also Warping Real Life

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The “Pokemon Go” craze has sent legions of players hiking around cities and battling with “pocket monsters” on their smartphones. It marks a turning point for augmented reality, or technology that superimposes a digital facade on the real world. But the game’s popularity has created unintended consequences in everyday life, from annoyed property owners dealing with hordes of monster hunters to store owners using the game to attract customers. Though perhaps that’s to be expected from a game that has players visit real-world landmarks such as train stations, churches and museums in order to find...

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Tesla Crash Could Hurt Sentiment On Driverless Cars

DETROIT (AP) — It was the crash the auto industry knew was coming but still feared. The death of a driver who was using Tesla Motors’ semi-autonomous mode could add to the public’s apprehension of driverless cars even before they reach the road in big numbers. Most major automakers and technology companies, including Google and Uber, are working on fully autonomous cars, and have worried that a highly publicized crash could hurt those efforts. Joshua D. Brown, 40, of Canton, Ohio, died in the accident May 7 in Williston, Florida. According to a Tesla statement issued Thursday, the cameras...

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Brexit Could Make Europe Less Friendly To US Tech

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Silicon Valley’s biggest businesses could face tougher regulations following Britain’s decision to withdraw from the European Union, and some might have to leave London to attract the best employees. Many U.S. tech companies now count on Europe for a quarter or more of their business. Beyond facing a financial downturn as the pound’s value erodes, these companies might find Europe a more challenging environment in which to do business. It could take a year or two before the picture becomes clear. For now, what’s certain is the U.K.’s exit will be complex and unprecedented, with...

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SpaceX chief Elon Musk predicts people on Mars in 9 years

RANCHOS PALOS VERDES, Calif. (AP) — SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says if things go according to plan people will be on Mars just nine years from now. During an interview Wednesday at the Code Conference in southern California, Musk said that “we should be able to launch people in 2024, with arrival in 2025.” Musk also says he plans to go to space himself in about four to five years, but only into orbit around Earth. Musk also runs Tesla Motors, which has been at the forefront of self-driving car technology. He says he sees Apple as more of...

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