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Nest CEO steps down as the company joins Google's home division

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Nest CEO steps down as the company joins Google's home division. According to CNET, Nest has announced today that Marwan Fawaz will no longer be its CEO. As part of his departure, Nest will now be folded into Google's home and living room products team. In a joint interview with Fawaz, Rishi Chandra, vice president of product management for Google's home and living room products, said that the combination would make it easier for Google to integrate some of its machine learning technology and artificial intelligence into Nest products. This move comes six months after Nest merged with Google's hardware division.

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Google Cloud Glitches Disrupt Snapchat, Spotify

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Glitches with Google Cloud disrupted service on popular apps such as Snapchat and Spotify, as well as websites for Breitbart and The Drudge Report on Tuesday. Google's Cloud Status Dashboard acknowledged ...

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Google Cloud Has Disruption, Bringing Snapchat, Spotify Down

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Portions of Google’s cloud-computing service went down Tuesday, leading to the temporary failure of some popular applications that rely on the technology giant, including Snapchat and Spotify. The disruption affected Google’s service that provides computing storage and data management tools for companies. “We are aware of issues affecting some of our GCP services and the team is actively investigating,” a spokesman for Alphabet Inc.’s Google said in a statement. The two companies, along with Microsoft Corp., are the largest providers of data storage over the internet. Some problems on Spotify were fixed within an hour, according to the website Downdetector.com, which tracks outages.

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Google Cloud outage causes Snapchat and Spotify to go down

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A Google Cloud outage is causing major headaches for some of the most popular apps. Snapchat, Spotify, Discord, and Pokémon Go all went down for portions of the afternoon Tuesday, after an unspecified issue with Google's App Engine. The cause of the issue is unclear, but problems began at 12:35 p.m PT, according to Google Cloud's status page. Whatever the issue, though, it also took out several apps which rely on Google's services for back-end infrastructure. Discord confirmed the issue was related to the Google outage, while Snapchat's support simply said it was "working with a partner on the fix."

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EU's Vestager to brief Google CEO ahead of record Android fine: source

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EU's Vestager to brief Google CEO ahead of record Android fine: source. BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager will brief Google CEO Sundar Pichai by telephone later on Tuesday on her ruling on the company's Android mobile operating system, a person familiar with the matter said. Vestager is set to levy a record-breaking fine and order Google to halt its anti-competitive business practices on Wednesday, sources have told Reuters. Her ruling comes just over a year after she slapped a landmark 2.4-billion-euro ($2.80 billion) penalty on Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc, for promoting its shopping service over those of competitors.

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Google's Course Kit injects Docs and Drive into educator software

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Google's Course Kit injects Docs and Drive into educator software. Back in March, Apple held an entire education-focused event to introduce new tools like Schoolwork, which helps educators collaborate and keep track of student assignments through networks of iPads. Google isn't far behind: Its new Course Kit lets instructors use Google Docs and Drive collect student work, give feedback and share class materials, and it's available in 44 languages. And, of course, students won't have to use proprietary tablets to benefit. Course Kit is built with the Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) standard so it can interact with learning management systems (LMS), which educators use to deliver materials and monitor coursework.

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Google to Have 11th-Hour Call With EU Ahead of Android Fine

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Google officials will have an 11th-hour conference call with the European Union’s competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager Tuesday ahead of a potentially record fine, according to two people familiar with the matter. Google Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai will speak with Vestager by phone for a so-called state of play meeting, according to one of the people, who asked not to be named because the discussion is private. EU officials have been investigating Google contracts that require manufacturers of Android phones to take a bundle of the company’s services when they want to license the Play app store. Read Google to Have 11th-Hour Call With EU Ahead of Android Fine on bloomberg.com.

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Google's job search feature comes to the UK

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Google is well aware of AI's power. When it's used for good, it can help predict the likelihood of cardiovascular diseases, augment podcast apps, and even help job hunters more easily pinpoint new local opportunities. That's what Google Jobs was designed to do when it launched in 2017 for US users, and today, the feature is finally available for UK jobseekers. Google Jobs makes searching for your next career simple -- like the US version, all you need to do is type "jobs near me" in the search engine, and a list of positions will appear -- salaries included. If you're signed in, you'll be able to calculate travel distance via Google Maps, too. Thanks to Google's collaboration with Gumtree, Guardian Jobs, Haymarket, CV-Library and other job-matching organizations, you'll be able to see listings as soon as they surface. Since its US debut, Google Jobs has gone live in several countries including Canada and India.

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Why Google Could Face Yet Another Multibillion-Dollar Fine

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Alphabet’s (GOOGL) Google has found itself in hot waters with EU (European Union) antitrust regulators again and could face another multibillion-dollar penalty. This time, the tech giant is facing a fine for imposing its search and web-browsing tools on Android smartphone makers, according to a report by The Washington Post.

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U.S. lawmakers urge Google, Facebook to resist Vietnam cybersecurity law

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(Reuters) - Seventeen U.S. lawmakers have urged the CEOs of Facebook and Google to resist changes stipulated by a new cybersecurity law in Vietnam, which critics say gives the Communist-ruled state more power to crackdown on dissent. Global technology firms have pushed back against provisions that would require them to store user data locally, but they have not taken the same tough stance on the parts of the law which bolster the government's crackdown on online political activism. "Vietnam will need a more progressive approach and smart regulations on internet technology and digital services to benefit its economy and people in the long term," Paine said in a statement responding to the letter on behalf of AIC's eleven members, which include Facebook and Google. Bill Ottman, founder of Minds.com, a U.S.-based social media platform which promotes internet freedom, said his website had seen a spike of 150,000 new users from Vietnam since the cybersecurity law was passed.

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