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Google Says Its Human-Sounding Robot Will Identify Itself On Phone Calls

Google Says Its Human-Sounding Robot Will Identify Itself On Phone Calls

Getty ImagesGoogle told BuzzFeed News that its new human-sounding artificial intelligence–powered assistant Duplex, which is capable of carrying on conversations with unsuspecting humans, will ship
Make Google Do It... And Then What?

Make Google Do It... And Then What?

GoogleIn the middle of its Tuesday morning I/O presentation, Google played an audio recording of what was essentially an AI-powered crank call. In it, the latest version of Google’s Assistant calls a
Parody Twitter Accounts Are Spreading A Ton Of Fake News In India

Parody Twitter Accounts Are Spreading A Ton Of Fake News In India

Alan O'Rourke/CC / Via Flickr: toddle_email_newslettersIn February, a tweet from an account resembling that of Times Now, a leading Indian TV news channel, sparked instant outrage on Twitter. It
Overstock.com Is Getting Crushed By A Google Algorithm Update

Overstock.com Is Getting Crushed By A Google Algorithm Update

Overstock.com / Via Overstock.com still hasn't recovered from a change Google made to its algorithm nearly a year ago that that affected its ranking when people search for terms like "online
Walmart Just Bought Flipkart, India's Largest E-Commerce Company

Walmart Just Bought Flipkart, India's Largest E-Commerce Company

Kamil Krzaczynski / ReutersWalmart, the world’s largest retailer, wants in on India’s exploding e-commerce market. On Wednesday, the company announced that it’s buying a 77% stake in Flipkart, India’s
Here Are A Dozen Things We Learned At Google's Big Event

Here Are A Dozen Things We Learned At Google's Big Event

Google's annual conference kicked off on Tuesday with its typical rapid fire opening keynote. The keynote is one of a handful of events each year that can give you insight into the technology

Google's New AI Feature Sounds Like A Real Human And OMG Why Is The Future So Creepy?

Google CEO Sundar Pichai demoed a jaw-dropping new feature today at Google I/O 2018, the tech giant's annual developer conference, that may one day come to the company's voice-activated Google
Uber Just Unveiled Its Flying "Air Taxi" Prototype. But Plenty Of Hurdles Remain.

Uber Just Unveiled Its Flying "Air Taxi" Prototype. But Plenty Of Hurdles Remain.

UberAt its Uber Elevate conference today, the ride-hail company unveiled a prototype of its next big bet: an electric air taxi that it plans to launch some trial runs as early as 2020 and have full
Google Wants To Help You With Your Phone Addiction

Google Wants To Help You With Your Phone Addiction

If you ever worry you spend too much time staring at your phone, Google wants to help you out. Android P, the latest software update for phones running Google’s operating system, is full of features
Joy Reid’s Cybersecurity Expert Has A History With The FBI

Joy Reid’s Cybersecurity Expert Has A History With The FBI

Dia Dipasupil / Getty Images On her April 28 show, embattled MSNBC anchor Joy Reid repeated her belief that she did not write recently-resurfaced anti-gay posts on her old blog. But she admitted — in
Inside Amazon’s Fake Review Economy

Inside Amazon’s Fake Review Economy

One morning in late January, Jake picked up the box on his desk, tore through the packing tape, unearthed the iPhone case inside, snapped a picture, and uploaded it to an Amazon review he’d been
Self-Driving Waymo Vehicle In Arizona Crash Was “In The Wrong Place At The Wrong Time,” Police Say

Self-Driving Waymo Vehicle In Arizona Crash Was “In The Wrong Place At The Wrong Time,” Police Say

Matt Jaffee / Via Twitter: @mattjaffeeA self-driving vehicle by Waymo, which is owned by the same company that owns Google, collided with another vehicle in Chandler, Arizona, on Friday. Minor
Made-Up Corporate Shopping Holidays Are Massive Now, And It's Not Just Prime Day

Made-Up Corporate Shopping Holidays Are Massive Now, And It's Not Just Prime Day

@wayfair / Via instagram.comOnline shopping has brought with it a whole new approach to the weekend sale.Online furniture retailer Wayfair followed Amazon's footsteps last week with its inaugural

Should You Change Your Twitter Password Right Now?

Lucas Jackson / ReutersTwitter on Thursday advised all 330 million of its users to change their passwords after a software bug caused the passwords to be stored in an unencrypted way for an

Instacart Won’t Roll Out An App Update Shoppers Said Would Put Them In Danger

Instacart is rolling back an app update that would have prevented delivery workers from seeing a customer’s address before accepting a job.The update, which started rolling out for most delivery
Richard Spencer's Website Has Been Pulled Offline By GoDaddy

Richard Spencer's Website Has Been Pulled Offline By GoDaddy

Richard Spencer speaking at the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts on Oct. 19, 2017, in Gainesville, Florida. Joe Raedle / Getty Images Altright.com, the infamous website founded by
Facebook Has Begun To Rank News Organizations By Trust, Zuckerberg Says

Facebook Has Begun To Rank News Organizations By Trust, Zuckerberg Says

Josh Edelson / AFP / Getty Images Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Tuesday that the company has already begun to implement a system that ranks news organizations based on trustworthiness, and

Here Are Some Great Jokes About Facebook Launching A Dating App

Laughing…until we’re all using it and all our data is on it, ha ha… *cries* Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook's F8 developer conference on Tuesday that there will be a Facebook dating app. Facebook
Facebook Reaches Its Natural Conclusion As A Dating App

Facebook Reaches Its Natural Conclusion As A Dating App

Facebook will soon include a dating feature in its service, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced at the company’s F8 developer conference in San Jose Tuesday. Alex Kantrowitz The service will

Facebook Just Launched A $199 VR Headset. I Spent Last Weekend Using It.

FacebookI spent pretty much all of last weekend with Facebook's new stand-alone virtual reality headset, Oculus Go, strapped to my face. I did take a few breaks — but not too many. I probably should