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Oct 12, 2016

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Christina

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How Safe Is Safe Enough for a Self-Driving Car?

Don’t look now, but self-driving cars are accelerating rapidly toward an on-ramp near you. To explain why, federal officials point to two facts: (1) some 35,000 people died in crashes on U.S. roads last year, and (2) human error was to blame more than 90 percent of the time. They say one remedy...

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Sep 7, 2016

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Christina

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Google’s Clever Plan to Stop Aspiring ISIS Recruits

GOOGLE HAS BUILT a half-trillion-dollar business out of divining what people want based on a few words they type into a search field. In the process, it’s stumbled on a powerful tool for getting inside the minds of some of the least understood and most dangerous people on the Internet: potential...

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Senior citizens rarely consult Dr. Google for medical advice, study says

Senior citizens need more medical care than anyone else in the United States. And the Internet is chock full of health information. Yet seniors are far less likely than other adults to tap into it, new research shows.  A report published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. found...

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Jun 23, 2016

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Emily S

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Google aims to stop terrifying you with its responses when you search medical symptoms

Even if you’re not a hypochondriac by nature, jumping on Google to do some research when you have a mysterious headache or cough has been enough to make you one. For years, both patients and doctors have complained about how hard it is to distinguish between real advice and the random ramblings of...

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Jun 3, 2016

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Emily S

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Google voice search records and keeps conversations people have around their phones – but you can delete the files

Google could have a record of everything you have said around it for years, and you can listen to it yourself.  The company quietly records many of the conversations that people have around its products.  The feature works as a way of letting people search with their voice, and storing those...

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Google’s New Allo Messaging App Gets Its Edge From AI

APPLE HAS ONE. It’s called Messages. Microsoft has one, too. It’s called Skype. Facebook has two of them: WhatsApp and Messenger. They’re all messaging apps—smartphone apps that let you chat with friends and family. But they’re rapidly morphing into something else, a new kind of super communication...

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Apr 13, 2016

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Christina

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Google.org’s Giving $20 Million to Engineer a Better World for the Disabled

GOOGLE’S PHILANTHROPIC ARM, Google.org, has been making a big global push this year to aid the one billion people around the world living with disabilities.

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Mar 23, 2016

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Christina

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Google and the Feds Team Up to Build the City of the Future

GOOGLE’S GOING TO wield its mastery of big data to power the city of the future—just as soon as the federal government chooses one. The Department of Transportation announced it is working with Sidewalk Labs, Google's smart-cities research unit, under its Smart City Challenge. The contest invites...

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Mar 9, 2016

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Christina

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Google Ups Its Social Media Game by Hiring 4Chan's Poole

Google has hired the founder of controversial website 4chan to help rejuvenate its social media strategy. Christopher Poole took to Tumblr to reveal his new job, saying he was excited to join a company staffed with passionate and enthusiastic staff.

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Google Cardboard may look like a cheap toy, but it just saved this baby's life

Google Cardboard looks like the packing material, but the gadget was just used by doctors at Nicklaus Children's Hospital in Miami to save the life of a baby who had been sent home to die.  Teegan Lexcen was born in August with heart and lung defects so rare that doctors had never before seen a...

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