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I Tried to Watch a Video of a Puppy and Accidentally Sent Every Photo I’ve Ever Taken to Google

Google Photos auto-syncs when you connect to Wi-Fi. Accidentally turning it on even once means you might end up uploading all of your photos to Google's servers.
Jason Koebler
5.18.18
on the clock
on the clock

Google Is Saving Its Own Time, Not Yours

Algorithmic guessing misses what makes us human.
S.A. Applin
5.15.18
YouTube
YouTube

‘Are you Batman?’: How YouTube’s Volunteer Army Gets Channels Undeleted

When YouTube’s content moderation fails, super-users from the YouTube Contributors and Trusted Flagger programs are ready to intervene.
Adrianne Jeffries
5.10.18
talk robot to me
talk robot to me

How to Tell If You’re Talking to a Robot

Mundane small talk could unravel an artificially intelligent phone assistant's otherwise-realistic speech patterns.
Samantha Cole
5.10.18
Google I/O
Google I/O

Google Duplex Puts AI Into a Social Uncanny Valley

Google Assistant can now make phone calls, but the people answering the phones at small businesses can't yet form a relationship with an AI agent.
S.A. Applin
5.9.18
Google I/O
Google I/O

Google Is Proposing Pretty Solutions for the Monsters It Helped Create

Google's 'Digital Wellbeing' app and Google News updates are peak Silicon Valley: Too addicted to your apps? Here’s an app to help you.
Sophie Kleeman
5.8.18
Internet Insecurity
Internet Insecurity

Android App With 10 Million Downloads Left Users’ Photos and Audio Messages Exposed to Public

The developers of Drupe, a popular Android app, left its users' data, including selfies and audio messages, on insecure, publicly accessible Amazon cloud servers.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
5.8.18
Google
Google

Gmail's 'Self Destruct' Feature Will Probably Be Used to Illegally Destroy Government Records

Activists have asked Google to disable the feature on government accounts.
Mack DeGeurin
5.4.18
noots
noots

YouTube: Some Nootropics Channels Were ‘Removed Mistakenly’

The company says there is no site-wide crackdown on smart drugs, but some channels remain deleted.
Adrianne Jeffries
5.3.18
Moveable
Moveable

Is Sidewalk Labs Building a Brotopia on Toronto's Waterfront?

The details of a Google affiliate's billion-dollar real-estate project are shrouded in secrecy.
Tracey Lindeman
4.26.18
circle back
circle back

The New Gmail Update Will Not Fix Your Nightmare Life

The new Gmail update is great. The only problem is that you're still going to get a lot of emails.
Emanuel Maiberg
4.25.18
Opt-out
Opt-out

Why I'm Quitting Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook, and Apple for a Month

Five companies in Silicon Valley are worth a combined $3 trillion. Most of us use at least one of their services everyday and it has become impossible to imagine life without them.
Daniel Oberhaus
4.24.18