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Google unveils latest tech tricks as we get closer to artificial intelligence

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Google’s computer programs are gaining a better understanding of the world, and now it wants them to handle more of the decision-making for the billions of people who use its services. CEO Sundar Pichai and other top executives brought Google’s audacious ambition into sharper focus Wednesday at an annual conference attended by more than 7,000 developers who design apps to work with its wide array of digital services. Among other things, Google unveiled new ways for its massive network of computers to identify images, as well as recommend, share, and organize photos. It also...

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Google rolling out arsenal of services, gadgets

BY MICHAEL LIEDTKE MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Google provided a look at its latest digital offerings, with a heavy focus on its efforts to extend artificial intelligence features into more of its apps and services. CEO Sundar Pichai unveiled Google Lens, a set of vision-based computing capabilities that can understand what you are looking at. It will first be available as part of Google’s voice-controlled digital assistant – which bears the straightforward name “Google Assistant” – and Photos app. In the real world, that means you could, for instance, point your phone camera at a restaurant and get...

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Uber Theft allegations referred to US Attorney

BY TOM KRISHER DETROIT (AP) — A federal judge has referred trade secret theft allegations made against Uber by Google’s autonomous car unit to the U.S. Attorney’s office for investigation. District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco made the referral in an order posted Thursday night. Waymo has sued Uber alleging that the ride-hailing company is using stolen Waymo technology to develop its own self-driving vehicles. Alsup is presiding over the lawsuit. “This case is referred to the United States Attorney for investigation of possible theft of trade secrets based on the evidentiary record supplied thus far concerning plaintiff...

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Uber’s PR head resigns amid tumultuous time for company

BY BARBARA ORTUTAY NEW YORK (AP) — Uber’s head of communications is leaving, the latest in a string of executive departures as the ride-hailing company tries to dig out from a pile of troubles. In a memo to employees, CEO Travis Kalanick called Rachel Whetstone a “force of nature” who was “was way ahead of the game when it came to many of the changes we needed to make as a company.” Uber is facing accusations of routinely tolerated sexism and sexual harassment in the workplace, as well as troubles for Kalanick after a video surfaced showing him berating...

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YouTube TV has some nifty features – and some big drawbacks

BY ANICK JESDANUN NEW YORK (AP) — YouTube TV, Google’s new streaming package of about 40 television channels, is the tech industry’s latest bid to get cable-shunning millennials to pay for live TV over the internet. It offers intriguing advantages over rivals, but it remains hobbled by a limited channel selection. Don’t confuse the YouTube service, which debuts Wednesday, with Netflix, Amazon Prime and other streaming offerings. Like similar efforts from Sony, Dish and AT&T’s DirecTV , YouTube TV primarily aims to let you channel surf over the internet, not to stream from an online library of shows and...

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