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Google Rolls Out New Machine Learning Platform

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Google is making it easier for companies to take advantage of the machine learning (ML) revolution with an offering that allows creation of custom machine learning models. The company on Wednesday showed off its new AI product that it is making available to folks outside of the Internet giant. With machine learning, applications are able to learn or adjust on their own without help from human developers. According to Tech Crunch, the search giant's chairman, Eric Schmidt said that Google believes machine learning is "what's next." With the new cloud service, the Internet giant will make it easier to employ some of the machine learning tech the company already uses to power features like Smart Reply in Inbox.


Google shifts on email encryption tool, leaving its fate unclear

PCWorld

Google is asking developers to take over its effort to make end-to-end email encryption more user-friendly, raising questions over whether it'll ever become an official feature in the company's browser. On Friday, the search giant said its email encryption tool, originally announced in 2014, was no longer a Google product. Instead, it's become a "full community-driven open source project," the company said in a blog post. The tool is designed to work as an extension to Google's Chrome browser that uses the OpenPGP standard to encrypt emails, ensuring that only the recipient can read them--and not the email provider or a government. The main goal of Google's project was to make OpenPGP easier to use.


Infographic: What Does Google Know About You?

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Data is what fuels the information economy. And while there are many varieties of data clogging up the internet's bandwidth, there is one specific type of data that is known to be particularly lucrative: personal data. Like many other enterprising tech giants, Google must accumulate massive amounts of personal data to monetize its services – and in the process, the company develops an astonishingly robust picture of what you're all about. Today's infographic comes to us from TheBestVPN and it shows what Google knows about you, how the tech giant gathers that information, and a few solutions to stop Google from tracking you. Through its various apps and services, Google can craft a robust profile on you and your activity on the internet.


Dozens of Google employees were reportedly retaliated against for reporting harassment

FOX News

Fox News Flash top headlines for Sept. 9 are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com Dozens of Google employees claim that when they filed complaints about harassment with human resources, they were retaliated against, according to a new report. An internal document obtained by Recode shows 45 retaliation claims collected by employees over the course of two weeks in April, with most of the cases yet to be disclosed publicly. Of those cases, 28 were related to harassment or discrimination by managers or colleagues, and six specifically involved sexual harassment as the reason for the complaint.


Facebook and Twitter unveil political ad transparency tools ahead of US midterm elections later this year

The Independent - Tech

Facebook and Twitter have unveiled tools for displaying more information on political content ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. Both companies were battered by revelations that Russian-linked agents had used their platforms to sow disinformation as part of a Kremlin-backed disruption effort. Confronted with federal legislation that would require more disclosures of online political spending, the social media giants announced they would share more information on their own. The sites are taking similar approaches. Both said that paid political content would bear labels identifying it as such and detailing who was funding it, and they laid out plans to create online databases that would act as clearinghouses for information on political content.