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Google wants to connect online ads to physical store purchases

Google already monitors your online shopping — but now it’s also keeping an eye on what you’re buying in physical stores to try to sell more digital advertising. Google’s computers will be trying to connect the [Read entire story]

YouTube ad boycott could spell trouble for Google

YouTube’s inability to keep big-brand ads off unsavory videos is threatening to transform a rising star in Google’s digital family into a problem child. Skittish advertisers have curtailed their spending until they [Read entire story]

Google Home’s assistant can now recognize different voices

Distinguishing voices will allow Home to be more personal in some of its responses, depending on who triggers the assistant with the phrase, “OK Google” or “Hey Google.” [...] once Home is trained to recognize a [Read entire story]

Google to offer Shortcuts to information on phones

The search engine gleans these insights by analyzing past requests and, when people allow it, tracking locations, a practice that periodically raises privacy concerns about Google’s power to create digital profiles of [Read entire story]

Waymo escalates battle with Uber in court filings

A self-driving car company founded by Google is presenting new evidence to support allegations that a former manager stole technology that was sold to Uber to help the ride-hailing service build its own robot-powered [Read entire story]

New eSight glasses help the legally blind see

Suddenly, Regan could read a newspaper while eating breakfast and make out the faces of co-workers from across the room. The headsets transmit images from a forward-facing camera to small internal screens — one for [Read entire story]

Google’s Pixel phone shines despite misgauging demand

The Pixel phone, Google’s answer to Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy, is off to a promising start — but might have done even better had Google managed consumer demand as smartly as the device’s sleek [Read entire story]