A screenshot of Google's new AI-generated summary tool — and some radical self-honesty on its shortcomings.

Gmail was launched 20 April Fools' Days ago. The joke's been on its rivals.

Apr 1, 2024
For better or worse, the email service has become a personal archive for many millions of users.
Google Workspace, which includes Gmail, has 3 billion users.
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When driverless cars are attacked, who's the target?

Feb 12, 2024
Some observers think they are a proxy for Big Tech.
Robotaxis clogging traffic and being involved in high-profile accidents might stir resentment toward self-driving vehicles. But they might also be a symbol of Big Tech.
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Google Search may be the most powerful arbiter of internet content

Jan 22, 2024
Websites are making content "to try to game Google results," says Mia Sato of The Verge. What has that done to human creativity?
"There is this tension between what we all want to do on the internet and what makes sense to," said Mia Sato at The Verge. "Because if Google cannot see our work, there's really no point in making it."
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There's big business behind those annoying CAPTCHA puzzles

Nov 22, 2023
As AI becomes more sophisticated, the industry is growing to match it, says journalist Justin Pot, who wrote about CAPTCHA for The Atlantic.
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The new phase of the Microsoft-Google rivalry: AI and the cloud

Oct 25, 2023
Google, aka Alphabet, and Microsoft are longtime rivals. Lately, Microsoft has been on the offensive, building strength in key areas of tech.
Microsoft invested in OpenAI, the maker of ChatGPT, which is now integrated into the Bing search engine.
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AI likely to make voice assistants smarter

Aug 2, 2023
Google aims to “supercharge” Google Assistant with the same tech that underlies ChatGPT, which could boost communication.
Programs like Google Assistant, Amazon's Alexa and Apple's Siri still have problems understanding exactly what people say, but artificial intelligence may improve their functionality.
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Google is going all-in to win the AI arms race

May 11, 2023
The company's announcement of new AI product offerings this week adds new fuel to the fire.
Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai delivers the keynote address at the Google I/O developers conference on May 10, 2023 in Mountain View, California.
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A Supreme Court case involving Google raises questions about how tech manages content

Feb 21, 2023
The case centers on Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which shields tech platforms from legal liability over third-party content.
People wait outside the Supreme Court on Tuesday to listen to oral arguments in Gonzalez v. Google, a case that could force YouTube to invest more in content moderation.
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Why do companies flush with cash still carry debt?

Jan 13, 2023
Google, for instance, has more than $116 billion in the bank, but isn’t rushing to pay off its borrowings.
Unlike many of us, Google isn't prioritizing paying off its debt — but there are some good reasons for that.
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