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Federal judge narrows scope of antitrust case against Google ahead of trial

Google just won a partial reprieve in one of the antitrust cases leveled against the company. Federal Judge Amit Mehta has ruled that the Department of Justice (DOJ) and key states can’t claim that Google is protecting a monopoly by promoting its own products in search results over alternatives. The plaintiffs haven’t proved there’s an […]

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Brave’s privacy-focused search engine can now find images and videos

Brave’s search engine no longer requires that you jump to Bing or Google just to find photos or videos. The company has introduced image and video queries to Brave Search, helping you find media while maintaining the same levels of privacy and freedom of access. You won’t have to worry about being profiled through your

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Zen moving game ‘Unpacking’ comes to Android and iOS on August 24th

If your idea of relaxation involves opening cardboard boxes, you’re in for a good time. Humble Games and Witch Beam have confirmed that Unpacking is coming to iOS and Android on August 24th. You can pre-order the iOS version for $10 today. This has been a long time in coming given that the game first

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Uber safety driver involved in fatal self-driving car crash pleads guilty

The Uber safety driver at the wheel during the first known fatal self-driving car crash involving a pedestrian has pleaded guilty to and been sentenced for an endangerment charge. Rafaela Vasquez will serve three years of probation for her role in the 2018 Tempe, Arizona collision that killed Elaine Herzberg while she was jaywalking at

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Google rolls out Android app streaming to Chromebooks following beta

You no longer need to try a beta to stream Android apps on your Chromebook. Google has released a Chrome OS M115 update that makes Android app streaming available to many more people. If you have Phone Hub enabled, you can run an Android app directly from your mobile device rather than installing it on

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Microsoft will deliver improved HoloLens combat goggles to Army testers this month

Microsoft is taking another turn at testing its HoloLens-based combat goggles with the US military. The company has confirmed to Engadget that it’s delivering improved IVAS (Integrated Visual Augmentation System) 1.2 devices to the Army before the end of July. These updated augmented reality models are “slimmer, lighter and more balanced” than before, Microsoft says.

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Xbox Game Pass Ultimate $1 deal is back for new users

Microsoft might be raising the price of Xbox subscriptions in most countries, but it’s sweetening the deal for newcomers. The company is once more running a promo that offers the first month of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for $1. The PC Game Pass is also discounted to $1. You’ll have to pay the usual monthly

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French Assembly passes bill allowing police to remotely activate phone cameras and microphones for surveillance

French law enforcement may soon have far-reaching authority to snoop on alleged criminals. Lawmakers in France’s National Assembly have passed a bill that lets police surveil suspects by remotely activating cameras, microphones and GPS location systems on phones and other devices. A judge will have to approve use of the powers, and the recently amended

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Spotify reportedly wants to add full-length music videos to its app

Spotify might soon let you watch music, not just listen to it. Bloombergsources claim the streaming service is mulling the addition of full-length music videos to its app. The company is reportedly talking to potential partners, but it’s not clear who would support the feature or when it might arrive. Spotify has already declined to

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Congress is reportedly limiting staff use of AI models like ChatGPT

Congress apparently has strict limits on the use of ChatGPT and similar generative AI tools. Axiosclaims to have obtained a memo from House of Representatives administrative chief Catherine Szpindor setting narrow conditions for the use of ChatGPT and similar large language AI models in congressional offices. Staff are only allowed to use the paid ChatGPT

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