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Google admits changing phone settings remotely

Image caption Android Pie is the latest version of Google’s operating system. Google has apologised after Android phone users noticed that the battery saver setting was remotely activated last week without their consent. The battery saver affects how often apps update and work in the background. The firm took to discussion website Reddit to explain […]

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Google bans birds on bikes from algorithm contest

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Software can struggle to distinguish between birds and bikes Google wants pictures of bicycles and birds that can defeat image-recognition algorithms, as part of a contest launched to improve the technology. While it is easy for humans to tell the difference between birds and bikes, computer systems can struggle to […]

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Amazon investigates staff bribery claims

Image copyright Getty Images Amazon is investigating claims that its employees accepted bribes in exchange for leaking confidential sales data. Independent sellers were also allowed to delete negative reviews and restore banned accounts for payments of between $80 (£61; €69) and $2,000, according to allegations in the Wall Street Journal. The Journal said the practice […]

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Google defends Trump election reaction

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Many worried Google workers contacted Sundar Pichai in the wake of the Trump victory Google has defended the way its bosses greeted the election of Donald Trump, after criticism by right-wing media. A video published on Wednesday by the Breitbart website shows senior executives commenting the morning after the 2016 […]

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Microsoft tests rival browser ‘warnings’

Image copyright LEON NEALImage caption The prompts appear when people start installing the Firefox and Chrome browsers Microsoft is testing pop-up warnings that trigger when users start to install the Chrome or Firefox web browsers. The warnings appear on Windows 10 and remind people they already have Microsoft’s Edge browser installed. Text in the pop-up […]