Google Cloud’s LA region goes online – TechCrunch

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Google Cloud’s new region in Los Angeles is now online, the company announced today. This isn’t exactly a surprise, given that Google had previously announced a July launch for the region, but it’s a big step for Google, which now boasts five cloud regions in the United States. It was only three years ago that
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ACLU calls for a moratorium on government use of facial recognition technologies – TechCrunch

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Technology executives are pleading with the government to give them guidance on how to use facial recognition technologies, and now the American Civil Liberties Union is weighing in. On the heels of a Microsoft statement asking for the federal government to weigh in on the technology, the ACLU has called for a moratorium on the
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Google’s Apigee teams up with Informatica to extend its API ecosystem – TechCrunch

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Google acquired API management service Apigee back in 2016, but it’s been pretty quiet around the service in recent years. Today, however, Apigee announced a number of smaller updates that introduce a few new integrations with the Google Cloud platform, as well as a major new partnership with cloud data management and integration firm Informatica
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Ransomware technique uses your real passwords to trick you – TechCrunch

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A few folks have reported a new ransomware technique that preys upon corporate inability to keep passwords safe. The notes – which are usually aimed at instilling fear – are simple: the hacker says “I know that your password is X. Give me a bitcoin and I won’t blackmail you.” Programmer Can Duruk reported getting
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Project Loon and Project Wing graduate from Google X – TechCrunch

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Google X projects Loon and Wing have left the nest and graduated to independent companies under Google’s parent company Alphabet, Google X Captain of Moonshots, X Astro Teller wrote in a Medium post yesterday. “Today, unlike when they started as X projects, Loon and Wing seem a long way from crazy — and thanks to their years
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Waymo-branded Jaguar I-Pace vehicles hit the streets of San Francisco – TechCrunch

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Waymo’s next phase in self-driving cars has begun. The former Google self-driving project that spun out to become a business under Alphabet has received its first three all-electric I-Pace crossover sport utility produced by Jaguar Land Rover. These I-Pace EVS — the first on U.S. roads outside of JLR’s own fleet — can be seen driving around
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Is insurance a rich enough game to disrupt? – TechCrunch

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Martha Notaras Contributor For the last decade, the largest technology companies have increasingly looked outside of tech to grow their operations. From automotive to retail to groceries, these companies use massive competitive advantages in the form of data, consumer relationships and software engineers to fundamentally change markets. Now, companies like Apple and Google and Amazon
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Google Pay rolls out support for peer-to-peer payments and mobile ticketing – TechCrunch

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Google is making several updates to Google Pay, its recently-rebranded service for all its different payments tools. Most of these updates were announced earlier this year, but now, Google says they’re actually going live in the app. One of the additions is peer-to-peer payments. You could already pay or request money from a friend through Google Pay
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