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May 7, 2019, 2:50 PM

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Google announces Duplex on the Web, less focused on mimicking speech, can now handle car rentals, tickets, and fill online forms with info Google has about you  —  Last year, Google stoked intense controversy when it announced Duplex, a technology that uses eerily human-sounding artificial …
Richard Nieva / CNET:
Google says its next-gen Assistant is 10X faster and includes more app-specific functionality, coming to Pixel phones later this year  —  After three years, the voice-activated helper gets its biggest update yet.  And it shows just how much Google already knows about you.
The Verge:
Live blog of Google I/O keynote, where new hardware is expected, including a larger Google Home Hub and a line of Pixel 3A phones, alongside Android 10 Q  —  And maybe a few surprises, too  —  Google's annual developer keynote is here and thanks to a lot of leaks, we have a fairly good idea of what to expect.
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Google unveils the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL, both going on sale this week for $399 and $479 respectively  —  In October 2018, during a press event in New York City, Google took the wraps off the latest additions to its three-year-old Pixel smartphone lineup: Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL …
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Chris Welch / The Verge:
Google unveils Live Caption, coming with Android Q, which shows a real-time transcription of any video or audio a user plays on their phone  —  It even works when using video chat apps  —  Google waited until I/O 2019 to demonstrate one of the most impressive features of Android Q. It's called Live Caption …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google says Android now has 2.5B+ active devices, compared to 2B+ it had in May 2017  —  At its I/O developer conference, Google today announced that Android now has over 2.5 billion users.  That's up from 2 billion the company announced two years ago.  —  This means overall Android growth remains …
Ju-min Park / Reuters:
Samsung says it cannot confirm the shipping date for Galaxy Fold and will cancel pre-orders, unless told not to, if they do not ship by May 31  —  SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics said on Tuesday it cannot confirm the shipping date for its foldable device Galaxy Fold yet and apologized …
New York Times:
Symantec: a Chinese state-sponsored hacker group co-opted and repurposed NSA hacking tools to attack US allies and private companies in Europe and Asia in 2016  —  Chinese intelligence agents acquired National Security Agency hacking tools and repurposed them in 2016 to attack American allies …
Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:
Google Pixel is no longer exclusive to Verizon, Pixel 3, 3a launching on T-Mobile, Sprint, more  —  Since its debut, the only carrier that's had the privilege of selling the Google Pixel line has been Verizon Wireless.  That officially ends today, though, as Google has partnered up with T-Mobile …
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James Vincent / The Verge:
US Department of Energy says AMD and Cray will build the world's fastest supercomputer, dubbed Frontier, by 2021, with 1.5 exaflops of processing power  —  Dubbed Frontier, the supercomputer expected to go online in 2021 with 1.5 exaflops of processing power
Adam Satariano / New York Times:
As Europe clamps down on online hate speech and misinformation, concerns grow that these efforts will harm free expression and stifle dissent  —  LONDON — In Spain, activists were convicted for social media posts that violated an expanded antiterrorism law.
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Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Several people suspected of involvement in running Deep Dot Web, a site facilitating access to dark web sites, arrested by FBI and others in several countries  —  The FBI have arrested several people suspected of involvement in running Deep Dot Web, a website for facilitating access to dark web sites and marketplaces.

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