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May 12, 2022, 2:25 AM

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Kyle Bradshaw / 9to5Google:
Google updates Maps with an “immersive view”, which combines Street View and aerial shots, for select cities, and will let third-party apps use Live View's AR  —  At Google I/O 2022, the company unveiled improvements for Google Maps including a new “immersive view” …
Damien Wilde / 9to5Google:
Google updates Google Translate with support for 24 additional languages, including regional dialects from India, South America, and Africa, used by 300M people  —  Google Translate has today confirmed support for a further 24 new languages and dialects on its online translation service.
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Damien Wilde / 9to5Google:
Google unveils the $449 Pixel 6a, with its Tensor chip, 6.1" OLED screen, in-display fingerprint sensor, 12.2MP wide and 12MP ultra-wide rear cameras, and more  —  During the annual I/O Developer conference Google has officially launched the affordably-focused Pixel 6a which acts …
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Google plans to launch an Android-based Pixel Tablet in 2023, with speakers and a rear camera, after killing its Chrome OS-based Pixel Slate in February 2021  —  Offering a sneak preview of the Pixel 7 wasn't enough, so Google's really leaning in.  Today at I/O, the company announced …
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Google teases an early look at lightweight AR glasses that can display the text of a conversation, transcribed and translated in real time  —  The consensus has long been that Google Glass was ahead of its time.  But in recent years, much of the world has since lapped the company in the AR department.
Andrew Romero / 9to5Google:
Google announces the Pixel Buds Pro with ANC, pass-through, and spatial audio coming later in 2022 via an OTA update, available for preorder on July 21 for $199  —  This year at Google I/O 2022, Google is focusing on bringing us brand-new hardware.  One product of this year's event is Google's …
CoinDesk:
Financial Times:
Brian Armstrong says there's “no risk of bankruptcy” after Coinbase said in its filing that its users might lose all their crypto if the exchange goes bankrupt  —  Shares in crypto exchange fall 23% after bleak results and new risk disclosure  —  Shares in cryptocurrency exchange …
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
A US appeals court rules 2-1 to let Texas enforce a social media law stopping Twitter, Facebook, and other services with 50M+ users from moderating content  —  A judge blocked a similar law in Florida on First Amendment grounds  —  The controversial Texas social media law HB 20 …
Aaron Gordon / VICE:
A San Francisco Police department training document notes that video footage from continuously recording autonomous vehicles can be obtained as evidence  —  “Autonomous vehicles are recording their surroundings continuously and have the potential to help with investigative leads," an internal training document states.
Crystal Tse / Bloomberg:
Sources: Instacart confidentially filed documents for an IPO, which could happen as soon as 2022, though the timing could slip or the startup could stay private  —  Instacart Inc., the grocery delivery platform, has confidentially filed documents for an initial public offering, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google unveils the Pixel Watch with a round glass cover that curves all the way to the metal sides, Fitbit integration, and a clickable crown, coming this fall  —  At I/O 2022, Google finally confirmed that it's making the Pixel Watch.  That said, we only got a teaser as it's not coming until later this year.
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Twitter launches Data Dash, a browser game intended to help explain some of its privacy settings, as part of a bigger push around its rewritten privacy policy  —  Avoid ads and trolls in Twitter Data Dash  —  Twitter released a new browser game on Wednesday that's intended to help explain some of its privacy settings.
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Google adopts the 10-grade Monk Skin Tone Scale to teach diversity to its AI, replacing the six-tone Fitzpatrick Scale; the first results hit the US this week  —  You'll notice the Monk Skin Tone Scale in beauty related searches, but Google is also building it deeply into its AI infrastructure, it says at Google I/O.

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