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Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Researchers find a cluster of 295 Chrome extensions, with more than 80M users, that inserted ads into Google and Bing results; Google is now removing some   —  The malicious Chrome extensions have been installed by more than 80 million users.  —  More than 80 million Chrome users have installed …
Aug 5, 2020, 3:15 PMIn context
Christopher Mims / Wall Street Journal:
An overview of how data-driven tech and analytics are reshaping Hollywood's creative development process and market research during the pandemic   —  Coronavirus and the era of stay-at-home binge-watching is accelerating the entertainment industry's reliance on analytics and data to target …
Jul 12, 2020, 1:55 AMIn context
Gretchen McCulloch / Wired:
The pandemic presents the biggest language translation challenge for COVID-19 info, as Wikipedia supports 309 languages, Google Translate 109, and Bing 71   —  Services like Google Translate only support 100 languages, give or take.  What about the thousands of other languages—spoken by people just as vulnerable to this crisis?
Jun 2, 2020, 7:55 AMIn context
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Microsoft says COVID-19 had “minimal” impact, as Q3 revenue of $35B beat estimates of $33.7B; its segment with Bing, Windows, Surface, and Xbox was up 2.9% YoY   —  - Microsoft beat estimates on the top and bottom lines.  — Growth from the Azure cloud slowed to 59%.
Apr 29, 2020, 4:55 PMIn context
Chris Woodyard / USA Today:
Airbnb says it will establish cleaning standards for rentals, offering guidance on the best practices for cleaning rooms and requiring 24 hour gaps for safety   —  Corrections & clarifications: A previous version of this story indicated some of Airbnb's new cleaning guidelines were required.
Apr 27, 2020, 8:55 AMIn context
Amir Efrati / The Information:
Source: as it struggles to achieve a breakthrough, Waymo has doubled its headcount to 1,500 over the past year, mostly focusing on engineers   —  Alphabet's Waymo still hasn't perfected a self-driving car.  So it is throwing more money at the problem.  —  Waymo nearly doubled its headcount …
Feb 25, 2020, 1:08 PMIn context
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft backtracks on forcibly installing the Bing extension in Chrome for Office 365 ProPlus enterprise customers and changing the default search engine   —  Sanity prevails: Microsoft is no longer planning to automatically deploy its Microsoft Search in Bing browser extension to Office 365 ProPlus users.
Feb 11, 2020, 11:20 AMIn context
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft says it resolved an issue that caused Windows 10 Search, which is powered by Bing, to return blank results for several hours   —  Microsoft's Bing search was misbehaving in Windows 10  —  Microsoft's built-in Windows search went down for many users for more than three hours today.
Feb 5, 2020, 1:35 PMIn context
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Microsoft to forcibly install the Bing extension in Chrome for Office 365 ProPlus enterprise customers from mid-February, to change the default search to Bing   —  Microsoft will change the default search engine in Chrome from Google to Bing for its Office 365 ProPlus customers starting mid-February.
Jan 22, 2020, 1:50 PMIn context
Simon Van Zuylen Wood / Wired:
Behind the scenes at Rotten Tomatoes, whose Tomatometer is run by 12 “curators” who read just about every review from a pool of about 4,500 approved critics   —  Humans, not algorithms, determine those ubiquitous scores.  Good ingredients, imperfect recipe.
Jan 22, 2020, 9:55 AMIn context

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