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Facebook And Google To Build 8,000-Mile Undersea Internet Cable

Facebook And Google To Build 8,000-Mile Undersea Internet Cable

Facebook and Google are teaming up to speed Internet traffic between North America and Asia. The two Internet giants announced they will build the longest and highest capacity undersea fiber-optic cable between the two continents. Once completed, the Pacific Light Cable Network — PLCN for short — will stretch 8,000 miles from Los Angeles to Hong Kong with an estimated capacity of 120 terabits-per-second. 

Article source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/facebook-and-google-to-build-8k-mile-undersea-internet_us_57ff9f82e4b0985f6d156c2c?section=us_technology

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Exposing Bias through Machine Learning

Exposing Bias through Machine Learning

With advancements in technology, people are eager to eliminate any sense of mistreatment or oppression in the tech world. That's why a lot of people are particularly interested in applying machine learning to eliminate bias. Google’s word2vec is one example. Google researchers extracted patterns of words that are related to each other. By representing the terms in a vector space, they were able to deduct relationships between words with simple vector algebra. Some of the results proved rather sexist. For “man: computer programmer :: woman:?” it will give you “homemaker.” This does not mean that machine learning is sexist. It does showcase, however, the bias that still exists in our journalism and journalists today. Statistically, the statements are correct using just what can be derived from the articles. But the articles themselves are obviously biased.

Article source: https://techcrunch.com/2016/10/11/is-machine-learning-sexist/

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Bicycle-Riding Internet Tutors Are Getting Rural Indian Women Online

Bicycle-Riding Internet Tutors Are Getting Rural Indian Women Online

Google identified that the internet fails to reach millions of women in the small towns and villages of India, so the company is trying to deliver it to them by bicycle. The Alphabet Inc. unit has built an army of thousands of female trainers and sent them to the far corners of the Subcontinent on two-wheelers, hoping to give rural woman their first taste of the web. Each bike has a box full of connected smartphones and tablets for women to try and train on. Since the program's launch last year, about 9,000 guides have helped reached 1 million women.

Article source: http://blogs.wsj.com/indiarealtime/2016/10/03/how-googles-bicycle-riding-internet-tutors-are-getting-rural-indian-women-online/?mod=WSJ_TechWSJD_NeedToKnow

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Google Opens Computer Science Lab in Oakland for Young People of Color

Google Opens Computer Science Lab in Oakland for Young People of Color

Yesterday, Google officially unveiled Code Next, its computer science lab for youth in Oakland. The program is designed to offer young black and Latino people interested in tech an opportunity to learn how to code, as well as the fundamentals of computer science. That’s because 51% of black students and 47% of Latino students in the U.S. don’t have access to computer science classes in school, according to a study conducted by Google in partnership with Gallup. Code Next will work with 70 eighth-grade students in Oakland and 70 at its location in Harlem, which is set to open in 2017. Until then, students in New York will able to attend classes at Google’s NYC headquarters. The program is free to attend, but students must be nominated by their schools and non-profit organizations like Black Girls Code.

Article source: https://techcrunch.com/2016/10/06/google-opens-computer-science-lab-in-oakland-for-young-people-of-color/

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Google Debuts New Wi-Fi Router And Chromecast Ultra

Google Debuts New Wi-Fi Router And Chromecast Ultra

Google has had a good week. The company recently debuted its new Pixel and Pixel XL phones, along with a new VR headset, Google Home, and now a new Wi-Fi rooter and Chromecast Ultra. The router resembles the Eero network setup. Most excitingly, though, the new Chromecast Ultra, an advanced version of Chromecast, will feature high-quality streaming to devices such as TVs and speakers from phones and computers.

Article source: https://www.buzzfeed.com/blakemontgomery/google-debuts-a-new-wi-fi-router-and-chromecast-ultra?utm_term=.bt8bzXOqA#.jaLrY602k

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Google Reveals Pixel And Pixel XL Smartphones

Google Reveals Pixel And Pixel XL Smartphones

After months of anticipation, Google finally released its new smartphones yesterday. The Pixel and the Pixel XL mark Google’s most significant entrance into the smartphone hardware space yet, and will be worthy competitors to Apple’s iPhone 7 and the Samsung Note 7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. They come in two sizes, 5 inches for the Pixel and 5.5 inches for the the Pixel XL, and a number of improvements over Google's last released smartphones.

Article source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/shelbycarpenter/2016/10/04/google-reveals-pixel-pixel-xl-smartphones/#4ad2b3036e5f

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Facebook, Amazon, Google, IBM and Microsoft Create the Partnership on AI

Facebook, Amazon, Google, IBM and Microsoft Create the Partnership on AI

Facebook, Amazon, Google, IBM and Microsoft came together to announce the launch of the new Partnership on AI. While on a day-to-day basis, these teams are in constant competition with each other, they've come together to conduct research and promote best practices. This means that the group of tech companies will come together frequently to discuss advancements in artificial intelligence. 

Article source: https://techcrunch.com/2016/09/28/facebook-amazon-google-ibm-and-microsoft-come-together-to-create-historic-partnership-on-ai/

Google Allo: A Messaging App That Talks For You

Google Allo: A Messaging App That Talks For You

Allo is a new AI-powered messaging app that was released yesterday on iOS and Android. It goes beyond just hosting your conversation - Allo learns how you talk, and composes messages for you, in your style.

Article source: https://www.buzzfeed.com/alexkantrowitz/meet-google-allo-the-new-messaging-app-from-google?utm_term=.fjOYqLwpP#.fgOvx9kwW

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