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Tuesday Tech Briefing: Google, Jack Ma, Baidu

Tuesday Tech Briefing: Google, Jack Ma, Baidu

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BIG TECH COMPANIES 1. Baidu in Hot Water After Hospital Mix-Up What: Baidu issued an apology on Sunday after it was revealed that searches for public hospitals affiliated with Shanghai’s prestigious Fudan University returned results for a private hospital instead. An expose by the state-owned broadcaster CCTV showed that several people went to the more expensive and less competent “Shanghai Fuda Hospital” instead of those affiliated with Fudan. Why it’s important: Baidu is the search engine that most people rely on in China, where Google has been blocked since 2010. Baidu has a market share of nearly 70%, according to web traffic tracker StatCounter. Big picture: Baidu has been fiercely criticized over the past two years for its weak vetting of health care advertisers, which are
Double down on speed optimization with these 9 advanced tip…

Double down on speed optimization with these 9 advanced tip…

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If you’ve plugged your URL into Google’s PageSpeed Insights within the last month, you’ll have noticed that it looks a little different. Where you used to receive a simple optimization score, your scores are now divided by platform and split into two scores, “Page Speed” and “Optimization.” The changes were made as a result of the new Speed Update launched July 9, 2018. Now, instead of relying on lab data, Google uses field data to measure site speed. By extracting information from the Chrome User Experience Report (CrUX) database, Google is able to discern how fast your average user finds your site. That means that even if your website is lightning-fast on your end, visitors with older smartphones might experience delays — which could impact your speed sco
9 Kick Ass Ways to SEO with Google Web Master Tools’ by Sam…

9 Kick Ass Ways to SEO with Google Web Master Tools’ by Sam…

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(MENAFN Editorial) Aka Sam wrote 9 Kick Ass Ways to SEO with Google Web Master Tools to benefit website owners to make the most of what is readily and most importantly freely available in the world's most widely used Internet browser. Google Web Master Tools is a set of tools provided by Google for free. Not many are aware how this great tool can be used to foster SEO. It's recommended for website owners who are not harnessing the usefulness of Google Web Master Tools to start doing that. 9 Kick Ass Ways to SEO with Google Web Master Tools by Samblogs.com shows page owners how to use the features to boost their pages' SEO. Aka Sam wrote 9 Kick Ass Ways to SEO with Google Web Master Tools to benefit website owners to make the most of what is readily and most impo...
Facebook, Google are monopolizing the internet, warns Jona…

Facebook, Google are monopolizing the internet, warns Jona…

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Facebook will face similar issues as it enters live sports streaming, he continued. The social network recently won the rights to show Premier League matches in certain Southeast Asian countries and La Liga matches in India for free — a development that highlights how digital platforms are increasingly eating into linear television's business. "Facebook will become a content player and a neutral platform ... this is a big problem," said Taplin, whose 2017 book "Move Fast and Break Things" explores the topic in further detail. The 71 year-old, who was once a tour manager for rock legends Bob Dylan and The Band, boasts a lengthy career in media, havi
Google Patents Possible Self-Arming Home Security System

Google Patents Possible Self-Arming Home Security System

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A new patent filed by Google with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office seems to point to the development of a home security system that utilizes sensors and associated stored data to arm itself. Specifically, US patent 10062265B2 denotes that an array of sensors is installed and then collects data internal and external to a given ‘premises.’ That’s part of a system that contains a memory module in order to store collected data and a processor to recognize specific patterns contained there. The processor is then used to ‘arm the plurality of sensors’ based on that history of detection data. That includes the use of items such as in-home thermostats, microphones, cameras, smartphones, and other similar security sensors, according to the patent description. A user interface and comm
Can Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon Wear chip breathe life into W…

Can Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon Wear chip breathe life into W…

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Snapdragon’s been talking up its new wearable chip architecture since Google I/O back in May. The component giant finally took the wraps off the product at an event earlier today in San Francisco. As one imagines from the I/O partnership, Wear 3100 has Google’s smartwatch operating system firmly in its sites. And not a moment too soon, really. In spite of a handful of updates, Wear OS has felt pretty stagnant for some time. Not even the rebrand from Android Wear could help shake loose the cobwebs. The new architecture replaces the 2100. Qualcomm’s chips are currently shipping in more than 100 different Wear OS watches by 25 different brands, according to the company. Honestly, I’m mostly surprised to hear that Wear OS devices have hit the triple digits. After all, category leaders
AI-assisted image and video search is next content frontier

AI-assisted image and video search is next content frontier

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The larger the enterprise, the bigger the content lake -- or swamp, depending on the murkiness and degree of difficulty finding stuff. In those metaphorical pools swim vast stores of text, video and images containing content critical to institutional knowledge, employee education and marketing reuse. The problem is tracking, cataloguing and making the content searchable so employees can find what they need when they need it. Image and video search is especially difficult, because metadata is the only text a conventional search can latch onto in those files. And the metadata is only as good as the human curation describing the contents. Rudimentary image and video search utilities have existed for years, but today's tech epoch is marked by a convergence of storage capacity, comp...
Google at 20: Is company too powerful?

Google at 20: Is company too powerful?

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Larry Page, Google's co-founder and chief executive, speaks during the keynote presentation at Google I/O 2013 in San Francisco on May 15, 2013. Twenty years after Page and Sergey Brin set out to organize all of the internet's information, the search engine they named Google has morphed into a dominating force in smartphones, online video, email, maps and much more. AP FILE PHOTO SAN FRANCISCO -- Twenty y...