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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
A history of Facebook Messenger as it reaches 1B monthly users five years after its debut; 17B photos are now sent through the service each month   —  Facebook's gamble of forcing users to download Messenger has paid off.  Despite the backlash, Messenger has doubled its user count in 20 months …
Jul 20, 2016, 11:05 AMIn context
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Google Fiber now offers three plans for small businesses: $250 for 1 Gbps, $100 for 250 Mbps, $70 for 100 Mbps   —  Google has announced a new triumvirate of payment plans for businesses looking to sign up to the internet giant's superfast Fiber internet service.
Jul 12, 2016, 6:40 PMIn context
Glyn Moody / Ars Technica:
Google's DeepMind AI to use 1M anonymous NHS eye scans in five-year project to spot common diseases earlier   —  Privacy is unlikely to be an issue for this fully anonymised dataset.  —  Google's DeepMind division has announced a partnership with the NHS's Moorfields Eye Hospital …
Jul 5, 2016, 1:20 PMIn context
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
Google to discontinue its Swiffy tool for converting Flash files into HTML5 on July 1; pre-existing runtimes will continue to work   —  Google today announced that it will discontinue Swiffy, a tool that people can use to convert .SWF Adobe Flash files into HTML5, on July 1.
Jun 15, 2016, 2:25 PMIn context
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Android Marshmallow adoption passes 10% after 8 months   —  Android Marshmallow is finally in the double digits.  After taking four months to hit 1 percent adoption, the latest version of Android took another four months to hit 10 percent adoption, according to Google's Platform Versions page.
Jun 7, 2016, 5:00 PMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Localytics, with data on 37K apps, reports slight YoY increase in app retention from 34% to 38%; 62% of users will use an app less than 11 times   —  Apple's iTunes App Store is home to over 1.5 million apps and Google Play hosts over 2 million, but the number of apps that actually get installed …
Jun 1, 2016, 10:40 AMIn context
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
French government raids Google's Paris HQ as part of ongoing tax investigation seeking €1B+; company says it is working with authorities   —  Prosecutors follow up on complaint from France's tax authority  —  PARIS—Dozens of tax investigators swooped into Google's French headquarters …
May 24, 2016, 12:45 PMIn context
Dave Gershgorn / Popular Science:
Google's open-source research project Magenta uses AI to generate music, video, other visual arts, makes the process easier with TensorFlow, will launch June 1   —  THE MULTI-DISCIPLINARY MACHINE  —  If Google's artificial intelligence can paint its dreams, why not make other kinds of art?
May 22, 2016, 6:40 PMIn context
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Following highly publicized report of 272M email credentials for sale in Russia, Mail.ru and Google both say 98%+ of credentials on their services are invalid   —  Garbage in, garbage out: Why Ars ignored this week's massive password breach  —  When a script kiddie sells 272 million accounts for $1, be very, very skeptical.
May 7, 2016, 2:15 AMIn context
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Baidu's video business goes independent and raises $155M from investors   —  Baidu, China's Google and an Uber investor, has continued its policy of spinning off promising business units.  Following the spin-off of itsstudent Q&A app Zuoyebang last September, Baidu Video has gone independent …
Apr 22, 2016, 1:35 PMIn context

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